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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - With first place in the Eastern Conference at stake and tired legs on both benches, the Montreal Canadiens played with more energy.Both teams had played the previous night, but Montreal took an early two-goal lead, repeatedly snatched the puck from the Pittsburgh Penguins and came away with a 4-1 victory Saturday night.The Canadiens completed a 4-0 road trip that began after the NHLs Christmas break.We knew this was going to be a tough road trip, especially after a bit of a little bit of a break, and to be honest, I think weve been playing our best hockey and been doing really good things with the puck, said defenceman Tom Gilbert, who also scored for Montreal. Weve been keeping it simple, especially on the road.The win was Montreals sixth straight overall and fifth in a row on the road. The Canadiens head home in first place in the East with 54 points.It shows a lot of character in this locker room, Gilbert said. Its our last game in this road trip, and we know that were going home and I just think we use that confidence that weve been playing on the road here and we kind of took it into tonight.Max Pacioretty, who finished with a goal and an assist, and David Desharnais scored in the first 7 minutes. Gilbert added his goal for the Canadiens in the second period, and Alexei Emelin put it out of reach with one in the third.David Perron, acquired from Edmonton the previous day, scored in his first game with the Penguins, who had won two games in a row.Carey Price made 30 saves for his 22nd win as Montreal improved to 9-2 against Metropolitan Division clubs and leapfrogged the Penguins in the East.It builds a lot of confidence moving forward, knowing we can keep pace with these guys, Price said.The Penguins, coming off a 6-3 win against Tampa Bay on Friday night, has totalled four goals in four of their past five games. They turned the puck over 10 times against the Canadiens.Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston attributed the lack of offence in this game to things both teams did.They stood us up at the (blue) line, he said. We didnt get pucks in behind them. We didnt make the plays through traffic or make the quick plays in the neutral zone to get around people.Montreal took a 1-0 lead at 2:30 of the first period as Pacioretty got the rebound of a blocked shot at the right edge of the slot and guided the puck through three bodies in front of the net and past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who appeared to be jostled out of position.Desharnais launched a shot from the right circle that glanced off Fleurys blocker and in for a 2-0 Canadiens lead at 6:35.Perron, playing left wing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Steve Downie, pulled the Penguins to 2-1 at 9:59 of the first period. Crosby, from low in the right circle, fed Perron, whose one-timer from the upper left hashmark slid along the ice and went in off Prices right skate.With the last couple of days, my energy wasnt as good as I wanted it to be, Perron said of his Penguins debut. I was running on adrenalin and trying to push myself as much as possible. I just didnt have enough tonight, but it was definitely good to get to know the guys first game. Im looking forward to building with them.As penalties that left the teams skating 4 on 4 expired, Gilbert came out of the penalty box and got behind Pittsburghs defence. He was alone in the slot when he took a feed from Pacioretty and beat Fleury for a 3-1 Canadiens lead at 1:49 of the second period.Emelin scored from the top of the slot with Fleury screened to make it 4-1 with 5:52 remaining.Fleury had been 11-2-1 in his previous 14 home starts against his hometown Canadiens, including a 27-save, 4-0 shutout win Nov. 18.NOTES: Montreal is 16-0 when scoring first. ... Crosby has at least one point in each of his 15 career home games against the Canadiens. ... This was the 200th regular-season meeting between the clubs. ... Pittsburgh killed all four Montreal power plays — including a 4-minute man-advantage in the second period — and now has killed 19 consecutive opponent power plays at home. ... Montreal winger P.A. Parenteau did not play after being injured a night earlier in New Jersey. Manny Malhotra played after being scratched the previous two games. ... The Penguins continue to have a long injury list: forwards Pascal Dupuis, Blake Comeau, Patric Hornqvist and Zach Sill, and defencemen Olli Maatta and Paul Martin. Martin could return Wednesday when Boston visits Pittsburgh. Paul DeJong . The Calgary Stampeders running back received the West Division nomination for the CFLs top individual award Thursday in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and leagues eight head coaches. Steve Carlton . With one penalty, Fourcade finished in 24 minutes, 58.2 seconds, just nine-tenths of a second ahead of Timofey Lapshin, who shot clean in the cold. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/...1051q.html .200. His solution to his hitting woes was business in the front and a party in the back."That would be a mullet," Norris says. Justin Williams . PETERSBURG, Fla. Rogers Hornsby . Will Venable and Ryan Ludwick drove in a run each for the Padres, who have taken six of their last seven contests and clinched their third straight series win after winning the first two in this set. Clayton Richard (4-9) allowed five hits and a pair of runs over seven innings, while fanning five.If you were still playing in the NHL today, what team would you want to play for?Being from Toronto I would want to play for the Maple Leafs. Its like being on Broadway, everything you do matters. Id want to be good though! I couldnt play here if I wasnt very good.   #83217388 / gettyimages.com (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)When did the nickname Cujo start? And who came up with it?I was in St. Louis and it started the very first year of my career. A guy by the name of Robert Dirk couldnt really pronounce my name so he shortened it to Cujo, which is the first two letters of both names.Have you ever read the 1981 horror novel Cujo by Stephen King, or seen the movie?Ive seen the movie, but Im sure the book is better. Its awesome! Its a great nickname for me and I ran with it. Kids of all ages loved it and they had to have their mask painted like Cujo. Im very fortunate that I had a great nickname, and still do.Heres a close-up of the famous Cujo mask:   #83217370 / gettyimages.com (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)You lost your temper a few times in the heat of battle, what do you think was the moment in your career where you were the most upset?Visibly you saw some of them, and theyre in the Sportcentre Top 10 highlights. Its a game of emotion, I tell my kids that. I tell my boys, listen, its okay to celebrate and its okay to be mad at a call, just dont take it to the extreme. Certainly its a game of emotion, and if you play with passion thats a good thing. Who is your closest hockey friend from your career?Oh, thats hard! I cant pick just one of them. Certainly with the phones these days and Instagram etc. its easy to follow them and their lives through pictures or whatever it is. Its nice to keep in touch with guys that are still playing and continuing their career. I met a lot of great people. The best men that I have ever met have been through hockey.Hockey players can be known for locker room fun and games, what is the best prank youve ever witnessed?There are a lot of different things. We used to fly commercial in my first ten years probably, and wed be on a commercial flight, played the night before, and everybody would be sleeping before the plane took off. Guys would get shaving cream out from the trainers and pile as much shaving cream in a circle on top of a guy sleeping, right on top of their head. And the people who just bought their tickets and happened to be on our flight would be laughing and dying. Guys would hang things from their lips, so theyd be pretty much a Christmas tree and wake up with all this foam all over their head. They were fun pranks.   #53122202 / geettyimages.ddddddddddddcom (Joseph and Martin Brodeur lounging in Team Canada van. Photo by Michael Desjardins/ Getty Images)Is there a player who always tried to mess with you personally? Maybe a teammate during practice shooting extra shots at you when you werent ready?Theres always a guy on each team, and playing for nineteen years… yknow what, it was usually the tough guys! It was always the tough guys that were the pranksters on the team. Maybe they didnt play enough and they had too much time on their hands, but it was always the tough guys who would be pulling these pranks. I wont mention names but I remember one tough guy, a friend of mine got him back. This tough guy was trying to be in style and his shoes looked like bowling shoes, so my friend wrote 9½ on the back of them like the bowling shoes. It was pretty funny. The tough guys, they were pranksters for sure.   #164995547 / gettyimages.com (Photo by Tony Brock/ Toronto Star via Getty Images)Do you ever wish you got to play out of the net in the NHL?Oh ya! I wanted to be a player, but because I couldnt skate I had to be a goalie, and then it was too late to change in my late teens. I definitely liked to get out of the net. One year I had 9 assists and I used to bug a guy on my team telling him I had more points than him. I was a closet passer and a set up man.What was your most embarrassing moment on the ice? Probably knocking over Mick McGeough. I wouldnt say that was embarrassing, because I was passionate about it, but I fell. I slipped and slid right into him and knocked him over, and I was too mad to be embarrassed in the moment, but now that Im older and I see the Top 10 Lose It Moments on SportsCetntre, and that moments up there, its embarrassing.What was your favourite thing about being a goaltender?My favourite thing was having a great game and being able to shut out the other team. Winning games that maybe you werent supposed to win…. if you were able to steal a game as a goaltender, any goalie will tell you theres no better feeling than contributing that at the NHL level, especially in the playoffs. When you can contribute and steal a game you werent supposed to win its a great feeling.And finally… what was the most memorable game you ever played in?Thats hard to say, I always say its like asking who is your favourite child… and uh, I cant say. But definitely the games where the most was on the line, Olympics or playing game 7s of series, I played in many game 7s and those are the highest risk, and most reward. Winning game 7s and winning the Olympics were all great, memorable experiences. ' ' '

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