Habs fall 5-1 to Penguins, now head out west for crucial three-game road trip amidst tight playoff race

Tonight in Montreal, the Canadiens missed out on a golden opportunity to give themselves some breathing room in a tight Eastern Conference playoff race, when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-1.

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Now, there is a four-team logjam battling for just three spots.

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As well, Habs goaltender Carey Price missed out on an opportunity to tie Jacques Plante for most wins in the history of the organization with 314.

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During the first period, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby made some history of his own, when he passed Jaromir Jagr and moved into second place for points by a Penguins.

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As has been a common theme all season, the Canadiens power play was unable to convert on all three of its chances Saturday. If the team wants to participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, they will need to deploy a more efficient attack on the man-advantage.

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Montreal now heads to the west coast, for three crucial games against the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks, before returning home to take on the Red Wings. Historically, the Habs have struggled in California, but in order to keep pace with the Penguins, Blue Jackets, and Hurricanes, the team will need to earn some points on this road trip.

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