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. . On Thursday, a judge said Varlamov could be released if he posted $5,000 bond and be allowed to travel with the team but he was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, among other restrictions. . Both sides of the deal have formally announced acquisitions: TFC introduced Jozy Altidore as a designated player on Friday, while their counterparts announced a three-and-a-half-year deal with Jermain Defoe. http://www.authenticmanchestercityshop. ... ty-Jersey/
. LUCIE, Fla. . Joining him in this years class were Switzerlands Patrick Huerlimann and Norways Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China. . Joining him in this years class were Switzerlands Patrick Huerlimann and Norways Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China.MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Reggie Jackson came off the bench and outscored teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook by himself. The Oklahoma City Thunder needed every point from their top reserve to win yet another overtime game against Memphis. Jackson scored a personal playoff-best 32 points, and the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 92-89 Saturday night, tying up their first-round Western Conference series at two apiece. "Reggie played an outstanding basketball game," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He was able to attack and finish around the rim like hes done all year, and I knew he would bounce back ... Hes done a great job of coming in and giving us that lift offensively when we needed it as a sixth man." The Thunder sure needed him to avoid going back home in a 3-1 hole after three straight overtime games. Jackson had only scored 15 points combined in this series, but the guard shook off his shooting woes by hitting 11 of 16. Durant and Russell Westbrook, who struggled through their worst scoring game of the series with a combined 11 of 45 and 15 points apiece. He said a few made layups finally got him going. Jackson said Durant and Westbrook were allowing him to play. "They told me to just keep going and be aggressive," Jackson said. The Thunder blew a 14-point lead with Memphis, and the Grizzlies blew a third straight fourth-quarter lead themselves. Jackson tied up Memphis with five straight points in the final minute of regulation, and he hit all six free throws in overtime as the Thunder survived an extra period with seven lead changes. "Theyre running plays for him with Durant and Westbrooks spaced out," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "If youre going down, my hats off to them, both guys did a great job, and Reggie Jackson did a great job just being in attack mode." Durants two free throws with 1:02 left in overtime put the Thunder ahead to stay. "One of the things I was pleased about was the way Russ and KD took a backseat tonight and let Reggie take over," Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins said. "That says a lot about them also." Game 5 is Tuesday night back in Oklahoma City. Mike Conley missed a 26-footer just before the buzzer that could have forced a second extra period. Oklahoma Citys Serge Ibaka also blocked a Tony Allen shot with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to keep the Thunder alive for overtime. The Thunder won for only the second time in seven playoff games in Memphis, and this was just their second in eight overtimes with the Grizzlies since the start of the 2010-11 season.dddddddddddd Oklahoma City also snapped Memphis franchise-record 15-game winning streak. Ibaka added 12 points for Oklahoma City. The Thunder outrebounded Memphis 58-49 and got 12 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Allen had 14 points and 13 rebounds, Conley had 14 points and Zach Randolph added 11. Gasol said he expects the Grizzlies will be more aggressive with Jackson in the next game. But he also noted they have to do better against the likes of Ibaka and Caron Butler. "Those are the guys that are going to be the difference in the series," Gasol said. The Grizzlies blew a fourth-quarter lead for a third straight game. They last led 87-86 after Conley hit a step-back jumper. Then Duran hit two free throws with 1:02 left to put the Thunder ahead to stay, and Jackson sealed it with four free throws in the final 12.2 seconds. With NBA commissioner Adam Silver and former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer on hand, the Thunder got back to passing the ball and shooting better with the exception of Durant and Westbrook. Oklahoma City took its biggest lead of the game at 64-50 on a layup by Durant with 26.3 seconds left in the third. Then the Grizzlies put together their best stretch with a 15-5 spurt with Memphis coach Dave Joerger going with a small group of shooters including Mike Miller, Beno Udrih and Conley. Miller hit a 3-pointer that brought fans to their feet, and Allens layup off his own miss with 3:55 gave the Grizzlies their first lead since 20-18 early in the second quarter. But they couldnt hold the lead on a day where former owner Michael Heisley died at the age of 77. After Allen and Gasol hit jumpers pushing Memphis lead to 80-75, Jackson hit a 3 and then drove the lane to tie it up at 80 with 30.6 seconds to go. Notes: Derek Fisher played in his 244th career playoff game, tying him with Robert Horry for most post-season appearances in NBA history. ... Heisley was remembered with a moment of silence before tipoff. ... Oklahoma City last won a playoff game in Memphis on May 9, 2011 needing three overtimes. That also was Game 4, and the Thunder won that semifinal series in seven. ' ' '