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NHL: Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 3

MONTREAL, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Two goals by Brian Gionta helped carry the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday.

Gionta also notched an assist in the Canadiens' third consecutive victory.

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Tomas Plekanec, Scott Gomez and Mathieu Darche also scored for Montreal. Jaroslav Halak finished with 18 saves.

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was taken out of the game in the third period after giving up four goals on 28 shots. Brent Johnson gave up a goal on four shots to finish up the game.

In the third period, Montreal scored three times in 3 1/2-minute span to take a 5-1 lead.

Gionta's goal at 10:47 of the period welcomed Johnson to the contest. His first goal came midway through the second period to put Montreal ahead 2-1.

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