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2/2/2007 3:13:48 PM

MONTREAL (CP) - Colby Armstrong's "cheap shot" on Saku Koivu should have been penalized, Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said Friday.

Perhaps stirring the pot ahead of a rematch with the Penguins on Sunday afternoon, Carbonneau questioned why Sheldon Souray got seven penalty minutes and an ejection while Armstrong got none for going to Koivu's defence.

"I know it was legal, he hit him with his shoulder, but when a guy's battling one-on-one and (another) guy comes from a blind spot and hits him, I don't like that," said Carbonneau said. "It should have been called.

"And I don't see how they got seven minutes on the power play out of that. It was definitely a cheap shot, I'm not afraid to say it."

He said general manager Bob Gainey planned to discuss the incident with league officials.

Nearly five minutes into the second period of the Penguins' 5-4 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, Koivu was skating out from behind the net when Armstrong came flying in for a hit.

Koivu manged to swerve and avoid some of the impact, but was knocked over. Souray went after Armstrong, knocked him to the ice and threw punches.

Referees Francois St. Laurent and Don Koharski slapped Souray with an instigator minor, a fighting major, a misconduct and a game misconduct.

The Canadiens were upset that Armstrong got no penalty, even though he dropped his gloves and looked to have thrown at least one punch.

The Penguins scored twice during Souray's penalties, including once with a two-man advantage, but Montreal countered with one of its two short-handed goals in the game.

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