Overtime...again. Blog out, time to get ready for the locker room.
Props to Pascal Dupuis
for his penalty killing play tonight. He's been all over the place and creating havoc for the Flyers.
For what it's worth, PIttsburgh is outshooting the Flyers 25-20.
More props to the Jumbotron for playing the theme song from "Night Court" following Scot Hartnell's high sticking penalty and backing that up with a little Stone Temple Pilots. I hope Orpik is out on the power play. He's got the hot hand...and he's on pace for 20 goals this season.
For what it's worth, the Penguins are so close to getting the third goal. The team is generating a lot of scoring chances. However, chances don't win games, goals do.
Pittsburgh announced that the team recorded a sellout for the 69th straight game. The announced attendence was 16,965.
Philadelphia just tied the game with two goals with under a minute left in the period, 21 seconds apart. Jeff Carter and Richards were the goal scorers. Not hte way the Penguins wanted to finish the period. That brings us to the second intermission. Pens 2, Flyers 2.
I wonder what the odds were before the game be that both Orpik and Zigomanis would score. 3,000-to-1? 1 million-to-1? I would have bet my house on it. Guess I should stay away from the NASDAQ.
Mike Zigomanis scored his first career goal as a Penguin to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. The play was set up from a nice pass from Matt Cooke
. Pens 2, Flyers 0.
The always dangerous Brooks Orpik
scored his first goal this in nine years to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the second period. The replay was a little inconclusive but Tyler Kennedy
made have gotten a piece of it. For now, the goal goes to Orpik. I guess Therrien made the right call putting him on the power play. Pens 1, Flyers 0.
Pittsburgh were down two men for 38 seconds. Rob Scuderi saved a goal when he cleared a loose puck from the crease while Marc-Andre Fleury
was down. The Penguins killed both penalites.
The Penguins failed once again to convert a free Big Mac to the Mellon Arena fans in the second installment Mac Attack promotion. Petr Sykora had the best opportunity skating down the left side but was denied by Nittymaki. Pittsbuegh in now 0 for 2 on the season. 12:30 left in the first. Penguins OUTSHOOTING
the Flyers, 12-10.
I'd like to take this break in action opportunity to congratulate Phil Bourque for his stellar performance in the Penguins staff hockey exhibition earlier today. Thanks to Bourque's four-ish goals, Team White took the series 2-1, despite subpar performances from Jeremy Zimmer and Erik Heasley.
The little kids pee wee teams are playing in the first intermission. The goals have been moved to the top of the faceoff circles in each end. Though I haven't gotten official word, I believe it's another ploy by the NHL to create higher scoring games. 8:19 EST:
Penguins fans started booing everytime Mike Richards touched the puck. I hope they keep that it up. It will make future match-ups more interesting. The first periods finishes up scoreless. Flyers hold a 7-6 advantage in shots.
8:11 EST: Brooks Orpik
just got some playing time on the power play. That may be the first time in his career that he was on the ice for a man-advantage. Michel Therrien is pulling out all the stops. 4:27 to go in the first.
Mike Richards just took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a scrum in front of the Flyers' net. He pulled Ruslan Fedotenko to the ice and then was getting up, but "lost his balance" and fell back on top of Fedotenko. The refs weren't fooled. Richards went to the box and he feels shame.
Max Talbot got stopped on a breakaway opportunity. The Penguins were killing a penalty when Talbot jumped a pass and raced the other way, trying to go five-hole on Antero Nittymaki but was rejected. Still scoreless. 9:43 to go in the first.7:57 EST:
The Penguins are holding their own in the shot department tonight, trailing 4-3 at the moment. 11:19 left in the first.7:51 EST:
Jumbotron has Pens highlights with background music from Garbage. Whatever happened to Shirley Manson? They were the hottest thing going in, like, 1995.
Eric Godard and Riley Cote went toe-to-toe, blow-for-blow for nearly two minutes. Both men landed heavy shots yet stayed on their feet. Godard landed the best shot before the linesmen intervened. It was a very close fight, but we'll score it Godard for getting in that last shot. 13:46 to go in the first.
I have to give props to the Penguins' Jumbotron peeps for the "I will act now" piece. Well done.
Tonight's scratches were announced. For Philadelphia defensemen Lasse Kukkonen and Randy Jones and center Jared Ross were scratched. For Pittsburgh, defenseman Darryl Sydor and forwards Paul Bissonnette and Bill Thomas will not be in the lineup.