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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:24: Kovalchuk seals the deal in OT with about 10 seconds remaining on Michalek's penalty. The Devils win by an overall score of 2-1.

2:14: And now the Pens are going to the PK, as Michalek is whistled for hooking. It's going to be 4-on-3 hockey.

2:31: The Devils are controlling play in the Pens zone.

5:00: And they're off!


0:00: We're going to OT at the Prudential Center as regulation ends with the score tied 1-1.

2:26: The Devils get a 2-on-1 opportunity, but the puck misses the net!

4:10: The Devils just had a fantastic shift, throwing puck after puck on the net. Zubrus even hit a shot off the crossbar!

6:37: Brodeur barely gets a pad on a Neal shot!


8:40: Neal rings Clarkson's bell after a few quality shots by the Pens.

10:13: Jacob Jossefson unleashes a shot that Johnny gets a piece of. Johnny can't find the rebound right away, but spots the puck just in time to smother it before any Devils players can reach it.

10:27: Devils back to full strength.

12:27: Colin White's heading to the box for boarding Letestu. Pens back on the PP.

14:59: Matt Cooke makes a great heads-up pass to a streaking Kennedy, whose shot is turned aside by Brodeur.


18:01: Pens pressuring hard in front of the net, as they all converge around the blue paint. But the Devils are eventually able to clear.

18:50: Andy Greene tees off a shot that richochets off the back boards and to the blade of his defensive partner.

20:00: The final frame is off and running!


- The Devils have 16 blocked shots to the Penguins' four
- Letestu is now 6-of-7 on faceoffs for an 86-percent success rate
- Staal leads with four hits
- Martin paces the Pens with 19:50 of ice time

0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The score is tied 1-1 and the Devils hold a 21-16 advantage in shots.

2:13: Now it's Brian Rolston's turn, as his shot flies just shy of the cage!

2:32: Neal just misses the net!



3:44: Zubrus gets a great scoring opportunity after exiting the box, ripping a slapper at Johnny that the Pens goalie manages to get a pad on.

3:57: Devils back to full strength.

5:57: Dainius Zubrus is in the box for hi-sticking. Pens get the night's first PP!

7:01: Brodeur gets a piece of a centering pass that goes through the blue paint and steers it into the corner.



9:39: Rookie Nick Palmieri rings a shot off the crossbar after powering his way to prime shooting position!

10:08: Not only is Jordan Staal nearly unrecognizable without that blonde hair flowing out of his helmet, but I had forgotten that Zbynek Michalek is no longer sporting a mustache, as Chris Kunitz is the Pens' new Mustache Boy for March/April.

11:19: After a few minutes of some back-and-forth hockey, the Pens force the Devils to ice the puck to get the faceoff in New Jersey's zone.

14:02: Tyler Kennedy picks the pocket of Kovalchuk on the half wall, skates in and absolutely blisters a wrist shot glove side past Brodeur! Penguins 1, Devils 1



16:17: Zajac skates his way through the Pens defense and knuckles a backhander at the cage that sneaks short side through Johnny and into the back of the net. Devils 1, Penguins 0

16:44: The Pens are bringing a physical edge to the Prudential Center tonight. Chris Conner just casually laid out Anton Volchenkov on the Pens blue line.

17:01: Neither team is having much luck establishing offensive zone time to start this period.

19:33: Letestu picks the pocket of Patrik Elias on the Pens blue line and he and Neal go down the ice 2-on-2.

20:00: Here we go!


- The Devils blocked nine shots that period
- Letang is out for the rest of the game after being assessed a game misconduct for not having his jersey tied down
- Michalek leads Pittsburgh with three shots
- Letestu has won all four of his faceoffs

0:00: That'll do it for the first. We're scoreless and the Penguins are outshooting the Devils by a 9-8 margin.

0:27: Brodeur's able to get a piece of Michalek's wrister.

2:40: Huge shot block by Martin on Ilya Kovalchuk.

3:40: Engelland absolutely punishes Clarkson behind the Pens net. Huge hit by No. 5.

5:40: The Devils get a good chance off the draw but the puck flies high and wide.

5:42: Johnson leaps on a loose puck in the blue paint to get the stoppage in play.

7:35: These last few shifts have been fantastic for the Pens. Talk about puck management and offensive zone time.



9:40: Neal backchecks hard and gets his body in front of an Anssi Salmela shot, allowing the Pens to wheel right back down the ice.

11:00: Dupuis, who's on the half wall, sends a pass to Jeffrey behind the net. Jeffrey calmly skates to the front of the net and tries to stuff one past Brodeur, but the puck bounces into the corner.

12:54: And since Letang's jersey wasn't tied down, he has been given a game misconduct per NHL rules. The Pens will have to play the rest of the game without No. 58.

13:53: Letang absolutely CRUSHES Travis Zajac on the boards. Things get heated afterward and they drop the gloves!



15:33: In an odd twist, David Clarkson's skate blade just falls off after he lays a hit on Niskanen behind the Pens net. The refs stop play to escort the Devils forward off the ice, as his attempt to slowly shuffle to the bench wasn't working well.

17:55: The Pens are looking sharp and fleet-footed early.

19:32: Kovalev intercepts a Devils clearing attempt and keeps play hemmed in New Jersey's zone before Martin Brodeur is eventually able to freeze the puck.

20:00: And they're off! Paul Martin, who turns 30 tomorrow, is wearing an 'A' for the Penguins tonight.


7:00 PM: Brent Johnson gets the nod between the pipes tonight! Here are the Pens' lines:



6:50 PM: Now let's get back to hockey. The Penguins are preparing to face New Jersey, who is the hottest team in the NHL right now. They're on an 18-2-2 run after getting their season off to a 9-29-2 start. Check out the preview to read more about their remarkable turnaround.

6:45 PM: As first reported by Sam Kasan in today's Penguins Report, Jordan Staal has chopped off his long blonde locks of hair. His hair had been growing to lengths of epic proportions, giving teammate Kris Letang a run for his money in that department.

And while we love his new clean-cut style, let's take a short trip down Memory Lane in remembrance of his rockin' flow.


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