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by Tony Jovenitti / Pittsburgh Penguins

- Kris Letang went first. He faked the forehand shot and beat Peters on the backhand top shelf. Jeff Skinner went first for the Canes, and Fleury stayed with him to deny the score. Sidney Crosby went next and he beat Peters five-hole. Jokinen was the Canes' last hope. He went way wide and Fleury made the toe save. The Penguins win the first shootout in their new building. Penguins 5, Hurricanes 4

- The Zambonis are done, and here we go....

- While the ice was being cleaned again, the fans started the wave in the stands.

- This is Peters' first shootout of his career.

- The Zambonis came out and cleaned a small strip of ice down the middle, but the refs went over to the Zamboni gate and called them back out. We have a bit of a delay here.


And we have the first shootout in the history of CONSOL Energy Center.

Fleury just made a great save on Ian White, who shot it from the point.

Geno whipped a backhander toward the net from the slot. He couldn't get to the rebound, though.

The Hurricanes had a three-on-one after a turnover in the neutral zone. But Fleury made a HUGE save on Jeff Skinner to keep the Penguins alive.

Kunitz was looking for the hat trick, but it went just wide and hit the outside of the net.


And we're headed to overtime.

The Hurricanes use their timeout.

And the Canes tie it up. After a scramble in the slot, Staal pushed the puck to Jokinen, who ripped it past Fleury's glove side. Penguins 4, Hurricanes 4

Fleury made a save on Tim Gleason, and Peters came out of the net for the faceoff.

The Canes will be looking to pull their goaltender soon, but not if the Pens keep pressing in the offensive zone like they currently are doing.


Craig Adams took a shot while skating down the left side, but it was blocked to the corner by Peters.

Pitkanen's shot was kicked away by Fleury.

After a lengthy delay, the war room in Toronto confirmed the goal, and the Pens have the lead again! According to the ref, "We have a visual." Assists were given to Crosby and Malkin.  Penguins 4, Hurricanes 3.

Kunitz's shot toward Paters was stopped. The call on the ice was no goal, but the replay clearly shows the puck went in.

Peters had trouble with a Penguins shot and it landed behind him in the crease. Several players crashed the net, but the puck never quite crossed the line. Jokinen will head to the box, though, for delay of game. The Penguins will have a chance to take the lead here on the power play.

The Pens top line almost struck again. Dupuis carred the puck down the slot, his shot rebounded toward Kunitz's stick. But Kunitz just couldn't catch the bouncing puck.


Dupuis just faked out Peters, and he got the goaltender to go down into the butterfly position. The rebound bounced around in the crease, but niether Dupuis or Crosby could put it in. The ref blew the whistle when it looked like Peters had it covered, but the puck squirted out. The play was dead nonetheless.

Sergei Samsonov almost capitalized on a turnover in the slot, but Fleury denied him.

Rupp just had a great chance on the doorstep. He spun around and whipped a backhander at Peters, but it clanked off the post.

Fleury just made a nice toe save on an Eric Staal wrap-around attempt.

Malkin just took two nice shots on net. He's working hard to get point No. 401.

If the first two periods are any indication, we should be in for an exciting final frame.



- Crosby improved his faceoff percentage to 67, going 12-of-6 from the circle.
- Letestu and Crosby lead the team with three shots each.
- Zbynek Michalek already has three blocks.


And much like the first period, we end the second with a tie. The Pens and Canes are knotted up at three goals each. The Penguins outshot Carolina 13-6 that period, and now lead the game 23-18.

What a crazy play! Crosby dove to keep the puck in the zone. Then, a Penguins shot hit off Peters and found Crosby's stick. It looked like it went in, and most of the 18,264 in attendance rose out of their seats. But the puck actually hit off the side of the net and bounced into the corner.

Flower just made a flashy glove save on Sutter, who wound up for a powerful slap shot from above the right circle.

The Pens' PK put on another nice performance and killed Engelland's penalty.

Jokinen tried to pass it across the ice to Corvo, but Cooke got a stick on it. A few seconds later, Corvo did find the puck and ripped a slapper, but Fleury made the save.

Jokinen just made it past the Penguins defense for a breakaway, but Fleury nicely poke-checked the puck away. However, Engelland was called for hooking and the Pens will go back on the PK.


Talbot showed some nice patientce while skating through the right circle with the puck. He made it around a few defenders, but his shot was stopped by Peters.

7:04: K
ennedy almost got his second of the night. A Penguins shot ricocheted off Peters' pads and into the slot. Kennedy, though, was skating a little too fast into the slot and couldn't quite steer it into the net.

Kunitz chipped the puck into the crease from behind the net. There was some confusion to where the puck was, but it poppod out into the blue paint. Crosby tried to pounce, but Peters covered it.


The Canes just won't go away. Jamie McBain slid the puck across the slot through traffic to Jussi Jokinen, who steered the puck into the net. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 3

That assist was Evgeni Malkin's 400th career point. Congrats to Geno!

And Crosby gets the Pens the lead back! Crosby won the D-zone faceoff, and the puck squirted out to Cooke. He had a slight breakaway, and got the puck to Malkin. Malkin dished the puck back out to Michalek, who ripped a shot that bounced off Peters' pads right to Crosby in the slot. He smacked it into the open net for the score. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2

The Canes are sustaining some pressure in front of Fleury, but the defense held the fort and kep the puck out of the crease.


Malkin entered the zone and dished the puck to Asham on the right wing. Asham's slapper from the circle was caught by Peters.

Joni Pitkanen took a slapper from the slot, but Fleury got his body in position and stopped the shot.

The Penguins are getting some nice time in the offensive zone, but the Canes' defense is doing a good job frem keeping the puck away from Peters.

The Pens will look to build off the momentum they got from the PK and re-take the lead here in the second.



- The Pens are outhitting the Canes 11-9.
- Crosby is 7-4 on faceoffs (64 percent).
- As a team, the Pens have followed Crosby's lead and won 63 percent of the faceoffs.



0:00: What a spirited penalty kill. Dupuis cleared a puck from his knees. Adams broke his stick and was diving in front of pucks. Michalek made a big block right before the buzzer. The Pens escape unharmed. The game is tied at 2-2 after 20 minutes.

2:46: Engelland gets two minutes for a cross check. GNC penalty kill time!

3:19: Kennedy found a rebound and had an open net, but his shot went wide left.

4:14: Patrick Dwyer found a loose puck and lifted a shot over a prone Fluery. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 2.

6:10: Kunitz ate his Wheaties this morning. He just blocked a hard shot by Tim Gleason. Kunitz is all over the ice tonight.

Alyssa Milano was on hand at CONSOL Energy Center to launch her new fashion line "Touch."

8:45: What a play by Crosby!!! The Pens captain carried the puck on a three-on-one. He dropped the puck to Letang, whose shot was stopped by Peters. The rebound came right to Crosby. But Crosby was at a difficult angle. So he smartly slid the puck through the crease to Kennedy on the other side. Kennedy burried the shot. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1.

9:26: Kunitz set up Pascal Dupuis right on the doorstep, but Dupuis' shot went just wide.

11:05: Kunitz snipered a shot into the top far corner of the goal to even the score. Malkin got him the puck and then drove hard to the net. Two 'Canes covered Malkin, leaving Kunitz free to drift into the slot and lift the shot into the goal. Penguins 1, Hurricanes 1.

11:36: Goligoski rips a shot from the midpoint. Carolina goalie Justin Peters smothers the puck.

12:26: Kunitz just leaped three feet into the air to glove down a Hurricanes clearing attempt.

13:22: Crosby uses his speed to draw a penalty. Pittsburgh will be on the power play.

13:54: Joe Corvo gets a great chance from the point, but Fleury kicks it aside.

15:06: Fleury makes a good save on Jamie McBain from the far circle.

17:06: Craig Adams fell to the ice. He is bleeding from his face. He took a stick to the face and is being attended to on the bench.

19:18: The Hurricanes strike first off a rush play. Pitkanen found Brandon Sutter, who one-timed a shot from the slot into the net. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0.

20:00: And the game has begun.


7:00: The Pens will use these lines tonight:



Fleury in net. Justin Peters is in net for the Canes
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