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Penguins-Hurricanes In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That's game. Despite two late goals from the 'Canes, the Pens hold off Carolina's rally to get a 3-2 lead.

0:09: Yikes. The 'Canes are throwing everything they have at Fleury right now. The Pens just got whistled for icing, so the faceoff's going down in Pittsburgh's zone.

0:57: Eric Staal bangs in a rebound as the 'Canes had the extra attacker with Cam Ward out of the net. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2

2:01: Carolina just had a PP after Chris Kunitz got a double minor for roughing after the Pens forward had some words with 'Canes rookie Jeff Skinner, but the Pens emerged unscathed.

4:25: Sergei Samsonov finds the back of the net to steal Fleury's shutout bid. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1

6:08: 'Canes are back to full strength.

8:09: Tuomo Ruutu's getting a pair for unsportsmanlike conduct. Pens on the PP!



11:17: Pens back to full strength!

12:32: In a display of his explosive speed, Dupuis powers past Jokinen and whips a high backhander past Ward for the shorthanded tally! Penguins 3, Hurricanes 0

13:17: Orpik is going to the box for roughing. Pens on the PK.

13:27: Cooke just crushed Joe Corvo in the Hurricanes end. Huge hit by No. 24.

14:28: Huge series of saves by Fleury! He just got absolutely bombarded by a flurry of Hurricanes, but he somehow managed to keep the puck out of the net.



17:38: Mark Letesu capitalizes on his expanded role on the PP! He receives a cross-ice pass from Kunitz and floats it over a diving Ward. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 0

17:57: Cole's heading to the box for interference. You know what that means... The Pens are on the Power Ball Power Play!

19:29: We want to wish a very happy birthday to Penguins Live HD Radio Host Steve Mears! While he was doing his intermission report on the Jumbotron, the game night entertainment staff snuck in a graphic of Mearsy wearing a cartoon birthday cone hat with balloons streaming around him. He had no idea. We asked him how old he was, and he told us 21. Finally legal.

20:00: Here we go!



- That was Jeffrey's second marker in six games with the Pens so far this season. He's been recllaed five times by Pittsburgh starting Dec. 10.
- Asham and Letang each have four hits.
- Letang still leads with 17:45 of ice time.

0:00: That's it for the second, which got pretty exciting toward the end. Pens lead 1-0 after 40 minutes and hold a 18-14 advantage in shots.



2:58: Dustin Jeffrey unleashes a rocket from the point that flies past Ward and into the back of the net! Jeffrey had fallen back to cover for Letang, who had gotten caught behind the 'Canes net. Great defensive play by No. 15, and great to see him get rewarded on the scoreboard. Penguins 1, Hurricanes 0

3:40: The penalty boxes are getting some action today, as Jamie McBain is going for interference. It'll be 4-on-4 hockey for 1:42.

4:06: Both players are out of the box, but the 'Canes thought they just scored on a delayed penalty call. However, the puck never came close to crossing the goal line, instead hitting the crossbar and deflecting out of danger. That does means Conner is still going to have to head to the box for goaltender interference.

6:12: After some hustle by Kunitz to try to jump around Jay Harrison, the Carolina blueliner is getting two for interference. But Kunitz is also going to the box for diving. We're going to 4-on-4 hockey.

7:08: Conner's released. Pens back to full strength.

There's an air of magical awkwardness that surrounds goalies when they enter CONSOL Energy Center...  

9:08: Conner's getting a pair for holding. Pens back to the PK.

10:56: Martin jumps into the slot and attempts to one-time a pass, but it hits his stick funny. He then follows the play and nearly gets his own rebound, but Ward gets a pad on it.

12:32: Some great play by the line of Rupp, Talbot and Conner to work the puck low and get shots at Ward.


Now THAT is epic. A Paul Bissonnette Penguins jersey.

13:45: Kunitz and Letestu jump on a loose puck and start a rush. Kunitz tries a shot-pass for Letestu to deflect, but there's not enough juice on it and Ward sends the puck into the corner.

14:24: Staal wheels out from behind the net and is able to turn and fire a shot with red and white jerseys hanging all over him. TK and Cooke cause some trouble in front but neither Pen is able to find the puck.

15:00: Goligoski attempts a home-run pass to Kennedy, but the pass is a little too hot for TK to handle.



18:25: The 'Canes have been establishing some strong net-front presence. Jokinen got a nice re-direct opportunity just now, but he's shoved out of Fleury's line of vision immediately after.

19:04: But they're battling off the draw now!

20:00: We're off! No Staal vs. Staal this time on the opening faceoff.


Apparently there are two very talented brothers with the last name of Staal facing off against each other here at CONSOL Energy Center tonight. Tony Jovenitti captured this moment of brotherly love.

- Letang leads all Pens by a wide margin with 8:48 of ice time.
- Letestu has gone 4-of-6 on faceoffs for a 67-percent success rate.
- Talbot has thrown a team-leading four hits.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. We're scoreless and the Pens hold the advantage in shots, 8-6.

0:31: Rupp flies off the bench and nearly picks the pocket of a Carolina blueliner for a breakaway.

1:40: Letestu, with good positioning in front of Ward, nearly re-directs Goligoski's shot but it skitters into the corner.

2:00: Pens back to full strength!

4:00: Michalek's getting sent to the box for holding after getting tangled with Skinner in the corner. The Pens are now shorthanded with one of their best penalty killers in the box.


Suite 66 (left)

6:13: 'Canes are back to full strength. Jeff Skinner and Chad LaRose crash the net hard, but the Pens are able to move them out and get the play started the other way.

6:39: Kennedy's shot hits the side of the net, and Jeffrey tries to stuff in the rebound but Ward is able to save it with his shoulder.

8:39: Sergei Samsonov's getting two for delay of game as he lifts the puck over the boards and out of play. Pens on the PP!



10:53: They're showing a few random New York Jets fans in the stands on the Jumbotron, and the boos were so loud we thought there was a delayed penalty call on the Pens or something.

12:00: We've got a pretty fast-paced game of hockey going on right now. 

14:05: Brandon Sutter just had a great scoring opportunity when he re-directed Jussi Jokinen's shot, but Flower comes up big with the stop!

15:14: Eric just tried to lay Jordan out on the boards, but he bounced off his brother like the younger Staal was made of rubber.

Look at the wheels on this guy! I'm surprised there's not an NHL All-Star Team named after him or anything...

17:35: Goligoski unleashes a nice shot from the half wall, but Ward smothers for the whistle.

19:34: The 'Canes have the jump off the opening faceoff, firing two quick shots at Fleury.

20:00: They're off here at CONSOL Energy Center!


7:04 PM: Pens' lines (same as Thursday):



Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. Cam Ward is in the cage for Carolina.

6:55 PM: The Pens are about to hit the ice, looking for their first win without both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. While they used the same line combinations from Thursday's tilt against New Jersey at this morning's skate, head coach Dan Bylsma warned we might see some changes tonight.

Peruse the Pens Report for more from Bylsma and the rest of today's happenings.

6:50 PM: This is just the Pens' third home game in a two-week span. One of my favorite parts about CONSOL Energy Center's pregame countdown is that they play the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" towards the end of warmups, every game, without fail. It's a great song selection because it's one of those tunes you never get sick of, and it's one that is now synonymous with Penguins hockey – at least in my mind. So here it is for those of you following along to the blog to hopefully make you feel like you're right here with us CONSOL Energy Center:

6:45 PM: The Hurricanes have returned to CONSOL Energy Center for the second time this season. On their last visit back in November, the Penguins skated away with a 5-4 shootout victory thanks to some mad dangles from Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby and with some sick saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Here's the video of that epic shootout. A special thanks to's Sergei Feldman for getting this clip!

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