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Penguins In-Game Blog at NY Islanders

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins will be tracking every Penguins game during the 2009-10 season with a live in-game blog. Check back for news and updates throughout the game.

Morning Skate Buzz
The Penguins aren't expecting any changes in their lineup tonight from their previous game, a 3-2 banner-raising, home-opening victory over the New York Rangers just 24 hours ago. Pittsburgh had a full compliment of players participate in the morning skate for the second installment of back-to-back games.

The line combinations and defensive pairings at Saturday's morning skate were:



Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start for Pittsburgh

One interesting note from the morning skate was Pascal Dupuis' shot that broke a pane of glass at Nasseu Coliseum.

The Islanders are being introduced to the home crowd.

Rookie No. 1 overall selection John Tavares draws a huge ovation.

Sidney Crosby and Brendan Witt participate in a ceremonial puck-drop.


The puck is dropped.

19:05: John Tavares touches the puck for the first time in the National Hockey League.

16:16: The Islanders Matt Moulson heads to the penalty box for interference.

14:16: The Islanders kill the penalty. Both teams are at full strength.

13:35: The Islanders jumbotron congratulate Bill Guerin on winning the Stanley Cup. Class move.

13:35: Jay McKee heads to the penalty box two minutes for holding.

12:30: Marc-Andre Fleury robs Moulson from point-blank range.

11:35: The Penguins kill McKee's penalty.

11:10: Crosby takes a leap pass from Ruslan Fedotenko and deposits the puck between the legs of Dwayne Roloson for his second goal of the season. Penguins 1, Islanders 0.

10:28: Mike Rupp squares off with the Islanders Tim Jackman. Both receive five minutes for fighting.

8:26: McKee jumps Witt and the two drop the gloves after McKee takes exception to Witt's hit on Fedotenko at the Islanders' blue line.

8:26: The Islanders get a 5-on-3 power play after McKee is given an extra two minutes for instigating and Evgeni Malkin is penalized for interference.

7:20: The Islanders tie the score on a goal by defenseman Mark Streit. Tavares picks up his first NHL point with the secondary assist. Penguins 1, Islanders 1.

The Penguins kill the second penalty and both teams are back to full strength.

0:00: The period ends with the scored tied, 1-1. New York had the advantage in shots, 9-6.


Play resumes with the Penguins winning the opening faceoff.

19:08: Mark Eaton makes a great recovery to deny a toe-drag move by the Islanders Kyle Okposo.

16:21: Rupp and Eric Godard are again at the forefront of pushing and shoving after the whistle in front of the Islanders bench.

13:14: The Islanders go back on the power play for the fourth time as Mark Eaton is penalized two minutes for hooking.

12:51: Tavares puts a backhand over Fleury's shoulder for his first NHL goal. Islanders 2, Penguins 1.

Streit heads to the box two minutes for tripping Bill Guerin.

10:23: Fleury robs Tavares with an outstanding glove save as the rookie broke in on the breakaway.

4:28: Kris Letang lays a great hit into Trent Hunter behind the Penguins' net.

3:29: Roloson robs Guerin on a one-timer after a setup by Chris Kunitz.

0:00: The second period ends with the Islanders leading, 2-1. Pittsburgh outshot the Islanders 14-12 in the second period.


Play begins in the third period.

19:07: The Penguins get their third power play when Richard Park goes off for tripping.

17:07: The Islanders kill the penalty despite intense pressure from the Penguins.

13:48: Roloson stones Brooks Orpik in front of the Islanders net.

12:45: The Penguins have three more quality scoring chances in the Islanders end but Roloson again denies them as Pittsburgh continues to dominate the third period.

12:41: Crosby cleanly wins a faceoff, Letang then sets up Eaton for the one-timer and Eaton's goal through a screen ties the game. Penguins 2, Islanders 2.

The Islanders Trent Hunter gives New York the lead back when his one-timer beats Fleury. Josh Bailey set him up. Islanders 3, Penguins 2.

Crosby's assist on Eaton's goal was his 400th career point. He became the sixth-fastest player to reach that mark.

8:45: Fleury makes a nice shoulder save on a sneaky shot by a streaking Okposo.

8:17: Rupp takes a seat two minutes for holding the stick.

6:17: The Penguins kill the Islanders fifth power-play attempt as Rupp returns to the ice.

3:49: Fedotenko ties the game for the Penguins. He lifted the puck over Hunter, laying in the crease for a sprawled Roloson. Penguins 3, Islanders 3.

Guerin heads to the box for slashing.

0:39: The Penguins kill the penalty to Guerin.

0:00: The third period ends with the two teams tied, 3-3. The game heads to overtime.


Play begins in the Penguins' first overtime game of the season.

3:32: Fleury again denies Moulson on a one-timer from the left of Fleury's net.

0:00: The Penguins threaten several times in the last 20 seconds but the game heads to a shootout.


Islanders First Shot:
Steve Tambellini misses the net.

Penguins First Shot: Kris Letang scores through the five-hole.

Islanders Second Shot: John Tavares misses the net.

Penguins Second Shot: Sidney Crosby scores to win the shootout for the Penguins, 2-0. Final score, Penguins 4, Islanders 3.
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