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by Tony Jovenitti / Pittsburgh Penguins

3:09: Alex Goligoski wins it for the Penguins in overtime!!! Evgeni Malkin ripped a puck from the near circle, and the rebound went to Goligoski on the far side, who put it past DiPietro for the win. Final Score: Penguins 3, Islanders 2

4:08: Malkin almost buried the puck behind DiPietro. Jurcina was called for hooking, and the Penguins will have a four-on-three power play to try to win the game.



0:00: And we have our first overtime game in the history of CONSOL Energy Center. Both teams will play four-on-four hockey for five minutes, or until someone scores. If nobody finds the back of the net, the game will be decided in a shootout.

1:00: Matt Cooke made a nice poke check to clear the puck.

1:39: Pascal Dupuis got a nice cheer when he clears the puck. DiPietro didn't get as nice of reception when he played it behind the net.

2:17: The Penguins will have to play most of the rest of regulation shorthanded. Deryk Engelland will go to the box for interference.

2:26: Pascal Dupuis had a great chance from the goal mouth, but DiPietro shut the door just in time.

2:51: Crosby tried to put a backhander on goal, but Bailey manages to block the shot.

5:23: During the break, a great pump-up video was shown on the scoreboard, featuring inspirational speeches from movies. Of course, Herb Brooks' speech from Miracle was shown. That got the crowd excited.

5:23: Tyler Kennedy almost put the Penguins ahead with a wrap-around shot that he almost buried behind DiPietro. When DiPietro froze the puck, he recieved more boos from the crowd.

6:22: Tonight's attendance is 18,195. Another standring-room only sellout.

6:58: Just another reminder that the game time tomorrow in Philadelphia was changed to 6 p.m. to accomodate the ALCS series between the Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.

9:35: During the break, the fans got a nice wave going.


9:35: The Penguins had a nice shift after the power play expired. Ben Lovejoy wound up for a slapper from the near circle, but Grabner blocked it, and the puck went up into the netting.

11:22: Crosby ripped a shot from the far circle that bounced off of DiPietro. Kunitz tried to bat it into the net, but he just missed.

12:44: Wow, Brent Johnson is doing a spectacular job of keeping the Islanders from taking the lead. He made a point-blank save near the end of Cooke's penalty. An Islander is in the box for a too many men on the ice penalty and the Penguins will have another power play.

14:20: Johnson made another great blocker save on Comeau. The Penguins cleared the puck and as soon as DiPietro touched it, the fans booed him very loudly.

14:40: Brent Johnson made a nice toe save as the penalty expired. Matt Cooke came out of the box to join the rush. He fell into DiPietro. The goalie laid on the ice for a bit before getting up. The referee sent Cooke right back into the box for goaltender interference.

16:59: Matt Cooke goes to the box for interference. The Penguins penatly killing unit will take the ice.

17:05: The Islanders did a nice job killing off the penalty.

19:15: The Penguins will get another chance to take the lead. Konopka will go to the box for holding.

20:00: Things certainly got interesting in that second period. I'm looking forward to an exciting finish.


Mike Comrie is on the cover of tonight's Ice Time. Fans can read all of the Ice Time game programs online one hour before each game. Again, click the picture for more details.

Fans can purchase the calendar being given out tonight, all proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins foundation. Click the picture for details.


- The Penguins are showing a balanced offensive attack, as twelve different players have at least one shot.
- Crosby, Martin and Malkin all have three shots.
- Mark Letestu is having a great game. He has two assists and is a plus-2 so far.

0:00: A scrum ensued after the horn blew to signal the end of the period. The score is tied, 2-2, after two. The Penguins lead in shots, 19-12.

Alex Goligoski made a nice sliding block on Trent Hunter. Then Brent Johnson froze the puck after stopping a shot from Nielsen.

The Penguins got some nice shots to the net, but weren't able to capitalize on either Islanders penalty.

Mike Comrie drew another penalty to give the Penguins a five-on-three for 1:12. Milan Jurcina will go to the box for slashing.

The Penguins will go back on the power play with a chance to take the lead again. The Islanders had too many men on the ice. The penalty will be served by Niederreiter.


And the Islanders just tied up the game shortly after the penalty to Letang expired. Radek Martinek slipped a wrister by Johnson's glove side. Penguins 2, Islanders 2.

To add insult to injury, Bailey scored on the power play. He received a re-direct from Comeau on the far side of Johnson and put a backhander in the net. Penguins 2, Islanders 1

The Penguins will be shorthanded for three minutes as Bailey's penalty expires.

Letang just hit Comeau pretty hard in the shoulder - hard enough to knock his helmet off. The referee signaled for a penalty as Josh Bailey went after Letang. Bailey got a minor penalty for roughing. Letang got a five-minute major penalty for a hit to the head and an automatic game misconduct. After showing the replay on the screen, the fans booed loudly when it showed that Letang never hit Comeau's head.


13:03: Eric Tangradi added another one for the Pens! Mark Letestu made a nice play from behind the net to Tangradi. He skated to the far faceoff dot and threw the puck toward the net. It bounced off an Islander's skate and went past DiPietro. That's Tangradi's first NHL goal! Penguins 2, Islanders 0

Off a Penguins turnover, Frans Nielsen had an open net, but Johnson made a great toe save to keep the Penguins ahead.

Mike Rupp scored his first goal of the season! Paul Martin blasted a slapper from the near point. The rebound found Rupp's stick, who scored from the backdoor. Penguins 1, Islanders 0

Michael Grabner took a slapshot from the bottom of the faceoff circle, but Johnson made a nice glove save. Seconds later, Johnson made another pad save on Zenon Konopka.

20:00: Let's hope the Penguins can keep the pressure on DiPietro and get the first goal for the first time in the new arena.


Left: The calendar being given out tonight. Right: The 2000-01 Penguins team photo in the stairwell.

- Evgeni Malkin is leading the Penguins with three shots on goal.
- The Penguins are outshooting the Islanders 8-3.
- Sidney Crosby won 57 percent of his faceoffs (4 for 7).
- Throughout the last two periods the Penguins only allowed five total shots (two to Toronto in the third period of Wednesday's game and three to the Islanders tonight).

The Penguins are selling commemorative patches celebrating CONSOL Energy Center's inaugural season throughout the arena. Fans can get them pressed onto their jerseys right in the concourse.


The Penguins spent a majority of the period in the offensive zone, but the story of the first frame was DiPietro's goaltending that kept the game scoreless. Still, if the Penguins can keep it up, it is only a matter of time before the pucks start going in the net.

Chris Kunitz made a great pass into the crease, but Moulson did a nice job of keeping Goligoski from the puck, who would have had an open net on the far side.

The Penguins just got lucky there. A turnover led to a two-on-one shorthanded chance, but Matt Moulson missed the net.

The Penguins will go right back on the power play thanks to a double-minor high-sticking penalty by Niederreiter.

The Penguins got some nice shots on goal during the power play, but DiPietro made a couple more nice stops.

Nino Niederreiter took a tripping penalty. And the Penguins are on the Powerball Power Plaaaaay!!

"Cotton Candy Here!" (Left)

The Islanders gave up a turnover in their own zone. Comrie passed it back to Malkin coming down the slot, but DiPietro made another great point-blank save.

Cooke's penalty expired, which led to a nice rush for Malkin. He tried to pass it to Crosby coming down the right wing, but Mike Mottau made a nice defensive play to break up the pass.

Andrew MacDonald took a blast from the center point that took a weird bounce off the end board, and the puck bounced into the air, but Johnson made a spectacular glove save.

Matt Cooke goes to the box on an interference call in front of the net.



Letestu was in front of the net and steered the puck to Mike Rupp, who lifted a shot, but it landed on top of the net. The crowd reacted as if the puck went in the goal until Rupp picked up the puck and threw it back onto the ice.

Paul Martin took a nice shot from the near circle, but Rick DiPietro made the save and froze the puck. Seconds later he made another save on Kris Letang, who blasted a slapper from the high slot.

Off the faceoff, Eric Godard and Trevor Gillies dropped the gloves, and Godard got several nice punches in to electrify the crowd. The fight lasted nearly a full minute, and the crowd gave Godard a standing ovation.

The Islanders controlled the puck in the zone for a nice shift, but Johnson made a nice glove save to freeze the puck.

Let's hope the Penguins can get their first win in their new home tonight!



7:04 PM:
The Penguins take to the ice wearing their blue third jerseys for the first time in CONSOL Energy Center. Brent Johnson is starting in goal. Alex Goligoski and Deryk Engelland will man the blue line, while Matt Cooke, Maxime Talbot and Tyler Kennedy will start up front.

7:02 PM:
Craig Adams is a scratch tonight, meaning Mark Letestu will center the fourth line between Eric Godard and Mike Rupp.

7:01 PM:
Just a reminder, tomorrow's game in Philadelphia has been moved to 6 p.m. to accomodate the NLCS series between the Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.

7:00 PM:
The Penguins look to pick up their first official victory at CONSOL Energy Center here tonight as they host the pesky New York Islanders. New York enters the contest with a 1-1-1 overall record, but that mark is misleading because New York has lost once in overtime and by one to Washington - despite missing Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit for all three games and John Tavares for the last two.

Pittsburgh enters this contest on an eight-game home winning streak against the Islanders, but New York always plays the Penguins tough and won't settle for conceding victory No. 9 to Pittsburgh.
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