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Penguins-Jackets In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That'll do it. The Pens fall to the Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1.

1:00: As 54 seconds remain on a penalty assessed to Godard that Tangradi is serving, Brassard gets sent to the box for tripping. They'll be 4-on-4 for 54 seconds.

2:26: Godard and Jared Boll are dropping the gloves in front of the penalty boxes.

4:21: Martin sneaks in behind the Jackets' defense and is able to get a shot off, but Mason comes up with the save.

6:32: Antoine Vermette receives a nice feed as he cuts to the Penguins net and slides the puck under Fleury. Jackets 4, Penguins 1

7:07: The Penguins are outhitting the Jackets, 31-24.

9:34: Yikes. Huselius rings a shot off the post.

9:49: The crowd is going crazy now that the Pens have gotten on the board. I love it!



9:39: Dupuis blasts a shot at Mason that he barely catches with his shoulder. The puck deflects out of play.

12:31: The Pens finally solve Mason, as Tyler Kennedy whips a shot from the faceoff circle that flies into the net as Pittsburgh's PP winds down! The crowd is roaring now! Jackets 3, Penguins 1

13:21: Mason nimbly snags Jeffrey's shot out of midair.

14:30: Chris Clark hacks Letang's stick out of his hands, and the Jackets forward is getting two for slashing. Pens on the PP!



14:59: Pittsburgh gets a great chance as Jeffrey nearly re-directs Lovejoy's shot from the point past Mason, but it hits the side of the net and goes into the corner.

16:37: The Pens are trying to penetrate deep and establish some offensive zone time, but the Jackets are doing a solid job of clearing the puck.

18:32: Kennedy rips a blast that goes just wide.

20:00: Here we go!


- Staal has now won 10-of-12 faceoffs for an 83-percent success rate.
- Talbot has now won 10-of-13 faceoffs for a 77-percent success rate.
- Martin still leads the Pens with 15:26 of ice time while Rupp has five hits.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. The Pens head into the second intermission down by a score of 2-0, but holding the advantage in shots by a 23-22 margin.

2:48: Jakub Voracek hustles down the ice and manages to whack a puck past Fleury into the net. Jackets 3, Penguins 0

4:26: Fleury with a huge pad save on a blast from Umberger, stationed on the half wall.

6:30: Mason with a beauty of a glove save on Orpik's blast from the point. Mason's been standing on his head for the Jackets so far tonight.

8:52: Mason misplays a puck and leaves it for a crashing Tangradi, but manages to recover and make the save on the Pens forward! The rebound then pops out to Adams, who can't stuff it in either!



11:52: The play is under review, as the video replay shows Pahlsson may have kicked the puck in. And the play stands. It's a good goal.

11:52: On a delayed penalty to the Pens, Samuel Pahlsson crashes the net hard and knocks the puck in with his body off an Umberger shot. Jackets 2, Penguins 0

12:33: It looked like the Jackets were going to embark on a 2-on-0 rush, but Martin somehow manages to intercept the cross-ice pass and clear the zone.

15:41: Rupp picks the pocket of a Jackets blueliner and proceeds to softly clear the puck out of the Pens zone. Great play by No. 17.



17:41: Fleury just stones Nash on a breakaway. Huge save by Flower!!!

18:10: Tangradi gets robbed by the lightning-fast glove of Mason.

20:00: And they're off!


- Staal is a perfect 9-for-9 in the faceoff dot!
- Wallace leads the Pens with three hits.
- Martin leads Pittsburgh with 8:09 of ice time.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. The Pens trail the Jackets by a score of 1-0, with Columbus holding the advantage in shots, 14-13.

1:01: Tyutin one-times a shot at Fleury that he stones with his pad.

1:46: Beautiful play by Adams. He breaks up a cross-ice pass by the Jackets and sprints down the ice to backhand a shot at Mason.



3:18: Huselius is out of the box. Jackets on the power play for three minutes.

5:18: Cooke is getting a five-minute charging major and a fighting major and Brassard is getting two for roughing and a fighting major. Columbus will have a three-minute power play when Brassard's penalty expires. Huselius is serving his roughing penalty.

5:18: Cooke absolutely crushes Fedor Tyutin in the corner and Brassard takes exception, dropping the gloves with the Pens forward. The refs are sorting out the penalties right now.

6:00: Grant Clitsome's attempt to keep the puck inside the Pens zone fails, and Rupp lays a hard hit on him for good measure.

8:17: Somehow Martin and Michalek both get back to break up an almost 2-on-0 rush by RJ Umberger and Kristian Huselius.



10:04: The Pens gain control and carry down the ice. Wallace's shot is stopped by Mason with Rupp immediately getting the rebound. But the Jackets goalie smothers the puck in his pads.

11:19: Letang rips a shot at Mason and the rebound pops out into a sea of black jerseys, but no one can get a handle on it and it's cleared out of the Columbus zone.

13:53: Derick Brassard dishes a pass to Nash, who's wide open on the back door. The Jackets captain one-times a blast past Fleury for the score. Jackets 1, Penguins 0

14:16: Mason barely gets a pad on Orpik's drive from the point!

15:11: Derek Dorsett and Lovejoy drop the gloves as they get tangled in front of the Pens net!

15:37: Letang carries the puck down and whips a shot from the right circle, but it's deflected out of play by Columbus goalie Steve Mason.



17:03: Nice defensive play by Martin to break up a Blue Jackets pass on the Penguins blue line.

19:11: Nash finds a path from the corner and crashes into Fleury on his way to the net.

19:36: Columbus fires a few early shots at Fleury, but he smothers the puck for the faceoff.

20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!!!


7:02 PM: The Pens' lines now that Kunitz is out:



Fleury gets the nod between the pipes.

6:57 PM: The Penguins just announced that Kunitz has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

6:52 PM: Note - Chris Kunitz did not skate during the Penguins' pre-game warmup although he did participate in their morning skate. Stay posted for updates.

6:45 PM: The Penguins are preparing to face off with Columbus for the second time this season. This is the first of two-straight home games against Western Conference opponents, as Pittsburgh faces off with Los Angeles on Thursday here at CONSOL Energy Center.

Pittsburgh may have fallen to Washington on Sunday, but prior to that the Penguins had won five in a row. Part of that is due to the playoff mentality of Pittsburgh's WBS call-ups, who have helped keep the Penguins in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
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