0:00: Time runs out and the Toronto Maple Leafs hold on for a 4-3 victory at CONSOL Energy Center to improve to 3-0. Chris Kunitz
, Maxime Talbot and Sidney Crosby
scored the Pittsburgh goals. The Penguins will be back in action on Friday when they drop the puck at 7 p.m. versus the New York Islanders at home.
Crosby sets Letestu up in the slot and Gustavsson robs him yet again.
Empty net at the Penguins end of the ice.
Pittsburgh uses its only timeout.
Great save by Gustavsson as he drops down to his knees to deny a turnaround shot from the slot by Mark Letestu.
Pittsburgh kills off the Letang penalty and now have to muster up a late charge to tie this game.
The Penguins return to the penalty kill as Letang is caught tripping a Leaf.
I'm not sure if Craig Adams
' redirection went off the post or the outside of the net, but the Penguins just came within inches of knotting the score.
Despite the Penguins dominating zone time the Maple Leafs were able to keep Pittsburgh to the outside and kill off the penalty.
The turkey will be on the table when we return from a commercial thanks to MacArthur shooting the puck into the stands for a delay of game penalty.
The Penguins have Crosby and Malkin playing together on the first few shifts of the third period alongside Kunitz as they look to draw even with the Leafs.
We would like to send out a happy birthday message to Penguins equipment guy Paul DeFazio. Happy Birthday Pauli!
Our thanks to Tony "T-Bone" Jovenitti for bringing you the second period. I'm back and I'm hoping the result is a come-from-behind victory.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
-The Penguins still lead the Maple Leafs in hits, 26-19.
-Malkin leads the Pengins with four shots on goal.
-Ben Lovejoy has two blocks. 0:00:
Crosby's goal got some life back into the crowd heading into the second intermission. The Penguins trail the Maple Leafs 4-3, but have the momentum going into the third period. The Penguins are outshooting the Maple Leafs, 16-14, and had the edge in second period shots, 11-5. 0:43: Sidney Crosby
gets his first goal in CONSOL Energy Center. Matt Cooke
dished the puck to Ben Lovejoy
on the right point, who passed it to a breaking Crosby. He faked a shot and then sneaked a backhander past Gustavsson. Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3
Dion Phaneuf triped Malkin on a breakaway. The ref signalled for a penalty shot. The crowd stood on its feet and chanted "Geno!" He skated to the far right side and shot it just wide. 5:07:
Tonight's attendance is 18,112, a standing-room only sellout.
Clarke MacArthur gets another goal for the Leafs with a one-timer wide open in the slot thanks to a great pass from behind the net by Mikhail Grabovski. Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 210:50:
It looked like the Pens tied it up again with a nice tic-tac-toe play from Kunitz and Crosby, who passed from the high slot to Dupuis on the far side of the net, but the puck hit off the outside of the mesh.
13:52: Deryk Engelland
brings the crowd to a roar again. He dropped the gloves with Toronto's Colton Orr. Engelland won the fight with nice punch and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
As the penalty expires, former Penguin Mike Zigomanis won the faceoff and dished it to the far side to Schenn. He passed it out to the point, where Francois Beauchemin blasted it past Fleury, who was screened by several players. Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 2
16:32: Tyler Kennedy
nearly puts the Penguins back on top, but Gustavsson stops his shot, and a scrum ensues behind the net. Matt Cooke
comes out with a slashing penalty. The Penguins penalty kill takes the ice.17:06:
The Penguins penalty kill wasn't on the ice very long after Eric Tangradi
's high sticking penalty. Just a few seconds into the Leafs power play, Tomas Kaberle dishes a cross-ice pass to Clarke MacArthur, who beat Fleury with a one-timer past the glove. Penguins 2, Maple Leafs 218:01: Evgeni Malkin
is already having a great game. He takes a shot from a tough angle behind Gustavsson, who makes a nice save. Malkin then kicked it back out into the crease which gave the Penguins another great chance. But Gustavsson keeps the puck out of the net.
19:47: Marc-Andre Fleury
, with a little help from Sidney Crosby
, survives a scramble in front of the net with some nice saves.SECOND PERIOD:
Tony "T-Bone" Jovenitti will be bringing you the second period action. I expect him to do a great job as usual!
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Sidney Crosby
was a perfect 5-0 on faceoffs.
- Matt Cooke
led the Penguins with four hits.
- Pittsburgh outhit the Maple Leafs by a healthy 14-6 margin.
The crowd at CONSOL Energy Center gives the home team a roar of approval at the final buzzer as the Penguins lead the Maple Leafs by a 2-1 count on goals by Chris Kunitz
and Maxime Talbot. Toronto outshoots the Penguins, 7-5.
Kind of a crazy play behind the Leafs net, but the fortuitious bounce puts the Penguins in front. Matt Cooke
's centering pass bounced off the skate of a Leaf and landed right on the stick of Max Talbot, who slammed the biscuit into the back of the net. Kennedy notched the second assist. Penguins 2, Maple Leafs 1.
We have our first little bit of rough-housing as Mike Rupp and Dion Phaneuf exhange pleasantries following a whistle. That would be two big boys going toe-to-toe if they were to square off.
Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski received the second assist on the Kunitz goal, giving him a point in all four games thus far. Goligoski has been phenomenal for Pittsburgh.
Former Penguins forward Bill Guerin is in the house tonight. The Penguins just showed a video tribute to Guerin that concluded with "Thank You! Bill Guerin" Not surprisingly, and well-deserved of course, Guerin received a standing ovation. Guerin is spending the game in owner Mario Lemieux's box. Very fitting tribute for a class guy.
Great puck and player movement by the Penguins and the result is a power-play goal to even the score! Evgeni Malkin
blasts a shot along the ice from the far point and Chris Kunitz
, standing just outside the crease, tips the shot behind Gustavsson to even the score. Penguins 1, Maple Leafs 1.
A slight change to the Penguins top power-play unit as Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz are up front with Goligoski and Martin manning the points. Mike Comrie, who had been seeing action with the top unit, is a scratch tonight.
The Penguins are on the Powerball power plaaaaaaaaaay! Luke Schenn is in the box for the next four minutes for high sticking Eric Tangradi
Pittsburgh dodged a huge bullet as former Penguin Colby Armstrong had the puck roll of his blade as he found a way to sneak behind the Pittsburgh defense. He had Fleury down.
Penguins almost evened the score as Paul Martin
sent a drive off the outside of the post to the right of Jonas Gustavsson on a blast from the far point.
Pittsburgh surrenders the opening goal for the third straight home game as Colton Orr deflects a Luke Schenn wrist shot over Fleury. Nice play by Mike "Fu-manchu" Brown to work the puck from the far corner back to Schenn. Maple Leafs 1, Penguins 0.
The Penguins were having some trouble clearing their zone so Ben Lovejoy
took matters into his own zone, using a perfect Murphy Dump (named after former Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy) to clear the zone and NOT get called for icing at the same time.
The Penguins didn't use their D-pairings in the morning skate, so here is what they are using:
Like Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas once sang ... "I got a feeling ... that tonight's going to be a good, good night."
As a friendly reminder, while you are reading this game blog, please click on the accompanying link to the Penguins HD channel to listen to Mike Lange, Phil Bourque, Bob Grove and Steve Mears bring you the action.
We have tonight's lineup in front of us here at CONSOL Energy Center and along with Orpik and Michalek, forward Mike Comrie is also out of action tonight. He will be replaced by Eric Godard, who makes his season debut.
Toronto's lone scratch is center John Mitchell.
Yes, we had to get some bad news out of the way to open the blog because it pertains to this upcoming game, but I do also bring good news as well. Penguins center Jordan Staal skated earlier this morning with Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar
prior to the morning skate. Hopefully his foot responds well and he'll be on the road to recovery.
In a rare 7:30 p.m. start at CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins look to pick up their first victory in the new arena as they play host to the undefeated, 2-0 Toronto Maple Leafs.
The big news today is head coach Dan Bylsma's announcement at the morning skate that defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin; day-to-day) and Zbynek Michalek (undisclosed) will miss tonight's contest
. Veteran blueliner Andrew Hutchinson was recalled
to fill the void in their place.