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Penguins-Senators In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins

Time runs out and the Penguins have now won four of five games after defeating the Senators by a 5-2 count.

It looks like the Penguins are about to win their third-straight game of the season here tonight.

Engelland just shoved Chris Kelly down to the ice with a big check. I'm really impressed with the physicality Engelland brings.

Johnson continues to wow the crowd. He just snarled a Ryan Shannon snap shot from the slot out of the air, eliciting a round of cheers.


The Penguins gave the puck away shorthanded to Mike Fisher Underwood, but Johnson came diving out of his net to poke the puck from his blade before he could make a move.

All mayhem just broke loose on the ice. By my count we had one fight, one attack and one attempted fight. Matt Carkner took exception to something Mike Rupp did and engaged him in a fight. For some reason Chris Neil attacked Ben Lovejoy. An unidentified Senator tried dropping the gloves with Crosby, but the Penguins captain would have none of that.

After all that the Penguins are going to end up with a power play. We'll get you all the details ASAP.

Ottawa picks up its second goal of the game as Chris Campoli steps in from the left point and rips a slap shot through a screen and past the glove of Johnson. Penguins 5, Senators 2.

Both teams are back to full strength.


We will play four-on-four the next two minutes because Gonchar just took a hooking penalty.

The Penguins open the period having to kill off a double-minor.

- Goligoski, Martin and Letang each have two blocked shots.
- Martin has a plus-3 rating.
- Goligoski has logged a team-high 17:10 minutes.



The crowd at CONSOL Energy Center is loving this performance as the Penguins hold a 5-1 lead over the Ottawa Senators after two periods. Shots on goal are 24-23 in favor of the Penguins.

Ottawa receives a late power-play opportunity as Andrew Hutchinson was given a double-minor for high-sticking.

Right about now I would love to ask Brent Johnson how big that puck looks to him, because he is playing at an out-of-this world level. He is squaring up to shots and doing an excellant job with rebound control.

Great shift once again by the Comrie-Letestu-Malkin trio. I really like the chemistry these guys are developing over the last two games.


Robin Lehner is now in goal for Ottawa. It's his second relief appearance of the season.

And that's all she wrote for Brian Elliott. Kris Letang's slap shot from the center point deflected off the blade of Jarkko Ruutu - breaking his stick - and jumped over Elliott into the net. Assists went to Rupp and Adams. Penguins 5, Senators 1.

9:53: You, Me and Pascal Dupuis! On a broken play off the rush, Dupuis tried centering a pass to Chris Kunitz on the doorstep, but the pass deflected off the stick of an Ottawa defenseman and slid behind Elliott. Crosby and Ben Lovejoy, who took the original blocked shot, got the assists. Penguins 4, Senators 1.


Crosby just set Kennedy up from five feet away with a deft setup, but Elliott made one of his finer saves of the evening.

Ottawa is on the board thanks to a twisted wrister from their captain, Daniel Alfredsson, who ripped a shot from the far circle over the glove of Johnson, off the post and into the net. Gonchar and Alexei Kovalev received the assists. Penguins 3, Senators 1.

Kind of an easy call for the referees as Ben Lovejoy gets called for cross-checking.

Great hit in the far corner of the Senators zone and Adams skates in and knocks Jarkko Ruuuuuuuuuutuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu to the ice. (I loved that chant when he was here)


The Penguins could have really blown this game wide open but Talbot and Cooke both missed the net on tap-in chances from the top of the crease. The Penguins are moving the puck with ease on Ottawa.

Johnson flashes his left pad out quickly to deny a Jason Spezza wrist shot from the far circle.

We'll see if the Penguins can continue their offensive onslaught.


- Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin each had four shots on goal.
- Alex Goligoski logged a team-high 9:33 minutes of ice time.
- Former Penguin Sergei Gonchar played 8:52, blocked two shots and was minus-one.

I don't think I'll get much argument when I say that was the best period thus far at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh holds a commanding 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and has outshot the Senators by a 17-12 advantage.

On the Penguins' second goal, change the second assist from Letang to Malkin.

Deryk Engelland is certainly establishing himself as one of the NHL's best fighters. He just engaged in a spirited bout with the Senators Chris Neil. Engelland is quickly becoming a fan favorite - and for good reason.

Off a faceoff win, Letestu wins a puck battle in the low slot over two Senators and swats a pass towards the net. Malkin dives along the ice and sweeps the rubber behind Elliott. Comrie picked up his second helper. Penguins 3, Senators 0.

Just added the Gonchar video at the 8:31 mark. Definitely something to check out.


Letestu nearly had a second goal as he sprinted down the left wing on the rush and ripped a shot from the circle off the post to the right of Elliott. He is playing some hockey right now.

Goligoski's assist allowed him to tie a career high by recording a point in his seventh straight game. He first set that mark Oct. 14-Oct. 30 of last season.

The Penguins get their first CONSOL Energy Center bounce!!! Alex Goligoski's blast from the right point missed the net wide, but the puck caromed right off the end boards to the stick of Sidney Crosby at the doorstep. He took care of business from there. Kris Letang got the second helper. Malkin got the second assist on further review. Penguins 2, Senators 0.

Craig Adams hustle forces Chris Neil to take a hooking penalty in the neutral zone. This is the Penguins' third man-advantage situation of the period.

Letestu's team-leading fourth goal of the season has him taking a shift on the second line with Malkin and Comrie.

Another classy move by the Penguins during the second television stoppage. They just showed a highlight video of Sergei Gonchar's days with the Penguins. Fans were on their feet giving him a well-deserved standing ovation. You could tell he was overwhelmed as he stood and saluted the fans.

Just like he has all season, Johnson has once again been a brick wall in goal. He just made a great blocker save on Jesse Winchester and followed that up by denying a rebound.

Can we say early rookie of the the year candidate?!?! Mark Letestu, who was covering the right point, just took a pass from Mike Comrie and blistered a wrist shot past the glove of Elliott. Paul Martin picked up the second assist. Penguins 1, Senators 0.

Now that's how you work a power play! No, the Penguins weren't able to get a shot behind Elliott, but following an amazing keep in by Letang, who dove to the ice to keep the play alive, Pittsburgh had about three great looks at Elliott.

The cookie is on the table a second time for the Penguins with Ottawa penalized for having too many men on the ice.

Neither team has really been able to do much with their first power play. In fact, both teams' penalty killing units have actually had the better of the chances.

Andrew Hutchinson goes to the box for Pittsburgh for cross-checking.

Mark Letestu continues to create offense for the Penguins. Letestu just sneaked through the Ottawa defense, but his forehand to backhand move was denied by Elliott.


An interference penalty to Peter Regin, who starred for Ottawa against the Penguins in the postseason, puts the Penguins on the man-advantage.

Evgeni Malkin just rudely welcomed Sergei Gonchar back to Pittsburgh as he picked his pocket and created a mini-breakaway for himself. Unfortunately Malkin's shot missed the net.

Tyler Kennedy has seven goals in nine career games against Ottawa. He nearly made it eight in 10 by picking the pocket of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. Elliott made a nice save as Kennedy tried cutting across the crease.

Brian Elliott gets the call between the pipes for Cory Clouston's squad.


7:04 PM:
Former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Senators. Gonchar received a rousing ovation when his name was announced. We caught up with the veteran blueliner earlier today.

7:01 PM:
The lineup sheets are in and the Penguins are going with Brent Johnson in goal. The scratches tonight include Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Eric Godard. Here is the lines and D-pairings the Penguins will use:




7:00 PM:
The Penguins look to stretch their winning streak to three in a row tonight as they host the Ottawa Senators at CONSOL Energy Center. This is the first meeting between the two teams since the Penguins eliminated the Senators 4-2 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. It was the third postseason meeting in four years for the two teams.

Pittsburgh finally eliminated the Senators in Game 6 when they stormed back from a 3-0 deficit and eventually won the contest in overtime on this Pascal Dupuis goal:

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