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Penguins-Senators In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That'll do it! Pens win by a final score of 5-1, improving to 5-1-2 in their last eight games! Johnny is now 8-1-1 all-time against Ottawa.

2:10: Now the Pens are back to full strength.

2:42: The Pens are now shorthanded for about 30 seconds.




4:18: Rupp's getting two for goaltender interference. It's going to be 4-on-4 hockey for 1:22.

4:57: Zack Smith is in the box for roughing after he tries to engage Letang, who is having none of it. Pens on the PP.

7:39: The Sens just came on hard during that last shift, but the puck is eventually deflected up and out of play.

11:13: Dustin Jeffrey dishes to Zbynek Michalek, who absolutely rifles a blistering shot past Anderson for his third goal in four games!!! Kovalev did some great work on the boards to protect the puck and eventually get it to Jeffrey. Penguins 5, Senators 1



14:18: Despite the low shot output from the Sens tonight, Johnny's staying sharp. He just made three huge saves, falling on top of the puck after the last one to get the whistle.

15:01: The Pens are establishing quite a bit of offensive zone time so far this period.

18:19: Anderson lets off a long rebound off a James Neal shot which Kovalev corrals and sends to the net, but it's smothered by the Sens goalie.

20:00: They're off!


- Neal and Cooke each have four shots
- Eleven different Pens have a plus rating
- Staal and Kunitz lead the way with a plus-three rating
- Martin and Michalek each have two blocked shots

0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The Pens are leading 4-1 after two periods. Shot count for the second: Pens 27, Sens 9.

2:10: Pens are outshooting the Sens by a 25-9 margin right now. Amazing effort by Pittsburgh thus far.


Photos from inside the Pens locker room at Scotiabank Place

5:46: Senators are back to full strength.

6:30: Karlsson is out. Pens now have a 5-on-4 advantage for about 45 seconds.

7:35: Now the Pens have a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:05 as Cooke is out of the box!

7:47: Now Zack Smith is getting a pair for hi-sticking. Pens have the 4-on-3 advantage for 12 seconds.

8:27: And now Karlsson is heading to the box. It's going to be 4-on-4 hockey for 55 seconds.



9:35: Pens are heading to the PK as Cooke is whistled for tripping Karlsson

12:26: It's unclear now if the puck went off the Senators defender's skate or Matt Cooke's skate. The war room in Toronto is determining who it deflected off last. If it went off Cooke's skate, it could have been determined that he used a kicking motion to get it in and it may not count. But no worries, IT STANDS! Cooke gets credit for the goal and it's determined that he did NOT use a kicking motion!

12:26: Another dirty goal! After Paul Martin lofts a shot to the net, Jeffrey picks up the rebound and his rebound deflects off a Senators defender's skate, off the top of Anderson's left pad and bounces into the net! Penguins 4, Senators 1

14:07: Johnny with a couple of big saves these last few shifts. First he gets a glove on a Shannon blast from the slot, then a puck deflected off his head as the Sens had a 2-on-1 rush.



16:55: Staal dishes a pass from behind the net to Lovejoy, who one-times a blast past Anderson! Talk about a fast response! Penguins 3, Senators 1

17:52: Six seconds into their power play, Shannon goes across the front of the net, dekes to his backhand and puts the puck past Johnson. Penguins 2, Senators 1

17:58: Michalek is in the box for tripping. Pens on the PK.

18:39: Seconds after the penalty expires, Kovalev rips a shot on net that has Kennedy, Staal and Kunitz all over the resounding rebound. They keep shoveling away at the puck as Anderson is caught out of position and Staal manages to punch it in! Penguins 2, Senators 0

20:00: The puck has dropped. Game on! The Pens begin the second period with 1:19 left on their power play.


In honor of Sid skating, let's play his 'Building of a Champion' video shown during the Pens' Oct. 3 tilt with Philadelphia at CONSOL Energy Center. Enjoy.

- Sidney Crosby skated for the second straight day! Click here for details!
- TK now has eight goals in 12 career games against Ottawa
- His tally marked a new career-high for the fourth-year forward
- Potter has recorded one shot and one blocked shot in 4:48 of ice time

0:00: That'll do it for the first. The Pens are up 1-0 thanks to a TK goal and are outshooting the Senators 13-6.

0:40: Colin Greening is in the box for interference. Pens are on the PP!

1:12: Spezza lays a solid body check on Matt Cooke on the boards in the neutral zone.



3:20: Engelland and Chris Neil are dropping the gloves!! What a battle between the two. Engelland got about three great punches in early but then it evened out. A good match!

3:25: Neal drops a pass to Kovalev on the Sens blue line, who feeds a streaking Mark Letestu with an absolutely gorgeous heads-up pass! And Letestu rings his shot off the post!!!

4:15: Pens back to full strength. The Sens had a few good chances with the man-advantage but Johnny came up with a couple of great saves.

Update on Sidney Crosby: The Penguins captain skated at CONSOL Energy Center this morning for the second-straight day.

6:15: Chris Neil jumps on a loose puck in the neutral zone and wheels down the ice with Ben Lovejoy hot on his heels. Lovejoy hooks him to prevent a full-out breakaway and he'll head to the box. Pens on the PK.



9:32: On the play before that goal, Jason Spezza had a point-blank scoring opportunity that Johnny squared up to and saved. Great job by the Pens to get the play going right back down the ice.

10:46: Kunitz sends a cross-ice pass to Paul Martin on the point, whose blast is re-directed by TK and hits one post before richocheting over, hitting the other post and flying into the back of the net! Penguins 1, Senators 0

11:33: Dupuis hustles down the ice and receives a pass that he fires at Anderson, who gets a blocker on it and sends it out of play.

13:51: Kovalev is drawing some boos as he patiently handles the puck in the Pens zone.



16:05: Sens are back to full strength. As soon as the penalty expires, Cooke nearly capitalizes on a turnover by Erik Karlsson but his shot is saved by Craig Anderson.

18:05: Pens are heading to the PP as Zack Smith is whistled for interference.

19:14: Corey Potter is on the ice for his season debut with the Pens!

19:31: Nick Foligno gets a shot to the net and Ryan Shannon gets a few cracks on the doorstep, but Johnny pounces and holds the puck for the faceoff.

20:00: The puck has dropped. Game on!


7:30 PM: Chris Conner, Eric Godard and Steve Wagner are scratched. Here's the Pens' lines:



7:24 PM: Brent Johnson gets the nod between the pipes for the Pens. He's 7-1-1 in his career against the Sens!

7:15 PM: It's almost gametime! The Pens are preparing to take on the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place, where Pittsburgh suffered their only road loss at the hands of a Northeast Division opponent on Dec. 26. 

Although the Senators are no longer in playoff contention and have stripped their roster to begin the rebuilding process, they're still a proud team and want to win as many games down the stretch as they can. Meanwhile, the Pens are focused on chasing Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference, as head coach Dan Bylsma said today. So all-in-all, it should be a good, hard battle tonight.
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