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Penguins-Sharks In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:04: Marleau ends it with a beauty of a goal. He had been going in the other direction but saw the puck in the slot, so he leaned back and was able to lift it up and over Fleury. Sharks win in OT by a score of 3-2.

1:02: Fleury absolutely ROBS Marleau!!! Marleau gets a breakaway and goes forehand to backhand but Flower makes a wheeling glove save while diving forward!

2:12: Neal and Staal are up top for the Pens right now.

3:13: The Pens have been keeping the puck corralled in the Sharks zone.

5:00: Game on!


0:00: We're going to overtime thanks to TK's clutch goal with 50 seconds left!!!

0:50: Staal shoots from the slot and his shot rolls off Niemi's shoulder and into the crease for TK to dunk home!!! Penguins 2, Sharks 2

1:08: The Pens have pulled Flower!

4:00: Flower just made a great save to keep the Penguins in this game! A Sharks' shot almost sneaked through his five-hole, but he made the stop.

5:44: A centering pass almost gives the Penguins the tying goal, but Niemi is quick to cover the puck with his glove.

Sharks back to full strength.

7:01: Niemi robs Letang with a nifty glove save!



8:34: Setoguchi's getting a pair for holding. The Pens are on the Power Ball Power Play!

9:32: Niskanen feeds a cross-ice pass to Cooke, whose blast is turned aside by Niemi.

9:46: The Sharks are like a brick wall on their blue line. The Pens just can't seem to penetrate the zone.

13:35: Couture nearly finds some open space between Fleury and the post, but Flower makes it over in time to make a save while falling backward.

14:32: Dany Heatley picks up a loose puck behind the net and slides it to Marleau, who comes out and tucks it between the post and Fleury's pad for the score. Sharks 2, Penguins 1



15:57: Neal carries it through the slot area and Niemi barely corrals his shot with his shoulder.

16:51: Setoguchi is back on the ice and immediately proceeds to rip a shot at Fleury, who turns it aside.

19:16: Setoguchi goes down behind the Pens net after tripping over a Pittsburgh player. He's slow to get up and immediately heads down the runway to the locker room.

20:00: The final frame has commenced!


While we're waiting for the third period to start, check out this awesome new Penguins commercial. It'll be worth your while, I guarantee:

- Michalek and Adams each have four blocked shots
- Cooke and Kennedy each have three shots
- Neal has logged 11:46 of ice time while Niskanen has skated for 10:09

0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The teams are tied 1-1 and the Sharks have a 20-15 advantage in shots.

0:36: Pens back to full strength.

1:30: Craig Adams just slid on his back to block a shot that went off his shin pad and out of play.

2:20: Unbelievable D by the Penguins just now. The Sharks just had about eight scoring chances on that last shift, as they kept making perfect passes and getting point blank one-timer opportunities. But Flower came up with huge saves every time.

2:36: Niskanen's getting his first penalty as a Penguin as he's whistled for tripping. Pens on the PK.


5:20: After Niskanen had just unleashed a cannon from the point, he nearly slams home a rebound attempt after joining the rush!

7:37: Sharks back to full strength.

8:08: Michalek blisters a shot from the point that rebounds directly onto the stick of Cooke. He catches and releases it so fast that Niemi has to make a save while falling on his back.



9:37: The Pens are getting their first PP of the night as Joe Thornton is getting a pair for hooking.

10:25: Another note - Chris Conner is now wearing No. 16, Neal is wearing No. 18 while Niskanen is wearing No. 2.

12:40: The Sharks just got an amazing scoring chance. Setoguchi got down on one knee to blast a shot from the left circle as Fleury was still sliding over from his right. Flower somehow got a piece of it with his shoulder but the puck landed in the crease with Couture waiting to pounce. Dupuis got a skate on it to keep it out of the net while he, Couture and Letang all battled, and eventually Tanger was able to clear it.

13:26: After Talbot uses his body to block a puck from going out of the zone, Dupuis picks it up and skates to the hash marks. He's surrounded by four Sharks, so he goes back to Lovejoy, who carries it to the net and gets a shot off.


15:11: Lovejoy waits, waits...then blasts a shot from the point that barely misses the net.

16:59: The Sharks tally with 30 seconds left on their PP. Devin Setoguchi dishes a pass from behind the net right in Logan Couture's wheelhouse. The rookie forward one-times it past Fleury for the score. Penguins 1, Sharks 1

17:47: Note - Brooks Orpik has not returned to the bench since leaving late in the first period after blocking a Patrick Marleau blast.


18:29: Craig Adams is getting whistled for hooking. Pens on their third PK of the night.

19:36: Tanger immediately carries the puck down and rips a shot at Niemi, who gets a piece of it.

20:00: Aaand they're back! Let's play some hockey!

The players were milling around the benches, but have gone back to skating laps in their respective ends.

The lights have gone out at CONSOL Energy Center but are slowly coming back to life. The players are skating around, stretching and trying to stay loose while they wait for play to resume.


- James Neal has logged 5:01 of ice time and has one hit
- Matt Niskanen has logged 5:25 of ice time and has two blocked shots
- Michalek and Lovejoy have two blocked shots apiece

0:00: That'll do it for the first. Pens lead 1-0 on Kennedy's 13th goal of the season. The Sharks hold the advantage in shots, 11-6.

1:39: Pens back to full strength.

1:57: Huge shot block by Brooks Orpik on Patrick Marleau. Orpik heads straight for the locker room after the Pens clear the zone.

2:39: Engelland is going to the sin bin for cross-checking after battling for the puck in the Pens zone. Pens back on the PK.

3:10: The line of Cooke-Adams-Kennedy has been an absolute force in the offensive zone. They're carrying it in deep and working it.

6:28: Kennedy hustles to the front of the net and whacks at a loose puck, but Niemi stands tall.



The Pens are back to full strength!

10:44: Brooks Orpik is getting the first penalty of the game for hooking. Pens on the PK.

10:55: Murray's blast from the point steams through traffic, but Flower is somehow able to find it.

11:59: Vitale absolutely crushes Kyle Wellwood by the Sharks bench. Solid hit by No. 46.


12:43: The puck takes a weird bounce off Niemi, but Neal can't get enough of a handle on it to solve the Sharks goalie.

14:12: That's what you get for crashing the net! Deryk Engelland's shot from the point goes to Matt Cooke in the slot. His shot rebounds straight to the stick of Tyler Kennedy, who stuffs it home for the score! Penguins 1, Sharks 0

Neal during warmups (left); Niskanen (right)

15:45: Dupuis throws a puck to the net that Neal gets a stick on as he's hovering around Antti Niemi! But it skitters across the crease and out of danger.

17:38: Niskanen just got off the ice following his first shift!

17:59: Torrey Mitchell tees off a shot at Fleury from the left circle. "Flower" gets a piece of it and is able to shovel the bouncing puck into the corner.

19:29: Neal just touched the puck for the first time as a Pen! He stepped in and deflected a Sharks pass out of danger.

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


7:31 PM: Tonight's lines:



Fleury gets the nod between the pipes.

7:15 PM: The newest members of the Penguins family, James Neal and Matt Niskanen, will be making their Pittsburgh debuts in front of more than 18,087 fans who bleed black and gold (or powder blue in this case) tonight at CONSOL Energy Center against a red-hot San Jose Sharks squad

It's been a whirlwind past few days for James and Matt, but it's all going to come together as soon as they hit the ice. I'm sure they can't wait to get their first shifts under their belts – especially against a team they're quite familiar with, having just come from the Western Conference. See what they had to say in today's Pens Report.

The pair spoke to the Pittsburgh media for the first time following their first morning skate with the team:


Here's's coverage of the day's events:
And if you'd like to, say, see which Penguins superstar center is now Neal's stall mate, click here to view the photo gallery chronicling the last couple of day's events.
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