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Penguins-Stars In-Game Blog

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That's the game. Stars get a 5-2 win and snap their five-game, seven-year losing streak to Pittsburgh. The Pens fly out after this game for a three-plus hour flight to Anaheim. That's all I've got for you from Robyn's dollhouse, I'm out. Let's get 'em next time.


0:48: Kunitz took a shot that just missed the outside of the net.


American Airlines are also the home of Pittsburgh-born owner Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks. Speaking of Mavericks, the Pens will travel to Arizona tonight after the game, home of Senator John McCain.

3:22: Johnson made a huge save on Richards, who let rip a Josh Hamilton shot from above the far circle.

4:24: Matt Cooke gets his third goal of the season. Cooke found a bouncing puck and threw a quick, turning shot into the far side of the net. Stars 5, Penguins 2.

6:08: Letang just missed getting himself a goal as his shot sailed just over the goal.

7:54: A little four-on-four action between the Pens and Stars.


Don't mess with Texas, or Nolan Ryan, as Ventura found out! An appropriate pic for a game that has been filled with fights.

14:47: The Stars push the mountain a little higher. Eriksson made a great move with the puck in the slot before beating Johnson on the stick side. Stars 5, Penguins 1.

15:05: Good glove save by Lehtonen on Goligoski's slap shot.

20:00: Here we go. The Pens need three. As thePensblog would say, "Do it. Go Pens."

SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Kennedy has three shots
- Crosby has won 10 of 15 draws
- Asham and Orpik with 5 hits each
- Dallas is 4-0 when leading after two periods

0:00: 58 combined penalty minutes between the two teams as the second period comes to a close. Dallas with a 4-1 advantage. It's gonna take some serious execution for the Pens to get back in this one. But don't count out the second-best offense in the East just yet.

1:31: The goal post makes another save on Crosby.


Dan Marino signed PITT helmet in Dallas! How awesome is that.


Jack Daniel changed his suit, but is still hanging out with the trash can.

3:08: After the last big Wrestle Mania moment the Pens received a power play on a hooking call. Comrie appeared to get his first goal as a Pen when the puck went off his glove and into the goal. The refs reviewed the goal and waived it off since they deemed it "batted in."

5:18: Things are getting ugly. More pushing and shoving behind the Stars net. Then Kunitz and Benn dropped the gloves. Both players were swinging wildly to which Robyn responded, "Yeah, that's an upper chuck!" I corrected her and explain that it was an uppercut. The Penguins must think they're in Philadelphia. I'm waiting for Dallas to bring out Ogie Oglethorpe. Hopefully he's suspended.

7:16: Godard gets an elbowing call. PK time.

7:27: Crosby drops the gloves!!!! Crosby just manhandled Niskanen, dragging him all over the ice and pummeling him with shots. What a scrap for the captain.



7:29: Letang drops the gloves with Morrow. Neither player landed a punch before falling to the ice.

8:09: Goligoski pulls down Eriksson on a breakaway. The refs signal for a penalty shot. Eriksson dazzled with the puck before pulling the it to the backhand and sliding it over the goal line. Stars 4, Penguins 1.

8:20: Crosby just hit the post. He beat Lehtonen high but goal beat the metal pole.

8:25: The Stars fans gave a huge ovation to Jorge Cantu and Elvis Andrus at the last TV timeout.

9:08: The Stars use some great passing to score their third goal of the game. Robidas found Ott to the side of the net. Ott converted the chance to up the Stars' lead. Stars 3, Penguins 1.

10:24: Lehtonen makes a split save on Talbot. A great chance that the Pens created off the rush.

10:48: The Stars kill the penalty and Neal has a great chance that Johnson gloves down. This game has opened up big time.

13:05: Kennedy draws a penalty on Morrow and the Pens are on the power play with some momentum.

13:40: The Pens get on the board!!! Maxime Talbot tied up a Star on a faceoff in the near circle to the right of the Dallas net. Kennedy swooped in to immediately lift the free puck into the goal on his backhand. Stars 2, Penguins 1.


I guess Jack Daniel likes to hang out around trash cans. Interesting.


Hockey Legends featuring Pens owner Mario Lemieux in hot gold.

13:43: A weird bounce nearly goes in the Pens' favor as Lehtonen juggled a Letang shot. However, he recovered in time to prevent any damage.

13:55: Great shift by Malkin, who won a few puck battles along the boards to help the Pens maintain good zone time.

15:42: The Penguins kill of the penalty. Eriksson nearly re-directed a shot into the net, but the puck rang off the post.

17:42: Pittsburgh will be shorthanded as Letang gets two minutes for cross checking.

20:00: Brent Johnson put together another solid period for the Penguins in net. The Stars were harassing the net and did sneak two shots into the goal, but if weren’t for Johnson the result could have been much worse. Johnson made a sliding, split toe-save on a James Neal’s two-on-one chance. Johnson made a flashy glove save on Steve Ott’s breakaway opportunity.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Engelland and Asham have a game-high three hits each
- Crosby played 8:23 minutes in the period
- Pens were outshot, 12-4, in the first

0:00: Another scrum in front of the net at the expiration of the period. Dallas skates out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. There's still 40 minutes to go. Stay tuned...

0:16: Kennedy an awesome display of teamsmanship. After Benn hit Malkin, Kennedy dropped the gloves and sent a signal that the Pens won't stand for it!!!

1:04: Johnson was caught wandering out of his net, but the team made a great block on a Dallas chance to avert a goal. Crosby meanwhile got a stick to the face.

2:50: Ott just split the defense and snapped off a great shot. Johnson made a crazy good split glove save. Robyn is astonished that a goalie can make a save while doing a split. To quote her: "He was doing a split and caught it. How is that possible. I'm not sure I can breathe while doing a split." Robyn has a good point.


Remember when the Stars won the Cup? Sabres fans still have nightmares about Brett Hull's goal.



4:22: The Stars killed both penalties. Goligoski and Malkin each had good one-timer shots, but goalie Kari Lehtonen.

6:23: Burish high sticks Malkin right in the face and the Pens get a two-man advantage.

6:46: Penalty coming up on Dallas as the Pens and Stars get in each other's faces. Daley goes to the box for interference.

7:30: Crosby and Malkin skating on the same line. Coach Bylsma is trying to find a spark.

8:45: Spent that entire TV timeout helping techno-illiterate Robyn find the in-game blog on her blackberry. Pens fans can follow us on their ipads too! We're going global baby.

9:14: Johnson makes a good split save on Neal off a two-on-one chance.





11:27: Richards nearly got his second of the game, but the puck clanked off the post.

12:03: Richards ups the Stars' lead with a goal from the near circle. Eriksson got him the puck from behind the net and Richards buried a one-timer. Stars 2, Penguins 0.

14:08: Johnson with another great save on a Toby Peterson shot. Johnson's had to be sharp early.

16:09: Johnson's streak ends on a Stephane Robidas tally. "Robbie" sent a shot from the far point that sneaked through the five-hole. Stars 1, Penguins 0.

18:50: Brent Johnson with a big save early, stopping Brad Richards from the slot. Johnson has given up only goal in his last 136-plus minutes of play heading into the game.

19:42: Kris Letang plays a puck behind his net with no indication of his injury. So far so good.

20:00: The Penguins have won the last five straight games against Dallas, including a 2-0 mark in the state of big oil, Texas. The Stars haven't beaten the Pens since 2003. Let's see if the boys can make it six in a row.

FIRST PERIOD

8:32 PM: The Penguins will deploy the following lines/D-pairings at Dallas:

Kunitz-Crosby-Comrie
Cooke-Malkin-Kennedy
Talbot-Letestu-Asham (a line that was very effective in the preseason)
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Orpik-Engelland
Goligoski-Michalek
Martin-Letang

Johnson in net.


8:28 PM: Joining me for tonight's blog are Robyn, obviously since it's her home, and my friend, who will be referred to in this blog as "The Biggin'" because of his 6-foot-3 stature.

8:25 PM: I'm coming to you LIVE from my friend Robyn's living room to bring you all of tonight's game action! Jason Seidling is on the road, covering the three-game, four-day, three-time zone road trip that starts in Dallas, Texas tonight.

Lots of big news coming out from Wednesday's morning skate. First, injured players Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski will all be back in the lineup. Second, Pascal Dupuis will not because he flew back to Pittsburgh to join his wife, who will be having their fourth child.

Another big move is that the Penguins will move Malkin back to center, his natural position. The move was made due to the fact that Jordan Staal could miss the next six weeks with a fractured hand.
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