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Penguins-Wild In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That's the end of the game. Minnesota takes the 4-0 victory, as they outshot the Pens 37-25.


2:59: The Penguins pulled Fleury, and Brodziak scored on a clearing attempt into the empty net. Wild 4, Penguins 0

5:28: Jordan Staal gets a little bit of post on his wraparound attempt.

8:20: The Wild are able to clear and get some fresh legs out there.

8:29: Minnesota is using their timeout to regroup the troops after they're whistled for icing.

 

10:18: Minnesota is whistled for icing. The faceoff's going back down in front of Theodore.

12:11: Conner, Cooke and Kennedy do some battling in front of Theodore and manage to get some shots off, but the Wild goalie manages to smother the puck.

13:37: Cal Clutterbuck finds the back of the net to put the Wild up by three. Wild 3, Penguins 0

 

 

17:07: Aghh! Michalek rips a shot that rings off the post! The Pens blueliner nearly got his first goal of the season right there!

19:20: Dupuis nearly sidesteps Stoner, but can't quite make it around the WIld defender.

20:00: The third is underway!

THIRD PERIOD



SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Letang still leads all Pens in ice time with 16:57 minutes played.
- The Pens have killed off all four Wild power plays (including one 5-on-3 opportunity).
- Orpik leads the Penguins with four blocked shots.

0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The Wild has held onto their 2-0 lead, holding a 28-20 shots-on-goal advantage.

0:19: Interesting stat I forgot to mention earlier -- the Pens own a 21-11-8 all-time record with Sidney Crosby out of the lineup.

1:31: Big shift for the Pens just now, with the crowd getting noticeably louder as the players cycled the puck in the Wild zone.

   

6:35: The Wild are back to full strength.

7:34: Matt Cullen gets a shorthanded breakaway, but Fleury comes out to challenge him and comes up with the save.

9:02: Koivu's getting two for hi-sticking, which puts the Pens on the Power Ball Power Play!

 

9:48: The Pens are back to full strength.

10:54: Talbot was a beast on that kill. He was able to carry the puck back down into the Wild zone for a partial breakaway right after his first full one.

12:02: Talbot just got a shorthanded breakaway but is unable to get a shot off after two Wild players backcheck hard!

12:17: Mark Letestu is getting two for hooking. Pens back on the PK.

 
Someone rockin' the Chris Kunitz Ferris State Bulldogs jersey circa 1999-03! Gotta love it!!!

15:09: The Pens are back to full strength! Huge kill for the Pens. That's the seventh-straight 5-on-3 opportunity stymied by Pittsburgh.

16:23: Pens clear and Minnesota now has a 5-on-4 power play! Pittsburgh didn't let the Wild get one shot during that two-man advantage.

17:09: Now Matt Cooke is going to the box for tripping, giving the Wild a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity for 36 seconds.

17:25: A couple of huge blocks there for Fleury, cumulating with a save on Mikko Koivu.

 

 

18:33: Talbot is getting a pair for boarding, meaning the Pens will head to the PK for the second time tonight.

18:57: TK speeds down and is able to rip a shot at Theodore, who barely makes the save! Gotta love the wheels on No. 48!

20:00: The middle frame is underway!

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES

- Letestu has won 5-of-7 faceoffs for a 71-percent success rate.
- Malkin leads all Pens forwards with eight minutes of ice time.
- Letang leads all Pens players with 9:30 of ice time.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. Minnesota will take a 2-0 lead over the Penguins into the second period. Shots were even at 10-10.

1:54: Fleury makes a big stop on Pierre-Marc Bouchard, but the rebound goes directly to Martin Havlat, who whips a shot that hits Flower's pad and bounces underneath for the goal. Wild 2, Penguins 0

3:06: Shots are even at 8-8. Orpik just ripped a shot on net that Staal gets a stick on but can't re-direct past Theodore.

 

 

6:37: Chuck Kobasew re-directs a Mikko Koivu shot past Fleury and into the back of the net. Wild 1, Penguins 0

9:20: Minnesota is back to full strength. Staal is back on the ice for the Pens.

11:03: There's 1:33 left on a Pens power play, as Andrew Brunette is in the box for holding the stick.

11:30: Clayton Stoner and Jordan Staal go knee-to-knee as the Penguins forward was attempting to get the puck into the Wild zone. Staal was slow to get up but he skated to the bench on his own accord.

 

11:54: And we're back to full strength!

12:35: After a huge shot block by Orpik about 45 seconds earlier, Fleury makes a huge stop as the Wild's PP winds down.


 
It's not every day you get the world's largest goalie mask in your arena! Love it.

14:00: Pens are going on the PK as Dupuis gets a pair for hi-sticking.

16:16: Great shift by the Pens' fourth line! They established a solid forecheck and Mike Rupp got a solid scoring chance. The crowd just gave them props for a fantastic shift.

17:43: Little bit of a slow start to this game. Neither team has been able to work the puck deep so far.

19:41: Did I do that? Matt Cooke hits a Wild player into the boards so hard the glass breaks. The crews are out now cleaning up the debris, play should be resumed again shortly!

20:00: The puck has dropped and we're underway!

FIRST PERIOD

7:00 PM: Here are the lines the Penguins will use tonight:

Kunitz-Letestu-Dupuis
Cooke-Staal-Malkin
Conner-Talbot-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Asham

Orpik-Letang
Martin-Michalek
Goligoski-Lovejoy

Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. Jose Theodore is starting in goal for the Wild.

The Pens are rockin' their powder blue third jerseys - they're 5-1 so far this season when they wear them, just FYI!

6:50 PM: For those of you who are in attendance at tonight's game, don't forget to head up to the main concourse to get your picture taken with the world's largest goalie mask!!! I've seen it. It's massive. And awesome.



6:45 PM: Sidney Crosby is going to miss about a week with a mild concussion. So the Penguins continue life without their captain as they take on the Wild tonight at home for the two teams' only meeting this season.

Crosby spoke to the media at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday:



As did head coach Dan Bylsma:

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