The Penguins have now won eight of their past 10 games after defeating the Avalanche, 4-1. Malkin, Staal and Crosby each record multiple points in the win. Marc-Andre Fleury
picks up his 17th win in goal. Final score - Penguins 4, Avalanche 1.
Crosby now has 11 points in his past three games as Malkin and Staal set him up for the empty net goal. Penguins 4, Avalanche 1.
Staal takes a pass in the neutral zone and walks the puck into the empty net to secure the victory for the Penguins. Assists to Orpik and Talbot. Penguins 3, Avalanche 1.
Stastny nearly ties the game when he misses a tap-in chance to the left of Fleury.
Fedotenko takes a puck hard to the net following a bad bounce in the corner but Budaj keeps the stick on the ice to make the save.
The Penguins take advantage of a Colorado defender falling down but Budaj robs Rupp following a setup from Crosby.
Malkin flies through the Colorado defense before Budaj is able to stick away his shot.
6:08: Sidney Crosby
, who scored earlier, talked this morning about his hot goal-scoring streak:
Fleury gave the puck away to Wojtek Wolski but there was Mark Eaton to break the play up before Wolski could get a shot away.
Crosby almost gets his third-consecutive multiple-goal effort following a setup from Dupuis. The shot barely misses the net wide.
Guerin's goal has breathed life into Mellon Arena as the crowd chants "Let's Go Pens, Let's Go Pens."
Guerin gets his revenge seconds later, throwing a wrist shot under the pad of a sprawled-out Budaj following a gorgeous cross-ice pass from Crosby. Penguins 2, Avalanche 1.
Budaj slides across his crease to make a shoulder save on Guerin.
The Penguins' chances to take a lead have increased as they will get a 34-second two-man advantage following a tripping call against Brett Clark. The Penguins have used their timeout to keep their top power play fresh.
The Penguins get a great chance to take the lead following a hooking penalty to Adam Foote for hooking. This is the Penguins third crack with the man-advantage.
Budaj closes the pads together to make a save on Staal at the top of the near circle after he took a drop pass from Talbot.
Colorado has yet to record a shot in the third period as the Penguins are called for icing.
The Penguins have come out flying in the third period, registering the first three shots of the period.
Kennedy now has five shots on goal as he throws a wrist shot at Budaj.
Pittsburgh is 3-0 in 2009-10 when they are tied after 40 minutes. The Avalanche are 3-2-2.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Tyler Kennedy
has four shots through 40 minutes.
- The Penguins have a 25-19 advantage on the dots.
- Mark Eaton leads Pittsburgh with three blocked shots.
A view from outside Mellon Arena as Budaj makes a big save on Max Talbot in the first period.0:00:
Rupp, Malkin and Crosby nearly combine for another goal with less than five seconds remaining in the period but this time Budaj is there to save the day. Same score, 1-1, after 40 minutes. The Penguins have a 19-15 lead in the shots department.
Budaj barely gets his shoulder on a one-timer from Adams set up beautifully by Malkin as the Penguins broke three-on-two into the zone.
The crowd gets a little something to cheer about as Crosby flattens Ryan Wilson in the far corner of the Avalanche end.
The fans at Mellon Arena were delighted during a television timeout to see that the rival Philadelphia Flyers are down 2-0 to the Vancouver Canucks.
Neither team has been able to generate many scoring chances in this middle frame.
More scenes from the Penguins annual Toy Drive at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins fail to score for the second time on the man-advantage.
Pittsburgh gets their second crack with the man-advantage thanks to a Chris Durno holding penalty.
and Mike Rupp teamed up for the Penguins first goal tonight.
Tonight's Nemacolin Woodland's Top-Five featured the highlights from the month of November:
The Penguins kill back-to-back minors to Gonchar and Orpik.
Colorado has the apparent go-ahead goal from Galiardi called back as the whistle was blown before the puck crossed the line.
The Penguins are down by only one man as Gonchar steps onto the ice.
With two seconds remaining on the Gonchar penalty Orpik is penalized for hooking.
Gonchar is sent to the box for interference.
16:30: Craig Adams
gets involved into a spirited fight with Matt Hendricks.
Fedotenko can't buy a goal, hitting a post to the right of Budaj.
The Penguins and Avalanche resume play.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
led the Penguins with three shots.
- Sidney Crosby
won six of eight faceoffs.
- Jay McKee blocked two shots.
Tonight is the first of two Holiday Toy Drives at Mellon Arena.
Thanks to Sidney Crosby
's late goal the Penguins escape the third period tied, 1-1, with the Colorado Avalanche. Pittsburgh registers a 14-6 advantage in shots.
Malkin leads Rupp and Crosby on a two-on-one into the Colorado zone and the two play give-and-go before Crosby deposits a perfect setup from Rupp behind Budaj to tie the score. Penguins 1, Avalanche 1.
McLeod returns to the ice and the Penguins fall to 0-for-1 with the man-advantage.
Budaj makes his 13th save of the opening period when he uses the glove to deny a one-timer from Jordan Staal
A nice give-and-go between Letang and Sergei Gonchar free Letang for a shot in the slot but it lands in the mid-section of Budaj.
The Penguins pulled off a major upset in the first round of the 1999 postseason when they defeated the New Jersey Devils in seven games. The Devils were the top seed, the Penguins the eighth seed.
At the other end of the rink McLeod draws a roughing penalty.
Bill Guerin draws applause for drilling Cody McLeod behind the Penguins net.
Rupp continues to show why he has a career-high eight tallies on the season, throwing a quality wrist shot at Budaj's blocker.
Fleury smothers a wrist shot from Stewart at the bottom of the near circle.
A set play off the faceoff gives Pascal Dupuis
an open shot from the high slot but Budaj is there to make the save with his glove. The Penguins are outshooting the Avalanche, 7-4.
Head coach Dan Bylsma gave an update on injured forward Chris Kunitz
and defenseman Alex Goligoski following the morning skate:
The Penguins honored Sidney Crosby
for being named NHL "First Star" for the week ending Nov. 29.
Fleury moves quickly from his right to his left to make a save on Paul Stastny, set up by Duchene.
Fedotenko has great jump tonight, sending a hard shot off the right pad of Budaj.
Budaj makes the first save on Kris Letang
and then stays with the follow-up shot from Ruslan Fedotenko in the slot.
The Avalanche gets on the board first via the power play as rookie T.J. Galiardi taps in a pass from Darcy Tucker. Avalanche 1, Penguins 0.
What a play by Jay McKee to get down on all fours to deny a scoring chance for Colorado's Chris Stewart.
Colorado gets the first crack with the man-advantage thanks to an Eric Godard hooking penalty.
Fleury puts his glove behind his pads just in case but the Penguins netminder controls the wrist shot from Duchene through a Brooks Orpik
Budaj makes a pad save on Max Talbot's wrist shot as the Penguins break into the Colorado zone three-on-two.
The Penguins are wearing their blue third jerseys for tonight's game.
Budaj makes the first save of the night when he stops Tyler Kennedy
to the right of his net.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the call for the Penguins, Peter Budaj is in net for Colorado.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Forward Mike Rupp enters Thursday's games ranked third in the league with a 24.2 shooting percentage.
Alex Goligoski and Matt Cooke
are the scratches for the Penguins. Former Penguins farmhand David Koci, defenseman Brian Fahey and No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson, ran over by Florida's Keith Ballard in yesterday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Panthers, are out for Colorado.
The Avalanche bring two of the league's heavily-touted rookies into tonight's game in centers Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. Duchene has scored twice in each of the past two games and has goals in three-consecutive games. O'Reilly leads all rookies with 13 assists.
Fresh off a home-and-home sweep of the division rival New York Rangers, the Penguins begin a three-game homestand by playing host to the Colorado Avalanche, one of the surprise stories in the NHL with a 15-8-6 record, the fourth-best mark in the Western Conference, at Mellon Arena.
Author: Jason Seidling