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Pens-Avs In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


0:00: That'll do it!!! Pens win! What a comeback by the boys!

0:26: Avs back to full strength.

2:26: Pens to their seventh PP of the night as the Avs are whistled for too many men. Not the kind of penalty you want to take late in the game.

3:05: The last few minutes of a game are nailbiting no matter what the score is. Anything could happen.

6:03: Avs back to full strength.

8:03: Kobasew to the box for hooking -- Pens back on the PP.

9:30: Letang carries down the ice, powers around an Avs defender fruitlessly trying to stop him and whips a backhand past Varlamov!!! This game is incredible! Pens 6, Avs 3

10:34: Avs escape that unscathed.

12:34: Pens head right back to the PP when O'Byrne gets two for roughing.

12:43: Sullivan sends a bullet of a pass across the ice to Neal, who's posted up at the back door. He's got a wide-open net to tap it in! Third point of the night for Nealer! Pens 5, Avs 3


13:21: Galiardi to the box, Pens head to the PP!

15:15: Neal drops a pass to Malkin, who instantly dekes through the legs of Landeskog and makes a couple of slick moves before tucking the puck forehand past Varlamov. Landeskog had absolutely no time to react -- before he could even move a muscle Geno was around him. Pens 4, Avs 3

18:48: Orpik's blast from the point makes its way through traffic, deflects off the skate of McClement and into the back of the net! The tally breaks a 62-game goalless drought for Orpik, whose last marker came on Nov. 10 of last year! Avs 3, Pens 3

20:00: Puck drops. Game on!

Tonight the Pens made over 500 tix available via American Eagle Student Rush. There was a DJ, prizes and the kids even got hot dogs -- so jeal.

PensTV was on hand to capture all the action. Check it here:

- Jordan Staal now has 6 goals and 7 points in his last 7 games
- Dupuis leads with four shots on goal
- Park, who is playing in his 700th career game, is 4-of-6 in the faceoff dot

0:00: Horn sounds and the period is over. Avs hold a 3-2 lead, with Staal and Dupuis getting second-period goals.

3:50: Sullivan with a slick move to get in alone on the goalie, but his backhand attempt is thwarted by a sick right pad save from Varlamov!

5:55: Neal gets out of the box and is the first one to a loose puck in the Avs zone, but the rubber disc had too much momentum for a breakaway.

7:59: Nealer's in the sin bin for tripping. Avs' top-ranked PP goes to work.

8:59: Asham slaps a shot at Varlamov with a small rebound popping out to Adams, who goes sliding in an attempt to corral it. He's unsuccessful, but no worries - Duper is! He pokes a shot into the cage past Varlamov, who was covering an invisible puck. Avs 3, Pens 2

10:52: Geno nearly gets a mini-breakaway, but Shane O'Brien comes across and slashes his stick off the puck. Malkin can't stop his momentum, sliding into the goalie; Neal goes crashing into the cage as well.

13:10: Avs have been creating a lot of time and space for themselves since the end of that power play. The Avs have had the better of the play.

15:21: Both the power play and Big Mac Attack are over. Sigh.

17:21: And it's time for my favorite moment - THE BIG MAC ATTACK!!! If the Pens score in the next 2 minutes, everyone in attendance at tonight's game gets a free tasty Big Mac sandwich.

17:23: Ryan O'Byrne interferes with Staal behind the Avs net and he's going to get penalized for his actions. Pens to the PP!

19:11: 'Flower' goes to play a puck behind the net but Duchene swoops in and intercepts the pass. He throws it to the crease, and Tanger is there to deflect it out. Unfortunately, it goes right to the stick of Hejduk - whose shot rings off the crossbar!!! Pens dodged a bullet there!

20:00: Puck drops. Game on. Let's play some hockey!


- Kennedy gets an assist in his first game back from a concussion
- Pens are outhitting the Avs 9-6
- McClement has one goal and one assists

0:00: The period ends with the Pens trailing 3-1.

0:15: In an impressive one-man effort, David Jones carries the puck down the ice, gets through the Pens' D and lifts a puck past Fleury stick side. Avs 3, Pens 1

1:27: Staal cycles back to Kennedy and receives a pass right back and promptly beats Varlamov glove side! "Reunited and it feels sooo good" Avs 2, Pens 1

2:32: What a sick display of hockey the 20-year-old Matt Duchene just put on. He grabbed a pass and pulled it from behind through his legs, to his backhand and slid it into the net. Avs 2, Pens 0

4:22: Coach Bylsma has reached into the archives and reunited everyone's favorite line - Cooke, Staal and Kennedy!!! They're on the ice together right now.

5:09: Milan Hejduk collects the puck on the half wall and sends it to the net. Fleury makes the initial save, but Jay McClement stuffs home the rebound. Avs 1, Pens 0

9:01: The penalties expire. We're back to full strength. Pens used Malkin and Letang on the points with Sullivan, Kunitz and Neal up front on that 5-on-3.

11:02: O'Byrne is called for tripping and the Pens get a 2-man advantage.

12:15: TJ Galiardi crunches Orpik as they both go to play the puck behind the Pens net. Brooksie takes exception to the net and both teams come to their teammates' aids. It's going to be Galiardi who gets penalized - Pens to the PP!

13:44: Pens get a couple of strong chances in the Avs end. They've been throwing pucks to the net all game that have been going through the crease and just wide of the net.

17:19: We've got an early scrap as Asham and Avs tough guy Cody McLeod drop the gloves! The fight ends with Ash tackling him to the ground and both men are going to the box.

19:28: Malkin starts the game by ringing a wrister off the red painted metal! Varlamov should give his post a hug for that one!

20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Puck drops. Game on!


7:30 PM:
Both Sullivan and Kennedy are in tonight!!! That means Tangradi, Jeffrey and MacIntyre are Pittsburgh's scratches. Here's the Pens' lines:



Fleury between the pipes. Varlamov in goal for Avs.

7:00 PM:
Hello everyone! Welcome to this Tuesday night edition of the in-game blog. We're currently at CONSOL Energy Center waiting for the puck to drop between the Pens and Avs. We're also waiting to find out whether Steve Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy will be in the lineup tonight or not, as head coach Dan Bylsma said earlier both players would be game-time decisions. Check out the rest of the game-day coverage here.

This is an intriguing game for many reasons. Let me outline some of them for you...(thanks to both teams' fantastic PR staffs for these stats! I can't take credit for their awesome work).


The Pens enter tonight's game with a perfect 5-0-2 record against the Western Conference
Dating back to a 2-1 overtime win against LAK on Feb. 10 of last season, the Pens are unbeaten in their last 13 games vs. the West


The Avs are 5-0 against Eastern Conference opponents so far this season, 4-0 on the road
They're now 25-10-6 against Eastern Conference opponents since 2009-10.


The Pens enter tonight's game with a four-game home winning streak.
During that stretch Pittsburgh is outscoring its foes 12-6.


The Avs are tied for first in the league in road wins (6) and road points (13).


The Avs currently have the NHL's top-ranked power play at 27.1 percent (16-for-59)
They also have the league's best power play on the road, going 12-for-29 (41.4 percent)
The Avs have scored a power-play goal in nine if their 17 games, going 5-3-1 in those contest


The Pens enter tonight's game leading the NHL with a 94 percent success rate on the PK
Pittsburgh has now killed off 11 consecutive opposition power plays over the span of their last four games.
For the season, the Pens have been perfect on the PK in 15 of the first 17 games.
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