The Penguins sit at the top of the NHL standings after their 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Marc-Andre Fleury
sets a new career high with his seventh-consecutive victory.
Last minute of regulation as the Penguins look to finish off their 8th win of the season.
The Penguins now have a season-high 43 shots.
Fleury stops a shot from Winchester.
The Penguins now have 42 shots on goal, tying a season high.
"Towel Time" at Mellon Arena for the first time in '09-10 as fans wave their "Hockey Fights Cancer" towels.
Goligoski fires a wrist shot past Mason from the top of the right circle. He is set up by Crosby and Chris Kunitz
. On the play Crosby records his 405th career point, moving him past Ron Schock into sole possession of 10th place on the team's all-time list. Penguins 5, Blues 1.
Tkackuk and Perron run into each other at the Penguins' blue line.
Gonchar will not return to the lineup for the third period. Head coach Dan Bylsma will update his status after the game.
Fleury ignites chants of his name with a left-pad save on Perron to the right of his crease.
Cooke steps up into McDonald at center ice with a nice body check.
Crosby is sent to the box for holding.
A shot by Tkachuk hits the post to the right behind Fleury.
Malkin is stopped on the short side by Mason after walking out of the near corner.
The Penguins look to finish off their second-consecutive home win.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
now has his first multiple-point performance of the season with his two second-period assists.
- The Penguins need just seven shots in the third period to tie their season high for shots in a game with 42 against the Islanders back in the second game of the season.
- Pittsburgh had four straight power plays prior to being assessed a penalty for too many men at 14:50.
Just nine games into his Penguin career, Jay McKee is already generating plenty of love from the Pittsburgh faithful. On the right, fans react to Evgeni Malkin
nearly capitalizing on a glorious scoring chance.
The Penguins, 6-0 on the season when leading after two periods, lead 4-1 after 40 minutes in this game and are outshooting the Blues 35-11.
Fans cheer during the final television timeout of the second period as the Sharks' 7-3 defeat of the Rangers Monday night is shown on the Jumbotron. The Rangers loss coupled with the Penguins holding on tonight will put Pittsburgh at the top of the NHL standings all by themselves.
Mason stones Fedotenko on a two-on-one break with Malkin by making a sprawling right-pad save.
St. Louis is 0-for-2 on the power play as Malkin hits the ice.
The Penguins hadn't recorded more than 28 shots against the Blues in 13 games covering 12 seasons. They have 31 thus far. The Penguins are penalized for too many men on the ice, served by Malkin.
St. Louis gets on the board as an Erik Johnson wrister from the left point deflects off Paul Kariya in front and gets by Fleury. The other assist on the play goes to Patrik Berglund. Penguins 4, Blues 1.
Perron's penalty expires and the Penguins are two for five with the man advantage.
Perron goes off for cross checking.
Letang makes it 4-0 when his slap shot from the left point hits something in front and deflects behind Mason. Staal gets the assist after skating out of the corner to set Letang up. Penguins 4, Blues 0. (Goal later credited to Matt Cooke, assists to Letang and Staal)
Ruslan Fedotenko unleashes a laser over the glove of Mason for the power-play score after a faceoff. Letang and Eaton get assists. Penguins 3, Blues 0.
A quick re-group from Goligoski to Crosby to Malkin forces Mason to flash his glove hand.
St. Louis is penalized for too many men on the ice. Keith Tkachuk serves the penalty.
Fleury is quick to make a save on Winchester's sneaky shot from the slot.
Brad Boyes, the Blues leading scorer last season, breaks down the left side but is denied by Fleury.
Crosby sets up Malkin all alone but Mason denies Malkin's sixth shot of the night.
Crosby nearly knocks the puck out of mid air and behind Mason as his and Backes' penalties expire.
The assist on Malkin's goal is changed from Crosby to Gonchar. Guerin still receives credit for the other assist.
Play resumes with both teams skating with four attackers as Backes and Crosby have 1:44 remaining on their penalties.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins record 20 shots in the first period, most they have taken in a single period during the '09-10 season, topping the 18 recorded in the third period of the October 3 game at the New York Islanders.
- 11 players recorded shots for the Penguins in the first period, led by Malkin's four.
- St. Louis recorded their second shot with 4:17 left in the period and their third with 39.8 seconds left.
- Sergei Gonchar logged a team-high 9:35 of ice time in the period.
Penguin fans welcome the team onto the ice as Marc-Andre Fleury
stretches out at the top of his crease.
Penguin wives and girlfriends pass out pink carnations to fans entering Mellon Arena as UPMC Medical Centers collects donations as tonight is "Hockey Fights Cancer Night."
The buzzer sounds on a dominating first period for the Penguins. They take a 2-0 lead into the break and outshot the Blues by a total of 20-3.
Crosby and David Backes mix it up in the Penguins' zone along the far boards. Mike Rupp instantly comes to his captain's defense. Backes gets a roughing penalty, Crosby a slashing call. Four-on-four action.
Fleury makes a save with his chest protector, only the third he has had to make in the first period.
McKee takes a pass from Crosby and watches Mason come across the crease to deny him his first goal as a Penguin against his former teammates.
Players from both teams converge at the side of the Penguins' net after a puck comes off the end boards and lands at Fleury's feet.
4:29: Kris Letang
skates through both defensemen and nearly sneaks a backhander along the ice behind Mason.
Penguins now have a 15-2 shot advantage.
Malkin makes the Blues pay by wristing a shot past the stick side of Mason for the power-play goal. Former Penguin Darryl Sydor backhanded the puck onto Malkin's stick in the slot after Mason stopped Malkin's orginal shot. Bill Guerin and Crosby get the assists. Penguins 2, Blues 0. (Scoring change - assists later credited to Guerin and Sergei Gonchar)
The Penguins head to their second power play of the night as Andy McDonald is sent off for high sticking.
Kennedy scores his fifth goal of the season when he blasts a slapshot over the glove of Mason. Assists go to Jay McKee and Matt Cooke
. Penguins 1, Blues 0.
Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of Sidney Crosby
scoring his 100th career goal and 300th career point, and Evgeni Malkin
his 200th career point in a defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.
Both teams at full strength.
Malkin's shot from right in front of the crease is blocked. Staal makes a great play to set him up.
David Perron is penalized for delay of game.
Mason goes from his left to his right to make a save on Mark Eaton, set up by Crosby.
Fans go crazy as the Steelers Troy Polamalu is shown in a box with his wife, Theodora, and their young son during a television timeout. Polamalu is a huge hockey fan.
Staal tracks down a loose puck after Mason fails to come out to play it and forces the St. Louis netminder to make a glove save on that play.
Shots are 7-0 in favor of Pittsburgh.
Mason stops Crosby again, this time on a backhander from the right side.
15:49: Jordan Staal
picks off a pass at the St. Louis blue line from Keith Tkachuk but shoots into the stomach of Mason.
Brad Winchester hits the crossbar behind Marc-Andre Fleury
Mason makes a pad save on Crosby, who was diving towards the net and on a setup from Goligoski.
19:01: Tyler Kennedy
gets open in the slot but is stopped by Chris Mason.
Alex Goligoski, after taking a backhand pass from Evgeni Malkin
off the boards, nearly hits a streaking Sidney Crosby
cutting down the left side for a great scoring chance.
This intra-conference matchup is under way.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Pittsburgh is 10-2-1 in their past 13 home games versus the Blues.
Both teams take the ice for this national telecast on Versus Network.7:01 PM:
The Penguins and Blues are set to meet for the only scheduled time this season. Pittsburgh will scratch forward Chris Bourque and defenseman Martin Skoula while the Blues scratches include forwards Dwayne King and Alex Steen (injured) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
Fan-favorite Jeff Jimerson sings the national anthem, much to the delight of the crowd, while the Penguins listen along their blue line.
The laser show is flashed at center ice prior to the Penguins and Blues arriving onto the ice for the national anthem.