Thomas loses the puck behind the net. Jordan Staal
picks his pocket and sets up Pascal Dupuis
in front for the game-winner!!!!
Dupuis now his 100 career goals with his two tallies tonight. Penguins 6, Bruins 5.
Overtime records: Pittsburgh 4-0; Boston 2-3.
Thanks to Guerin's heroics the Penguins and Bruins are heading into overtime!
Bill Guerin ties the game on the rush with three seconds remaining in regulation!!!! Crosby blocks a shot at one end, sending Malkin ahead with the puck. He fires a pass across the ice to Guerin, whose wrist shot beats Thomas stick side. Penguins 5, Bruins 5.
The Penguins use their timeout after an icing call against the Bruins.
Johnson is on the bench in favor of an extra attacker. Boston's fifth goal has been credited to Marco Sturm.
Staal's sneaky shot is stopped by the arm of Thomas as the Bruins netminder falls back into his own cage. Replays are inconclusive, drawing boos from the fans.
Chara's slapper from the left point goes off something in front of the net and gets behind Johnson. Bruins 5, Penguins 4.4:04:
The second penalty to Cooke is over and we are going to have a great one down the stretch at Mellon Arena.
Thomas keeps the game tied stopping Crosby's backhander on a breakaway. McKee begins the sequence blocking a shot, and Staal sent the pass ahead to Crosby who caught up to it at the Bruins blue line.
Krejci's wrist shot on the rebound of Chara's initial shot beats Johnson. Penguins 4, Bruins 4.
Johnson gets a piece of a point shot from Dennis Wideman as the puck squirts up into the protective netting.
Adams wins the faceoff and the Penguins clear the puck.
Boston goes up by two men following a tripping call to Crosby.
The Bruins use their timeout.
Staal sends the puck the length of the ice as the Penguins try to kill off this double minor.
Cooke receives a double-minor for high-sticking Bitz in the corner of the Boston zone.
The net behind Johnson becomes dislodged as Wheeler and Chris Bourque collide into it.
Earlier today Tim Thomas talked to reporters about facing the Penguins:
Mark Eaton fires a one-timer through the legs of Thomas upon taking a cross-ice pass from Crosby. Fedotenko tallies his second assist of the night. Penguins 4, Bruins 3.
Daniel Paille fishes for a rebound in front of Johnson - but there is no rebound! Johnson continues to provide clutch play between the crease.
McKee shows why he ranks among the league leaders in blocked shots, stepping in front of a Ryder shot. Deryk Engelland
takes care of Boston's Byron Bitz as Mike Rupp takes a water break. 13:55:
Thomas makes another save in the slot as Malkin nearly gives the Penguins their fourth lead of the night.
Staal ices the puck to kill the Malkin penalty.
Boston will get their first crack on the power play following a trip by Malkin.
Johnson was alert to make a save on a tricky shot from the left-wing boards by Shawn Thornton. Fans were happy to see the Jumbotron show Pitt leading Notre Dame, 10-3, in the second quarter.
Add an assist to Mark Recchi on the Bruins' third goal.
The game is up for grabs at Mellon Arena as the puck is dropped for the final frame.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Jordan Staal
leads all players with four shots on goal.
- Pittsburgh is outhitting the Bruins, 19-11.
- The Penguins have had three power-play opportunities compared to zero for the Bruins.
No fans are as creative when it comes to their team as Penguins fans!
You don't have to be a current Penguin to feel the love at Mellon Arena.0:00:
The score is all knotted up, 3-3, after 40 minutes. The Penguins hold a 26-23 shots advantage.
Crosby uses body leverage to move down the right side past Zdeno Chara, only to be stonewalled by Thomas. Malkin's rebound just misses the net.
Brad Marchand misses the net on a wide-open look shorthanded as Boston kills off the remaining penalty time.
Wheeler is penalized for tripping Malkin.
Malkin is denied by Thomas on a breakaway attempt.
Derek Morris ties the score for a third time as his wrist shot from the left point eludes Johnson. Patrice Bergeron gets the lone assist. Penguins 3, Bruins 3.
During the break to fix the glass the Penguins welcome former netminder Ron Tugnutt back to Pittsburgh. Tugnutt is in town for his son's amateur hockey game. Read more about Tugnutt's return
The crowd cheers as Alex Goligoski breaks the pane of glass behind the Boston net with a slap shot from center point.
Possibly the best save of November by Thomas as he reaches back with his stick to stop a shot by Mike Rupp that looked like a sure goal. A possible game-saver for the Bruins.
Mellon Arena, the place to be for Pittsburghers!
8:35: Sidney Crosby
said after the morning skate he expected the return of Evgeni Malkin
to help both he and the Penguins. Listen to what else the Penguins captain had to say:
9:17: Craig Adams
slams Hunwick against the boards in the Bruins zone.
10:41: Sidney Crosby
becomes the first Penguin to hit double digits in goal scoring when he deflects a right-point slap shot from Goligoski behind Thomas. Malkin began the play feeding Goligoski from the far corner. Penguins 3, Bruins 2.
Add an assist to Blake Wheeler on Boston's second goal.
A little pushing and shoving to the right of the Bruins' net following a Thomas save on Dupuis. No penalties are issued.
A fortunate bounce off the back boards just misses finding the stick of Staal, who was staring at an open net.
FSN Pittsburgh's Dan Potash and Bob Errey take in the action from up close.
Scenes from around Mellon Arena.
Thomas stones Staal's rebound of an Eaton shot in the slot.
Rupp skates out of the far corner and feeds Eaton at the left point. He clanks a shot off the right post.
Michael Ryder steals the puck at the Penguins blue line, walks in and snaps a shot over the shoulder of Johnson. Penguins 2, Bruins 2.
Engelland just misses the net from the right point as he looks for his first NHL goal.
Begin is out of the box and the Penguins are now 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.
The Penguins have 1:37 remaining on a power-play attempt.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Pittsburgh blocked seven Bruins' shots in the opening period, led by two for Ben Lovejoy
- Evgeni Malkin
led all forwards with 9:13 of ice time in his return to the lineup.
- Bill Guerin, Jordan Staal
and Bill Guerin each recorded two shots for the Penguins.
And the horn brings to a close the end of one of the most entertaining opening periods of the season. Pittsburgh leads by a score of 2-1 as each time fires 15 shots on goal.
Pittsburgh receives their second power play when Steve Begin heads to the box for slashing.
Johnson flashes the leather on a slap shot from the right point by Derek Morris despite a host of bodies in his sight.
Thomas makes a shoulder save on Staal to the left of his crease as the Penguins continue to make plays from below the goal-line.
Lovejoy makes another fine play, this time keeping the puck in at the right point. His shot to the net is deflected by Matt Cooke
, and the rebound is deposited home by Pascal Dupuis
. Penguins 2, Bruins 1.
Engelland came to play against the Bruins, leveling Krejci to the ice against the near boards in the Pittsburgh end.
5:41: Ben Lovejoy
keeps the game scoreless by dropping to his knees to make a pad save on former Penguin Mark Recchi just outside the Penguins' crease.
The Penguins are now 0-for-1 on the power play.
Quick puck movement behind the net from Fedotenko to Crosby to Malkin in front requires a sparkling pad save by the Boston netminder.
Tim Thomas almost committed a gaffe by heading to the Bruins bench as a delayed penalty was being issued. Unfortunately for him the holding-the-stick call went against Boston's Brad Marchand.
The fans at Mellon Arena definitely appreciate the play of Evgeni Malkin
. They cheered wildly during a video highlighting Malkin's 2008-09 season on the Jumbotron.
Crosby leads a two-on-one break with Malkin but his shot attempt goes into the chest protector of Thomas.
Blake Wheeler takes a pass wide open to the right of Johnson and buries the puck into an open net following a setup from David Krejci. Matt Hunwick gets the second assist. Penguins 1, Bruins 1.
Like he has all season, Johnson is on top of his game tonight. He stayed with a bouncing shot from the slot and then stopped the rebound attempt by Michael Ryder.
13:18: Deryk Engelland
ramps the energy in an already rocking Mellon Arena by soundly defeating Boston's Byron Bitz in a scrap in the Pittsburgh zone. Each get five minutes for fighting.
Penguins President David Morehouse is in attendance tonight. Moorehouse is recovering well from a recent heart attack. We wish David all the best in a speedy recovery.
Fans wanted a penalty against Boston's David Krejci for hauling down Martin Skoula behind the Penguins' net.
Johnson makes his first big save of the evening on Marcu Sturm coming from the right side.
Malkin's assist was the 100th of his career.
Center Mark Letestu just skated his first shift in the National Hockey League. Letestu spoke this morning about the nerves surrounding his debut:
Malkin contributes to the score sheet on his first shift, settting up a beautiful backhand goal by Jay McKee. Ruslan Fedotenko gets the second assist as McKee goes upstairs to the backhand to beat Thomas. Penguins 1, Bruins 0.
The Penguins celebrate Jay McKee's goal.
Fans cheer as Malkin steps onto the ice on the right wing with Sidney Crosby
19:45: Jordan Staal
gets the offense going early, firing a shot off the stick of Tim Thomas.
20:00: Brent Johnson
gets the start in goal for the Penguins.
and Evgeni Malkin
prepare to face the Bruins.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Pittsburgh, which went 2-5 without him, is 9-0 on the season when Evgeni Malkin
records a point.
Pittsburgh's scratches include Chris Kunitz
, Brooks Orpik
and Tyler Kennedy
. Boston's scratches are Trent Whitfield and Johnny Boychuk.
7:30PM: Evgeni Malkin
is in the lineup against the Boston Bruins. He skated onto the ice to chants of 'Geno, Geno, Geno.'
Author: Jason Seidling