Time runs out at Mellon Arena and the Penguins head to the road for three games coming off back-to-back wins following a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Pittsburgh returns to action Thursday against Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.
Staal steals in the Anaheim zone and feeds ahead to Cooke, who slides the puck into an open cage. Penguins 5, Ducks 2.
Fleury uses a toe save to rob Getzlaf. Anaheim calls their timeout.
Fleury tries shooting at the open net but it is blocked by Anaheim and almost put into the Pittsburgh cage.
Teemu Selanne continues to possess a cannon of a shot, one-timing a slapper past Fleury from the left side. Penguins 4, Ducks 2.
Cooke lays the body into Whitney, much to the delight of the crowd.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning Evgeny Artyukhin breaks in against Fleury but finds that putting a shot past his glove hand just won't happen tonight.
Wisniewski skates back onto the ice as the Ducks kill penalty.
Giguere keeps the Ducks in the game with not one but two saves on Staal, along with a third chance by Bourque.
The Penguins clear the zone as Perry and Brown get two quality chances down by a skater.
Wisniewski heads to the sin bin for interference.
The speed and hustle of Dupuis waves off another icing call.
Parros is back on the ice.
Watch this save by Marc-Andre Fleury
, who has had a couple gems tonight:
Washington, Pa. native George Parros is penalized for tripping.
The crowd gets the wave going through Mellon Arena.
Malkin gets the "Geno" chants going by nailing Nokelainen.
Defenseman Jay McKee continues his solid play tonight with three more blocked shots through two periods. Earlier today he spoke to reporters at the morning skate:
Former Anaheim Duck Martin Skoula records his first goal as a Penguin when he throws a wrist shot from the left point past the stick side of Giguere. The presence of Rupp in front provides a distraction. Assists go to Ben Lovejoy
and Craig Adams
. Penguins 4, Ducks 1.
"Fleury, Fleury, Fleury!!" The Penguins netminder stones Joffrey Lupul with a diving save with the back of his blocker.
Guerin gets the better of Getzlaf in a spirited fight at center ice.
The Penguins look to increase their winning streak to two games.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Pittsburgh is outhitting Anaheim, 20-16.
- Jay McKee now has a team-high three blocked shots.
- Deryk Engelland
and Mark Eaton are each plus-2.
Some of the signs post at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh stretches their lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes. The Ducks take over the shots advantage, leading 16-15.
Rupp had a chance to sneak behind the Anaheim defense but lost an edge cutting to the net.
Mark Letestu passes to Bourque in the slot, but his one-timer just goes over top of the net as the penalty expires to Getzlaf.
Petteri Nokelainen almost gives Anaheim a second shorthanded tally, but Fleury keeps the puck out of the cage.
Getzlaf heads back to the penalty box for hooking.
Staal almost takes the puck end to end before being stopped by the Ducks' defense as Godard comes out of the box.
Eric Godard takes a tripping penalty.
Marchant is taking a beating tonight, getting crushed to the boards by Mike Rupp.
Fleury makes an emphatic pad save on Mike Brown's shot from the slot.
James Wisniewski does what not many can, stands up Evgeni Malkin
one-one-one and actually knocks him to the ice.
Tonight's Nemacolin Woodlands' Big 5 featured one of Saturday night's heroes, Bill Guerin:
Giguere dives back towards the goal line to make a glove save on a Cooke rebound.
The Penguins drop to 1-for-4 on the power play with Brookbank returning.
The crowd erupts as Crosby nails Marchant in the corner with a vicious shoulder check.
Sheldon Brookbank is penalitzed for hooking.
Answering Anaheim's shorthanded goal in the first, Staal gets a pass from Deryk Engelland
and moves in alone on Giguere, beating him top shelf on a gorgeous backhand-to-forehand move. Engelland's assist was the first NHL point of his career. Penguins 3, Ducks 1.
Fleury catches a point shot in his chest to stop play as Staal was playing without a stick.
Anaheim goes on the power play for the second time as Chris Bourque gets two minutes for high-sticking.
Head coach Dan Bylsma spoke this morning about the Penguins suffering yet another injury, this time to Alex Goligoski:
The Penguins hope to build on their 2-1 advantage over the Ducks.SECOND PERIOD
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- With all the mounting injuries on defense it was Mark Eaton who stepped up to log a team-high 8:44 of ice time.
- In his quest to take the league lead back in shot blocks, Jay McKee recorded two in the opening frame.
- Pittsburgh had nine hits in the first period, led by two apiece for Nate Guenin and Matt Cooke
Pittsburgh leads after the opening 20 minutes, 2-1. They are outshooting the Ducks, 9-6.
Dupuis nearly scores for the third time in two games, hitting the post to the left of Giguere.
Nate Guenin gambles at the blue line and keeps the puck in the zone, hurries to the loose puck and feeds the tape of Malkin standing alone in front. Giguere stones the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner.
Patrick Lalime thrilled Penguins fan by going unbeaten his first 16 NHL games. Watch highlights of Lalime's streak.
Engelland is back as tempers flare in front of Fleury.
The Penguins blast the puck down the ice as Anaheim got several quality chances on the power play.
Don Farr Moving presents recent highlights, including Saturday's win. 7:34:
The Rockettes, wearing Santa Claus outfits, put on a performance for the crowd during the timeout.
7:34: Deryk Engelland
gets the first Penguins' penalty for interferring with Kyle Calder to the left of the Penguins' net.
Dupuis hustles to beat Nick Boynton to a loose puck to negate an icing call as the speed of the Penguins continues to stymie the Ducks.
Pittsburgh is now 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Pittsburgh gets trapped in the offensive end as Corey Perry springs Todd Marchant on a breakaway. Marchants goes to the backhand for the score. Penguins 2, Ducks 1.
The Penguins are right back on the power play with Getzlaf in the box for hooking.
During the television timeout Pascal Dupuis
was honored for reaching 100 career goals and Evgeni Malkin
200 career assists in Saturday's thrilling 6-5 overtime defeat of the Bruins.
Ryan Getzlaf gets behind the defense and makes a move to the backhand, only to be denied by the blocker of Fleury.
Whitney steps up to drill Cooke.
Bill Guerin ends an 0-for-30 stretch on the power play by one-timing a pass from Crosby past Giguere. Malkin gets the second assist. Penguins 2, Ducks 0.
15:04: Evgeni Malkin
is on the point of the power play with Mark Eaton. Ruslan Fedotenko moves up front with Crosby and Bill Guerin.
Anaheim is penalized for too many men on the ice, seved by Bobby Ryan.
Lupul is back on the ice.
Joffrey Lupul boards Pascal Dupuis
from behind and the Penguins go on the power play.
18:29: Matt Cooke
intercepts a clearing attempt in the slot and throws a backhander past through the arm and stick of Giguere, who never saw the shot. Penguins 1, Ducks 0.
19:51: Sidney Crosby
intercepts a pass right off the bat and breaks into the middle of the Ducks zone, firing a shot through the legs of Giguere just wide of the net.
The Penguins are wearing their blue 'third jerseys,' which they are 2-0 when wearing in 2009-10.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins have lost 66 man-games to injury through the first quarter of the season.
Jeff Jimerson sings the national anthem as Marc-Andre Fleury
gets set to make the start in goal.
With Goligoski missing the next couple weeks with a lower-body injury, Nate Guenin, a Beaver County native, becomes the third homegrown player to suit up for the Penguins, following in the footsteps of Ryan Malone and Bill Thomas. Guenin addressed reporters this morning:
Former Penguin Ryan Whitney will start on defense for the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets the start in goal for Anaheim and Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the nod for Pittsburgh. Alex Goligoski, Chris Kunitz
and Brooks Orpik
are the Penguins' scratches. Injured Saku Koivu and Ryan Carter, along with former Penguin Erik Christensen are out for Anaheim.
Pittsburgh concludes a three-game homestand tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. The Penguins defeated the Ducks, 4-3, Nov. 3 on a third-period goal by Pascal Dupuis
. Pittsburgh has won three straight games versus the Ducks.