0:00: What an effort by the Pittsburgh Penguins. They storm into Calgary and walk away with a 3-1 victory over the Flames. Sidney Crosby
, Bill Guerin and Tyler Kennedy
score for the Penguins while Marc-Andre Fleury
makes 37 saves in goal. Pittsburgh is now 2-1 on this five-game road swing. They will be back in action on Thursday night at 9:30 when they take on the Edmonton Oilers.
The Penguins will finish the game on the power play as Bourque is penalized for holding.
Staal steals the puck off the blade of Daymond Langkow behind the net and feeds Tyler Kennedy
standing alone in front of the cage. Kennedy beats Kiprusoff with a backhander. Penguins 3, Flames 1.
A Flame fell down and Fedotenko was able to walk in on a breakaway but his shot rings off the post.
With a little less than three minutes remaining in regulation Fleury has stopped all 15 shots he has faced here in the third period.
Fleury moved quickly from his left to his right to bring the pads together to deny a quality scoring chance from Lundmark in the slot.
For the second time here in the third period the Penguins are able to kill off a man-advantage opportunity for the Flames.
Calgary is on the power play for a fifth time as Gonchar is sent to the box for hooking.
9:57: Pascal Dupuis
throws a backhander on Kiprusoff for the Penguins first shot of the period.
Pittsburgh came away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames in their last trip to Calgary on Dec. 6, 2007. That was also the game where Marc-Andre Fleury
suffered his sprained ankle:
The Flames have all 10 shots in the third period.
The Penguins are able to kill off the minor penalty to Crosby.
You knew the Penguins were due to be called for a penalty and it's Crosby who takes a hooking penalty.
Fleury has been sharp in the third period with back-to-back saves on Jokinen and Jamie Lundmark.
The second Pittsburgh goal has now been credited to Bill Guerin on a deflection. Sergei Gonchar and Alex Goligoski are credited with the assists.
Fleury makes a huge stick save on Dawes, who had just stepped out of the penalty box.
Pittsburgh begins the final period with a brief 48-second power play as they look to stretch their 2-1 lead.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Jay McKee and Mark Eaton have eached blocked three shots.
- Bill Guerin leads the Penguins with four shots on goal.
- The Penguins are still outhitting the Flames, 15-13.
A high-paced second-period sees the Penguins take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Each team has 22 shots on goal. Pittsburgh will have a 48-second power play to begin the third period.
Fans in the Pengrowth Saddledome are not happy. A holding call to Nigel Dawes is the fourth-consecutive penalty assessed to Calgary.
The Penguins buzz around the cage but Regehr is able to come back onto the ice without the Penguins adding to their lead.
Malkin is starting to feel it and beginning to skate right through people. His speed draws a tripping penalty against Robyn Regehr.
Fleury stays alert in his cage to jump on a loose puck after it deflected off a couple skates and sat in the blue paint.
Moss skates onto the ice and the Penguins are now 1-for-2 with the man-advantage.
It's right back onto the power play for the Penguins as Moss takes a hooking penalty.
The Penguins make Jokinen pay for his penalty. Goligoski sets Gonchar up for a slap shot at the center point and his shot gets through traffic in front to give the Penguins the lead. Penguins 2, Flames 1. (Goal later credited to Bill Guerin)
A holding call to Olli Jokinen does give the Penguins a chance with the man-advantage.
Calgary dominated possession on that power play and Giordano takes a cross-ice pass and beats Fleury over the shoulder on his stick side. Penguins 1, Flames 1.
Not sure who the shooter was or how he stopped it but Jay McKee somehow kept a shot out of the cage by sacrificing his body once again.
At some point the Penguins are going to be on the receiving end of a power-play opportunity but this time it's Malkin going to the box for slashing. It is the third-straight power play for the Flames.
Malkin just made an unbelievable spin move which sent Phaneuf sprawling helplessly to the ice. Though Kiprusoff made the save the move was pure Malkin at his finest.
We have our first fight in a couple time. Godard exchanges punches with fellow tough guy Brian McGrattan. Both players get some good shots in on each other in a spirited and even battle.
We swear we are not picking on Jay Bouwmeester, who is one of the top skaters and overall defensemen in the game. It's just that he has had his troubles bodying up on Sidney Crosby
. Here is a beautiful goal registered by Crosby on Dec. 5, 2006 - the year Crosby won his scoring title:
Fleury does a nice job of preventing Bourque from picking up the rebound of a point shot. It's easy to see why Bourque is only four goals away from tying his career high with 21 goals - he is always around the cage.
Rupp slams Giordano against the boards to allow the Penguins to establish a forecheck in the Calgary zone as Rupp took a shift with Crosby and Bill Guerin.
We would like to wish a happy 30th birthday to Penguins winger Mike Rupp. Hopefully he can get himself a goal on his birthday.
The Penguins look to build upon their 1-0 lead.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins outhit the Flames, 11-9.
- Pittsburgh blocked seven shots in the opening period, led by two from Mark Eaton.
- Ruslan Fedotenko had two of the Penguins' eight shots.
The Penguins play a good first period on the road and they come away with a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Calgary outshoots the Penguins, 10-8.
Great pad save by Fleury on Bourque again as time dwindles down here in the openin period.
A quick pass from Letang reaches the blade of Jordan Staal
between the circles but there was Kiprusoff to stand his ground and keep his team within one by making a save with his right arm.
We said that Sidney Crosby
has burned Jay Bouwmeester for goals before and here is one from a Penguins 4-1 win last March when Bouwmeester played for the Florida Panthers:
Flames star Jarome Iginla lays a shoulder into Kris Letang
behind the Penguins net to send him to the ice. Iginla has only one goal in his past nine games.
Kiprusoff holds a Craig Adams
shot in his mid-section as the Penguins get a faceoff in the Calgary zone.
Dustin Boyd nearly scores while diving to the ice as his shot goes off the right pad of the Penguins netminder.
Here is an update from Penguins general manager Ray Shero on Tom Fitzgerald being back behind the bench tonight:
“It’s a temporary thing. He was scheduled to be here anyway on this trip. He’s going to spend a few days with meetings next week, which he was coming in for anyways. He’s out here with the team and was a good idea for him to be behind the bench and filling in for Mike (Yeo). Gilles (Meloche) will be up (in the press box) as usual.”
David Moss rings a shot off the post from the slot as the Penguins dodge a bullet.
Another great penalty kill by the Penguins as Godard is back on the ice.
The Penguins are on the penalty kill again with Eric Godard in the sin bin for slashing Dion Phaneuf.
The Penguins won the most recent matchup between these two teams, 2-0, on March 25 of last season. Enjoy highlights of that game:
Eaton's assist gives him four helpers over his past three games.
16:08: Sidney Crosby
now has 30 goals! He takes a pass in the neutral zone and blows by Jay Bouwmeester (he's done this before) and tucks a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff on the short side. Mark Eaton gets the assist. Penguins 1, Flames 0.
The Penguins kill off the penalty to Orpik and both teams are back at full strength. Let's see if the Penguins can use the momentum to tally the opening goal.
17:17: Matt Cooke
sends the puck the length of the ice as Pittsburgh is doing a great job of preventing the Flames from setting up.
Calgary gets the first power-play chance of the night as Alex Goligoski is sent to the box for tripping. The Flames are 0-for-14 over their last four games on the power play.
Great save by Fleury early in the contest to get his chest on a deflection from just outside the crease by Rene Bourque.
The Penguins look to improve to 2-1 on this season-long five-game road swing.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Calgary is 6-0-1 this season versus the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins scratches tonight include Martin Skoula, Brooks Orpik
, Luca Caputi and Brent Johnson
. Calgary will play without Fredrik Sjostrom, Brandon Prust and Aaron Johnson.
A familiar face will be back behind the bench tonight as Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins assistant to the general manager, joins head coach Dan Bylsma and assistant Tony Granato. We will have more on this throughout the game.
The Penguins begin the Western Canada portion of their five-game road swing tonight when they take on the Calgary Flames. The Flames are currently tied with the Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Northwest Division with 58 points. Pittsburgh downed the Flames, 2-0, on Mar. 25, 2009 - the most recent meeting between the two teams. Marc-Andre Fleury
made 31 saves in that contest to record the shutout.
Author: Jason Seidling