FINAL SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, CALGARY 30:00:
That'll do it. Pens hold on for a 5-3 win despite a late Flames rally!!0:04:
Staalsy ensures that the Pens can breathe easy when he scores an empty-netter with just seconds left in regulation!0:38:
Flames barraging the net right now!! Despite a screen in the form of Glencross, Fleury gobbles up the puck and holds on! Letang and Bourque go at it on the side of the net after the play and both get sent to the box, meaning the teams will skate 4-on-4.
Flames using their timeout right now. It's Staal who takes his uber-important defensive zone faceoff...which the Pens win!!1:04:
Flames have pulled Kiprusoff!! This is intense!1:37:
Iginla tries to power past Paulie Martin on the boards, but the Pens D-man is able to thwart the Flames captain and cause offsides.3:37:
And we've got ourselves a game, folks. Olli Jokinen rips one short side past Flower to get his team within one. Pens 4, Flames 37:05:
Flames back to full strength. 9:05:
Pens get their 5th PP of the night when Flames are whistled for delay of game as Chris Butler floats one over the glass!10:52:
Tanguay sends a perfect shot-pass from the circles to a crashing Rene Bourque, who re-directs it into a wide-open net. Bourque had the lone goal against the Pens last year. Pens 4, Flames 211:47:
Pens ice the puck, and HCDB (head coach Dan Bylsma) uses his timeout to give his guys a rest. Maybe draw up a play or two while they're all gathered. 12:32:
Fleury barely kicks his pad out in time to stop a Stempniak re-direct! But he does get it out in time!13:34:
Lovejoy jumps up to be a pass option for his tired forwards. By carrying it into the zone, Lovey gives the Kunitz-Staal-Kennedy line a chance to change.15:26:
Vitale gets a good chance from the slot but can't convert! He's having a great game tonight. 17:51:
Cooke gets a pass on the back door and has a seemingly wide-open net, but Kiprusoff somehow gets over to deflect the puck away!19:30: Matt Cooke
is back on the bench for Pittsburgh!!20:00:
The Flames surely went back to their room and did some soul searching during intermission. We'll see what they throw at the Pens this period. Game on!THIRD PERIOD
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Pens just totally dominated that period. Plain and simple.
- Niskanen has 1 goal, 1 assist and 4 shots
- Vitale is doin' work in the faceoff dot. Big shocker there. 7-of-9 for a 78-percent success rate
- Michalek has 4:28 shorthanded minutes, by far the most on the team0:00:
First 40 minutes are in the books. Pens have jumped to a 4-1 lead thanks to a four-goal second period outburst and are outshooting the Flames 25-9(!!).2:57:
Flames back to full strength. 4:57:
On a delayed penalty, Malkin carries the puck up the ice and gets his stick slashed out of his hands, drawing another penalty. But he retaliates on the play and goes after Glencross, and the two players engage in fisticuffs. Both receive minors for roughing while Stempniak gets a minor for slashing. That means Pens back on the PP!6:14:
Both Sarich and Engelland receive double minors for hi-sticking. The teams remain 5-on-5. Cooke headed to the dressing room after the incident. We'll keep you posted on if he returns or not.6:39:
Whoa!! A big brawl erupts when defenseman Cory Sarich drives his elbow straight into Cooke's head. Engelland beelines for Sarich and jumps on him on the side of the net and everybody rushes to their teammates' aids. They're trying to sort out the penalties right now. 6:56:
Pens blow this game open when Geno gets his first goal of the regular season! He grabs linemate Neal's rebound and chips a shot over Kiprusoff from the side of the net!! Pens 4, Flames 1 8:05:
Alex Tanguay absolutely runs over Flower and tempers flare immediately. The Flames winger is going to the box for goalie interference. Another PP chance for Pittsburgh, who has stolen the momentum!!9:49: Hometown boy Craig Adams
scores off the faceoff! After Letestu wins the faceoff back to Niskanen, the Pens center grabs the rebound from the side of the net off his defenseman's shot. He sends it right to a planted Adams, who wobbles a shot through Kiprusoff!! Pens 3, Flames 19:56:
Staal's assist on Niskanen's goal was his 200th career point!! Congrats Staalsy!! 12:02:
Does anybody else like watching how excited NHLers get after goals? No matter how many they see over the course of the season, every single player on the ice gets so jacked when they or their teammates find the back of the net. I think that's so cool even though it may be a bit corny.13:20: Matt Niskanen
converts with just 5 seconds left on the Pens' PP! Staal carries down the ice and feeds Niskanen flying down the middle, who unleashes a cannon at Kiprusoff that is blocked. But Niskanen is able to get his rebound, which Kiprusoff saves. He gets a third crack and sends that one past the goal line!! Pens 2, Flames 115:15:
Just after the Pens escaped that Flames PP unscathed despite a strong push from Calgary, the home team gets whistled for too many men when they have two guys waiting at the door that can't get in quick enough!! I don't think coach Sutter is too happy about that one. 17:22:
Now the Pens head back to the PK when Geno gets his second of the night, this time for hooking.18:56:
After being sandwiched by a pair of Flames, Duper battles through and is able to send the puck up the boards to none other than...TK!! 48 exits the box and immediately receives a pass, which he carries down the ice and rifles past Kiprusoff! Pens 1, Flames 120:00:
Middle frame has commenced. Flames have a PP for 56 more seconds!
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Geno is 4-of-6 on faceoffs and leads with 2 shots
- Michalek leads with 8:42 of ice time
- Letang has 2 blocked shots0:00:
That'll do it. Pens will start the second with 56 seconds left on TK's penalty. Flames lead 1-0 and Pitt currently has a 9-4 advantage in shots.1:04:
TK gets called for tripping, meaning the Pens will end the period on the PK.2:26:
Malkin sends a backhand to the net that Kiprusoff seems to bobble. 71 is able to grab his own rebound, but the Flames netminder keeps it out of his cage. Nice play by Neal to pick the pocket of a Calgary player in the neutral zone and send the puck over to a speeding Malkin. 2:59:
Cooke, Vitale and Dupuis with an energetic shift just now in Calgary's zone. They made Kiprusoff work by going to the net hard and battling for the puck.4:28:
The Flames strike first. D-man Mark Giordano displays some epic patience and some slick hands by making Craig Adams
commit, then walking around him and sending a pinpoint pass to Curtis Glencross at the back door. He releases an absolute snipe into the far corner that Fleury had no chance on. Flames 1, Pens 06:30:
Flames back to full strength right as TK dances around the slot area and gets a decent shot on goal. 7:58:
A couple of no-look drop passes between Geno and Tanger a little bit ago. Pretty pretty.8:32:
It's Pittsburgh's turn to go on the PP when Olli Jokinen gets two for tripping. First unit out: Kunitz and Neal down low, Sullivan and Malkin on half walls, Letang manning the center point.9:00:
Stempniak speeds to the front of the net and shoots the puck just wide of the cage! Looks like it went through the crease. 9:51:
Love watching the Sullivan-Malkin-Neal line cycle like nobody's business. Their solid shift ends with the workhorse Kiprusoff gloving the puck for the stoppage in play.11:10:
Seems I spoke too soon. Letestu is back with 24 and 9.12:59:
Letestu is currently centering Asham and Adams right now. He started the game between Cooke and Dupuis. Not sure if this is just a one-time thing or something a little more long-term. 14:16:
Pens escape that PP unscathed as Malkin exits the sin bin.15:06:
Flames get a good chance when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester swoops in, gets a pass in the slot and fires one at Flower. But Fleury makes a big save!16:16:
Malkin and Lee Stempniak are having a heated exchange after the whistle. Geno gets two for elbowing, and although Stempniak retaliated, he's not being sent to the box. Flames on the PP. They had the league's second-best power play at home last season. 17:35:
Letang makes a nice sliding block on a Flames 2-on-1 opportunity. That boy can do it all. Calgary has been quick out of the gates to start this game.19:05:
Flames having a good shift right now. After David Moss snaps a hard, fast shot to the net, Calgary nearly gets 'Flower' on a sneaky re-direct. But he recovers and makes the save!20:00:
As the sign below reads...Game Day! Today! After the Pens witness their second season-opening ceremony, the puck drops. It's on!!!
Pens lines are the same as they were on Thursday (or is it technically considered Friday?) vs. Vancouver. MacIntyre, Park and Orpik are scratched.
Fleury gets the nod between the pipes.
Welcome to the second leg of the Penguins' three-game road swing to Western Canada, where the Pens are set to take on the Flames (in their season opener) at the Scotiabank Saddledome in short order here.
A win tonight for Pittsburgh would establish the team's longest all-time winning streak against Western Conference opponent Calgary. The Penguins have won four straight games against the Flames and have surrendered a total of just four goals over that span. And to top it off? The Pens are 9-1-2 in their last 12 road games dating back to last season.
But enough with the stats for now, as much as I like cold hard facts. PensTV has been hard at work on the road to bring you video wrapups of each day's happenings, so I'm going to start my blog with today's Game Day Report. It'll tell you everything you need to know about tonight's tilt!!! (Spoiler: center Jordan Staal
is in while defenseman Brooks Orpik
is out. Sam Kasan elaborates).