0:00: Sidney Crosby
wins that final faceoff and the Penguins walk out of Philadelphia with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Matt Cooke
power-play goal with 1:47 remaining in regulation. Pittsburgh is now 4-1 on the season against the Flyers and they have swept all three games in the City of Brotherly Love. The Penguins are back in action on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York as they take on the Rangers in game two of the 4th Annual "Dad's Trip."
Johnson holds onto a wraparound shot by Timonen as the Penguins just have to win this final faceoff to clinch victory.
Gonchar is penalized for hooking in front of the Penguins net. Philadelphia uses their timeout and will have a 6-on-4 power play with the goalie pulled.
The net is empty at the Philadelphia end of the rink.
Thirteen seconds after Crosby hits the post Cooke deflects a Gonchar slap shot through the legs of Emery to give the Penguins the lead. Penguins 2, Flyers 1.
Timonen gives the Penguins a great chance to walk out of Philadelphia with three wins in three chances this season by shooting the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.
Emery was alert to keep his right toe against the far post as Fedotenko brought the puck to the front of the cage from behind the net.
Pittsburgh gets a couple real good looks at Emery but Giroux skates back on without any damage being done.
The Penguins are on a 1:25 power play.
This time it's the Flyers getting caught reaching into the cookie jar to negate the remainder of their power play. Claude Giroux is called for slashing. Four-on-four action.
For the third time in the third period the Flyers will be on the man-advantage. Letang is sent to the penalty box for slashing.
Asham just came within inches of giving Philadelphia a 2-1 lead by barely missing the net on a redirection.
Big save by Johnson on Carter, who was looking for his second goal of the contest. Johnson flashed his right pad to stop Carter's low shot from the far circle.
The Penguins Wives Association held the 2nd Annual "Pens and Paws" charity bowling tournament on Friday at the Crafton-Ingram Bowling Lanes. Below is video from the event. Click here
to read more about the night and here
to check out a photo gallery.
Hartnell runs into Malkin and we have all five players on both sides coming together. Malkin and Cooke for the Penguins and Powe and Arron Asham
for the Flyers all receive two minutes for roughing.
Another great penalty kill by the Penguins. Philadelphia is now 1-for-7 on the power play.
Gagne rings a shot off the post to the right of Johnson.
Pittsburgh continues to get themselves into penalty trouble. Goligoski is in the box for boarding Danny Briere.
Rupp is back and the Penguins kill the penalty.
Johnson stays with a point shot off the blade of Braydon Coburn as the Penguins netminder continues his steady play.
We have a 1-1 score as the puck is dropped to begin the final period.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Brooks Orpik
and Matt Cooke
lead the Penguins with three his apiece.
- The Penguins have blocked 11 Philadelphia shots, led by Pascal Dupuis
- Philadelphia begins the third period with a 1:56 power play.
Neither team is able to score in the second period as the score remains 1-1. The Penguins hold a 16-15 advantage in shots.
The Penguins are caught retaliating again. Richards layed out Craig Adams
behind the Penguins net ahd Rupp is sent off for elbowing him at the other end.
Pittsburgh is unable to capitalize on the Gagne minor.
Right off a faceoff Gagne trips Gonchar and the Penguins have their fourth power play.
The Penguins continue to take it to the Flyers in the second period. Pittsburgh currently holds a 9-3 advantage in shots.
Dupuis stands in front of a Pronger shot and he blocks it up into the netting with his hand.
Emery has been great between the pipes for the Flyers in the second period. He just stoned Cooke's shot from 10 feet away with his blocker.
Emery robs Dupuis off a three-on-two rush with a blocker save on a blast from the top of the slot.
Great job by the Penguins fourth line. They were trapped for an extended period in their own zone but kept Philadelphia to the outside and eventually cleared the zone.
Pittsburgh came away with an exciting 5-4 victory over the Flyers at Wachovia Center on Oct. 8:
Emery makes a right-pad save on a drive by Cooke as the Penguins have been the better team the first five minutes of this second period.
Huge save with the chest protector by Emery on Nick Johnson's turnaround shot from the slot.
van Riemsdyk misses the cage on an open look down the left side of a rush into the Penguins zone.
Kennedy, who was serving the extra two minutes to Letang, is back on the ice.
The second assist on Gonchar's goal has been changed from Guerin to Crosby.
Philadelphia begins the period on a 1:15 power play.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- In a physical first period, Philadelphia outhit the Penguins, 19-16, while the two teams combined for 30 penalty minutes in the opening period.
- Sergei Gonchar led the Penguins with 8:55 of ice time.
- The Penguins killed a 42-second two-man advantage and promptly drew a penalty on Mike Richards as the first penalty was coming to a close.
The first period has been everything it was advertised to be with a 1-1 score after 20 minutes. The Flyers hold a 10-5 advantage in shots. Philadelphia will have 1:15 of power-play time to work with at the beginning of the second period.
We have our first fight of the afternoon (probably not our last) with Kris Letang
wrestling Darroll Powe to the ice as Letang sticks up for Goligoski, who was drilled against the boards by Powe.
Letang picks up an extra two minutes for interference, served by Kennedy.
Crosby steals the puck in the neutral zone but his slap shot sprinting down the left side rings off the post to the left of Emery.
3:56: Matt Cooke
gets caught tripping Carcillo.
The Penguins take advantage of their third power play as Gonchar fires a wrist shot from the center point through traffic past Ray Emery. Crosby and Guerin were providing traffic on the doorstep. Ruslan Fedotenko and Geurin pick up the assists. Penguins 1, Flyers 1.
We have a potential game-changing moment. Richards threw a rebound over the glove of Johnson but the goal was wiped out as Simon Gagne was given a high-sticking and roughing penalty and Malkin was sent off for roughing.
Richards is back on the ice and we have five-on-five action.
The Penguins have 33 seconds remaining on a power play with Richards in the box.
Pittsburgh posted a 3-2 shootout victory over the Flyers in their last visit to Philadelphia on Dec. 17:
Not only do the Penguins kill off the first minor to Goligoski, but Mike Richards (another favorite of Penguins fans) high sticks Sergei Gonchar as the latter was icing the puck.
Philadelphia will have a 42-second two-man advantage as Staal trips Hartnell in the slot.
Hartnell is back and the Flyers are on their second power play.
The Pittsburgh power play is an abreviated one as Alex Goligoski is penalized for cross-checking Chris Pronger.
12:10: Jordan Staal
is up front with Crosby and Malkin on the top power-play unit.
Penguins fans will love to see this - Flyers fans certainly weren't - Scott Hartnell is of to the penalty box for goaltender interference.
Here are pictures from the Consol Energy Center. Click here
to see a full photo gallery on the progress of the Penguins' future home.
Philadelphia strikes first off a weird sequence. Kimmo Timonen's shot from the left point deflected off a Penguin and landed on the back of the net. Jeff Carter swatted the puck off netting and banked a shot off Johnson for the power-play goal. Flyers 1, Penguins 0.
Crosby takes the first penalty of the game by slashing James van Riemsdyk in the near corner of the Pittsburgh zone.
Philadelphia trainers are examining Ian Lapierierre, who was drilled by Kris Letang
at the blue line.
Daniel Carcillo drills Alex Goligoski to the ice from behind at the top of the Philadelphia zone but no penalty was called on the play.
Johnson gets into the game early with a left-pad save on a blast from Pronger at the center point. The Penguins clear the rebound away before Philadelphia can get to it.
19:34: Sidney Crosby
is featured on an NBC ISO Cam today. Click here
The biggest rivalry in the NHL is underway.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Philadelphia is 11-3-1 in their past 15 games under new head coach Peter Laviolette.
12:33 PM: Pascal Dupuis
will be back in the lineup after missing Thursday's contest against the Washington Capitals following a dangerous hit from behind courtesy of the New York Islanders Andy Sutton on Tuesday night. With Talbot still out the Penguins have recalled Nick Johnson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Johnson scored in his NHL debut
on Thursday night.
Although Marc-Andre Fleury
is off injured reserve and in uniform, Brent Johnson
will make the third-consecutive start between the pipes. Sidney Crosby
will get the start at center with Evgeni Malkin
and Mike Rupp on his wings. The Penguins scratches include Maxime Talbot and Martin Skoula. Philadelphia will be without Riley Cote, Mika Pyorala and Brian Boucher.
The entire country will be watching this afternoon as the Penguins make the first of three consecutive national television appearances on NBC when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center. Pittsburgh will be looking to complete a sweep in Philadelphia as they have previously defeated the Flyers twice in their home building - 5-4 on Oct. 8 and 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 17.
Author: Jason Seidling