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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


FINAL SCORE: FLYERS 5, PENGUINS 2

0:00: That'll do it. The Flyers now hold a four-point lead over the Pens in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings with their 5-2 win.

0:41: The Pens will end the period with a power play as Carcillo gets a pair for hi-sticking.

1:52: Pens back to full strength.

3:52: Ben Lovejoy is called for hooking and sent to the box.

4:34: Pens back to full strength.

5:17: Giroux finds himself alone at the Pens blue line and gets a breakaway, but Tanger catches up to him and powers him off the puck on a nice defensive play.

6:37: Hartnell takes out Neal as he's hustling for a rebound that would have given him a wide-open net!!! Hartnell heads to the box, Pens on the PP!

7:40: Congratulations to the three Penguins Cup winners, who each defeated their Flyers Cup counterparts to win the state title for their respective classes! Mars won Class A, Bishop Canevin won Class AA and Upper St. Clair won Class AAA! All three teams were honored on the ice during second intermission.







9:30: The Pens just had a great shift with the man-advantage. They kept getting pucks to the net and the D did a great job of holding the blue line. But Bobrovsky came up with a couple of big saves.

11:01: The Pens are getting a PP as Carle gets whistled for hooking Neal!

11:22: Leino gets his second of the night when he collects his own rebound (this time on the other side of the net) and somehow managets to lift a shot top shelf over Flower. Flyers 5, Penguins 2







14:30: The time-out seems to have been a good call. A rebound bounces off a surprised Ville Leino on the side of the net and into the back of the net. Flyers 4, Penguins 2

14:49: Philly calls a time-out. We're unsure why coach Peter Laviolette is using it, since the Flyers didn't ice the puck or anything of that nature.

15:22: Letang jumps up, finds an open lane and whips a rebound shot at the net, but Bobrovsky is up to the task!

16:33: Staal drops a pass to Kunitz, but his shot is deflected over the glass by the stick of Matt Carle.

18:28: Talbot and Dupuis speed down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush (with a second Flyers D man hustling back). Bobrovsky barely gets a pad on Talbot's shot, and the rebound jumps out to Dupuis. His shot rolls off the knob of Bobrovsky's stick and into the corner!

20:00: They're off!!!

THIRD PERIOD

Another quick note: The Flyers' first goal has now been credited to Jeff Carter, not Braydon Coburn. It went off Carter's stick.



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SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Kunitz has a staggering seven hits
- Neal, Talbot and Letang each have three
- Letestu is now 10-for-13 on faceoffs for a 77-percent success rate

0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. Flyers hold a 3-2 lead over the Pens and a 16-13 advantage in shots.

0:26: Tanger tees off a shot after the Pens win a faceoff in the offensive zone, but Bobrovsky is able to get a pad on it.

1:41: Neal gets hi-sticked in the face by Giroux, but the refs don't see who it is and no penalty is called.

2:41: Letang and Orpik are trying to get play moving up the ice. They succeed and head to the bench for a change.





5:28: Claude Giroux receives a pass at the top of the slot and wrists one over the pad of Fleury. Flyers 3, Penguins 2

6:15: Hartnell receives a pass on the side of the net, turns to the net and roofs a shot over Fleury. A scrum ensues immediately after the whistle, as Hartnell knocks the net off after he scores and gets a little too close to Flower. 1:18 was left on the Flyers PP. Penguins 2, Flyers 2

6:57: Looks like Martin is getting a penalty for interference off a Pens D zone faceoff. Pens on the PK.

7:16: The Kunitz-Staal-Kennedy line is looking extremely sharp this period!

8:10: Staal sent a perfect no-look pass to a streaking TK, who carried it down and waited, waited, but juked himself out and ended up behind the net! Then Chris Kunitz ended up with the puck and caught Bobrovsky out of position, but his shot sailed up high and out of play.

9:20: Now it's Conner's turn to skate down the ice and rip a shot at Bobrovsky, but he turns it aside.





10:39: TK skates down the ice with FOUR Flyers in the vicinity, but he somehow gets a shot off that goes underneath Bobrovsky and into the back of the cage!!! Penguins 2, Flyers 1

11:27: Rupp powers around the cage and gains net-front position, but can't quite get a shot off.

12:30: Flyers are controlling play in the Pens D zone, but Pittsburgh finally clears it out.

15:04: Van Riemsdyk finds himself with some space in front of Flower, but the Pens goalie is up to the task and makes the save!





16:00: Carcillo picks up a loose puck in the neutral zone and his shot deflects off Orpik's skate, but it's slow enough for Flower to collect.

18:13: Letestu wheels down the ice and tries centering a pass to Kovy, but the Flyers D man knocks it away.

19:10: Staal receives a pass for Niskanen and leaves it for Kunitz, who gets crunched into the boards. He's a little slow to get up but stays on the bench.

20:00: Here we go!

SECOND PERIOD



FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Letestu is 7-for-8 on faceoffs for an 88-percent success rate
- Hits are even at 13 apiece
- Michalek leads with 9:09 of ice time
- Michalek and Orpik each have two blocked shots
- Kunitz and Talbot each have two hits

0:00: That'll do it for the first. The Pens and the Flyers are tied 1-1 on goals from Kovy and Coburn. Pens are outshooting the Flyers by a 7-6 margin.

1:21: James van Riemsdyk sends a nice behind-the-back pass to Danny Briere, who wheels to the net and shoots - but Flower's there to absorb the puck.

4:04: As the penalty expires, Coburn sends a shot to the net that clangs off the post, bounces off the back of Flower and goes into the net. Tough break for the Pens. Penguins 1, Flyers 1





5:35: Carter re-directs a puck while facing forward, but somehow Flower sees it and sends it out of danger.

6:04: Pens are heading back to the PK after Niskanen gets two for holding.

7:38: Neal and Kovy head down the ice 2-on-1 after Kovy picks up a Flyers turnover! Kovy carries it down and waits, waits...then absolutely snipes a shot far side past Bobrovsky! Penguins 1, Flyers 0

8:25: The Flyers dump the puck in and it goes to Fleury, who covers it up but Dan Carcillo decides to take a few liberties trying to poke the puck loose. But don't worry, the Pens clear him out promptly.





10:33: Lots of back-and-forth play between the two teams. Neither squad has been able to get many pucks to the net.

13:39: Pens back to full strength.

14:35: Huge save by Flower!!! Andrej Meszaros gets a perfect feed as he's in the slot and has a lane to the net. He tries to deke over, but Fleury stretches the pad out just in time and denies him!

14:58: The Pens were just wreaking havoc in Philly's zone, but couldn't convert.

16:09: Now the Pens are on the PP for 1:43!

16:26: We're going to 4-on-4 hockey for 17 seconds, as Flyers captain Mike Richards is heading to the sin bin for slashing.





16:44: Staal with a shorthanded breakaway as he capitalizes on a turnover at the blue line!!! But the puck jumps off his stick as he tries to deke to his backhand and he can't quite corral it to get a shot on net. Great scoring chance for the Pens!

17:50: And the Pens are controlling the play, beginning with Staal's faceoff win in the Pens D zone and corralling the puck down low in the Flyers zone.

18:09: The Pens are heading to the PK early as they're whistled for too many men. Conner will serve the penalty.

19:06: Talbot crushes Braydon Coburn in the corner of the Flyers D zone! Welcome to Pittsburgh!

20:00: Let's get ready to rumble! Puck drops. Game on!!!

FIRST PERIOD



For those of you that aren't with us here at CONSOL, here's the in-game Pens-Flyers video to get your blood pumping!!!! The atmosphere is truly already electric!





7:00 PM:
As we reported earlier today, Mark Letestu is back in the lineup after missing the last five games with an upper-body injury. Here are the Pens' lines:

Neal-Letestu-Kovalev
Kunitz-Staal-Kennedy
Dupuis-Talbot-Conner
Rupp-Adams-Asham

Martin-Michalek
Orpik-Letang
Niskanen-Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. Sergei Bobrovsky is in goal for Philly.



6:50 PM:
The Flyers haven't come into the Penguins' house since Oct. 29, 2010 – almost five whole months. All I've got to say about that – well, Notre Dame coach Dan Devine said it best in one of the best sports films ever made.

"Remember, no one – and I mean, NO ONE – comes into our house, and pushes us around."





6:45 PM:
It's almost time for puck drop here at CONSOL Energy Center for what is right now the biggest game of the season. Thanks to Hart Trophy-worthy play by Marc-Andre Fleury, incredible character and leadership from the players in the locker room and Dan "Jack Adams" Bylsma, the Penguins are just two points from the top spot in the division and the conference crown, currently held by none other than the Penguins' cross-state rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

To kick off the blog, let's continue with the theme Sam Kasan started off in today's Penguins Report.  He began his blog with Three Days Grace' "I Hate Everything About You"; I'm going to start mine with a little Plain White T's. They're not the first band that comes to mind when brainstorming pump-up songs, but I do like the title of this one. I think it fits.


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