FINAL SCORE: The Penguins conplete the home-and-home sweep of the Flyers by defeating them 3-2 in a shootout thanks to goals from Kris Letang
and Sidney Crosby
in the breakaway contest. The Penguins have a league-leading 24 victories on the season and are 3-0 against the Flyers.
SECOND PITTSBURGH ATTEMPT: Sidney Crosby
fans on his shot but it gets by the glove hand of Boucher to give the Penguins the victory.
SECOND PHILADELPHIA ATTEMPT:
Fleury pokechecks the puck off the blade of Claude Giroux.
FIRST PITTSBURGH ATTEMPT: Kris Letang
goes backhand to forehand with a quick move and throws the puck into the open cage.
FIRST PHILADELPHIA ATTEMPT:
Danny Briere misses the net.
Five more minutes go by without a goal for either team so we head to a shootout in Philadelphia.
Richards came around the net on a wraparound net but the left pad of Fleury was there to all but send the game to a shootout.
Back to four-on-four action as Malkin and Carcillo return to the ice.
Minor penalties are assessed on the play to Oprik and Carcillo. Both get two minutes for slashing. It's three-on-three action for the next two minutes.
The Penguins are 7-1 in the extra session in '09-10 while the Flyers are 3-1.
Despite a final late push from the Penguins the game does in fact head to overtime. The Penguins won both games last season that went beyond 60 minutes.
The Flyers use their timeout because Pronger iced the puck the length of the ice and gave the Penguins one final chance to break this tie before overtime.
We have less than a minute left in the third period as the score remains 2-2.
Seconds after the Flyes dodged a bullet at the other end, Fleury bails out the Penguins with a pad save on Kimmo Timonen in deep on the play.
Boucher closes his legs together to deny a one-timer off the stick of Gonchar in the slot.
The action is back to five-on-five as Cooke and Parent return to the ice.
Coincidental roughing minors to Matt Cooke
and Parent, leaving both teams with four attackers apiece.
The Flyers are ready for the holiday season with this Christmas tree.
Hartnell exacts some revenge at the other end by drilling Malkin to the ground with a shoulder.
11:34: Brooks Orpik
finally gets his hands on Hartnell, leveling him to the ice against the far boards in the Penguins zone.
Another edition of Inside Penguins Hockey hosted by Steve Mears was recently taped at Mellon Arena. Watch the fourth episode:
Somehow the puck stays out of the net on a spectacular passing sequence between Guerin, Kunitz and Crosby which saw the Penguins captain fire a shot from right on top of the crease.
Rupp and Hartnell exchange pushes and shoves in front of the Penguins bench. It's pretty safe to say the Penguins don't care much for Hartnell's antics.
The right pad of Fleury stones Asham from right on top of his crease.
Boucher flashes the glove on Malkin's wrist shot from between the circles as both netminders continue to put on a clinic between the pipes.
The Penguins are a perfect 5-0 when the game is tied after two periods.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins have recorded eight takeaways in the first two periods.
- Pittsburgh has 12 blocked shots.
- Sidney Crosby
and Jordan Staal
each have four shots on goal.
Just like we were after 20 minutes, the score is tied after two periods, 2-2. Philadelphia outshot the Penguins, 9-8, in the second period but the Penguins have a 22-20 overall lead.
Great power move by Fedotenko to drive to the net on Pronger but the glove of Boucher deflects the puck to the corner.
A couple more shots from the Wachovia Center, one from the outside, and the other from a control room.
Fleury gave the puck away behind his own net to Carcillo but the Flyer rushed his shot and Fleury was able to dive on the puck in the crease.
Asham took a leap pass on a breakaway and went to his backhand but the right pad of Fleury kept the game knotted, 2-2.
Before the Penguins flew to Philadelphia on Wednesday Sidney Crosby
talked about playing at the Wachovia Center in front of a rowdy fan base:
The Penguins are now 2-for-5 on the power play as they fail to convert on the Carter penalty.
The Penguins already have two power-play goals and the Flyers just cannot stay out of the box. Carter takes a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck into the crowd.
Here are pictures from around the concourse at the Wachovia Center.
Chris Pronger whiffs on a chance to clear the puck away from Kunitz and the rubber lands on the blade of Crosby, who fires a slap shot over the shoulder of Boucher to tie the score. Penguins 2, Flyers 2.
The Penguins have 1:45 to work with on their fourth power play.
Philadelphia loses the last 15 seconds of their man-advantage thanks to a Hartnell tripping penalty against Jay McKee.
Giroux's penalty expires and the Flyers have a a little over a minute on the power play.
Fleury keeps the Penguins deficit at one by sliding across his crease to make a save with his chest on Carter. Malkin takes a hooking penalty on the play.
Giroux puts the Penguins on the power play with a high-sticking infraction.
Rupp just missed tying the game when his one-timer goes off the side of the cage.
Philadelphia takes the lead back as Claude Giroux throws the rebound of a Carcillo shot over Fleury for the power-play goal. Mike Richards gets the second assist. Flyers 2, Penguins 1.
Malkin puts the Flyers on their second power play when he commits a tripping penalty on Ryan Parent.
Both teams are at full strength as the middle frame begins.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Jordan Staal
had four of the Penguins 14 shots in the opening period.
- Sidney Crosby
was 4-0 on draws in the first period.
- Alex Goligoski led the Penguins with 8:12 of ice time.
The Flyers and the 76ers of the National Basketball Association have several championship banners hanging from the rafters of the Wachovia Center.
After 20 minutes of play from the Wachovia Center the score is all square, 1-1. The Penguins had the better of the scoring chances with a 14-11 advantage in shots.
Dupuis is back on the ice for the Penguins after taking a slap shot earlier in the game.
The Penguins continue to get great looks with their new power-play configuration, but Carter returns to the ice and the Penguins are now 1-for-2.
A roughing penalty to Carter puts the Penguins back on the power play.
A couple shots of the Wachovia Center from earlier today.
Fleury denies Briere again, this time with his right toe o a deflection.
Great save by the left pad of Boucher to keep a low, hard wrist shot from Alex Goligoski out of the net.
econds after Kennedy steps onto the ice Fleury reaches back and makes a glove save to rob Danny Briere while laying on his back.
A takeaway by Malkin leads to a great chance shorthanded but Boucher stands tall to make the save.
The Penguins will trot out their 11th ranked penalty killing unit as Tyler Kennedy
is sent to the box for tripping. Read today's
feature on the success the of the Penguins penalty killers.
One of the highlights for the Penguins at the conclusion of every practice is the shootout. Usually the loser of the competition has to get Gatorade or grow a mustache, among other things they have done:
The first fight of the evening breaks out between Mike Rupp and Arron Asham
. Both throw several body shots before the wrestle to the ice.
Boucher stops the red-hot Staal with a blocker save on his chance from the slot.
16:12: Evgeni Malkin
's initial shot from the left point is stopped by Boucher but Kunitz and Guerin hammer away at the rebound before Guerin throws it in the cage to tie the score with a power-play goal. Penguins 1, Flyers 1.
Crosby draws a high-sticking penalty against Daniel Carcillo. No blood so just a two-minute minor.
18:10: Pascal Dupuis
hobbles to the Penguins' runway after blocking a shot at the top of the blue line.
The Flyers strike first as Jeff Carter takes advantage of a Penguin falling over by taking the puck right to the net and depositing a backhander over Marc-Andre Fleury
. Flyers 1, Penguins 0.
Bill Guerin steals a breakout pass at the blueline and feeds Crosby down low. Crosby's pass barely grazes past the stick of Kunitz who would have had a tap-in.
The puck is dropped and the Penguins and Flyers are underway.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The top four defenders for the Flyers, Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle, were a combined minus-8 on Tuesday night.
Max Talbot and Martin Skoula are once again the scratches for the Penguins. Enforcer Riley Cote and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen are out for Philadelphia.
The Penguins look to sweep this home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers after defeating the Flyers, 6-1, in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Penguins won the first meeting between the teams at the Wachovia Center, 5-4, on Oct. 8.
Author: Jason Seidling