Just when it looks like the game would head to a shootout Jamie McBain unleashes a howitzer from the center point which deflected off something in the slot and jumped by Fleury to give Carolina the victory. It's McBain's first NHL goal. Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2.
One minute remains in the overtime period.
Potential game-saving stop by Fleury on a re-direction by Tuomo Ruutu in the slot.
Fedotenko almost threads the needle to Letang standing right on top of the crease on a play which almost assuredly would have given the Penguins the win.
Pittsburgh deated Carolina, 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 17 while the Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime on March 11.
Time runs out in regulation as the Penguins and Hurricanes will head to overtime for the third time in four meetings this season and the fourth time in the past five regular-season games between the teams.
Staal clears the puck down below the Hurricanes goal line as Dupuis is back on the ice.
Carolina gets a late power play as Dupuis is sent off for boarding Jamie McBain.
Carolina ties the game as Joni Pitkanen cuts into the back door and fires a shot past Fleury from the left circle for his sixth goal of the season. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 2.
Another round of "Geno!" chants.
Welcome back Geno Malkin! A great forecheck in the corner by Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko allows Malkin to walk out of the left corner, skate around the top of the circle and send a laser over the left shoulder of Peters to give the Penguins their first lead of the afternoon. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1.
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The game is opening up back and forth as both goaltenders make saves to keep their teams in the game.
Carolina is on a brief power play.
Crosby just ripped a shot over the net one a great chance following a two-on-one rush with Gonchar. Guerin made a great play to spring them ahead.
That power play lasts just 26 seconds as Alex Goligoski is sent to the box for interference. We will go four-on-four for the next 1:34.
Fresh off a huge clutch penalty kill, the Penguins head to the power play. Erik Cole is penalized for holding.
11:34: Pascal Dupuis
is today's Starkist interview:
Killing off the 22-second five-on-three has brought more life to the crowd, which begins chanting "Let's Go Pens!"
A huge roar from the crowd as Staal steps back onto the ice and the Penguins kill off both minors.
The first penalty to Rupp is over as the Penguins ice the puck the length of the ice. Carolina fumbled three passes during the five-on-three, helping the Penguins' cause.
Well, this isn't exactly a good situation. Jordan Staal
is sent to the box for tripping, giving Carolina a 22-second two-man advantage. Carolina uses their timeout.
A holding call against Mike Rupp puts the Hurricanes back on the power play early in the third period.
Peters keeps the game tied by stopping Ruslan Fedotenko from two feet away not once but twice.
The puck without question hits the net and play is still going on. I'd imagine the Hurricanes wouldn't have been too happy had the Penguins gone down and scored there.20:00:
And.........begin. The fans scream as the "loud-o-meter" tracks their volume. THIRD PERIOD
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- The Penguins are outhitting the Hurricanes, 9-8.
- Pittsburgh is leading the game in faceoff wins with 18-16.
- Evgeni Malkin
is leading the game in shots on goal with three through two period.0:00:
At the end of the second period, the Penguins and Hurricanes are tied, 1-1. Carolina also outshot the Penguins once again, 13-11.0:18:
What a goal!!!!!!!!! Crosby skates the puck over the blue line, stops at the top of the zone and feeds a cutting Ponikarovsky. The newest Penguin walks down the slot and fires a pass over to Jordan Staal
alone in the right circle. Staal fires a one-timer into an open cage for his 20th goal of the season. Penguins 1, Hurricanes 1.
The speed of Kennedy draws another penalty against Pothier, this time for holding.
Manny Legace is out with a lower-body injury and is not expected to return.
A one-timer by Kunitz just goes wide of the net as Crosby makes another "Sidsational" play to set him up.
Carolina is able to kill off the Pothier minor without the Penguins scoring. Both teams are now 0-for-1 on the power play.
Welcome to the game, Justin Peters. Ponikarovsky makes a great play to ite up a Hurricane so Crosby could have a great look from three feet away but Peters stones him with the glove.
Pittsburgh gets their first crack at the man-advantage following the TV timeout as Brian Pothier heads to the box for interference. It was Pothier you may remember who scored the winning goal in overtime against the Penguins on March 11 at RBC Center.
"Fleury! Fleury! Fleury!" The Penguins netminder stands his ground and pokes the puck from the blad of Chad LaRose, who was moving in on a breakaway against Fleury. Fleury and LaRose ended up in the cage - but more importantly the puck did not!
Pittsburgh kills off the Kennedy infraction.
After the next whistle Legace does come out of the cage in favor of Justin Peters.
13:17: Tyler Kennedy
picks up the first penalty of the afternoon for interferring with Legace. The Hurricanes netminder was down for a couple seconds but appears to be OK.
Let's go around the NHL during this timeout:
Kennedy is flying today and the puck seems to be finding him. He just had another quality scoring chance from the high slot and just missed picking the upper left corner over the glove of Legace.
Carolina catches a HUGE break. Legace stops a shot from the slot by Tyler Kennedy
, but the rebound squirted between his legs and was still free but the whistle blew before Kennedy was able to toss the rebound into the cage.
17:56: Brooks Orpik
give the crowd some excitement by blasting Boychuk against the boards and dropping him to the ice. I'm going to bet Bob Errey chooses it as his Subway "Sandwich of the Game."
Both teams are back on the ice for the middle frame.SECOND PERIOD
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins outhit the Hurricanes 12-7.
- Pittsburgh had the advantage on the faceoff dots, 8-5.
- Jordan Leopold recorded two of the Penguins eight blocked shots.
The first period is in the books here at Mellon Arena and the Carolina Hurricanes have a 1-0 lead. Carolina outshoots the Penguins, 9-4.
Pittsburgh just dodged a bullet their as Sergei Samsonov misfired with an open cage as he looked to put the Canes up 2-0.
The Penguins are doing a good job working the puck into the Carolina zone and cycling the biscuit below the goal line. They might only have four shots thus far, but establishing their game like they are will pay dividends later in the contest.
The shot might have been going wide anyway but a good stop by Legace to slide across his crease and make a glove save on a one-timer by Malkin from the top of the right circle.
11:14: Sidney Crosby
just continues to amaze me more and more every game. Yes, he didn't score on the play, but somehow he was able to throw a backhander off the post from a bad angle along the goal line. Let's just say if you or I tried to do it 100 times, we would be unsuccessful 100 times.
Carolina strikes first off the rush. Joni Pitkanen, who leads the Canes in assists, threw a shot to the front of the crease from the near corner and bounced off the leg of Zach Boychuk and jumped behind Fleury. Boychuk now has goals in consecutive games against the Penguins. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0.
I'd say if that last rush wa any indication Malkin looks pretty recovered from his foot injury. He just blew through four Hurricanes before Legace made a nice pad save.
Manny Legace is between the pipes for the Hurricanes today as Cam Ward continues to battle a back injury which has kept him out since before the Olympic break.
The Penguins' offensive lineup today:
It's Staal vs. Staal as the puck is dropped and play is underway at Mellon Arena.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins rank fifth in the league in both average shots per game (32.7) and shots allowed per game (28.7).
The fans at Mellon Arena were pumped when Malkin hit the ice, giving the center a nice ovation with several chanting "Geno, Geno, Geno."
With Malkin back in the lineup head coach Dan Bylsma had some difficult decisions to make with his forwards. Scratched today are Maxime Talbot and Eric Godard, along with defenseman Jay McKee. Carolina's scratches include defensemen Tim Gleason and Alexandre Picard and goaltender Cam Ward.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin
will return to the lineup today against the Hurricanes after missing the past two games with a foot injury. Pittsburgh went 1-1 without the services of Malkin, who ranks second on the team with 69 points (23G-46A) in 62 games.
The Penguins return home on this bright, sunny afternoon in Pittsburgh following a season-long five-game road swing to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh is coming off its first shutout of the season, 3-0, on Thursday night against Boston. The victory allowed the Penguins to cap a 2-2-1 road trip. This is Pittsburgh's first home contest since a 2-1 victory over Boston on March 7.
Author: Jason Seidling