The Penguins road winning streak comes to an end at seven games, tying a team record. Final score is Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 2. The Penguins travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Tempers heat up in front of the Los Angeles net.
On a delayed penalty call against the Penguins Brown finishes off a beautiful passing sequence by taking a Stoll pass and ripping a snap shot over Fleury. Kings 5, Penguins 2.
Fleury stands his ground and makes the save on a breakaway attempt by Williams.
Quicks handles a wrist shot from Letang and grabs the rebound before Guerin could bounce on it.
Crosby's back and both teams are at full strength.
Crosby is penalized for tripping.
Frolov's wraparound shot deflects off a Penguin and lands onto the stick of Wayne Simmonds who swipes the puck into the net for the score. Kings 4, Penguins 2.
Brown steals the puck from Fleury behind the Penguins' net and passes to a streaking Jarret Stoll coming from the bench. Stoll buries a shot top shelf on Fleury. Kings 3, Penguins 2.
Pittsburgh falls to 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Greene heads to the box for the second time as he gets a holding call this time.
Drew Doughty falls down allowing Crosby a break into the Kings' zone, but Quick is there to make a save with the chest protector.
Kopitar gets behind the Penguins defense coming down the left seam again but this time Fleury denies the league's leading scorer.
Close since scoring the opening tally of the game, Kopitar wraps a Williams rebound behind Fleury to tie the score. Penguins 2, Kings 2.
Ever wonder what happens to the hats when a player records a hat trick at Mellon Arena? We have the answer:
Fleuy stays with an Alexander Frolov wraparound attempt as the Kings have come hard in the third period.
Kopitar hits the post for the second time tonight as the puck goes over Fleury's shoulder.
Fleury stones a quick backhand-to-forehand wrist shot from Wayne Simmonds.
Fleury comes well out of his crease to catch a Kopitar shot in his chest.
The Penguins look to increase their 19-0-1 record under Dan Bylsma when leading after two periods.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins have outhit the Kings 26-16 after 40 minutes.
- Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz
each have a game-high four shots.
- Pittsburgh has seven takeaways through two periods.
Scenes from around the concourse at STAPLES Center.
Los Angeles kills the off the penalty to Williams. After 40 minutes the Penguins lead, 2-1. The Kings have a 20-13 lead in shots.
Guerin hits the post from right to the left of the cage trying to convert the rebound of a Staal shot.
Williams gets penalitzed for high-sticking. Kunitz takes exception to the Kings shooting the puck into the Pittsburgh net after the whistle. He and Michal Handzus get extra penalties for roughing. Staal takes Kunitz' spot on the top power-play unit.
Kopitar rings the post to the right of Fleury.
Quick makes a game-saving change with his right pad on Conner. Staal stole a loose puck in the Kings' zone and fed to Conner wide open on the right side.
Fleury keeps a puck out of the cage while on the ice making a snow angel.
Los Angeles has an 11-4 advantage in shots this period.
Pittsburgh denies Los Angeles any quality scoring chances in killing the penalty.
Mark Eaton heads to the box for shooting the puck into the stands.
Standing in the slot Kunitz deflects a wrist shot from Brooks Orpik
behind quick. Guerin gets the second assist. Penguins 2, Kings 1.
Pressure by Conner leads to a turnover by the Kings in their own end but Quick bails out his teammates stopping Staal's shot.
A loose puck comes right to Guerin at the top of the near circle and his heavy shot flies off the pad of Quick.
Crosby was bleeding because he took a deflected shot in the face.
Here is what Crosby had to say earlier today:
Fleury uses his blocker, glove and shoulder to make a save on Kings captain Dustin Brown's shot from the top of the near circle.
Crosby is kicked out of a faceoff because he had blood on his face. He had to go to the bench to get it removed.
The Penguins kill the Los Angeles power play.
Quick makes a stick save on Staal as he comes two-on-one with Dupuis.
Cooke receives the Penguins' first penalty for hooking.
The Penguins and Kings return for the middle frame.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Craig Adams
led all players with five hits.
- Chris Conner recorded his first point as a Penguin when he set up Jordan Staal
- Kris Letang
led the Penguins with 7:57 of ice time.
Even in a city where Wayne Gretzky played many seasons fans still show their support for the artistry that was Mario Lemieux.
The score is tied after 20 minutes, 1-1. Los Angeles has the advantage in shots, 7-6.
Quick turns the puck over to Matt Cooke
behind the Los Angeles net but can't get the puck to a Penguin in front.
There will be a slight delay as for the second time this season a pane of glass breaks. Adams' hit on Greene causes the break.
Staal looks as good as he has in a while, shielding a defender with one hand while using the other to throw a shot towards Quick.
4:44: Craig Adams
, Ruslan Fedotenko and Pascal Dupuis
trap the Kings in the zone and get two quality scoring chances.
Fleury was not happy with Ted Purcell running into him following a scoring chance. Guerin has words for the referee.
Quick uses his glove to stay with a shot from the left point by Jay McKee that deflects off traffic on its way in.
8:46: Chris Kunitz
throws a shot over the shoulder of Quick just wide of the net on a three-on-two rush.
Los Angeles is another city where head coach Dan Bylsma spent his playing days. Watch his comments on tonight's game from the morning skate:
Dustin Brown throws a sneaky shot at the feet of Fleury but he alertly kicks the puck to open space.
Greene returns and the Penguins are 0-for-1 on the power play.
A quick pass from the near boards by Sidney Crosby
to Bill Guerin in front forces Quick to make a great pad save.
In a change of the first power-play unit, Kris Letang
and Alex Goligoski flip sides of the ice to their natural hand.
Pittsburgh gets the first power play of the night as Matt Greene is penalized for interference.
Conner sets up Dupuis for a one-timer in the slot but the Penguins winger just misses the net.
Tonight marks the Penguins first time seeing Rob Scuderi since he left for Los Angeles as a free agent in July.
Chris Conner, filling in for Kennedy, skates down the left side into the Kings end and drops a pass to Jordan Staal
, whose rocket of a shot gets over Jonathan Quick for the score. Penguins 1, Kings 1.
Anze Kopitar, the league's leading scorer, adds to his total by breaking in alone on Fleury and depositing a backhand behind the Penguins netminder. Assists to Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams. Kings 1, Penguins 0.
Play is under way between the Penguins and Kings.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins are 30-6-4 in the first 40 regular-season games under Dan Bylsma. Tonight marks his 41st career game.
Bubble hockey and Mario Lemieux - two great hockey traditions.
10:36 PM: Evgeni Malkin
and Tyler Kennedy
are the scratches for the Penguins. Peter Harrold and Randy Jones are out for Los Angeles.
The Penguins look to set a franchise record tonight with their eighth consecutive road victory.
Forward Tyler Kennedy
will miss Thursday's game with the Kings. Winger Chris Conner will be reinserted into the lineup.