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Pens-Leafs In-Game Blog

by Caitlin Kasunich / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

Kris Letang starts out the shootout on behalf of the Penguins and tries to put the puck through the legs of Giguere, but the Toronto goaltender makes the save. Next, Phil Kessel fires a shot toward Fleury, but the Pittsburgh goaltender makes the save with his left pad. Sidney Crosby then speeds to the Toronto net and sends the puck over the glove of Giguere for the first goal of the shootout.

Fleury stops the next shot from Kulemin with his left pad, and Dupuis wins the game for the Penguins after skating down the ice and sending a puck past Giguere and into the net. Let's go Pens!! Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 4.

0:00: The buzzer signals the end of the five-minute overtime period, and the Penguins and Leafs begin the shootout next.

As Sidney Crosby skates across the blue line and makes a shot toward the net at the near circle, Toronto defenseman Francois Beauchemin seems to have thrown his stick to prevent the goal. Beauchemin receives a two-minute penalty for interference as a result, giving the Penguins a man-advantage during the final minute of overtime.

1:58: The crowd begins to chant "Fleury! Fleury!" after the goaltender makes a huge save against Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

4:21: Letang makes a rush to the net after skating down the far boards and sending a wrist shot toward the goal from the far circle.


2:49: With just minutes left in the third period, Orpik passes the puck to Leopold for a one-timer, and Cooke deflects it into the net to tie up the game. Penguins 4, Leafs 4.

Crosby tries for that hat trick again as he tries to shoot the puck through the legs of Giguere, but the Toronto goaltender prevents him from doing it.

Ponikarovsky makes a shot from the near circle, but it is saved by Giguere.

7:40: Pittsburgh fans begin a "Let's Go Pens" chant as the team drives to the net in hopes of scoring.

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13:42: The Leafs pick up another two-minute penalty for hooking, and winger Fredrik Sjostrom heads to the box to serve it. Pittsburgh gets another power play!

14:22: Toronto winger Nikolai Kulemin scores the Leafs' fourth goal of the game on the power play after jamming a rebound through the legs of Fleury. Leafs 4, Penguins 3.

16:17: Well, this isn't a guy who gets a penalty every day. Marc-Andre Fleury picks up a two-minute penalty for interference, which is served by Ponikarovsky.

20:00: Jordan Staal is the starting center for the Penguins at the start of the final period as Pittsburgh kills off its leftover penalty from the second period.



- Pittsburgh leads the period in hits, 14-13.
- The Penguins also lead the period in blocked shots, 12-3.
- Sidney Crosby claims 11 of the team's 21 faceoff wins for the period.

The buzzer signifying the end of the second period has sounded, and the Penguins have outshot the Maple Leafs once again during this time, 16-10.

Kennedy begins to serve a two-minute penalty for too many men on the ice.

0:54: With just seconds left in the second period, Tyler Kennedy tries to pick up his second goal of the night after skating across the blue line and firing a shot from the near circle. Giguere catches the puck high in his glove.

Alex Goligoski sends the puck to Bill Guerin at the bottom of the far circle where he makes a shot on goal, but Giguere once again prevents another Penguins marker.


Crosby clearly wants that hat trick! He skates across the blue line on a breakaway, fakes a slap shot in the near circle and sends another shot toward the net. Giguere shuts him down, though, as he makes the save.

4:37: Toronto center Christian Hanson picks up a two-minute penalty for delay of game, giving the Penguins a power-play opportunity.

The Maple Leafs make yet another comeback as defenseman Carl Gunnarsson fires a puck past Fleury from the far circle to tie up the game once again. Penguins 3, Leafs 3.

5:56: The Penguins successfully kill off their third power play of the game.


Kris Letang receives a two-minute penalty for slashing.

The Penguins take the lead again! Brooks Orpik picks up the puck in the far circle after the faceoff and makes a quick pass to Sidney Crosby, who is waiting in the slot. Crosby scores his second goal of the game and 47th of the season. Penguins 3, Leafs 2.

12:31: Crosby picks up the rebound on Brooks Orpik's shot to score his 46th goal of the season. With a little help from Alexei Ponikarovsky and Orpik, he is able to tap the puck past Giguere at the crease to tie up the game. Penguins 2, Leafs 2.

12:35: Fedotenko returns to the ice after getting hit in the eye earlier on in the period.

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Toronto center Phil Kessel scores the team's second goal of the night after sending a wrist shot from the top of the near circle over Fleury's left shoulder. Leafs 2, Penguins 1.

Toronto winger Colton Orr makes a shot on goal from the near boards, and center Wayne Primeau tries to jam the rebound into the net. Fleury is much too smart, though, as he quickly makes the save.


17:58: Ruslan Fedotenko is back on the bench after taking what appeared to be a stick to his left eye.

18:16: Kunitz fires a slap shot from the top of the near circle, but Toronto goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere catches the shot in his glove.

20:00: Crosby, Dupuis and Ponikarovsky once again start for Pittsburgh as the second period commences.


The Penguins won nine faceoffs in the first period, compared to the Leafs' five faceoff wins.
- Tyler Kennedy had three of the team's nine hits in the period.
- Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis had five of the team's 10 shots on goal.

0:00: By the end of the first period, Pittsburgh had outshot Toronto, 10-9. After 20 minutes, both teams are tied, 1-1.

4:07: Toronto center John Mitchell tries to slide a shot past Fleury at the left crease, but the 25-year-old goaltender lefts up his left pad high into the air to make a beautiful save. The Penguins also successfully kill off both penalties.

6:15: The Penguins are now battling a five-on-three after Mark Eaton picked up another two-minute penalty for interference.


7:33: Ruslan Fedotenko receives a two-minute penalty for hooking to give the Leafs their first man-advantage of the game.

10:11: After battling for the puck in the trapezoid, Mike Rupp makes a pass to Tyler Kennedy who is waiting in front of the net to score his 11th goal of the season. Craig Adams gets the other assist to pick up his 100th career point. Penguins 1, Leafs 1.

After Toronto center Rickard Wallin skates across the blue line on a breakaway and makes a shot on goal, winger Colton Orr grabs the rebound and puts the puck past Fleury at the left crease. Leafs 1, Penguins 0.

Captain Sidney Crosby is the starting center for Pittsburgh tonight, along with Pascal Dupuis and Alexei Ponikarovsky as the wingers and Mark Eaton and Jordan Leopold on defense. Marc-Andre Fleury is also in goal once again.



STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Penguins are 4-2-1 combined in back-to-back games this month.

5:02 PM: Evgeni Malkin will miss his sixth game in the past seven games as a result of his foot injury. Sergei Gonchar is also out of the lineup for his third-straight game due to illness. Eric Godard is Pittsburgh's third scratch of the night. Toronto's scratches include defenseman Jeff Finger and center Jamie Lundmark.

5:00 PM:
The Pittsburgh Penguins face off tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second half of back-to-back games. The contest will be the first between the two teams since a trade that occurred on March 2, which sent Alexei Ponikarovsky to Pittsburgh and Luca Caputi to Toronto. Since his start with the Penguins, Ponikarovsky has posted two goals and six assists in 11 games. This contest also marks Maxime Talbot's 300th career game in the National Hockey League.

Author: Caitlin Kasunich

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