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by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

Time runs out on the Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning come away with a 3-1 victory over the Penguins. Pittsburgh concludes their four-game road swing on Sunday against the Florida Panthers at 5 p.m.

Crosby has his helmet dislodged but he is sent to the box for cross-checking on the play.

Crosby has the Penguins best chance of the final period as he goes inside-out on Smaby but the shot misses the cage.

And finally we present the Pittsburgh Penguins' top moment from the 2009 calendar year:

#1 - Maxime Talbot scores twice in the second period and the Penguins hold on late to capture the franchise’s third Stanley Cup championship with a 2-1 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.

Max Talbot got the Penguins off and running with this goal early in the second period.

With a flick of the wrists Max Talbot took a place in Stanley Cup Final lore with this eventual game-winning goal over the glove of Chris Osgood.

There will be few arguments against the ranking of the No. 2 moment of 2009.

#2 - Marc-Andre Fleury dives to his right to make a shoulder save on future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom as the clock expires to preserve a 2-1 Stanley Cup-clinching victory in Game 7 of the 2009 Final.

Both Staal and Foster are back and both teams have five skaters apiece.

Malkin rings a shot off the goalpost to the right of Smith on a two-on-one with Crosby.

The speed of Crosby and Dupuis forces Kurtis Foster to take a holding penalty as the action is now four-on-four.

Staal is given two minutes for boarding.

The first stoppage of the final period means the No. 3 moment from the 2009 calendar year:

#3 - Maxime Talbot silencing the Philadelphia crowd after a fight with the Flyers Daniel Carcillo sparks a five-goal outburst as the Penguins turn a 3-0 deficit into a series-clinching 5-3 victory in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Steve Downie increases the Lightning lead to 3-1 as a loose puck in the slot came right to his stick and he threw the puck over the shoulder of Fleury. Lightning 3, Penguins 1.

Eaton's stick breaks as he tries to chase Lecavalier on a breakaway. Lecavalier is awarded a penalty shot on the play. Lecavalier goes to the backhand on the penalty shot but Fleury makes a snow angel along the ice to make a save with his right pad.

After the play Cooke and Konopka are given coincidental minor penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Smith brings his pads together to prevent Matt Cooke's wrist shot from tying the game.

Fedotenko almost ties the game on a backhander in the slot. He shot just trickles wide of the cage.

The Penguins will have to mount a comeback if they are to improve to 2-0 on the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.




- Bill Guerin, Maxime Talbot and Kris Letang all lead the Penguins with three shots apiece.
- Sidney Crosby has won seven of 10 faceoffs.
- Crosby leads the Penguins with three hits.

The middle frame comes to a close with the Lightning holding a 2-1 advantage over the Penguins. They are also outshooting Pittsburgh, 25-19, after firing 19 second-period shots towards Fleury compared to only 10 shots credited to the Penguins.

Letang takes a cross-checking penalty.

The fourth-best moment from the 2009 year:

#4 - Marc-Andre Fleury sets the tone in a 6-2 Penguins’ victory in Game 7 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals with this early save on Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin.

Fleury uses his pad to stop Malone's shot and the Penguins netminder holds on for a faceoff as Tampa Bay seizes the momentum after the Konopka goal.

Fleury used his chest to stop the first shot by Stamkos but the rebound came to the blade of Downie. The biscuit rolled off his stick but Zenon Konopka was right there to stuff the loose puck under Fleury. Lightning 2, Penguins 1.

Despite controlling the puck for the duration of the two minutes the Penguins cannot get the puck behind Smith and are 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.

We now enter the top-five of our top moments in 2009:

#5 - Marc-Andre Fleury preserves a 2-1 Game 6 victory in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final by denying Daniel Cleary on a breakaway with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

Malone's penalty expires but Matt Smaby goes right back in for the Lightning as he cross-checks Fedotenko one too many times.

Malone takes an offensive-zone penalty by holding the stick of fellow American Goligoski.

The No. 6 moment of 2009:

#6 - Jordan Staal helped the Penguins re-write the script of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final when he scored this shorthanded goal to tie the game, 2-2, as the Penguins eventually won the contest, 4-2, to even the series at two games apiece.

Max Talbot's first shot goes off the post to Smith's left and rebound opportunities off the sticks of Mike Rupp and Talbot are also kept out of the net by the netminder.

Stephane Veilleux probably thought he had given the Lightning their second lead but Fleury dove across his crease to make a save with either his blocker or his stick, or a combination of the two.

A great backcheck by Fedotenko steals the puck from Lecavalier in the slot and the result is Guerin almost giving the Penguins the lead at the opposite end but Smith said no.


Fleury makes not one but two saves on former Penguin Ryan Malone right in front of his crease.

Fleury and Letang do a great job preventing a shot as Lecavalier and Steve Downie come two-on-one into the Penguins zone.

Both teams return to the ice in the Sunshine State.




- The Penguins went 9-8 on faceoffs in the opening frame.
- Brooks Orpik blocked three shots and Mark Eaton two.
- Alex Goligoski lead the Penguins with 8:42 of ice time.

The first period expires with the Penguins nearly taking the lead on a power play. As it is, they are tied, 1-1, with the Lightning. Pittsburgh outshoots Tampa Bay, 9-6.

Malkin hits the post to the right of Smith on the rebound of a Crosby shot.

Vincent Lecavalier puts the Penguins on a power play by taking a holding penalty.

#7 - Evgeni Malkin brought down the house at Mellon Arena in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals with his first career playoff hat trick in a 7-4 win. His third goal came off an individual effort following a faceoff win and has since been dubbed ‘The Geno.’

Bill Guerin crashes the net and collects the rebound of a Jordan Staal shot and puts it into the empty cage behind Smith to knot the score. Jay McKee begins the play with a perfect outlet pass through the neutral zone to Staal. Penguins 1, Lightning 1.

In the Penguins best chance of the period Evgeni Malkin barely misses the net wide to the right of Mike Smith along the ice after a setup from Sidney Crosby.

St. Louis fires a snap shot off the crossbar as the late man entering the zone.

Stamkos wrist shot from the near circle is caught by Fleury as the Lightning now have five scoring chances compared to zero for the Penguins.



The No. 8 moment of 2009:

#8 - With their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy, the Penguins finish off the first five-game sweep of a road trip by escaping past the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a shootout on Mar, 8, 2009. Finishing off the best road excursion in club history was the springboard to an eventual Stanley Cup championship.

9:31: R
uslan Fedotenko and Tyler Kennedy combine to knock Matt Lundin to the ice in the near corner of the Lightning end with the best hit of the game thus far.

Tampa Bay is now 1-for-12 on their past 13 man-advantage opportunities after the Penguins kill the Skoula penalty.

Fleury uses his stick to keep a shot from Steven Stamkos out of the cage.

During the first television timeout of the first period we bring you the No. 9 moment from 2009:

#9 - This is the only top moment from the past year where the Penguins do not emerge victorious, but matching hat tricks off the sticks of the Penguins Sidney Crosby and the Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin was one of the highlights of the entire 2008-09 hockey season. 

Skoula is called for the first penalty of the afternoon for playing the puck with a broken stick.

With Gonchar out the Penguins are using the following defensive combinations: Brooks Orpik-Kris Letang; Alex Goligoski-Mark Eaton; Martin Skoula-Jay McKee.

We would like to take a minute to congratulate Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar. Crosby was named the No. 6 best player of the decade by Versus Network on their 2010 Winter Classic Preview Show on Thursday night. Gonchar was selected as the No. 10 best player.

Martin St. Louis takes a pass from Mattias Ohlund just outside the crease of Marc-Andre Fleury and throws a backhander into the top shelf to open the scoring. Lightning 1, Penguins 0.

The puck is dropped and the Penguins and Lightning are under way.


Under head coach Dan Bylsma the Penguins posted a 44-17-5 record in the regular season during 2009. Including the postseason, they went 60-25-5. Overall during the 2009 calendar year the Penguins went 50-28-6 (66-34-6 including postseason).

3:03 PM:
With the dawn of a new year we take time today to relive the best moments in Penguins hockey during the 2009 calendar year. We start things off with No. 10 and will unveil the rest at each of the nine television timeouts.

#10 - The Boston Bruins were one final rush from skating away from Mellon Arena with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory when Bill Guerin sent the B’s reeling into overtime with a goal with 0.4 seconds left in regulation. Pascal Dupuis’ second goal of the game and the 100th of his NHL career in overtime gave Pittsburgh a 6-5 victory.

Pascal Dupuis sends the home crowd home happy with this overtime tally.

3:01 PM:
The scratches are in and the Penguins will be without the services of Sergei Gonchar for today's game. Pittsburgh is 6-6 this season when Gonchar doesn't play. Eric Godard is the Penguins' other scratch. Defenseman David Hale is the lone scratch for the Lightning.

3:00 PM:
The Penguins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time in the 2009-10 season. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay have met once previously, with the Penguins capturing a 4-1 victory at Mellon Arena on Oct. 17. A victory will not come as easily in this contest as the Penguins could be without the services of all-star defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who left practice early on Friday at Southpointe after taking a slap shot to the foot off the stick of the New Jersey Devils Brian Rolston on Wednesday night.

Author: Jason Seidling

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