0:00: What a comeback by the Pittsburgh Penguins as they storm back with three third-period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. Tyler Kennedy
, Matt Cooke
and Pascal Dupuis
all find the back of the cage in the final fame while Marc-Andre Fleury
makes several big saves at the beginning of the period and ends the night with 33 saves to lead the way. Pittsburgh is now 3-1 on this five-game road swing. They complete the trip with a visit to Vancouver on Saturday night at 10 p.m.
The fans are still upset in Edmonton after a potential high-sticking call against Gonchar on Nilsson was not called.
It's amazing Malkin still hasn't picked a point up in this game. He is getting quality looks and also making good passes to set up his linemates. He sets Talbot up but his shot just misses the net from five feet away. Still, this bodes well going forward how well Malkin has played the past two nights.
Fleury is at the top of his game in the third period. He kicks a Cogliano shot away, the fourth above-average save he has made in this period.
This is the first ever three-assist night for Jordan Staal
in his NHL career.
Wonder if Team Canada wouldn't want to re-think not selecting Staal for the Olympic Team. Pascal Dupuis
took the body behind the cage and Staal picked the loose puck up. He moved the puck to the side of the net and threw the puck off the skate of Dupuis for the goal. Credit Dupuis for going right to the blue paint. Penguins 3, Oilers 2.
With names such as Gretzky, Coffey and Kurri, to name a few, the Oilers were able to accumulate quite a few championship banners during the 1980s.
Penner had a chance to tap in a pass from Gagner behind Fleury but he missed the net as the Oilers almost re-took the lead.
ust like they did two years ago in Edmonton the Penguins have come back to tie the game in the third period. Dubnyk makes a pad save on Staal but the rebound remains right there on the doorstep and Cooke tucks it home to tie the game on the power play. Penguins 2, Oilers 2.
Malkin draws another penalty as Stone is sent to the box for hooking.
It's now time for the Oilers to be worried. Staal picks a defender's pocket in the corner and sets up Kennedy at the right faceoff dot and his wrist shot sails over the glove of Dubnyk. Oilers 2, Penguins 1.
Dubnyk was ready to make a quick glove save on a Fedotenko shot as the Penguins pick the puck off along the boards.
The Penguins are getting a little sloppy with the puck and Fernando Pisani gets a quality chance on a two-on-one but Fleury says no with his second big play of the period.
Dustin Penner, who has 21 goals on the season, but had been quiet thus far tonight, had a breakaway against Fleury but the Penguins netminder came diving out of his net to poke the puck from his stick before he could get a shot away.
The period begins with four-on-four action as the Penguins look to come back from a 2-0 deficit.
If you are looking for a reason to feel good about the third period, watch these highlights from the Penguins last visit into Edmonton on Dec. 5, 2007. Pittsburgh was down, 2-0, heading into the third period but ripped off four unanswered tallies in the final frame to claim victory:
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Evgeni Malkin
has recorded five of the Penguins' 17 shots.
- Mark Eaton has three blocked shots.
- The Oilers have registered 11 of their 22 shots on the power play.
Edmonton strikes twice on the power play in the middle frame and as a result they will take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission. The Oilers have a 22-17 advantage in shots.
Nilsson drives the puck hard to the net after a Pittsburgh turnover and after the play Fleury takes exception to Nilsson running him over. Nilsson and Fleury both receive minor penalties on the play. Four-on-four action.
Dubnyk once again denied Crosby, this time with a blocker save.
The Penguins put great pressure on the Oilers and get a couple good looks but they cannot get the biscuit behind Dubnyk.
Crosby sent Guerin on a breakaway but his backhander was stopped by Dubnyk.
As we said Malkin is flying around the ice tonight. Here he draws a high-sticking penalty against Smid. The Penguins will look to cut the Edmonton lead in half.
Edmonton gets their second power-play goal of the night as Visnovsky takes a Patrick O'Sullivan pass and fires a one-timer under the glove of Fleury. Oilers 2, Penguins 0.
Gonchar drills Gagner against the boards, dislodges him from the puck and then sends the biscuit the length of the ice as the fans wanted a penalty on the play.
Mike Rupp takes a boarding penalty for retaliating against the Oilers after a hard hit on Crosby.
A bad bounce off the end boards ends up on the stick of former Penguin Ryan Stone three feet away from Fleury. The Penguins netminder stands his ground and makes a clutch save with his arm.
Dubnyk was alert to make not one but two saves on Malkin as he skated through the entire Edmonton team. Malkin looks really good tonight.
The Penguins faced the Oilers on Nov. 6 of last season and jumped out to a 5-0 lead at Mellon Arena before holding on for a 5-4 victory. Watch the highlights of that contest:
The Penguins have Crosby and Malkin on the ice together in an effort to get their offense going.
Cooke lays a strong hit into Ladislav Smid as he cleared the puck out of the Edmonton zone.
Fleury robbed Andrew Cogliano with a left-toe save but then Cogliano threw the rebound over the shoulder of Fleury to open the scoring as the Oilers do score once on their two-man advantage. Oilers 1, Penguins 0.
Fleury continues to be the Penguins best penalty killer with back-to-back saves on Sam Gagner at the side of the cage.
The Penguins have to kill off 1:48 in a two-man advantage.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Both teams had six shots in the opening period.
- Mark Eaton led the Penguins with 7:57 of ice time.
- The Penguins blocked eight shots in the opening period.
Prior to Edmonton receiving a five-on-three at the end of the period which will carry into the start of the second period there isn't much action to write home about in the opening frame. The Oilers have the better of the shots, 4-3 - hey, we told you there wasn't much offense.
Not a good way for the Penguins to end the first period. As Craig Adams
was being assessed a hooking penalty against Ryan Potulny, Malkin came in to level Potulny - earning a charging penalty.
The Penguins have begun demonstrating their ability to control the play in the offensive zone the past two shifts by the Crosby and Malkin lines.
is a rock star anytime he comes into his home country - particularly with the Olympics just a month away.
Sergei Gonchar makes a great defensive play to prevent Stortini from depositing the puck into an open cage on a wraparound attempt. Gonchar snuck in to knock the puck from his blade.
Not much offense on either side right now as both teams have only three shots apiece up on the scoreboard.
Staal is back onto the ice as the Penguins kill off his penalty.
Edmonton is moving the puck around quickly but Fleury does a great job to move right-to-left to hold onto a Robert Nilsson shot.
9:26: Jordan Staal
is in the penalty box for high-sticking Zack Stortini.
9:26: Sidney Crosby
is always in high demind when he makes his bi-annual trip to Western Canada. Watch his press conference from earlier today:
Edmonton is wearing their throwback third jerseys which resemble the ones worn by the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s.
11:51: Matt Cooke
lays the first big hit of the game when he dropped Lubomir Visnovsky behind the Edmonton cage.
Wayne Gretzky is to the Edmonton Oilers what Mario Lemieux is to the Penguins franchise.
Gilbert Brule, who has 11 goals on the season, is the other scratch for the Oilers.
Dubnyk makes the first big save of the game with a stick stop on Ruslan Fedotenko.
A surprise scratch for the Oilers as Shawn Horcoff, the highest-paid Oiler, is out due to illness.
Devan Dubnyk, who stands 6-foot-6, makes his third career start for the Oilers. He is 0-2 on the season.
The Penguins scratches once again are Brooks Orpik
, Martin Skoula, Luca Caputi and Brent Johnson
, who is now on injured reserve. Marc-Andre Fleury
is once again in the net.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Edmonton has posted a 1-11-1 record in their past 13 games.
A great ovation by the Edmonton fans as the PA announcer acknowledged the Penguins Sidney Crosby
and Marc-Andre Fleury
for their representation on Team Canada at the 2010 Games.
In a pre-game ceremony honoring 2010 Canadian Olympians, the Olympic Torch was in Rexall Place prior to tonight's game:
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to make it two-for-two in the province of Alberta as they take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Pittsburgh is coming off a 3-1 defeat of the Calgary Flames on Wednesday as they continue through the Western Canada portion of their five-game road swing. The Penguins are currently 2-1 on the trip.
Author: Jason Seidling