The Penguins drop this game, 4-1, to the Ottawa Senators, who have now won eight-straight. Pittsburgh returns to action at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final with the Detroit Red Wings.
Nick Foligno, who now has a three-game scoring streak, throws the puck into the empty cage from center ice to give Ottawa a three-goal lead. Senators 4, Penguins 1.
The crowd definitely loves watching Fedonteko drill Volchenkov to the ice in the near corner of the Senators zone.
Fans are not happy as a tripping call in the neutral zone is not called by the referees. It's the second time this period they haven't been happy with the officiating.
The crowd has come to life at Mellon Arena as the Penguins try to make a final push.
Elliott has really shown in the third period why he is looking at his seventh-consecutive victory. He has made seven saves, several of them good ones, here in the period.
Here is tonight's Don Farr Moving and Storage Moves of the Game:
Johnson and Malkin are quickly developing a good chemistry. The former hit the latter coming to the net but Elliott makethe save.
Cooke, Dupuis and Staal just have the best shift of the night for the Penguins, who have really come on the past two or three minutes.
I swear at one point McKee had to have been a goaltender. He just went diving through the slot on his knees to block a Kelly shot.
Ottawa takes a two-goal lead as Jason Spezza scores his third goal in three games by sneaking a shot past the right arm of Fleury. Senators 3, Penguins 1.
Talbot and McKee try to get Neil to stand up for his big hit to Eaton, but the Senator won't drop the gloves.
Fans want a penalty assessed to Neil, who takes a run at Mark Eaton behind the Penguins net. It actually looked from the replays like a good hit, however.
Phillips, who scored twice against the Penguins earlier this season, rings a shot off the post behind Fleury.
The Penguins look to come back from a 2-1 deficit.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the second period.
- Craig Adams
is 4-0 on faceoffs.
- Sergei Gonchar and Jordan Staal
each have two blocked shots.
OK, maybe Letang can buy a goal. Trouble was the goal came just after the period expired, so it didn't count. Ottawa leads, 2-1, after 40 minutes. They also hold a 24-22 advantage in shots as well.
Letang can't buy a goal against Letang. Crosby just set the Penguins defenseman up in the right circle but Elliot made the arm save.
Milan Michalek cuts down the left seam but Fleury is there to make the stop with his chest protector.
Ottawa has a 21-20 advantage in shots as both teams have played tough defense this period.
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux granted a Make-A-Wish to Michael Saikali this morning at Mellon Arena. Click here
to read more details.
Congratulations to Jordan Staal
on his 300th career game. He becomes the youngest player to appear in 300 games.
Fedotenko's blast from the far circle clanks off the goal post to the right of Elliott.
What a play by Jay McKee to lay down flat on his stomach to block a drive from Ruutu.
9:36: Evgeni Malkin
led the way for the Penguins on Dec. 23 with his fourth career hat trick as the Penguins defeated Ottawa, 8-2:
Elliot just gets a pad on Conner's wraparound shot as the callup looks for his third goal in two games.
Chris Neil tries taking a run at Ruslan Fedotenko and he actually takes the worst of that collision as he was down for a couple minutes.
Fleury uses his blocker to deny a great chance off the blade of Fisher in the slot as Crosby rejoins the action after the Penguins kill off his penalty.
Cooke gets behind the Ottawa defense but Elliot is there at the top of his crease to catch his slap shot.
Crosby gets his stick on one of the Senators and takes a slashing penalty.
Mark Eaton was just honored by the Penguins for playing in his 500th career game.
Kovalev steps onto the ice and the Penguins are 0-for-2 on the power play.
Elliott kicks out a one-timer off the stick of Letang. It was Letang's second open look of this power play.
We get back to five-on-five action and then Kovalev takes an intereference penalty.
We begin the second period with four-on-four action.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Jay McKee led the Penguins with three hits.
- The Penguins went 13-7 on faceoffs.
- Pittsburgh blocked five Ottawa shots.
The buzzer sounds at the conclusion of the first period and the Senators hold a 2-1 lead. They also hold a 13-11 advantage in shots.
That power play lasts all of eight seconds as former Penguin Alex Kovalev takes a holding penalty.
Mike Rupp heads to the sin bin for holding.
Volchenkov's back on the ice as the Penguins control the puck in the Ottawa zone.
Pittsburgh gets a chance to crank up their power-play unit with Volchenkov in the box for tripping.
You guessed it - tonight's Nemacolin Woodlands' Big 5 focuses on highlights against the Senators:
Fleury gets a piece of Jarkko Ruutu's shot from the near boards but the puck gets behind him and Chris Kelly is there to tap it into the cage. Senators 2, Penguins 1.
Cooke's out of the penalty box and the Penguins kill off the first Ottawa penalty.
It's a shooting gallery coming Marc-Andre Fleury
's way but he's already picked up three saves on this power play.
9:22: Matt Cooke
is in the penalty box for interference.
Iraqi veteran Justin Lubash was honored today by the Penguins. He lost his Stanley Cup banner and Sidney Crosby
jersey during an attack in Iraq, but Sidney Crosby
and head coach Dan Bylsma replaced them for him today. He just received a standing ovation. To read about Lubash read here
The future Mr. Carrie Underwood...aka Mike Fisher...slides a puck barely under the pad of Fleury from just outside the crease to knot the game. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
Jason Spezza jam attempt on Fleury goes through the blue paint but the puck never crosses the goal line as the crowd reacts from behind the net.
The Penguins and Senators have had their fair share of battles over the year...enjoy some of the best moments from them below:
Ruslan Fedotenko picked up his 300th career NHL point on the Malkin goal.
Fleury stays square to a Chris Phillips shot from the point which was deflected by Daniel Alfredsson on the doorstep. Fleury is currently on a three-game winning streak.
Ruslan Fedotenko steals the puck at the top of the Ottawa zone and passes to Nick Johnson along the goal line. Johnson threads a pass under the stick of Anton Volchenkov to Evgeni Malkin
, who buries a shot over the glove of Elliott. Penguins 1, Senators 0.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
is in the net for Pittsburgh opposite reigning NHL No. 1 star of the week Brian Elliott.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
These are two of the better teams in the NHL when they have the lead after two periods. The Penguins have a 19-3 record when they hold the advantage after two periods while the Senators are 18-1.
Today is another American Eagle Student Rush. Here are photos from all the students who waited in line:
To replace Godard and Kennedy the Penguins have recalled wingers Chris Conner and Nick Johnson from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Conner scored twice on Monday, including the game-winning goal in the third period. Johnson has scored once in three NHL games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of five of their past seven contests, host the red-hot Ottawa Senators, winners of seven straight games themselves, in what would be a first-round preview if the postseason started today. The Penguins once again will be without some bodies as Tyler Kennedy
and Eric Godard join Alex Goligoski on the shelf. Bill Guerin returns to the lineup after missing Monday night's game against the New York Rangers. Click here
to read about Godard and here
to read today's Penguins Report, which contains all other injuries news.
Author: Jason Seidling