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Pens-Senators In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


0:00: That'll do it. Sens earn a 6-4 win over the Pens.

0:28: Pens have pulled 'Flower' for the extra attacker.

1:02: A Despres shot from the point is directed into the net by the stick of Kunitz! However, the play is under review to ensure that Kuni's stick was at an appropriate level and not too high. ... And it stands! Senators 6, Pens 4

3:00: Pens back to full strength after a long stretch of PKing.

5:08: With two seconds left on Neal's penalty, Despres collides with Foligno at center ice and is called for kneeing. Pens stay on the PK.

5:23: Cooke gets a shorthanded breakaway but is turned aside by Auld!

7:05: Sens to the PP as Neal gets called for interfering with Auld.

7:37: Longtime teammates Alfredsson and Spezza head down the ice on a 2-on-1 break (with Despres the lone D-man for Pitt). The captain sends a nice little saucer pass over to Spezza, who slips the puck through Fleury's five hole for the score. Senators 6, Pens 3

9:28: I spoke a little too soon. Martin actually came out and took a twirl on the ice during the TV timeout, then went back into the dressing room. Maybe it's an equipment issue. We'll keep you posted if we can.

10:31: Martin back on the bench for the Pens. #sighofrelief

14:49: Malkin has a wide open net with Auld way out of position but can't convert as three Sens get back to cover! Carkner with a great save on the play as he goes down on one knee to block the shot.

15:15: Good news: Neal is back on the bench for Pittsburgh.

16:33: Paul Martin skates gingerly to the bench after falling awkwardly after absorbing a hit from Chris Phillips. He goes down the runway to the locker room. Shortly after, Neal takes a hi stick that goes unnoticed by the refs and joins his teammate in heading to the dressing room.

20:00: Puck drops to start the third. Fleury has taken over for Brent Johnson between the pipes.

- After a scoreless first, the teams combined for eight goals that period
- The Sens scored on 5 of their 10 shots; the Pens 3 of their 13
- Sullivan has a goal and two assists
- This is the first game the Pens have scored at least 2 PP goals since Nov. 10 vs. Dallas

0:00: That'll do it for an absolutely crazy second. Sens lead 5-3 and Pens have the advantage in shots, 24-19.

0:05: Aaand it takes the Sens just three seconds to convert. They cleanly win the draw back to Karlsson, whose shot is redirected under Johnny by Konopka. Senators 5, Pens 3

0:09: Picard hi-sticks Zack Smith in the corner of the Pens zone. Pens back to the PK.

0:44: Lee finds some time and space just outside the circles and rips a shot that clangs off the red painted metal! Lucky break for the Pens there.

1:42: Pens back to full strength after a tough kill.

3:51: As the Sens get back to full strength, they'll now head to the PP as Dupuis is whistled for holding.

4:36: Exciting PP for the Pens so far. A scary moment when Daugavins intercepts a Sully pass on the blue line and nearly gets a breakaway, but the veteran Pens forward hustles back and breaks up the play.

5:55: Rough sequence for Carkner there. He trips up James Neal as they're battling on a faceoff, then he gets cut by the eye with the butt end of his own stick. Pens back to the PP!

6:40: Perfect example of why you just need to get pucks to the net: Cowan whacks a shot from the side of the cage that deflects off Orpik's skate (who's battling with his mark in front) and into the back of the net. Senators 4, Pens 3

7:10: Yikes, Sens nearly stole the lead back as Foligno's backhander hit the post!

7:46: And once again, the Pens waste no time putting the puck in the back of the net! Pitt starts by getting possession right off the faceoff and giving it back to Sully on the point. He dishes over to Malkin, who solves Auld with a blistering wrister. Pens 3, Senators 3

7:54: The Sens take yet another penalty when Alfredsson high sticks Asham. Pens back to the PP!

8:53: This time, they convert! Geno wins the faceoff forward to Kunitz, who then rims it back along the boards to Sully on the point. He slides it over to Niskanen, who tees it off and finds the back of the net! Senators 3, Pens 2

9:00: They're going to get a second chance here as Neil hooks Adams. Pens right back to the PP!

10:40: Pens can't get anything cooking on that man-advantage. Sens back to full strength.

12:40: Now it's Kaspars Daugavins who gets a little too close to Johnny, and he's going to get called. Pens to the PP! Pittsburgh’s PP unit comes into tonight’s game with a higher success rate on the road (18.2 percent; 12-for-66) than they do at home (16.4 percent; 10-for-61).

13:15: Daniel Alfredsson dances into the slot with the puck and tucks it past Johnny, who's totally screened by Zenon Konopka. Senators 3, Pens 1

14:12: Big chance for Joe Vitale just now as a puck made its way into the slot area with him stationed in front of the net, but he can't get a handle on it!

17:56: Geez, speaking of quick responses...on the same shift, Spezza receives a pass in the slot and one-times a scorcher past Johnny. Senators 2, Pens 1

18:24: Asham carries into the zone and makes a gorgeous shot fake before threading a pass between the legs of Brian Lee and right to Steve Sullivan, who snaps a puck past Auld! Great response by the Pens! Pens 1, Senators 1

19:35: And it'll be the Senators who strike first, just 25 seconds into the middle frame. Spezza wheels down the side of the ice (showcasing some nice speed) and threads a pass to linemate Colin Greening. Senators 1, Pens 0

20:00: Puck drops. Game on!

- Congrats to Pascal Dupuis, who is playing in his 700th career game!
- Spezza has already taken 11 faceoffs. He's won 6
- Tangradi has looked good. He's skated over 4 minutes and has been throwing the body around

0:00: That'll do it for the first, with the two teams trading a pair of quality scoring chances in the last 30 seconds of the game. We're scoreless and Pittsburgh is outshooting Ottawa 11-9.

1:28: Pens starting to tilt the ice in their favor. They're now outshooting the Sens 10-9.

4:34: Big chance for Malkin as he's alone in front of the net with a juicy rebound unattended a short distance away, but the Sens are able to lift his stick and clear just in time!

7:22: Both teams back to five skaters apiece.

9:23: We're going to 4-on-4 hockey as Asham and Neil are whistled for matching roughing minors. Pens off to a bit of a slow start as they're being outshot 9-4 at this point in time.

10:30: Great shift just now by the Kunitz-Malkin-Neal line. Solid breakout (with help from Martin jumping up) and pretty passing.

13:23: Solid PP by the Sens, but they can't get anything truly going. Pens back to full strength.

15:33: Niskanen to the box for tripping. Pens to the PK...and Johnny has to be sharp right off the faceoff as the Sens get a couple of cracks.

16:18: Speaking of Johnny, he's certainly played excellent against the Senators in his career. He's 8-1-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average against Ottawa.

19:42: A Senators player tees off a rocket from the point that hits Johnny in a bad spot, right around his collarbone. He's a little shaken up, but is then able to shake it off and get back in position for the faceoff.

20:00: Puck drops at Scotiabank Place. Game on!!!

7:30 PM:
It's official: Staal is out, as is Michalek. Vitale and Picard are in.

The line combos:



Johnson between the pipes. Alex Auld in goal for Ottawa.

7:00 PM:
Hello everyone and welcome to a Friday night edition of the blog! The Pens are in the midst of warmups at Scotiabank Place, where they're set to take on the Ottawa Senators in about half an hour.

The storyline heading into tonight's tilt is who will be in the lineup for the Pens. Head coach Dan Bylsma said this morning that apart from Brent Johnson starting in goal, the rest of his lineup will be a gametime decision. That means it's still up in the air whether Zbynek Michalek, Jordan Staal and Joe Vitale will play tonight. The Pens did recall forward Eric Tangradi and defenseman Alex Picard from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this morning, so stay tuned to the blog to find out the official lineup.
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