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Pens-Senators Live In-Game Blog

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

The Penguins are now 5-1 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 away from Mellon Arena, as they defeat the Senators by a score of 4-1.

Both teams are at full strength.

A Senators' turnover nearly results in Malkin setting up Crosby for a pretty goal, but the puck just missed the net to the right of Leclaire. Penalties on the play: Kennedy and Chris Neil receive double-minors for roughing while Erik Karlsson gets two for slashing Crosby.

2:43: The Penguins kill off 1:27 of five-on-three action.

The Penguins kill the first penalty to Gonchar and are now down by only one man.

A cross-checking penalty to Letang gives Ottawa an extended two-man advantage.

Fleury makes one of his better saves of the evening when he stops Mike Fisher coming down the slot. Gonchar gets a penalty at the end of the play for roughing, while Ruutu and Rupp receive coincidental's also for roughing.

Leclaire makes a save on Kennedy as the Penguins forward just misses the hat trick again on a three-on-one rush.

Another turnover by the Senators lands onto the stick of Rupp. His shot is stopped by the pad of Leclaire, but Staal buries the rebound from the slot for his third goal in as many games. Penguins 4, Senators 1.

The Penguins kill Staal's penalty. Neither team has been able to score with the man advantage tonight.

Crosby is stoned by Leclaire's glove hand on a breakaway attempt as Dupuis sets him up with a long backhand pass from the Penguins' zone.

Staal is penalized for tripping Michalek.

Leclaire makes a glove save on Kennedy to prevent him from getting his first career hat trick following a turnover created by a hit from Staal.

Michalek hits the post to Fleury's left following a clean faceoff win by Spezza.

Michalek forces a turnover by the Penguins Letang and Fleury is forced to stone Spezza from point-blank range.

The third period begins as the Penguins look to secure their fourth road win of the season.


Penguin fans continue to show their spirit during the second intermission as the Penguins lead the Senators, 3-1, after two periods of play.

0:00: Pittsburgh leads the Senators 3-1 after two periods of play. Shots after two periods are 19-17 in favor of Pittsburgh. The Penguins outshot the Senators 10-8 in the second period.

Dupuis crushes Volchenkov in the far corner behind the Senators' net.

Kennedy scores his second goal of the night when his slap shot from just inside the Senators' blue line eludes Leclaire. Adams and Matt Cooke get the assists. Penguins 3, Senators 1.

The Senators kill the penalty to Kovalev. Pittsburgh is 0-3 on the power play.

Kovalev heads to the penalty box for slashing.

Malkin dances through half the Ottawa team in the neutral zone before his shot attempt is blocked by the Senators.

Quick puck movement from Malkin to Pascal Dupuis to Ruslan Fedotenko requires Leclaire to make a pad save.

The Penguins have now killed both penalties against them as Rupp returns.

Fleury uses the blocker to make a save on a point shot from Chris Campoli.

Cheechoo draws a holding penalty on the Penguins Mike Rupp.

Ottawa almost ties the game back up off a bad bounce of their own, but Alexei Kovalev misses an open net.

Tyler Kennedy gets his third goal of the season when he banks a loose puck behind Leclaire off the skate of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. Assists go to Jay McKee and Craig Adams. Penguins 2, Senators 1.

Fleury makes a diving glove save on Jarkko Ruutu following the rebound of a Donovan shot that hit the post to the right of Fleury.

Leclaire stops Kris Letang twice with his pad following a backhand setup from Crosby.

Picard's penalty expires as the Penguins are now 0-2 on the power play.

Leclaire makes a good save on a wide-open shot from Crosby in the slot.

The Penguins begin the second period on the power play as Alexandre Picard goes for for high-sticking with no time remaining in the first period.


These fans go old school with their jersey choice.

Penguin fans in attendance at Scotiabank Place let everyone know who the number-one team is in their hearts.

0:00: The score is tied, 1-1, after one period of play. Shots are tied, 9-9, as well.

Leclaire makes a pad save on a streaking Eric Godard, who picked up the loose puck just outside the crease.

Bill Guerin puts home the rebound of his own shot after it misses the net on a two-on-one with Crosby. Kunitz and Mark Eaton get the assists. Penguins 1, Senators 1.

Milan Michalek scores his first goal as a Senator following a turnover by Evgeni Malkin. Jonathan Cheechoo and Jason Spezza get the assists. Senators 1, Penguins 0.

Kennedy tries a shot from the left side of Leclaire again, but the Sentators' netminder makes the easy save as the Staal-Cooke-Kennedy trio applies pressure again.

Adams' penalty is over and both teams are at full strength.

Sidney Crosby just misses the net on Leclaire's glove side during a shorthanded rush by the Penguins.

Craig Adams goes to the penalty box for cross-checking.

Jay McKee blocks a pass from Shean Donovan to Chris Kelly on a two-on-one rush for Ottawa.

Kunitz gets great wood on a shot from the slot but Leclaire makes the glove save.

Fleury stops a backhand attempt on Fisher from in close.

Pascal Leclaire makes a glove save on a Tyler Kennedy shot from the near boards.

Ottawa kills the penalty to Volchenkov.

Mike Fisher nearly scores shorthanded but misses the net.

Anton Volchenkov heads to the box for interferring Chris Kunitz.

The Penguins and Senators are now under way.


7:30 PM:
Just minutes away from the puck dropping between the Penguins and Ottawa Senators, tonight's scratches have now been posted. Pittsburgh will scratch Chris Bourque and Martin Skoula. Filip Kuba and Peter Regin aren't dressed for Ottawa.
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