0:00: Woo whooo!!!!!!! The Penguins even the series thanks to a 2-1 victory here in Game 2. Kris Letang
scores with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to secure the win. Sidney Crosby
notches a goal, assist and save of the year. Game 3 is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa uses their timeout as Cory Clouston tries to draw up a strategy to get the tying goal.
Ottawa pulls Elliott.
The crowd can smell victory! They haven't sat down since Letang's shot entered the back of the cage!
The Penguins take the lead!! Crosby puts on a show, dancing behind the Ottawa net, spinng three different times to get away from Spezza before firing a pass from his knees to Letang at the point. Letang's slap shot went right under the arm of Elliott to give Pittsburgh their second lead of the series. Penguins 2, Senators 1.
Talbot wants to be the hero for the Penguins. He just had a good look from the slot after interepting a pass in the middle of the Ottawa zone.
Fleury sprints to a loose puck to knock it out of harms way before Spezza could catch up to it and have a chance at a mini-breakaway.
9:14: Sidney Crosby
does it all! He dives through the crease to knock a Volchenkov shot out of the zone just as it was about to drift over the goal line after hopping off Fleury. What a play by the impeccable Penguins captain.
Has Talbot ever come to play in these first two games or what? He barely missed stuffing a shot under the pad of Elliott as he was flying behind he net after winning a battle in the corner.
Ottawa clamps down and finds a way to kill off that minor.
Here are tonight's Shearer's Crunches of the Game:
Sutton is back in the box again, this time drawing a holding-the-stick penalty which puts the Penguins back on the man-advantage.
Gonchar steps up to drill Neil to the ice as the crowd loves that.
A forward faceoff win by Staal leads to chances on the doorstep by both he and Cooke. Somehow Elliott made the saves.
Rupp nearly played the role of hero in his first game of the postseason as his deflection of an Orpik point shot jumped just over the net.
Ruutu tried drawing a penalty to Crosby as he laid on the the ice for a couple of seconds after the Penguins captain knocked him into the glass behind Fleury.
We have a 1-1 hockey game as both teams return to the ice. It's going to be a battle of who wants it more down the stretch. Is overtime on the horizon?
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Brooks Orpik
has an astounding eight hits through two periods.
- Evgeni Malkin
is 5-2 on faceoffs.
- Mark Eaton has five of the Penguins' 11 blocked shots.
- For those of you missing the Pirate game, it's 2-0 Buccos in the top of the second.
After another physical period here at Mellon Arena we are still all square, 1-1. The Penguins continue to hold the advantage in shots, 21-13.
Crosby and Erik Karlsson push and shove behind the play much to the display of the fans. The physical nature of this contest has surely brought out the best in the fans that's for sure.
Another dump in takes a bad bounce off the boards and caroms into the Penguins crease but there was Orpik to clear it from harm's way.
Letang is firing bullets today. He just got great wood on a slap shot from the right point but it was blockered away by Elliott.
And the Penguins kill the Cooke minor. They also just missing sending Cooke on a breakaway as he stepped out of the box.
Now it's up to the Penguins penalty killers to come up with a big effort as Cooke is given a roughing penalty after a skirmish in front of Elliott.
Adams picks a pocket in the slot and sends a shot off the pads of Elliott who went down into the butterfly.
Ottawa kills off the minor penalty to Sutton.
Crosby appeared to catch a high-stick in the face but none of the referees were able to catch it.
Talbot and Ruutu retreat from the penalty box and the Penguins now have a five-on-four power play.
Sutton gets the gate for this infraction as he is penalized for holding Malkin. Make that tackling.
Big Ben struck one for the Penguins as Letang gets everything into a slap shot at the midpoint but it clangs off the post.
We have some more extracurricular activities after the whistle. Talbot and Ruutu are given minor penalties for roughing.
OK, maybe there is something better than the referee falling for the fans. It's Talbot drilling Sutton against the glass.
If there's anything better than a Penguin taking down a Senator it's Kris Letang
knocking down the referee in the eyes of the Mellon Arena faithful.
Boy do i ever love when the whole crowd gets into the "Ell-eeeeeee-ettt" chants. There's nothing like playoff hockey!
Elliott crouches down to hold onto the puck as Staal and Cooke each get whacks at loose pucks following the rebound of a Kennedy shot. The Penguins have officially established themselves in the Ottawa zone.
Sutton is now getting the 'Hossa Treatment' as he is being booed every time he touches the puck.
Dupuis was tripped up at the top of the Senators blue line by Ruutu and again there was not call. The fans are again miffed.
Crosby has the Penguins' first good chance of the second period as he walks from behind the net and sends a backhander off the pad of Elliott.
It's pretty safe to say the crowd did not agree with the referees' decision not to penalize Sutton for his borderline elbow from behind on Leopold. The men in stripes were loudly booed as they took the ice.
Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold will not return after suffering an injury when he was elbowed from behind by the Senators Andy Sutton with 2:41 to play in the first period.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- In an extremely physical first period the Penguins are outhitting the Senators, 23-17.
- Faceoffs are even at nine apiece.
- Talbot and Smith each received five minutes for fighting at the end of the period.
At the end of the first period here in Game 2 it is the Penguins and Senators tied, 1-1. We have a fight here following the final whistle as Talbot and Zack Smith drop the mitts and do a tango. The crowd gives Talbot a heroes' welcome as he skates to the Penguins dressing room. Sutton is booed very loudly as he is shown skating to the Ottawa locker room.
The referees don't exactly get a warm reception either as they leave through the zamboni entrance.
Elliott just made a great glove save on a wide open wrist shot from the left point by Mark Eaton. The crowd then went nuts again when they saw a replay of the Sutton hit on Leopold.
I'll say this, the Penguins brought their A game physically. Kunitz just nailed Ruutu from behind at the Pittsburgh blue line.
Kennedy attempts a wraparound shot off the far post but his chance goes off the outside of the net as the fans behind the goal stand up thinking it migh be a goal.
Andy Sutton is at it again. Earlier in the season he drilled Pascal Dupuis
from behind back when Sutton played for the New York Islanders. This time he gets Jordan Leopold in the neutral zone with an elbow to the head area. Leopold is assisted to the Penguins locker room by head athletic trainer Chris Stewart. No penalty is assessed on the play. The crowd is obviously incensed.
Orpik lays his second big hit of the period as he breaks up a Senators' cycling attempting by laying a shoulder into Chris Neil behind the Penguins net.
The crowd enjoys watching Crosby drop Ruutu to the ice along the far boars in the Pittsburgh zone.
The scoring chances continue for the Penguins as Malkin tries passing to Talbot on a two-on-one, but the the pass deflected off the stick of a backchecking Jarkko Ruutu onto Elliott, who alertly made the save.
Crosby's goal has breathed new life into Mellon Arena. The Penguins need to get the next goal and really get this place into a frenzy. We also hear a few "Elliiiiioooottttttt!" chants.
11:15: Chris Kunitz
makes a nice play to steal the puck away from Anton Volchenkov at the top of the Senators zone. His shot from the left circle is stopped by Elliott but Crosby crashes the net and bangs home the rebound. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
Nice catch by the fan in the fifth row of the crowd. Maybe he can step in to replace Santonio Holmes if needed.
Here are some highlights of the Penguins and Senators from the last three playoff series:
Pittsburgh kills off the Orpik minor.
Maxime Talbot clears the puck the length of the ice on the kill - not before he almost takes out the entire bench by firing the puck off the boards right by the far door.
The Penguins almost get caught on a bad bounce off the glass again but this time the puck squirts behind the net rather than into it as Fleury was out ready to stop it around the boards.
Orpik receives a roughing penalty.
Orpik steps up in the neutral zone and lays out Spezza on a bone-crushing hit.
15:28: Kris Letang
has the Penguins best look thus far from the slot but Ellioott makes the glove save.
16:15: Brooks Orpik
had a good look on a wrist shot from the right point but Elliott stacks the pads to make the save as the Senators clear the rebound away before the Penguins can pounce on it.
17:54: Evgeni Malkin
had a good chance as he attempted a wraparound shot on Brian Elliott from behind the net.
Bill Guerin misses the on a wide open look in the slot following a great pass from behind the net by Sidney Crosby
. A great response by the Penguins.
Not exactly the start the Penguins were looking for. Regin walked over the blue line 10 feet and beat Marc-Andre Fleury
with a wrist shot over the glove. Senators 1, Penguins 0.
Once again the Penguins start with Jordan Staal
centering Tyler Kennedy
and Matt Cooke
. Brooks Orpik
is on defense with Sergei Gonchar. They go up against Ottawa's top line with Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Peter Regin.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Pittsburgh is 21-5 all-time in Game 2's on home ice. Let's go make it 22-5!!
Ottawa has just taken the ice to a chorus of boos. I'll tell you this ... The crowd knows what a HUGE game this is. They are going crazy as they welcome the Penguins onto the ice. The white out is in full-force tonight.
We have tonight's lineup in front of us and a couple of changes for the Penguins. Mike Rupp will step in for Ruslan Fedotenko, while Brad Thiessen
replaces a sick Brent Johnson
as the backup netminder. Ottawa's only change is Ryan Shannon replacing injured Milan Mihalek. Nick Foligno will step up to take Mihalek's spot on the second line next to Matt Cullen and Mike Fisher (Underwood).
: The Penguins look to even their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Ottawa Senators tonight in Game 2 at Mellon Arena. Ottawa skated away with a 5-4 victory in Game 1, the first time in the past six series in which Pittsburgh has held the home-ice advantage that they have lost the opener. The Penguins want to draw the series even prior to heading to Scotiabank Place for Game 3 on Sunday.Author: Jason Seidling