12:54: Matt Carkner fires a shot off one of the Penguins over Fleury to give the Senators the 4-3 victory in the third overtime to set up a Game 6 in Ottawa on Saturday night. Senators 4, Penguins 3.
Crosby misses the net by inches as his own blocked shot came back to him in the right circle.
Cooke drills Ruutu against the glass in the near corner of the Senators zone as these players still have energy in the tank.
Fleury dives back to make a save on Foligno as the Senators forward misses on yet another great scoring chance.
Crosby just threw a shot threw a shot through the paint from a sharp angle as the Penguins captain almost picks up his second goal of the night.
We are back in action in the third overtime.
SECOND OVERTIME NOTES:
- The Penguins hold a 46-43 advantage on the faceoff dots.
- Ottawa has blocked 41 Pittsburgh shots. The Penguins have attempted 115 shots through five periods.
- Bill Guerin has a game-high eight shots.
- Click to read the second overtime game summary
and event summary
So we are now officially heading into a third overtime here at Mellon Arena so go pop some popcorn and refill your Pepsi because we could be witnessing some history here.
It looks like we might be heading to a third extra session here at Mellon Arena.
You know it's overtime when Orpik is in deep getting a couple cracks at shots as both teams are doing their best to end this right now.
Fleury lays down and does a snow angel to keep Ottawa's Foligno from directing a rebound under him.
It feels like Kunitz has about 20 shots. He was just stopped on another great chance coming down the right wing.
Ottawa will have a chance here as the Penguins get called for icing.
Rookie Karlsson continues to showcase tremendous offensive skills as this series has gone on. He just carried the puck into the Pittsburgh zone before Fleury made the pad save on his shot from the right circle.
Dupuis dances around Sutton and sets Malkin up at the top of the crease but the Penguins center couldn't beat the brick wall that is Leclaire.
One of the Senators had an open with Fleury down but the shot went off the side of the net as Ottawa takes a turn applying the pressure.
Malkin's turnaround shot from the slot went off the post to the right of Leclaire as the Penguins just missed ending this game by inches.
Staal almost chopped a rebound behind Leclaire from a bad angle as both teams are simply thowing pucks towards these netminders from all angles.
Fisher has played strong for the Senators. He just missed beating Fleury to the far side as he was falling to the ice.
Volchenkov recovered nicely to deflect a Kunitz shot into the netting as the Penguins had numbers breaking into the Ottawa zone.
Pittsburgh's last multiple-overtime contest was Game 6 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final when Petr Sykora scored for Pittsburgh in the third overtime.
FIRST OVERTIME NOTES:
- Matt Cooke
and Jordan Staal
lead the Penguins with six hits apiece.
- Ottawa has blocked 32 Pittsburgh shots.
- Chris Kunitz
leads all players with seven shots.
- Click to read the first overtime game summary
and event summary
Time runs out on the first overtime session as neither team finds the back of the net. Shots on goal during the overtime were 11-6 in favor of the Senators.
Orpik and Foligno receive coincidental penalties and we will have four-on-four action for most of the rest of the way.
Letang's penalty is expired and the Penguins kill off another one.
Adams almost won the game with a great shot from the slot following a turnover but there was Leclaire to make the save.
Ottawa receives their second power play of the overtime period as Letang is given a holding call.
Both teams fail to convert on their power-play chances.
The Penguins head to the power play.
Spezza cross-checks McKee in the front of the net and that will wipe out the remainder of the Ottawa power play.
The Penguins are going to need their penalty killers to come up huge right now because Orpik was given a penalty for shooting the puck into the crowd.
Now it's Leclaire's turn to get out and make a save as he catches a drive by Dupuis between his legs as the action goes end to end.
Fleury gets out to the top of his crease to hold onto a slap shot by Fisher.
The Penguins are doing a nice job of getting legs and bodies in front of any chances the Senators are getting.
Leclaire throws his right pad out to stop a good look by Ponikarovsky in the slot.
Leclaire snarls a Malkin backhander with his glove as the Penguins continue to threaten.
Talbot saw a pass go just off his stick as he had a good look from the middle of the slot.
Guerin deflects a Crosby shot into the netting above the boards as the Penguins try to take the momentum away.
Another huge break for the Penguins as Foligno propels a puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion on the rebound of a Spezza shot. The Senators were that close to getting back in the series.
Fleury stones Neil's rebound chance from three feet away as Ottawa comes out flying here in the opening two minutes.
One of the Penguins just made a great play to dive to the ice to prevent a pass as the Senators had a two-on-one.
This is the Penguins' first overtime contest since Game 6 of the Washington series last season.
THIRD PERIOD NOTES:
- Pittsburgh is outshooting the Senators, 42-23, after a 14-8 advantage in the third period.
- The Penguins now hold a 29-27 lead on the faceoff dot.
- Chris Kunitz
leads the Penguins with seven shots.
- Click to read the third period game summary
and event summary
Pittsburgh and Ottawa trade goals in the third period and the result is our first overtime contest of this playoff season with the score tied, 3-3.
The Penguins have a faceoff to the left of Leclaire following an icing call as they continue to attack. Ottawa uses their timeout.
We are back to five-on-five action as all the penalties expire.
The final 1:30 of the power play goes away as Staal is given a penalty for goaltender interference.
Welcome to Pittsburgh University of Florida center Maurkice Pouncey. You can always use a little help on the interior. Another great pickup by Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin.
After the remaining 30 seconds expire on the Ponikarovsky penalty the Penguins will have a 1:30 power play as Fisher sits in the box. Actually, Fisher got a double-minor but Fleury got a roughing call.
The Penguins are halfway through killing off the Ponikarovsky minor.
The remaining 23 seconds of the Penguins power play are nullified as Ponikarovsky is given a hooking penalty.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock at the NFL Draft.
Ottawa continues to give the Penguins power plays. Yet again it is Ruutu heading to the box, this time for elbowing.
Don't write the Senators off just yet. Rookie Peter Regin gets his third goal of the series as his slap shot from the midpoint point eludes the glove of Fleury. Jason Spezza made a great pass to set up Regin. Karlsson picked up the second assist. Penguins 3, Senators 3.
The crowd is on their feet shouting at the top of its lungs right now as the towels are swirling!
MVP!!!!!! Sidney Crosby
gives the Penguins their first lead of the game as drives to the net and tosses a rebound over Leclaire, who had made the first save on Malkin's power move to the net. Penguins 3, Senators 2.
The first shot Fleury sees in the third period is a quality one by Winchester, but the Penguins netminder kicks it away.
Great stick save by Leclaire on Cooke in the slot as the Penguins continue to swarm around his net.
More pictures of the 'Greatests Fans in Hockey' congregating around the outdoor screen.
The Penguins have registered all seven shots here in the third period as they continue to dominate the attack time.
Ottawa kills off the Campoli minor as the Penguins fall to 1-for-4 on the man-advantage.
Penguins fans continue to amaze as several thousand gather outside the outdoor screen at Gate 3.
The Penguins have the apparent go-ahead goal waved off after it is ruled that Gonchar's wrist shot from the midpoint is tipped with a high-stick by Kunitz between the cirlces. Oh so close!
Chris Campoli puts the Penguins back on the power play after breaking the stick of Jay McKee.
Malkin almost pulled off the "Geno" with a turning backhander at the side of the night but his shot hit off the outside of the cage.
Can the Penguins come all the way back tonight and eliminate the Senators? Let's find out.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Sergei Gonchar has seen 16:31 minutes of ice time.
- Jordan Staal
is 4-2 on faceoffs thus far.
- Pittsburgh continues to outhit the Senators, 26-22, through 40 minutes.
- Click to read the second period game summary
and event summary
A dominating second period by the Penguins sees them rally to tie the game, 2-2. Pittsburgh outshoots the Senators, 19-5, in the frame.
Staal almost gives the Penguins their first lead of the night as Leclaire stacks the pads together to stop his backhander from the bottom of the right circle off the rush. It's all Penguins right now.
The place is rocking as video replay confirms Kunitz banged away at a rebound and got it across the goal line prior to the net coming off its moorings. Crosby and Guerin receive the assists. Penguins 2, Senators 2.
Malkin didn't realize the puck was at his feet as he whacked away in crease. Leclaire jumped to the ice just as Malkin saw it. Pittsburgh is dominating zone time right now.
Ottawa gets their top scoring chance of the second period as Fisher makes a power move to the net before Fleury denies him with a pad stop.
If I had to predict who is going to tie this score up for the Penguins I would certainly go with Guerin right now. He just carried the puck through the neutral zone and had another quality scoring chance from the high slot. He has been arguably the Penguins' best player.
Bylsma skates Malkin and Crosby together with Kunitz as the Penguins look to generate more offense in an effort to tie the game.
Guerin is making things happen all over the ice. He just brought the puck over the blue line and set Kunitz up for a one-timer, but Leclaire made another stop.
Rupp had Leclaire down but his shot from the left of the net misfired.
Billy Guerin shows off his skating and stickhandling skills as he skates the puck around a couple of Senators before Leclaire makes a shoulder save on Guerin's wrist shot from the far dot.
Pittsburgh kills off the Dupuis minor.
Glove save and a beauty! Fleury pulls a Statue of Liberty as he gloves a Cullen shot from the high slot.
16:50: Pascal Dupuis
is in the penalty box for interference, putting the Senators on their second power play of the night.
Seconds after the penalty expires Leclaire makes a great save on a rebound chance from Staal outside the crease. Pittsburgh is 1-for-3 on the man-advantage.
The Penguins open the period on a 1:49 minute power play with Phillips in the box.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Chris Kunitz
led the Penguins with three shots in the first period.
- Jordan Staal
had a team-leading four hits.
- In all the Penguins are outhitting the Senators, 16-12.
- Click to read the first period game summary
and event summary
Ottawa has the lead, 2-1, and is outshooting the Penguins, 10-9, but it is Pittsburgh with all the momentum following the Letang tally. Pittsburgh will begin the second period on a 1:49 minute power play.
Staal's size, strength and speed gives the Penguins a third power play as Phillips is given a tripping penalty or else Staal might have tucked a shot past Leclaire.
Letang's goal has this arena rocking. We saw the Boston Bruins come back last night from down 2-0. Could we se it again tonight? It sure feels that way.
What a shot by Kris Letang
. Bill Guerin tried a one-timer from the slot but it was blocked by the Senators. The puck drifted right over to Letang in the left cirle and he lifted a shot top shelf. Malkin also picks up an assist. Senators 2, Penguins 1.
Could this be the turning point? Chris Phillips takes a cross-checking penalty.
The puck rolls through the crease as Fedotenko and Staal hammer away. Good job by the Penguins just getting the puck to the crease.
Play is halted as Brad Winchester is slow to retreat back to his bench after being run by Fedotenko along the near boards.
Chris Kelly just had a puck roll of his stick as he stared at an open cage following a pad save by Fleury. The Penguins have to shore things up defensively.
Wheeeeeeew! Fleury just kept the Penguins in this game by making a huge left-pad save in front of the net on Alfredsson.
Maxime Talbot is taking this shift alongside Evgeni Malkin
and Pasal Dupuis as the Penguins look to generate more offense. Ottawa is outshooting Pittsburgh, 5-4.
Uh-oh. Ottawa takes a quick 2-0 lead as Ruutu bangs home a centering pass from Nick Foligno from just outside the blue paint. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma uses his timeout following the goal. Senators 2, Penguins 0.
Ottawa capitalizes on the power play as Mike Fisher deflects an Erik Karlsson shot from the far boards over Fleury. Senators 1, Penguins 0.
The Penguins are on the penalty kill as Mike Rupp is given a two-minute penalty for roughing following a skirmish in front of the Ottawa net.
Some fans continue to boo Andy Sutton each time he touches the puck following his Game 2 hit on Leopold.
Fleury stays up tight against his post to stop a point-blank chance by Peter Regin as the Senators have their best scoring chance of the first period.
Ruutu owes his teammates a huge thank you for killing off that penalty.
Crosby continues to put on the ritz spinning out of the corner. He jus spun out of the near corner and barely missed the net as the Penguins look to strike on this power play.
What is Jarkko Ruutu thinking?!?! He just took a careless roughing penalty on Crosby. Wow.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the call in goal opposite Leclaire as we are underway at Mellon Arena.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Sergei Gonchar is tied for the lead among all defensemen in scoring with six points (6A) through four games.
THe Penguins will be without the services of Tyler Kennedy
for tonight's contest. Ruslan Fedotenko will take his spot between Jordan Staal
and Matt Cooke
to read more about Fedotenko's return. Pittsburgh will also once again be without defenseman Jordan Leopold. Ottawa's lone lineup change involves former Penguin Shean Donovan replacing Jonathan Cheechoo.
Is this a desperate move by a desperate hockey team? The Senators are sticking with Pascal Leclaire between the pipes in place of the struggling Briant Elliott. Leclaire will be making his first career postseason start. Click here
to read what Leclaire had to say earlier today.
Tonight the Penguins look to finish off the Ottawa Senators in this Eastern Conference Quarterinals series. Pittsburgh currently holds a 3-1 lead in the series following three straight victories. The Penguins are 10-4 at home the past 14 times they have had a chance to close out a series.
Author: Jason Seidling