THE PENGUINS WIN IN OVERTIME TO ADVANCE TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS. THE PENGUINS WIN, 4-3 IN OVERTIME, ON A PASCAL DUPUIS
10:04: The Penguins have advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals as Pascal Dupuis
rips a wrist shot from the left circle over the glove of Leclaire to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory in overtime!!!!!! Great play by Jordan Staal
behind the net to fend off defenders and make the centering pass to Dupuis!!! Penguins 4, Senators 3.
Spezza had one of his best shots of the series but Fleury knocked aside the heavy drive from the right circle with his right pad.
Leclaire is doing a great job on these deflections in the slot by the Penguins. Kunitz got a stick on the shot by Orpik, but Leclaire had his pads along the ice to make the save.
Fleury was down on his knees but still able to make a huge save on Neil's shot from three feet away.
The Penguins look to close out the Senators while Ottawa hopes to push the series to a seventh game.
THIRD PERIOD NOTES:
- Chris Kunitz
has a team-high six shots.
- Brooks Orpik
leads the way with seven hits.
- Sergei Gonchar is plus-2 in a team-high 26:31 minutes of ice time.
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and event summary
Bill Guerin and Matt Cooke
score in the third period to allow the Penguins to tie the game, 3-3. We head to overtime for the second consecutive game after a third period which saw the Penguins totally outclass the Senators.
We have less than a minute to play in a tied hockey game.
The Penguins were lucky right there as Ruutu walked out of the corner with the puck but he could not get a shot off before Fleury covered up.
Crosby's line is coming alive right now as they just had two great scoring chances from Kunitz and Crosby. The Penguins have owned this third period.
High props to Coach Bylsma for putting Dupuis with Cooke and Staal. Dupuis nearly sneaked a shot behind Leclaire from the top of the crease as the Penguins' third line is just dominating.
Does this remind you guys of Game 6 against the Flyers in the opening round last season?! The Penguins also fell behind 3-0 in that game but rallied to score five unanswered goals against the Flyers. Is history about to repeat itself?
We have a brand-new hockey game! Cooke is proving to be the hero tonight, backhanding an Eaton rebound into the cage from the left of Leclaire for his second goal of the game. Penguins 3, Senators 3.
Bylsma has made a minor adjustment to his D-pairings. Letang and Goligoski are paired together while McKee is skating with Eaton.
Now the Penguins have Staal and Malkin playing together and they quickly get a three-on-two into the zone, which ends with Leclaire having to rob Staal's shot in the slot.
Shots right now are 8-1 in favor of the Penguins.
Guerin gets the Penguins within one! He one-times a pass from Goligoski over the glove of Leclaire from the top of the left circle as the Penguins do cash in on the man-advantage. Senators 3, Penguins 2.
The Penguins have another goal waved off as the referees rule Malkin interferred with Leclaire as Ponikarovsky put the rubber over his shoulder.
Wow what a glove save by Leclaire on a one-timer by Malkin at the top of the right circle. That shot was ticketed for the back of the cage.
Volchenkov takes an interference penalty to put the Penguins on the man-advantage.
Kunitz came within inches of deflecting a Gonchar wrist shot under the glove of Leclaire as the Penguins keep coming hard.
Leclaire makes a save on a Goligoski deflection in the slot as the Penguins activate their D in an effort to get more offense.
The Penguins have to get at least two goals trailing 3-1.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Chris Kunitz
leads the Penguins with four hits.
- Ottawa has blocked 14 shots through two periods.
- Jay McKee leads the Penguins with two blocked shots.
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and event summary
Forty minutes are in the books here at Scotiabank Place and its th Ottawa Senators holding a 3-1 lead on the Penguins. Ottawa also holds a 23-21 advantage in shots as well.
Head coach Dan Bylsma has Crosby and Malkin playing with Kunitz.
Fleury catches an Erik Karlsson wrist shot from the right point just as the Gonchar hooking minor was coming to a close.
I'll tell you this much - the Penguins and Senators are sure keeping the war room in Toronto busy. For the second time in this contest and sixth in the series, a potential goal had to be reviewed by the league. It was ruled that Fisher's shot crossed the goal line after the net was knocked from its moorings. Cullen's initial speed on the play forced a hooking penalty on Gonchar.
What a save by Leclaire with his blocker on Kunitz as Crosby showed great ice awareness to set the Penguins winger up in the high slot.
Cooke seems to have sparked the Penguins as they have started to get to their game in the Senators zone with plenty of time remaining.
The Penguins are on the board! Matt Cooke
wacked away at a loose puck following a Leclaire save on Gonchar and the biscuit found its way into the net to get the Penguins within two. Senators 3, Penguins 1.
A loose puck pinballed around following a faceoff in the Penguins end and the result was Alfredsson tossing a shot behind Fleury to give the Senators a commanding lead. Senators 3, Penguins 0.
Sutton sneaked his stick in to swipe a rebound out of the crease before Conner could swipe the loose puck into the cage as the Penguins have responded well following the Senators' second goal.
How many shots can Volchenkov seriously block? I think he should have been a goalie.
The fourth line of Adams, Conner and Rupp has been the Penguins best line thus far. They just had two or three shots as a result of a great forecheck.
Crosby is back on the bench for the Penguins!
This isn't good. Crosby hit his right arm off Leclaire as he drove the net and now he is in the locker room being looked at. We will get an update.
Fleury stops the first shot by Chris Kelly but Chris Neil swipes the rebound behind Fleury as a delayed penalty was being called against the Penguins. Senators 2, Penguins 0.
Cooke returns and both teams are 0-for-1 on the man-advantage.
Ottawa begins the second period with 1:27 remaining on the power play with Cooke in the box.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Pascal Dupuis
and Bill Guerin each had two shots.
- Sergei Gonchar saw 10:09 minutes of ice time.
- The Penguins outhit the Senators, 12-8.
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and event summary
The first period comes to a close with the Senators holding a 1-0 lead over the Penguins. Ottawa also had the better of the shots, 11-10.
Cooke is given a penalty for boarding Peter Regin against the far boards.
The Penguins are 0-for-1 on the power play as Ruutu returns to the ice.
Hard work by the Penguins forces Jarkko Ruutu to take a holding penalty.
Pittsburgh has the momentum on their side. Dupuis just had a mini-breakaway but Leclaire knocked his backhander to the corner.
Leclaire was on his game right there as Guerin stole the puck behind the net and came in front and sneaked a backhander down low. The Penguins appear to have weathered the early Senators storm.
Somehow Leclaire found a way to keep Rupp's shot from the blue paint from getting over the goal line with a kick save with his right pad. Pittsburgh comes within inches of tying the game as their fourth line generate a quality scoring chance.
The referees went to the war room in Toronto but the call on the ice was upheld.
Fleury stood his ground to make a left arm save on Fisher's drive from the top of the right circle as Ottawa continues to take it to the Penguins here.
The Senators continue to do a great job of stepping in front of Pittsburgh shots.
Matt Cullen stakes the Senators to a 1-0 lead as he beats Fleury to the stick side on a breakaway after Fleury went for the pokecheck. Daniel Alfredsson made the pass from his own zone to spring Cullen. Senators 1, Penguins 0.
Dupuis used a nice stop-and-go move on Chris Phillips to create a shot for himself but Leclaire was there to make another save with his chest.
Malkin picks up Pittsburgh's first shot as he picks off a pass at the top of the Ottawa zone and drills a shot into Leclaire's chest.
Absolutely sizzling save by Fleury as he snarls a Mike Fisher shot from the top of the left circle with his glove.
Andy Sutton nails Malkin into the boards in the far corner of the Ottawa zone as Malkin skated behind the net with the puck. The crowd appreciated that.
Jason Spezza notches the Senators first shot of the contest from the near circle but Fleury kicks that chance away.
The Penguins hope to eliminate the Senators here in Game 6.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Sidney Crosby
is within striking distance of two franchise records for a single series. His nine assists are two shy of Ron Francis (11, 1995 vs. Washington) and his 14 points are three short of Mario Lemieux (17, 1992 vs. Washington).
Defensively head coach Dan Bylsma will once again go with Sergei Gonchar-Brooks Orpik; Mark Eaton-Kris Letang; and Jay McKee-Alex Goligoski.
Head coach Dan Bylsma has made a lineup change for Game 6. Chris Conner, who was recalled yesterday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, will be in for Ruslan Fedotenko. Conner will skate with Mike Rupp and Craig Adams
. Pascal Dupuis
moves down to skate with Jordan Staal
and Matt Cooke
while Maxime Talbot takes the right wing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin
and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Jordan Leopold and Tyler Kennedy
are still out for the Penguins.
The Penguins hope to finish off the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 at Scotiabank Place. Pittsburgh currently holds a 3-2 series lead, but it was the Senators who won Game 5, 4-3, in triple overtime. Ottawa received 56 saves from Pascal Leclaire on Thursday in his postseason starting debut. However, Leclaire hasn't won at Scotiabank Place since December 31 against the New York Islanders. He is 0-2-1 at home since, including Game 4 when he picked up the loss in relief.
Author: Jason Seidling