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Pens-Sens Prospect Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That'll do it. The Pens prospects fall to the Sens prospects by a score of 4-0. Pittsburgh finished with 42 shots to Ottawa's 37.

1:13: Pens and Sens both back to full strength.

1:44: Zibanejad just solved Killeen with a wrister. Sens 4, Pens 0

3:13: Scott Harrington and Ottawa's Darren Kramer get coincidentals, meaning we're going to 4-on-4 hockey.

6:43: Pens on the PP, as Eric Gryba gets two for hooking. Pens are dominating shots this period, 14-6.

10:21: Ottawa's Corey Cowick beats Killeen top shelf. The Senators have a crop of highly talented prospects, and that's certainly obvious today. Their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, actually won the 2011 Calder Cup. Sens 3, Pens 0

11:30: Alright, this is getting ridiculous. Once again, the Pens get a 2-on-1 opportunity, and once again, they're denied. Ian Watters and Paul Thompson rushed the net hard and the puck was just laying in the crease begging to be pushed over the line, but the Sens defense cleared it out in time.

14:23: Pens' Brandon DeFazio, here on a tryout, just set up a pretty play that resulted in a shot on goal. Lehner's standing strong, though.

16:50: Tangradi and Petersen wheel down the ice 2-on-1 and have a great scoring opportunity, but Lehner makes yet another phenomenal save!

17:40: Strait is down after taking a puck to the face. Ouch. He's heading to the dressing room to get taken care of.

18:23: Pens are back to full strength as Dominik Uher's penalty expires.

20:00: And they're off!!!


0:00: That'll do it for the second. Sens still lead 2-0, with Ottawa holding a 27-23 advantage in shots.

0:23: After the Sens get back to full strength, the Pens then go down a man as Dominik Uher gets whistled for interference after laying out an Ottawa prospect before the play got to him.

2:35: Ottawa's Louie Caporusso just got two minutes. Pens on the PP!

3:53: Nick Petersen just got himself in position for a breakaway! He takes it in and it looks like it slips underneath the goalie, but Lehner somehow keeps it out of the net!

4:28: The last few minutes have flown by. Both teams aren't wasting any time getting the puck out of their respective zones.

7:34: Morrow just let off a cannon from the blue line, but it missed the net and Lehner covers.

8:49: Pens back to full strength.

10:39: Pens just got their first shot of the period.

12:07: Samuelsson just went to the box for slashing. Pens on their first PP of the game. Gibbons, DeFazio, Strait and Grant are on the first kill.

12:41: Nick Petersen just had a 2-on-1 rush with defenseman Scott Harrington, who jumped up in the play. He's been joining the rush a lot so far this game.

15:27: And we've got another bout going! Pens' Jessey Astles, a free-agent invitee, and the Sens' Darren Kramer just scrapped. They circled each other for a while before going at it, and it was intense. They were throwing punches left and right before they tackled each other down, with Astles getting the KO.

17:56: We just had our first fight of the game, as Alex Grant and Mark Borowiecki just dropped the gloves in the Pens zone!!! They were throwing each other around pretty good out there.

20:00: The second period has begun. They're off!


0:00: That'll do it for the first period. The Sens lead the Pens 2-0 and Ottawa holds a 16-12 advantage in shots.

0:30: Killeen manages to get a pad on a Senators shot while sprawled on his back!

2:52: Ottawa's Corey Cowick blasts a scorching wrister past Killeen. The Pens are playing well, but aren't catching any breaks. Sens 2, Pens 0

4:01: The refs are really letting them play, which is awesome. It's fast-paced, physical, flowing and a blast to watch. Hits are 16-15 in favor of Pittsburgh. (Editorial note: I need to sit next to a statistician more often.)

6:01: The Sens get another great chance as a shot richoted off the back boards and into the crease. Luckily Killeen covered in time.

10:06: The Sens' Derek Grant found some open ice to bear down on Killeen and lift a shot past the Pens goalie. Grant also attended Michigan State like yours truly... Sens 1, Pens 0

11:06: Great opportunity just now by the Pens -- the puck rolled off Lehner's shoulder and into the crease. It was so close to going over the line, but he covered it in time! Pittsburgh has turned it up a notch. They now have eight shots to Ottawa's nine.

11:12: Tangradi and Gibbons were just working the half wall pretty hard there. They got a couple of cracks on Sens goalie Robin Lehner. And Ottawa is now back to full strength.

13:24: And the Pens are getting their first PP of the game, as Corey Cowick gets two for boarding.

13:47: Some solid defensive play by Alex Grant on his last shift. He lost his stick but still managed to block a shot and play some tough D.

14:54: A series of big saves by Killeen just now. He's getting tested early, as shots are now 9-3 in favor of Ottawa.

15:17: Morrow with a big hip check on the Sens' Mika Zibanejad! Zibanejad was the sixth overall pick in this summer's draft, while Morrow was 23rd overall.

16:01: Nice kick save by Pens goalie Killeen just now. Pittsburgh's doing a good job of clearing the puck out of their zone quickly.

19:18: So I'm sitting next to the Rogers TV statistician, who's totally cool, and he told me that Pittsburgh has already recorded six hits to Ottawa's two. Nice physical start to the game for the Pens.

20:00: We had some technical difficulties with the anthem, meaning that they only played the Canadian national anthem and not the United States one. Boo! But anyway, the puck has dropped! Time for some hockey!!!


1:45 PM: It's officially here!!! Hockey season, that is. We're just 15 minutes from puck drop here at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, where Penguins prospects are set to face off with Ottawa Centers prospects at 2 p.m. EST.

Here's the lineup for this afternoon's game, with the numbers each player is wearing in front of their names. Tangradi and Strait are wearing A's on their jerseys as alternate captains, while Bortuzzo, Sill, Despres and Veilleux are today's scratches. The camp veterans will alternate sitting out games, which I touched on in my story earlier today about how the Pens are looking for leadership from their older prospects.


25 Eric Tangradi - 17 Brian Gibbons - 16 Paul Thompson
14 Tom Kuhnhackl - 10 Ben Street - 20 Nick Petersen
18 Brandon DeFazio - 19 Daniil Tarasov - 26 Dominik Uher
27 Jessey Astles - 28 Ian Watters - 22 Stefan Fournier

7 Brian Strait - 6 Joseph Morrow
8 Scott Harrington - 4 Carl Sneep
5 Philip Samuelsson - 9 Alex Grant
1 Patrick Killeen
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