Time runs out and the San Jose Sharks defeat the Penguins, 5-0. Pittsburgh is back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Boston to take on the Bruins at 7 p.m.
Final minute of action.
Crosby plays magician yet again, batting the puck in the air to create a shot for himself which just goes over the net.
Godard and Shelley dropp the gloves. Each player gets a few solid shots on each other.
Fedotenko lays a solid hit into an unidentified Shark.
Heatley is back on the ice.
San Jose loses their final 14 seconds of power-play time with Heatley sent to the box for slashing Cooke.
Malhora blasts a rebound shot from the center point over the glove of Johnson for the power-play tally. Sharks 5, Penguins 0.
Johnson robs Pavelski's shot from the left side. You can hardly tell he hasn't played since the second game of the season.
McKee received four extra minutes in penalties - two for slashing and two for instigating. The Penguins will play the final 12 minutes with only four defensemen.
McKee squares off against Shelley and hits his head hard off the ice at the end of the fight but looks to be ok.
Rupp crushes Murry against the far boards.
Assistant coach Tony Granato received a warm ovation during the commercial break after he was shown on the Jumbotron.
Staal continues to be the Penguins' best player. He original shot is stopped by Nabokov and Cooke's rebound attempt is denied as well.
Nabokov makes good saves first against Goligoski and then on his partner, McKee.
Sometimes you just have to praise the other team, and boy can Dan Boyle skate and shoot.
Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko combine to get a couple scoring chances against Nabokov.
The Penguins are 3-3 when trailing after two periods.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins outshot the Sharks, 12-8, in the middle frame.
- Jay McKee has now blocked five shots through two periods.
- Jordan Staal
is 8-2 on faceoffs.
Assistant coach Tony Granato spent the final years of his career with the Sharks.
A view of the sights at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
Sharks stretch their lead to 4-0 after 40 minutes. San Jose continues to hold a 21-15 shot advantage as well.
Each team is back to four skaters apiece.
Eric Godard and Clowe rough it up in front of Nabokov following a whistle. Each receives roughing penalties.
Dupuis watches Nabokov stand tall and corral his shot with the glove and his chest protector.
Nabokov does a great job to help the Sharks kill off the penalty to Murray.
Nabokov robs Kunitz not once but twice from point-blank range.
A holding call to Murray puts the Penguins on the power play.
On a positive note, how about the stat showed by FSN? Mario Lemieux averaged 3.5 points per game against the Sharks with 17 goals and 32 assists in only 14 games.
Johnson makes a nifty save on Heatley's chance from the bottom of the near circle.
Staal, Cooke and Chris Conner have one of the Penguins' best shifts of the period.
Nabokov uses the glove to stop Kunitz at the side of the net as the Penguins' brief power play comes to an end.
Staal creates space on Boyle and barely misses the net streaking down the left side. Seconds later Pasca Dupuis nearly scores coming down the same same seam.
Great recovery by Brooks Oprik to get back and get a stick on a Heatley shot to deflect the puck out of play.
An even-up call as Pavelski is penalized for interferring with Staal.
San Jose back on the power play as a tripping call goes against Craig Adams
Johnson is tested off the bat, robbing Pavelski in the slot, but the rebound is swatted into the back of the net by Heatley. Shark 4, Penguins 0.
18:19: Brent Johnson
replaces Fleury after Boyle makes a great inside-out move and fires a wrist shot behind Fleury from the circle. Sharks 3, Penguins 0.
Coincidental minors assessed as Pavelski gets a holding-the-stick infraction and Cooke receives two for unsportsmanlike conduct diving.
Pittsburgh comes out flying with the Crosby unit. Crosby's shot hits the left post behind Nabokov.
The Penguins will play the final 40 minutes with only five defensemen.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
's return is questionable. Head coach Dan Bylsma will update his condition after the game.
- The Penguins had five takeaways in the first 20 minutes compared to only two for the Sharks.
- San Jose had the better of the faceoff battle, 13-7.
- Mark Eaton blocked three shots in the period.
San Jose honors a couple Bay Area legends, Bill Walsh, left, and John Elway, right.
Former Penguins winger and current broadcaster Bob Errey served as team captain for San Jose during his playing days.
The first 20 minutes come to a close as San Jose takes a 2-0 lead and a 13-3 shot advantage into the intermission.
Letang's return is questionable after he took a hit earlier in the period behind the Sharks' net as he was tripped up when he set Geurin up.
He hasn't had much action, but Nabokov is there to make a glove save on a streaking Crosby's chip shot from right in front of the crease.
This time Fleury uses the left pad to deny a chance by Ryan Clowe.
Fleury keeps the Penguins in the game with a right-pad save on a wide-open Thornton after a slick setup from Heatley.
In an effort to spark the Penguins Rupp squares off with Brad Staubitz and gets the better of the scrap.
San Jose makes Cooke pay as Dan Boyle sends a shot/pass to the slot off the heal of the stick of Joe Pavelski past Fleury. Sharks 2, Penguins 0.
4:20: Matt Cooke
lays into Douglas Murray after the Sharks' defender throws a shot towards the net after the whistle. Cooke is penalized for roughing on the play.
The Sharks are outshooting the Penguins 11-2.
Off the faceoff Fleury has to be quick to react to a bouncing puck which lands to the stick of Jody Shelley. Fleury uses his pad to deny the Sharks' enforcer.
Fleury uses his mitt to snarl a shot from Heatley which appeared off the net.
Not sure about the availability of Alex Goligoski, the Penguins recalled Deryk Engelland
from Wilkes-Barre Scranton earlier today. He talked about his first NHL recall after the morning skate:
San Jose kills off the penalty to Clowe.
Evgeni Nabokov stones Bill Guerin in front of the net as the speed of Kris Letang
and Crosby backs the Sharks' defense up and Letang hits Guerin to the left of the Sharks' netminder.
It's the Penguins' turn to take a crack with the man-advantage as Ryan Clowe is sent off for elbowing.
The Sharks are 0-for-2 on the power play.
Pittsburgh is doing a great job on this kill of controlling the puck and denying San Jose possession.
An elbowing call is assessed to Craig Adams
Fleury does a nice job to keep the puck out of his net during a scramble in front of the net featuring whacks at the puck by Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley, two of the league's top scorers.
San Jose strikes first. Jamie McGinn takes a pass behind the net from Scott Nichol and sneaks a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury
. Sharks 1, Penguins 0.
The Penguins kill the penalty to Crosby.
Malkin, Tyler Kennedy
and the recently-recalled Deryk Engelland
are the Penguins' scratches.
Crosby is penalized less than a minute into the game for hooking.
Mike Rupp gets the start next to Jordan Staal
and Matt Cooke
The puck is dropped between the Penguins and Sharks.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Sidney Crosby
will be looking to end a stretch of three straight games without a point, the longest such streak of his career.
Earlier today Evgeni Malkin
joined his teammates on the ice for the first time since Oct. 28 when he was diagnosed with a shoulder strain. After Malkin addressed reporters:
The Penguins look to improve to 13-4 on the season as they take on the San Jose Sharks. Each team came into Saturday's games with 24 points, tied for second-most in the National Hockey League behind the Colorado Avalanche.