That'll do it. The Pens are the top team in the NHL after knocking off the West's Dallas Stars 3-1. James Neal
with 2 goals against his former team and Cooke with a penalty shot score. 1:35:
Adams has a chance on a 2-on-1, but can't convert. 4:54:
Dallas kills off the penalty and it's back to even strength. 7:12:
Letang gets hit hard in the corner and is slow getting up. The Stars Barch will get called for boarding. Pens on the PP. 8:44:
Staal gets a chance from the side of the net on the backhand, but Lehtonen makes the stop. Penalty shot: COOKE!!!! Buries the penalty shot with a gorgeous move to fool Lehtonen. Pens 3, Stars 1. 10:32:
Cooke blows in on goal for a breakaway. His shot is stopped but he's awarded a penalty shot. 12:06:
Neal will be awarded the goal as the puck went off the stick of a Dallas player and into the goal. 12:41:
Finally for Kunitz
. (read above entry) This one will stand as a power-play score. After some pretty passing he ends up with the puck on his stick with an open net. Endgame. Pens 2, Stars 1. 13:04:
Kunitz appeares to score a great goal with a tip atop the crease, but the refs wave it off on goalie interference. That's his second called off goal of the night. 13:54:
Cooke with some great work in front of the net draws a high sticking penalty on Souray. 16:03:
Kunitz with a nice re-direct in front that goes just wide of the net. 16:48:
Tangradi hounds Robidas into his own net and Lehtonen is forced to cover the puck. 20:00:
Puck drops. Game on. Third period underway. Here we gooooooo.
- Neal now has a five-game scoring streak (2G-4A)
- Letang is still leading in ice time with 17:25 and 17 total shifts
- Malkin accounts for a team leading 6 of 23 shots on goal
The horn sounds and the second period is over. The Pens are still out shooting the Stars 23-11 and the game is tied 1-1.2:04:
GOAL!!! Neal answers with his tenth goal of the season, a one-timer from above the near circle. Kunitz and Sullivan get the assists. Pens 1, Stars 1
The refs waive off the goal calling a high stick on Kunitz. The score is still 1-0 Dallas and the Pens still have a minute left on the power play.2:28:
The refs are reviewing a one-timer goal from Malkin.3:14:
Stars Benn was called for hooking, the Pens are now on a power play.6:39:
Stars Fistric leaves the ice after a puck hit him in the face while he was blocking a shot. 8:32:
The penalty expires and both teams are back to full strength.10:46:
Pens are now on a two-minute power play 10:48:
The Pens killed off the penalty and got some great scoring chances, but Lehtonen holds them off.12:43:
Oprik is called on a tripping penalty. Dallas is on a power play. 14:20: Goligoski is off the ice with an upper-body injury and will not return to the game.
The Pens killed off the penalty and are now back to full strength.17:14:
Vitale is called for goalie interference. Dallas is on the power play.19:11:
The penalty expires and the Stars are back to full strength.20:00:
The puck drops, the second period is underway
- Malkin is leading the team with four shots
- Letang has logged the most ice time with 7:54
- Staal has won four of six faceoff attempts
The horn sounds the end of the first period. The Pens are trailing 1-0, but lead in shots 13-5.1:14:
Pens are on a power play as Robidas gets a two-minute penalty.
Eric Nystrom is the first to score making it 1-0 Stars. Stars 1, Pens 06:32:
The Pens are out shooting Dallas 11-3, dominating the period so far. 9:20:
Neal with a blind backhand pass to Malkin, but Lehtonen makes the save.11:45:
Tangradi, who is skating on the fourth line, gets in a heavy hit on Fistric. Coach Bylsma said he wanted to see Tangradi be a force in the O-zone. That's a start. 13:42:
Malkin with a beautiful move, protecting the puck wide and swooping a wraparound backhander at the net. However, the puck can't find its way in. 14:43:
The Pens using some physical play in the attacking zone to generate scoring chances. They don't look like they'e had nearly 6 days off from games. 15:36:
Orpik lays a nice along the benches and forces an off sides on the play. 18:15:
The Pens get some lenghty offensive zone time and generate a couple of chances. The sequence all started when James Neal
got physical in the corner and won a puck battle. 20:00:
Puck drops. Game on. First period underway.
The Pens wore special camo jerseys for the pregame warmup. Dupuis above
Here are the Pens' lines for tonight's game...
Fleury starting in goal for Pittsburgh. Lehtonen in net for Dallas.
Welcome to CONSOL Energy Center for a showdown between the top 2 teams in the NHL: Dallas (11-3-0-22) at Pittsburgh (9-3-3-21). It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Feb. 21, 2011 trade that brought James Neal
and Matt Niskanen
to Pittsburgh, while sending defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas. Tyler Kennedy
was ruled out of the game, while Eric Tangradi
will be in the lineup. Fleury will start in net. Click here for more game day coverage
For the scoop on the red hot Stars, check out Michelle Crechiolo's Scouting Report.