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Pens-Thrashers In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Atlanta Thrashers with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

The siren sounds and the Penguins are back in the win column. They soundly defeat the Atlanta Thrashers with a 5-2 victory at Mellon Arena behind two goals and an assist off the stick of Jordan Staal. Brent Johnson gets the victory in goal. The Penguins are back in action again on Thursday at Mellon Arena when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 p.m.

Pavelec stops a deflection on a Staal deflection to continue to prevent him from getting that hat trick.

Pittsburgh goes on the power play once again as Kovalchuk is penalized for tripping.

Staal takes the puck away along the boards and makes a power move to the net and just misses the cage as he looks for his third career hat trick.

A little POP action for the Penguins gives them a 5-2 lead. Kennedy fires a puck off the pads of Pavelec as a pass attempt and Staal crashes the net and deposits he puck into the open cage. Penguins 5, Thrashers 2.


Tobias Enstrom entered tonight's game ranked seventh in the league with 31 assists while Ondrej Pavelec got the start between the pipes for Atlanta.

Here is tonight's Don Farr Moving and Storage Moves of the Game:

It's easy to see Caputi is going to be a crowd favorite. The fans chant  "Luuuuuca" when his goal is announced.

WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!!! Malkin dances around two Thrashers but his shot is stopped as he dives to the ice. While down there he slides the puck over to Luca Caputi for the score. Penguins 4, Thrashers 2.

Another kudos to the fans of Pittsburgh. Knowing Evgeni Malkin is struggling they chant "Geno, Geno, Geno" to get him going.

Mike Rupp skates behind the Atlanta net and knocks Bryan Little to the ice as the Thrasher was battling along the boards with Crosby.

Enjoy highlights from previous matchups between the Penguins and Thrashers:

Dupuis blocks a shot at the blue line and passes the puck ahead to Crosby. The Penguins captain moves in on Pavelec and is robbed by a glove save.

Neither team has been able to get much offense going here in the third period as the Penguins continue to cling to a 3-2 lead.

Pittsburgh kills the Eaton penalty.

Mark Eaton is sent to the box hor interference.

The Penguins look to hold on and erase their five-game winning streak.


- Ruslan Fedotenko has four shots.
- The Penguins outshot the Thrashers, 11-8, in the second period.
- Jordan Staal leads the Penguins with two points (1G-1A).


A high-scoring second period sees the Penguins take a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Each team has thrown 24 shots on goal.

Dupuis almost wraps a rebound behind Pavelec from behind the goal line as the Penguins create a couple chances shorthanded.

Goligoski trips Kovalchuk at the Penguins blue line to put Atlanta on the power play.

Pittsburgh nearly increases their lead back to two goals but Pavelec stones Fedotenko from right on the door step.

Atlanta refuses to go away despite the Penguins' three-goal outburst and Jim Slater scores his second goal of the game from right in the slot on a wrist shot past the blocker of Johnson. Penguins 3, Thrashers 2.


The Penguins get a lucky bounce and they take advantage. Ruslan Fedotenko's centering pass for Staal hits off Staal and Kubina and lands right back on Fedotenko's stick. He slams the puck into the net for the power-play goal. Staal and Goligoski get the assists. Penguins 3, Thrashers 1.

Staal is playing an inspired game for the Penguins. His speed and power forces Hainsey to take a hooking penalty.

Kane's penalty expires once again and the Penguins fall to 0-for-2 on the power play.

Almost two years after his departure Colby Armstrong still remains a fan favorite at Mellon Arena. Chris Thorburn, right, also had many supporters among the partisans at the arena.

The Penguins will head to the power play for the second time as Kane goes off once again, this time for hooking.

The puck rolls right off the stick of Guerin standing alone to the left of Pavelec after a great setup from Crosby. Despite not getting all of his shot Geurin almost gave the Penguins the two-goal lead.

Jordan Staal begins the play by taking on big Pavel Kubina one-on-one. Kubina pokes the puck from Staal's stick but Kennedy is there to take the puck, skate around the net and feed Staal standing alone in front for the goal to allow the Penguins to take the lead once again. Penguins 2, Thrashers 1.

Luca Caputi talked about his expectations for himself after today's morning skate:

Fans wanting a tripping call assessed to Pavel Kubina for upending Goligoski on the near side of the Atlanta zone but he got the puck first, negating any potential penalty.

A nice blocker save from Pavelec as Goligoski joins the rush and takes a pass from Crosby.

A weird play as the puck bounces to center ice off a Penguin and Jim Slater picks up the biscuit, skates in on Johnson and throws a shot between his legs as Johnson goes for the pokecheck. Penguins 1, Thrashers 1.

Johnson gets a nice reaction from the crowd when he makes a glove save on a wrist from Kane streaking down the left side.

Kris Letang keeps the puck in at the right point and the seven seas open for him and he walks right down the slot and fires a snap shot through the legs of Pavelec to open the scoring. It's Letang's second goal of the season and his first since Nov. 3 at Anaheim. Cooke gets the assist. Penguins 1, Thrashers 0.

The puck is dropped between Staal and Todd White and we resume the action at Mellon Arena.



- Jordan Staal led the Penguins with three hits.
- Kris Letang led the Penguins with 8:29 of ice time.
- As a team the Penguins outhit the Thrashers, 10-9.

No score after 20 minutes between the Penguins and Thrashers. Atlanta has a 16-12 advantage in shots.

Great defensive play by Kris Letang to skate with Kovalchuk one-on-one and then poke the puck from his stick to start a rush the other way.

Tonight's Defy Ordinary moment of the night comes from Oct. 18, 2008 when Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each recorded milestones against the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Crosby didn't score on the play but boy was it fun watching him spin to the left of the Atlanta cage and force Ron Hainsey to fall to the ice.

The Kane penalty expires and the Penguins are 0-for-1 on the man-advantage.

Caputi takes Kunitz's spot in front of the cage with the first unit as the Penguins go on the power play for the first time.

Great hustle by Caputi forces rookie Evander Kane to take a tripping penalty.

Atlanta rang up an early 11-1 advantage in shots but the Penguins have outshot the Thrashers, 5-3, since.


An afternoon snow fall in the city of Pittsburgh made it really feel like a "Hockey Night in Pittsburgh."

Matt Cooke deflects a point shot from Martin Skoula and the puck momentarily got behind Pavelec but like Johnson earlier in the period at the other end kept the rubber from passing the goal line.

Caputi draws an ovation for slamming Slava Kozlov against the boards in the Atlanta zone.

Ilya Kovalchuk's shot gets through the legs of Johnson but he finds a way to keep the puck from getting into the cage.

Sidney Crosby talked after today's morning skate about what the Penguins need to do to get back on track tonight against the Thrashers:

Pascal Dupuis' backhander from the slot goes off the bad of Pavelec and nearly bounces into the goal as the Penguins record their first shot of the game.

Johnson just made his best save of the game, a blocker save on Anssi Salmela's wrist shot from the left circle.

Former Penguin Chris Thorburn just had a collision behind the Penguins net which saw both he and the referee fall to the ice.

Atlanta has registered the first four shots of the game, although none have been high quality.

Brent Johnson makes the start in goal for the Penguins. Ondrej Pavelec is in goal at the opposite end for the Thrashers.

We have great news to report as Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo has been released from a Florida hospital and will fly back to Pittsburgh in the morning. Again, we wish Coach Yeo all the best in his recovery.


Luca Caputi was leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 13 goals prior to his recall earlier today. Caputi will skate on a line with Evgeni Malkin to start the game.

7:31 PM:
We have the scratches for tonight's game and the Penguins will be without Sergei Gonchar for the third-consecutive game. He continues to nurse his injured foot. Maxime Talbot and Chris Kunitz are also out for the Penguins. Atlanta will be without Mark Popovic, Boris Valabik  and Nik Antropov. Not sure if Antropov is a healthy scratch or not, but he did take part in the warmup.

7:30 PM:
The Penguins look to put an end to their three game losing streak when they host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at Mellon Arena. Atlanta has been struggling as well with a 1-6-3 record over their past 10 games. The Penguins will be without winger Chris Kunitz, who will be out the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery. In his place the Penguins have recalled winger Luca Caputi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Author: Jason Seidling

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