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Pens vs. Caps Game 2 Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins representatives will be providing a live-game blog during Penguins' playoff games this season. Check back for updates, injury reports and information throughout the game.

9:38 PM: Sadly the Pens can't come back to win this one. The final score is 4-3. Game 3 will take place in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

9:37 PM: The Penguins score with 30 second left! Crosby battles hard to pound in his own rebound for the goal. Capitals 4, Penguins 3.

9:27 PM: Ovechkin nets his third goal of the game on a one-on-one with Gonchar in the Penguins end. Ovechkin released a shot which surpassed both Gonchar and Fleury for the point. Capitals 4, Penguins 2.

9:21 PM: The Caps score a power-play goal right off the face-off. Ovechkin beat Fleury with a shot high on the stick side for the goal. Capitals 3, Penguins 2.

9:15 PM: Malkin draws an interference penalty for the Penguins. Washington's Jurcina goes to the box for the first penalty of the third period.

9:05 PM: The Pens are keeping the pressure on the Caps so far in the third period as Talbot and Dupuis gain a two-on-one which is broken up by Washington's defense.

8:58 PM: Here goes period number three.

8:40 PM: Wow what a period. The second period concludes and the score is tied at 2-2. The Penguins outshot the Capitals 16-15 in the period.

8:33 PM: The Caps find a way to tie the score. Sloan released a shot from the center point which caromed right onto the stick of Steckel at the near circle. Steckel wristed it past Fleury for the score. Penguins 2, Capitals 2.

8:23 PM: The Pens net an even-strength goal to go ahead of the Caps. Guerin manned his way down the far half wall and passed the puck to Crosby who was camped out in front of the net. Crosby collected the pass and wristed a shot past Varlamov for his second goal of the game. Penguins 2, Capitals 1.

8:11 PM: Talbot makes two great blocks to help the Penguins kill off another Capitals' power-play chance.

8:06 PM: The Caps tie the score at 1-1. Kozlov carried the puck down the slot creating room for Ovechkin above the far circle. Kozlov sent a short pass to Ovechkin who one-timed a shot past Fleury. Penguins 1, Capitals 1.

8:03 PM: The second period begins.

7:46 PM: The clock expires on the very intense first period. There were a total of nine penalties between the two teams. Shots favored the Penguins, 13-11.

7:43 PM: Varlamov denied both Crosby and Gonchar to keep the Pens from converting on the five-on-three.

7:41 PM: It's the Penguins' turn for a five-on-three advantage.

7:30 PM: Penguins fans everywhere were holding their breath as Kris Letang carried the puck into the Capitals zone on a breakaway after coming out of the penalty box. He tried to shoot the puck with his backhand but Varlamov deflected the shot.

7:25 PM: Fleury denies Ovechkin's shot from below the near circle to help the Pens stave off the Caps' first power-play opportunity of the game.

7:20 PM: The Pens convert on the power play to take the lead in this game. Gonchar exercised great patience on the play, passing the puck back and forth with Malkin above the far circle, and then turning and shooting it on net. Varlamov blocked the initial shot, but Crosby batted it past the young netminder for the point. Penguins 1, Capitals 0.

7:18 PM: Five minutes into the game and both teams are fired up. Just as the game was getting scrappy, the Pens were awarded a power-play opportunity. Let's see if they can take advantage of it.

7:10 PM: The Puck drops for Game 2.

7:02 PM: Pittsburgh will play Petr Sykora for the second straight game. The Penguins scratches for tonight are forwards Eric Godard and Miroslav Satan and defenseman Philippe Boucher.

The Capitals scratched defenseman John Erskine, who played a great Game 1 against the Penguins. Also out of the lineup for Washington are forwards Donald Brashear (suspension) and Michael Nylander, as well as defensemen Karl Alzner and Jeff Shultz.

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