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Pens vs. Caps Game 5 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


9:50 PM: Malkin scores a power-play goal in overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead in the series. Penguins 4, Capitals 3.

9:44 PM: The puck drops to begin overtime.

9:28 PM: This game is going into overtime. The Penguins led in shots during regulation, 38-32.

9:23 PM: The Caps tie the game at 3-3. Green set up the play by pinching along the near side. He passed the puck across the slot to Backstrom who dished it to Ovechkin. Ovechkin released a shot that surpassed Fleury. Penguins 3, Capitals 3.

9:13 PM: Fleury denies Backstrom on a shot from the bottom of the far circle.

9:04 PM: The Penguins take the lead! The Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line was persistent and it paid off. The trio crashed the net and Cooke finally scooped in the third rebound with a backhand shot. Penguins 3, Capitals 2.

9:02 PM: Guerin launches a shot from the far circle that beats Varlamov but bounces off the post.

8:55 PM: Fedotenko scores a goal to tie the game at 2-2. Malkin dropped a pass for Fedotenko who released a shot from the far circle that sailed over the glove of Varlamov to net his third goal in three games. Penguins 2, Capitals 2.

8:52 PM: The puck drops to begin the third period.

8:35 PM: The second period concludes with the Pens trailing the Caps, 2-1, but the Pens did outshoot the Caps, 14-9, in the period.

8:28 PM: The Caps net a power-play goal. Backstrom wristed a perfect shot past Fleury's left shoulder into the top shelf for the score. Capitals 2, Penguins 1.

8:24 PM: Crosby lifts a shot on net from the slot as he was falling to the ice, the shot beat Varlamov but bounced off of the near post.

8:12 PM: The Capitals tie the game with a tally from Alex Ovechkin. He skated into the Pittsburgh zone and ripped a shot that eluded Marc-Andre Fleury. Penguins 1, Capitals 1.

8:10 PM: Jordan Staal gives the Penguins the lead! Miroslav Satan fed him a pass from the far corner that Staal one-timed under the arm of Simeon Varlamov. Penguins 1, Capitals 0.

8:01 PM: Second period is underway.

7:52 PM: A few penalties were handed out in the scrum at the end of the first period. Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik and Evgeni Malkin and Washington's Alex Ovechkin and John Erskine each recieved two minutes for roughing.

7:44 PM: The first period comes to an end with tempers high. Maxime Talbot nailed Alex Ovechkin in the final seconds of the frame with a good check. After the whistle blew, Ovechkin came after Talbot. Both teams came together and Brooks Orpik made a point to get into Ovechkin's face.

The first period ends with the game scoreless. The Capitals hold a 12-11 edge in shots.

7:39 PM: Pittsburgh's PK unit sacrificed their bodies with numerous blocked shots and shut down the Capitals' first power-play opportunity. Rob Scuderi laid out to stop a heavy shot from Alex Ovechkin. It's still 0-0 with two minutes left in the first period.

7:34 PM: The Capitals get a late first-period power play with 3:55 remaining. The Penguins penalty killers will be put to the test. 

7:27 PM: Some pretty good back-and-forth action as both teams netted quality scoring chances. Both teams skated for an extended period with little stoppages in play. The shots are even at 8-8.

7:16 PM: The Capitals put on some early pressure but Marc-Andre Fleury is equal to the task, making a couple of great saves to keep the game scoreless.

7:06 PM: The Penguins and Capitals take the ice and we're less than a minute from puck drop in Game 5.

7:02 PM: The Penguins scratched forwards Pascal Dupuis, Petr Sykora and Eric Godard and defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

Pittsburgh will dress seven defenseman and likely double shift Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the fourth line.

The Capitals scratch forwards Eric Fehr, Donald Brashear and Michael Nylander and defensemen Tyler Sloan and Jeff Schultz.


6:31 PM: Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar is not on the ice for the Penguins' pre-game warmup. Rookie Alex Goligoski and Philippe Boucher are out there though. Once the scratches become official we'll let you know who will be in the lineup on the Pens' blue line.

Gonchar was listed as a game-time decision by Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma after suffering a knee-to-knee collision with Alex Ovechkin in Game 4 in Pittsburgh last night.

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