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Pens vs. Ducks Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
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9:53 PM: In epic fashion, the Penguins vanquish the Ducks, 3-1, all without Crosby, Scuderi, Talbot, Letang and Orpik (after the second period). Fleury made 21 saves for the win.

Three Stars of the Game:

3. Hal Gill

2. Evgeni Malkin

1. Matt Cooke

9:52 PM: With 30 seconds left Cooke missed an empty-net chance for a hat trick.

9:49 PM: The Mellon crowd jubilantly dances to "Cotton Eyed Joe." The game has 2:36 remaining.

9:55 PM: The Penguins tack on an assurance goal! Hal Gill scores his first goal of the season on a slap shot from the point.

Penguins 3, Ducks 1.

9:44 PM: Minard takes a shot on Giguere that hops over the goalie's left pad and almost rolls in but a Ducks defender scoops it out.

9:42 PM: Gill clears the puck. The Pens kill off the penalty. Six minutes remain in the period.

9:40 PM: Boucher goes to the box for holding. The Penguins go on the PK again.

9:33 PM: In other Atlantic Division games tonight the Devils beat the Blue Jackets, 2-1. The Flyers are tied, 2-2, with the Panthers in the third period. The Pens killed of the penalty. Shots are tied at 19-19 in the game.

9:31 PM: The Pens go on the PK again. Staal clears the puck at a key moment to hold off the Ducks. 53 seconds left on the PK.

9:22 PM: The Penguins return to the ice for the third period. The Pens record this season when leading after two periods is 10-2-3.

9:11 PM: Brooks Orpik will not return to the game due to an undisclosed injury.

9:03 PM: The Pens are on the PK again. Fleury makes a glove-save on a quick Ducks' shot. The period ends with 58 seconds left on Goligoski's penalty. The Ducks are still leading the Penguins in shots, 16-15.

8:53 PM: The Ducks score on the power-play opportunity. The Ducks' top rookie, Bobby Ryan, skated the puck through the Penguins' defense and made a perfect pass in the slot to Getzlaf, who put it in the net. Ryan is ranked fourth in the league for rookie power-play points this season with 10 points. Ryan was selected second overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, just behind Crosby. Ryan and Crosby have never met in NHL competition.

Penguins 2, Ducks 1.

8:52 PM: Gill goes to the box for a two minute roughing penalty. The Pens go on the PK.

8:43 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd of 17,005 tries to get a wave going...looks like they got it to go all the way around the arena. This crowd is pretty pumped.

8:29 PM: Penguins score to open the period! Giguere made a save but pushed the puck right to Cooke who scored on the out-of-position netminder. This is Cooke's second goal of the game. Cooke is certainly on a roll. This is his first two-goal game of the season and also his third goal in as many games. With almost two full periods to play perhaps he can pull out his first career hat trick.

Penguins 2, Ducks 0.

8:13 PM: The first period ends with the Pens on top. The Penguins were outshot, 9-5, by the Ducks. The Ducks record on the road so far this season is 9-8-2, 18th overall in the league.

8:09 PM: Penguins score! Cooke scoops in a shot from the near slot after Malkin passed it from behind the net.

Penguins 1, Ducks 0.

8:03 PM: Bissonnette takes down Nathan Mciver in a fight.

7:50 PM: Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora are playing the first line. Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy and Miroslav Satan are playing together on the second line. The third line consists of Janne Pesonen, Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Minard. Eric Godard, Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette are playing the fourth line.

7:45: Hall Gill poke-checks the puck from the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf is ranked fourth in the league overall for scoring with 53 points (16G-37A). Malkin is ranked first with 67 points (18G-49A) and Crosby is ranked second with 59 points (17G-42A).

7:41 PM: The Ducks get off the first shot of the game. In its last 10 games Anaheim is 4-4-2 and is 3-6-1 in its last 10 road games.

7:34 PM: The Penguins and the Ducks are gearing up for the face-off. The Penguins go into this tilt ranked 4th in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks are ranked 2nd in the Pacific Division and 5th in the Western Conference.

The Penguins' scratches tonight are forward Sidney Crosby and defensemen Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang. Starting in goal for the Penguins is Marc-Andre Fleury.

Scratches for the Ducks are forwards Drew Miller and Todd Merchant and defenseman Brett Festerling. The Ducks are starting Jean-Sebastien Gigeure in net.

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