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Pens vs. Flyers Live Game Blog

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


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9:44 PM: Thats the final horn and the Penguins WIN, 4-1! One win down, 15 to go. The three stars of the game:
1. Jordan Staal
2. Marc-Andre Fleury
3. Sidney Crosby

9:41 PM: The Penguins get a five-on-three advantage with 18 seconds remaining in the period. It's getting scrappy out there - a tussle begins behind the net, but the Penguins maintain their two-man advantage. With six seconds left Guerin gets into a scrap with Coburn.

9:39 PM: The final minute of the third period begins ticking down.

9:33 PM: The Flyers net an odd power-play goal. The Penguins attempted to clear the puck out of the zone but Richards intercepted it and took a shot that bounced off of both of the posts and into the stomach of Gagne. Gagne managed to deflect it into the net for the point. Penguins 4, Flyers 1.

9:25 PM: The Penguins last goal was Mark Eaton's first career playoff goal. Good work Eaton!

9:20 PM: Mark Eaton with another Pittsburgh goal! Crosby won a face-off and dished the puck out to Letang who fed it to Eaton in the high slot. Eaton wound up and rocketed a shot past Biron. Penguins 4, Flyers 0.

9:13 PM: Evgeni Malkin backhands a puck around Biron to boost the Penguins lead to 3-0! Knuble was attempting to pass the puck behind the net but it bounced off of the back boards and Malkin was there to scoop it up and slip it around Biron for the point. The crowd chants "MVP! MVP!" in Malkin's honor. Penguins 3, Flyers 0.

9:05 PM: Hartnell goes to the box for tripping Letang. Letang initially had a hard time getting up, but he skated out the pain and is now back on the ice for the Penguins fifth power play.

9:04 PM: The Penguins effectively kill off Orpik's penalty. The Mellon crowd chants "Let's Go Pens!" to help the Penguins keep up their momentum.

9:03 PM: The Pens start the third period on the penalty kill. Richards had a shot that hit the post.

8:52 PM: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at the first intermission of the game:

I have no announcements but I will observe that it’s great to have the playoffs starting. Based on the first period I think that we are off to a good start and if this is any indication of what we are going to get for the rest of the playoffs I think they are going to be absolutely spectacular! I would note that as we talk about the state of the franchise here in Pittsburgh this is the 108th consecutive sellout. The club announced today a renewal of its radio deal. There was an announcement that their TV ratings locally set an all time record. I think they averaged 6.9 per game, which is spectacular. I noticed a lot of steel across the street so things are looking pretty good in Pittsburgh and that’s nice to see.

8:46 PM: Second period ends with the Penguins on top, 2-0. Pittsburgh is still outshooting Philadelphia by a 18-15 margin. The Flyers will open the third period on the man-advantage with Brooks Orpik in the penalty box.

8:40 PM: A little technical difficulty but we're back and ready to rock this blog. Pens controlling much of the play in the second period. Two guys that are really standing out for PIttsburgh are Staal Kunitz. Both guys are playing physical and seeking out Flyers to hit.

8:14 PM: The Penguins upped their lead with a goal from Tyler Kennedy. A Philadelphia turnover in the neutral zone created a three-on-one chance for the Penguins. Staal pushed the puck ahead to Kennedy. Kennedy carried the puck all the way to the top of the crease before wristing a shot through the five-hole of Biron. Pens 2, Flyers 0.

8:08 PM: "This Is Our House"


Photo by Deborah Francisco

7:55 PM: First period is over with the Penguins leading 1-0. Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia, 14-9, and had a number of great scoring chances. So far, so good.

7:48 PM: Great play by Mark Eaton to eliminate a two-on-one opportunity for the Flyers. Mike Richards had the puck with Scott Hartnell alongside him. Eaton flopped to the ice and deflected Richard's attempted pass to thwart the scoring chance. On the subsequent series, Hartnell ran over Marc-Andre Fleury and received a two-minute penalty for the effort.

7:40 PM: Matt Cooke got clipped in the face in the Flyers zone. He's sitting on the bench with cotton pads in his nose to stop the bleeding.

7:35 PM: A great play in the corner nearly set up a second Penguins' goal. Chris Kunitz's checked the Philadelphia puck carrier, jarring the puck loose. Crosby quickly whipped a centering pass to Bill Guerin in the slot. The veteran re-directed the puck towards the goal but Biron made an alert save.

7:23 PM: The Penguins' power play strikes for the game's first goal. Sidney Crosby fed the puck to Evgeni Malkin at the near goal line. Malkin threw the puck to the slot where Crosby alertly kicked the puck to his stick and scored far side. The play was reviewed and ruled good. Pens 1, Flyers 0.



7:19 PM: The Penguins get their first power-play opportunity of the game as Arron Asham goes to the box for hooking. He feels shame.

7:11 PM: The white towels are waving. If that doesn't give you goose bumps, then nothing will. It's time for the most intense postseason in professional sports.

7:10 PM: Jeff Jimmerson with the anthem. Let's drop the puck and get this series rollin'.

7:01 PM: The Flyers scratched forward Riley Cote and defenseman Luca Sbisa.

6:57 PM: The Penguins scratches tonight for the game will be forwards Eric Godard and Miroslav Satan and defenseman Philippe Boucher. Waiting on Philadelphia's scratches....
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