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Pens vs. Islanders 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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10:27 PM: Well, all of the jerseys have been distributed, and that concludes the Penguins regular season at home.

10:22 PM: The players are enjoying tossing out free t-shits while they wait to give their jersey away. Kris Letang especially seemed to enjoy shooting a few shirts out of the shirt cannon.

10:19 PM: The players pose for a picture with their lucky fan and also autograph the jersey for them.

10:16 PM: Hal Gil is the first player to give away his jersey, followed by Rob Scuderi. The players are wearing Fallen Hero t-shirts beneath their jerseys.

10:08 PM: Tonight is the Penguins "Shirts off our backs" ceremony as part of the fan appreciation night. Each of the players will give away their game shirt to one lucky fan.

10:03 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd howls with excitement as the Penguins win their final home game of the season with a final score of 6-1.

Three Stars:
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Mathieu Garon

10:00 PM: Tyler Kennedy nets a point with a great individual effort. He skated the puck and shot it around the Islanders defender and Joey McDonald for the point. Penguins 6, Islanders 1.

9:51 PM: *NOTE: This goal was awarded to Crosby* Gonchar nets a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the point. Malkin and Crosby assisted the play. The Mellon Arena crowd boisterously chanted "MVP!" when Malkin's assist was announced. Penguins 5, Islanders 1.

9:45 PM: Bill Guerin nets a point against his former team. Crosby set up the play by picking the puck off of Bruno Gervais in the far corner and then dished it to Guerin in the slot. Guerin shoveled the puck into the upper right shelf for the point. Penguins 4, Islanders 1.

9:36 PM: The Pens give the Islanders a five-on-three chance. They kill off the penalties. Garon has had a little bit of help from the posts, but any good goalie will tell you that hitting the post just means they were in the right position to not let the shot get past.

9:30 PM: The third period begins.

9:26 PM: The out of town scores of interest:

The Rangers lead the Flyers 2-1 in the third and the Sabres bested the Hurricanes 5-1. Also, Washington leads Tampa Bay, 3-1, but Ovechkin has not yet factored a point in that game.

9:11 PM: The second period ends and the Penguins outshot the Islanders, 11-10, in the period but New York leads, 21-19, total shots in the game.

8:57 PM: The Mellon Arena sellout crowd of 17,132 starts a "Let's go Pens!" chant. Tonight's sellout marks the Penguins second straight season sellout. More Here.

8:49 PM: The Penguins net another one to up their lead to 3-1. Staal skated up the near side and then turned and passed the puck to Cooke in the high slot. Cooke shot the puck past McDonald's right shoulder. Penguins 3, Islanders 1.

8:39 PM: The Penguins take the lead with possibly one of the strangest goals of the season. Dupuis skated the puck into the zone and took a shot which appeared to bounce off of Letang or possibly the Islanders defender. Either way, the puck then popped into the air and over the shoulder of McDonald like a pop-fly. Dupuis was credited for the goal, but that may change later. Penguins 2, Islanders 1.

8:33 PM: The second period begins.

8:17 PM: The buzzer sounds to signal the end of the first period. The Islanders outshot the Penguins, 11-8, in the frame.

8:08 PM: Welcome back Philippe Boucher! Boucher (who is playing his fist game since Jan. 30) nets a goal to tie the score at 1-1. Malkin and Fedotenko worked hard in the zone to get a few shots on net that were blocked by McDonald but Boucher was able to pinch in and pound the puck into the net for the point. Touche Boucher. Penguins 1, Islanders 1.

7:54 PM: The Islanders score a power-play goal. Josh Bailey took a slap shot from the near circle which bounced off of a Penguin player and through the slot. The puck ended up on the stick of Frans Nielsen who burried it far side for the point. Islanders 1, Penguins 0.

7:45 PM: The puck drops to begin the Pens last regular season home game in a contest agains the New York Islanders.

Mathieu Garon is in net for the Penguins. Defenseman Hal Gill and forward Max Talbot are the Penguins only scratches tonight.

Joey MacDonald is in net for New York. Scratches for the Islanders are forwards Trent Hunter, Andy Hilbert, Kyle Okposo, Dean Mcammond, Kurtis McLean and Blake Comeau.

Prior to the start of the game, the crowd held a moment of silence in honor of the three Pittsburgh policemen who were killed in the line of duty last Saturday.

Also, before the puck dropped, the Penguins presented the annual Team Awards. Recipients included Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Godard and Jordan Staal. More here.
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