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Pens vs. Panthers 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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10:14 PM: The Penguins pick up the extra point on the Panthers with a valiant third period come back. The three stars of the game:

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Tomas Vokoun (faced 50 shots in the game)
3. Jordan Staal

10:12 PM: Malkin takes Pittsburgh's third shot. He draws Vokoun out to the right and slips it behind the goalie. Penguins 4, Panthers 3.

10:11 PM: Vokoun foils Crosby's attempts but Stephen Weiss goes wide.

10:09 PM: Fleury and Vokoun take their positions in net. Letang shoots first for Pittsburgh. He dekes Vokoun and nets a pretty forehand shot in the upper right shelf. Fleury stops Zednik.

10:07 PM: The overtime period expires before either team scores. The game will now go into a shootout for that precious extra point.

10:01 PM: Here goes the four-on-four sudden death overtime period.

9:59 PM: The third period dwindles down and the game will now go into overtime. The Penguins outshot the Panthers, 47-20, in the first three periods of play.

9:54 PM: Two minutes left in the game and the Mellon Arena crowd rise to their feet to cheer on the Pens in the final minutes of this tie game.

9:41 PM: A note on the Penguins last goal: Guerin's assist on Crosby's goal was his 400th career assist. Also, the Penguins are out shooting the Panthers 13-3 so far in the third period.

9:34 PM: Wow, the crowd is absolutely booming as the Pens tie the game at 3-3. Crosby dished the puck to Kunitz to break into the zone. Kunitz passed the puck out to Guerin who threw the puck to Crosby from the high slot. Crosby flicked a shot which bounced off of the far post, and then it trickled off of Vokouns back and into the net. The Penguins really have some momentum going now. Penguins 3, Panthers 3. 

9:28 PM: The Pens cut into the Panthers lead with a goal from Jordan Staal. Letang really made the play possible with a deep laser pass to Kennedy in the far corner. Kennedy sent the puck to Cooke who one-timed it on Vokoun. Staal was there to bat the rebound through Vokoun's five-hole for the point. Panthers 3, Penguins 2.

9:25 PM: The third period begins. The Penguins are maintaining possession of the puck for the most part so far.

9:09 PM: Despite outshooting the Panthers, 18-6, in the second period the Penguins gave up three goals to Florida. The odds are against the Penguins going into the third period considering Florida's 24-1-1 record when they have the lead after two periods. However, let's not forget that the Penguins also possess two of the most potent forwards in the league. Hold onto your seats because I have a hunch the Pens are going to come out strong in the final frame. 

9:03 PM: The Panthers extend their lead over the Penguins to 3-1 late in the second. Florida's Ville Peltonen flipped a neat backhand pass through the crease to Keith Ballard who directed the puck off of his left knee and into the net. The play was reviewed and it was determined that Ballard did not make a kicking motion with his foot. Thus the goal was allowed. Panthers 3, Penguins 1.

9:00 PM: Bylsma has switched the lines up here with the final minutes of the second period winding down. He has Malkin, Crosby and Guerin on the top line and Kunits, Staal and Kennedy on the second line.

8:49 PM: The Panthers score a go-ahead goal. In a tussle in front of the Penguins net, Kamil Kreps finds a loose puck on the near side of the crease, which he manages to slip past Fleury. Panthers 2, Penguins 1.

8:44 PM: The Penguins get a power play opportunity. They play Malkin, Kunitz, Guerin, Crosby and Gonchar on the top unit.

8:36 PM: The Panthers get the equalizer from defenseman Nick Boynton. Keith Ballard barely kept the puck in the zone at the far point and made a short pass to David Booth in the high slot. Zednik quickly dished the puck out to Boynton at the near point. Boynton sent a slap shot above Fleury's right shoulder for the goal. Penguins 1, Panthers 1.

8:31 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd applauds Guerin for scoring his 800th career NHL point on the Penguins' road trip.

8:29 PM: The Pens and Panthers return for what looks to be an intense period between two clubs that are fighting for their playoff lives. In other NHL games of interest tonight:

Buffalo and Philadelphia are tied at 1-1 in the second period. Montreal leads Edmonton, 1-0, after one period of play. Washington trails Nashville, 1-0, in the first period.

8:12 PM: The first period ends on a great note for the Pens with Malkin's goal coming at just the right time for the Penguins. It turns out that Florida is 24-1-1 when leading after two periods, so hopefully the Pens can keep up the domination through the second period. The Penguins outshot the Panthers, 11-8, in the period.

8:10 PM: Malkin dishes in the first goal of the game! Letang passed the puck up the near boards to Crosby who fanned on a one time shot from the near corner. Malkin was waiting in the crease and was able to dish Crosby's shot past Vokoun's left shoulder. Pittsburgh 1, Florida 0.

7:51 PM: The Jumbotron just featured a highlight video of Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin's contributions to the Penguins' road trip. At the end of the video the Mellon Arena Crowd warmly welcomed the Penguins three newest members: Kunitz, Guerin and Craig Adams.

7:41 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd is all jazzed up and is showing its approval of the Penguins' recent win streak with an enthusiastic "Lets Go Pens!" chant.

7:34 PM: The Penguins finally return to the Mellon Arena after their historic 5-0 road trip to take on the Florida Panthers. Tonight's match is a hypothetical four point game because the Pens and Panthers are neck and neck in the current playoff standings, tied at the sixth spot with 76 points each.

Forward Petr Sykora is the Penguins' only scratch tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury is starting in net. This is Fleury's 16th straight start. Scratches for the Panthers are forward Nathan Horton and defensemen Keaton Ellerby and Bryce McCabe. Tomas Vokoun is in net for Florida.
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