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Pens vs. Senators Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
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5:46 PM: Mike Comrie barely gets a shot past Fleury for the extra point and the Penguins fall to the Senators in the shootout. Final score, Senators 4, Penguins 3 (SO).

Three Stars:

1. Daniel Alfredsson
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Mike Comrie

5:45 PM: Fisher and Kunitz both get denied.

5:44 PM: The crowd erupts as Fleury stops Ruutu. Malkin in denied by Elliott.

5:43 PM: Fleury stops Spezza. Sidney Crosby nets one for the Pens to keep them in the shootout!

5:42 PM: Alfredsson gets a shot past Fleury. Sykora is denied at the other end.

5:40 PM: The Pens send Kris Letang as their first shooter. Elliott makes the save.

5:37 PM: This is hands down one of the most entertaining overtime periods I've witnessed. The Pens hold off the Sens power play attempts thanks to Fleury who proved to be a brick wall. At the end of the period Letang, Mlakin and Crosby got a three-on-one but Malkin's shot went wide. The game will now go into a shoot out.

5:29 PM: The Penguins earn one point in the standings as the game goes into overtime. They will start the overtime period on the PK as Gonchar finishes up a tripping minor he took with five seconds left in regulation. The Sens have a 4-on-3 advantage.

5:20 PM: The crowd seems to have found new energy and is now booming in support of the Penguins.

5:17 PM: The Sens find a way to tie the game up with just under six minutes in the third period. From the far side of the crease, Chris Philips lifted up a shot which bounced off the cross bar and into the net for the point. Penguins 3, Senators 3.

5:12 PM: Nick Foligno scores for the Senators cutting the Penguins lead to 3-2. Foligno scooped up a loose puck in the near circle an took a wrist shot which made its way through heavy traffic and into the net for the point. Penguins 3, Senators 2.

4:57 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd chants, "Fleury! Fleury!" as the goaltender makes a clutch save, and then holds his own in crease as the teams get into a scrum in front of the net. He took exception to Chris Neil spraying him in the face.

4:53 PM: Third period, here we come.

Around the NHL: In other afternoon games, the Flyers edged the Rangers 4-2 and Boston beat the Islanders 2-1.
Later today, Carolina faces Washington, Buffalo takes on Atlanta, Florida plays against Tampa Bay, and Montreal takes on the streaking New Jersey Devils.

4:36 PM: The Penguins come away from the second period with success as they outshot the Sens, 11-10, and netted two goals in the frame.

4:34 PM: Tyler Kennedy scores with a little over a minute left in the second period. Chris Campoli lost his stick in the neutral zone as Matt Cooke and Kennedy skated up on him and gained a two-on-one advantage in the Sens end. Cooke carried the puck in and passed it across the slot to Kennedy who pounded in the point. Penguins 3, Senators 1.

4:18 PM: Today marks the Penguins 99th consecutive sellout. With St. Patrick's day on the horizon, this afternoons crowd of 17,132 is clad in a mix of clover-leaf green, black and gold, and powder-blue. As usual, the Mellon Arena faithful is jubilantly cheering for the Penguins.

The Penguins would like to welcome Jasen Golding to this game. Golding drove all the way from New Brunswick (17 hours!) to attend this afternoons game. Golding is the week 7 winner of the Extra Attacker Fantasy game. Click here for more of Golding's story.

4:08 PM: Crosby scores a pretty goal to put the Pens in the lead. Staal cycled the puck to Eaton in the near circle. Eaton sent a laser cross-ice pass to Crosby who slammed it in for his 27th goal of the season. Penguins 2, Senators 1.

4:00 PM: The action between the Penguins and Senators starts back up as the second period begins.

3:46 PM: The first period comes to an end with the teams tied at 1-1. Pittsburgh held a 9-7 advantage in shots. 

3:39 PM: With a little bit of help from the goal posts, the Penguins manage to kill off both penalties. Two Ottawa shots bounced off of the posts during the PK. After returning to the ice, Kunitz even managed to skate the puck into the Sens zone for a two-on-one with Staal. Kunitz took a shot which deflected off of Ottawa's defense.

3:37 PM: The Pens get into some penalty trouble with both Kunitz and Dupuis going to the box giving the Sens a five-on-three advantage for 55 seconds. The Penguins employ Staal, Talbot and Scuderi on the PK unit. The trio did a great job of killing off the penalties, especially Staal who really pressured the Sens.

3:32 PM: Rob Scuderi makes an excellent defensive play in the Penguins end. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson was winding up for a shot below the near circle when Scuderi dropped to the ice and blocked the shot with his body foiling the Sens scoring chance.

3:25 PM: The Sens tie the score at 1-1. Ottawa won a faceoff in the Penguins zone which they passed out to Chris Campoli at the point. Campoli took a shot from the far point which eluded Fleury on the glove side for the goal. Penguins 1, Senators 1.

3:19 PM: The Pens score the first goal of the game. Pascal Dupuis sent the puck along the far boards into the Sens zone and Eric Godard hustled to the puck. Godard carried the puck behind the Sens net and attempted to make a centering pass which bounced off of Jesse Winchesters skate and into the goal. The goal is Godard's second of the season. Penguins 1, Senators 0.

3:03 PM: The Pens clad in their powder-blue alternate jerseys take the ice to face-off against the Ottawa Senators. Marc-Andre Fleury is holding down the fort for the Pens in net. Forward Craig Adams is the only scratch for the Pens this afternoon.

The Senators are 4-1-0 in their last five games. Brian Elliott is in net for the Sens. Forward Christoph Schubert is the only scratch for the Sens.
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