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Pens-Hurricanes Live In-Game Blog

Wednesday, 10.14.2009 / 7:00 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Pens-Hurricanes Live In-Game Blog
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Carolina Hurricanes with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

Final Score: The Penguins win the game, 3-2, in a shootout, to give them a 5-0 record on the road to begin the seaon, a new franchise record for consecutive road victories to begin a season.

Pittsburgh's Sixth Attempt: Chris Kunitz goes to the five-hole to beat Ward and give the Penguins the 3-2 victory. Kunitz now has four career shootout-deciding goals.

Carolina's Sixth Attempt:
Eric Staal with speed is stopped by Fleury.

Pittsburgh's Fifth Attempt:
Evgeni Malkin has his backhand gloved away by Ward.

Carolina's Fifth Attempt:
Ray Whitney's backhander is stopped by Fleury's right pad.

Pittsburgh's Fourth Attempt:
Alex Goligoski misses the net on a backhand.

Carolina's Fourth Attempt:
Matt Cullen hits the post.

Pittsburgh's Third Attempt:
Bill Guerin is denied by Ward.

Carolina's Third Attempt:
Tuomo Ruutu is stopped by the right pad of Fleury.

Pittsburgh's Second Attempt:
Sidney Crosby roofs a backhander over Ward to tie the score.

Carolina's Second Attempt:
Jussi Jokinen makes a great move and puts the puck in on the backhand.

Pittsburgh's First Attempt:
Kris Letang's backhander is stopped by the blocker of Ward.

Carolina's First Attempt:
Sergei Samsonov has the puck poked away by Fleury.

SHOOTOUT

0:00:
Neither team scores in the overtime period and we head to a shootout.

2:10:
Ward stops Crosby's backhand attempt from the right-wing boards.

2:58:
Fedotenko and Malkin almost have a two-on-zero in front of the Carolina net but the puck is pokechecked away by Corvo.

4:22:
Malkin is stoned by Ward's glove hand.

5:00:
The Peguins begin overtime with Crosby and Malkin together.

OVERTIME

0:00:
The Penguins head to overtime for the second time this season.

0:10:
Orpik blocks a shot by Whitney in the high slot as the play breaks down in the Penguins end after Orpik's stick breaks.

3:10:
Carolina kills off the penalty to Ward and both teams are at full strength.

3:41:
Ward goes back into the box for Carolina as he gets the stick up into the face of Letang.

5:10:
The Penguins kill off the penalty to Rupp.

6:56:
The Penguins head back into the penalty box as Rupp goes off for hooking.

7:10:
Fleury robs Whitney of a hat trick score right on his doorstep.

9:22:
Ward makes a good save on Adams right in front.

9:56:
Whitney's second goal of the night ties the game, 2-2, as he deflects a Gleason shot upstairs past Fleury. Ruutu gets the other assist. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 2.

12:35:
Carolina finally clears the zone as Staal-Cooke-Kennedy cycle repeatedly against the Carolina defense.

14:31:
Ward makes an unbelievable glove save on Guerin after a tic-tac-toe play from Crosby to Kunitz to Guerin.

15:36:
Ray Whitney scores on a one-touch shot through the legs of Fleury. Joe Corvo and Ruutu get the assists. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1.

15:55:
Fleury makes a great stick save on Ruutu.

17:00:
Kostopoulos had the puck bounce right over his stick on the rebound of an initial shot by Tim Gleason. Kostopoulos had an open net staring at him.

18:12:
Ruslan Fedotenko nearly makes it 3-0 when he just misses the net to the far side on the rebound of a Jordan Staal shot.

20:00:
The third period begins with the Penguins looking to hold on to their 2-0 lead and establish a new franchise record with their fifth-consecutive road victory to begin a season.

THIRD PERIOD



The Hurricanes have won several banners since moving to Carolina, none more important than the one signifying their 2005-06 Stanley Cup championship.


0:00:
Pittsburgh stretches their lead to 2-0 after 40 minutes. They are outshooting the Hurricanes, 14-10.

0:27:
Fleury is forced to make one of the few tough saves he has been faced with through two periods when he denies Eric Staal from close range following a turnover.

1:01:
Carolina kills the penalty to Yelle.

3:01:
Malkin is high-sticked by Stephane Yelle behind the net in the Carolina zone. Pittsburgh heads to their third power play of the period.

3:10:
A shot from Letang at the left point is stopped by Ward. That capped an almost minute-long sequence where Crosby, Kunitz, Bill Guerin, Letang and Goligoski kept the puck in the Carolina end and dominated play.

4:21:
Kunitz is back and play is five-on-five.

6:12:
Ward comes out of the box and the Hurricanes go on the power play.

6:21:
Chris Kunitz is penalized for tripping Jussi Jokinen. A good penalty as Jokinen was about to have a great chance shorthanded.

8:12:
Aaron Ward is penalized for hooking. The Penguins have their first full-length power play of the evening.

8:53:
Another powerful backhand by Crosby is again denied by Ward.

9:01:
Ruutu is back out as both teams are at even strength.

9:13:
The penalty to Crosby expires. The Penguins have a short power play.

10:55:
Eric Staal gets kicked out of the draw against his little brother, Jordan.

11:01:
Ruutu erases the Carolina power play by taking a holding penalty in the offensive zone.

11:13:
Tempers heat up after the play for the first time. Crosby gets the game's first penalty as he goes off for roughing.

13:57:
Sergei Gonchar makes a great play with his stick to deny Rod Brind'Amour on a play where the net was open due to Marc-Andre Fleury being down on the other side.

15:33:
Malkin scores from an almost-impossible angle against Ward on the far side of the ice into the top shelf on the rush. Assists go to Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 0.

17:37:
Kennedy breaks in on Ward down the right side and fires a slap shot similar to the one he beat Pascal Leclaire with on Monday, but Ward makes the save.

20:00:
The second period is under way.

SECOND PERIOD



The "Visiting Coaches" box at RBC Center where Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche and other members of the Penguins staff will take in the action as he communicates with the coaches on the bench.


A sample of the view Meloche has of the ice at RBC Center.


0:00:
The Penguins lead after one period of play, 1-0. Shots on goal are 9-8 in favor of the Penguins as well. Neither team took a penalty in the period.

2:21:
Taking a shift with Chris Bourque and Craig Adams, Crosby nearly comes out of the far corner and puts a backhander by Ward.

2:36:
The goal from Rupp means the Penguins have now scored first in four of their five road games.

5:36:
The Penguins score the first goal as Mike Rupp is sprung behind the Carolina defense. He makes a great move to his backhand and roofs the puck top shelf over Ward. Malkin and Goligoski get the assists. Penguins 1, Hurricanes 0.

6:24:
Kris Letang is absoluely run over by Tuomo Ruutu. Crosby comes to his defense.

7:05:
A quick regroup from Goligoski springs Jordan Staal over the line for the Penguins. His wrist shot from just over the blue line is knocked into the crowd by Ward.

10:09:
Crosby returns to the ice after missing several shifts.

10:30:
We have our first television timeout of the night after a great sequence of up-and-down skating between two of the league's better skating squads. Ward stops a sharp-angle shot from Tyler Kennedy to draw the whistle.

12:44:
Evgeni Malkin almost wraps a puck past Ward after picking up the rebound of a Goligoski shot that just missed the net.

14:29:
Former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos lays a solid check into Jordan Staal at the Hurricanes' blue line.

15:50:
Pascal Dupuis nearly sneaks a shot short side on Ward from the near boards but just misses the net.

18:06:
Cam Ward makes the first big save of the night when he stops a good shot from the point by Alex Goligoski.

20:00:
The puck is dropped between Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal.

FIRST PERIOD

7:08 PM:
The crowd really gets into the national anthem in Carolina. During the opening line, "O' say can you see,' the crowd screams "you see." When the part about "the rockets red glare" is sung,  the crowd screams "red."

7:06 PM:
As the two teams which squared off in last season's Eastern Conference Finals get set to take the ice, we have the scratches for tonight's game. Pittsburgh will scratch Eric Godard and Martin Skoula. Joni Pitkanen and Erik Cole will sit for Carolina.
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