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Pens-Panthers Live In-Game Blog

Friday, 10.23.2009 / 7:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Florida Panthers with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.




FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh wins the shootout, 1-0, and wins their seventh-consecutive game, 3-2. They are now 9-1, tied for the best start by a defending Stanley Cup champion since the Penguins in the 1992-93 season, and have set a team record with nine victories in the month of October.

THIRD FLORIDA SHOOETER:
Nathan Horton shoots into the glove of Johnson.

THIRD PITTSBURGH SHOOTER:
Bill Guerin tries to go five-hole and is denied.

SECOND FLORIDA SHOOTER:
Ville Koistinen is stopped by the glove of Johnson.

SECOND PITTSBURGH SHOOTER:
Sidney Crosby gets Vokoun out of position and puts the puck into an open cage.



FIRST FLORIDA SHOOTER:
Steven Reinprecht is stopped by the right pad of Johnson.

FIRST PITTSBURGH SHOTER:
Kris Letang shoots into the pads of Vokoun.

SHOOTOUT

0:00:
The Penguins head to their third shootout of the season.

1:09:
Vokoun continues to have Staal's number, robbing him in a backhand from the slot.

1:35:
The Penguins will have a faceoff in the Panthers' end following an icing call.

2:53:
Malkin almost sneaks a backhand off the rush behind Vokoun.

3:55:
Staal gets a faceoff in the Florida end when he takes a pass from Kunitz and has a wrist shot stopped by Vokoun. The smooth-skating of Letang sets the rush up.

4:39:
Johnson gets his glove on a quality shot from Weiss.

5:00:
The Penguins are 2-0 in '09-10 when play extends beyond 60 minutes.

OVERTIME

0:00:
The Penguins are headed to overtime for the third time this season, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit at the start of the final frame. Shots through three periods are 37-27 in favor of Pittsburgh.

2:25:
In career game No. 300, Crosby records the first shorthanded goal of his career.

2:50:
Johnson continues to frustrate Booth, making another great pad save on the Florida sniper.

3:04:
The Penguins kill Orpik's penalty.

3:19:
Crosby ties the game when Malkin feeds him for a shorthanded goal, the Penguins' first such tally of the season. Penguins 2, Panthers 2.

5:04:
Orpik goes to the box for interference.

6:03:
Referees wave off a goal by Guerin saying the puck came to him off the hand of Crosby. The crowd obviously disagrees with the call.

6:43:
On Crosby's goal the assist was changed from Kunitz to Malkin.

7:14:
Cooke nails Horton behind the Panthers' net.

9:22:
Florida kills off the penalty to Booth.

9:24:
The Penguins continue to buzz around the Florida net, now outshooting the Panthers 31-25.

10:22:
The Penguins used their timeout as Crosby and Malkin had been out on an extended shift.

10:22:
On the play Booth is penalized for closing his hand on the puck.

10:51:
Malkin feeds Crosby from behind the net but Vokoun keeps the Panthers in front.

11:17:
Coincidental minors for high-sticking are assessed to Cooke and Dmitry Kulikov. Four-on-four action.

12:05:
Both teams five-on-five.

14:05:
The Penguins are back on the power play again as Stillman goes to the sin bin for goalie interference.

14:51:
Eaton and Skoula are now teamed up as the Penguins continue to mix-and-match defensively.

17:46:
Unbelievable power-play goal for Pittsburgh. Malkin dives to keep the puck in at the blue line to Goligoski. He walks in and throws cross-ice to Crosby whose one-timer beats Vokoun. Assists to Kunitz and Goligoski. Panthers 2, Penguins 1. (Assist later changed from Kunitz to Malkin).

19:20:
The Penguins will have an extended opportunity up two men as Olesz head to the box. Malkin was robbed by Vokoun on the previous play. Staal is back on the bench.

19:47:
Campbell goes off for hooking. Staal is questionable to return with an undisclosed injury.

20:00:
The Penguins will look to make their second third-period comeback of the season as they trail Florida, 2-0.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:

- The Penguins had the better of the play in the period as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Pittsburgh outshot Florida 14-10 in the second.
- Chris Bourque has been a spark in his third game of the season, setting up scoring chances and taking the body. He has three shots through 40 minutes.
- Tonight marks the 300th NHL game for Sidney Crosby. Listen to him talk about his first 300 games after the morning skate.




This Marc-Andre Fleury fan grabs a straw for his drink and nachos as the Penguins prepare to exit the locker room.


"Penguin Nation" continues to grow as this fan attends his first NHL game.

0:00:
Same score after 40 minutes: Panthers 2, Penguins 0. Shots are even at 22 apiece.

0:50:
Johnson flashes the glove on a wrist shot from Jordan Leopold.

2:08:
The Penguins are now 0-for-2 on the power play.

2:46:
Ruslan Fedotenko, playing the point on the second unit, fires a hard shot which misses the net but almost results in a prime scoring chance for Kunitz but the puck bounces into his feet instead of landing on his stick.

4:08:
The Penguins receive their second power play of the night as Horton goes off for interferring with Johnson.

4:31:
A loose puck lands onto the stick of Malkin coming down the slot but he is denied by Vokoun.

6:56:
Kennedy is back on as the Penguins kill the penalty.

7:49:
Dupuis is sprung behind the Florida defense shorthanded but the pad of Vokoun stops him.

8:56:
The Penguins take their third penalty of the night as Staal is sent off for interference. Kennedy serves the penalty as Staal heads to the locker room for an apparent equipment check.

9:44:
The past couple shifts have seen a re-shuffling of the Penguins' defensive pairs as McKee and Goligoski were put back together while Skoula played with Eaton. Such a scenario would leave Letang to pair with Orpik.

10:42:
The crowd is pleased when Crosby nails Rostislav Olesz along the near boards.

11:33:
Johnson stones Gregory Campbell's shot from the slot.

13:12:
A tic-tac-toe play from Kennedy to Matt Cooke to Staal nearly ends with a spectacular Pittsburgh goal.

14:08:
Bourque takes a run at Reinprecht in front of the Penguins' bench.

14:51:
Bourque takes Kunitz' spot with Crosby and Guerin.

15:22:
Crosby hits the post on a turning backhander and Kunitz sparks the crowd by fighting Keith Ballard.

15:42:
Vokoun makes a chest save on Crosby, but momentum is tilting in the Penguins' favor.

16:03:
Penguin goal-scoring leader Tyler Kennedy is denied not once but twice from the slot by Vokoun.

16:49:
Booth's penalty expires, the Penguins are 0-for-1 on the power play.

18:08:
Dvorak, who leads the league with two shorthanded scores aleady, is denied by Johnson on a breakaway.

18:49:
Booth is penalized for interference.

19:04:
Letang and Eaton come to the defense of Johnson as former Penguin Dominic Moore hacks away at him following an initial save.

20:00:
The Penguins look to put a dent into the Panthers' 2-0 lead.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins blocked 13 Panther shots in the first period with Goligoski leading the way with three.
- Pittsburgh had the edge on faceoffs in the first 20 minutes, winning 11 of the 19 draws (58%).
- Needing to fill the 24:06 of ice time averaged by Sergei Gonchar the first eight games, Kris Letang (7:29) and Mark Eaton (7:27) led way on defense in the opening frame.
- Martin Skoula logged 6:27 of ice time and had one shot on goal, one blocked shot and one penalty in his first action of the season.


Showing why they are the best fans in sports, a sign from a couple Penguin fans wishes a speedy recovery to Sergei Gonchar as workers prepare Brent Johnson's crease.


Tyler Kennedy heads to the corner after a loose puck during first-period action.

0:00:
After one period of play the Panthers lead by a score of 2-0 and have outshot the Penguins, 12-8.

1:36:
The Penguins get pressure on the Panthers as Malkin forces a turnover and finds the late man in Brooks Orpik. His shot is gloved by Vokoun.

2:58:
Mike Rupp feeds Pascal Dupuis in the slot for the Penguins' best chance thus far but Vokoun sticks the shot away.

4:44:
Nathan Horton's original shot is denied by Johnson but Reinprecht pokes the rebound into the goal to make it 2-0 in favor of Florida. Panthers 2, Penguins 0.

5:47:
Kunitz walks out of the corner but is denied by the stick of Vokoun.

7:21:
Florida strikes first when Steven Reinprecht capitalizes from the slot. Assists go to Cory Stillman and Bryan McCabe. Florida 1, Penguins 0.

7:42:
Johnson again leaves Booth snake-bitten, stopping his orginal shot and rebound from right in front.

8:19:
The Penguins head back into the penalty box as Goligoski is sent off for cross checking.

8:55:
Bourque knocks down Weiss with a clean check along the near boards.

10:06:
Radek Dvorak sneaks in behind the Penguin defense but Johnson sprawls on his back and forces the puck to leave the stick of Dvorak without nary a shot.

12:49:
Attempting to dump the puck into the Florida end, the stick of Chris Kunitz breaks into two with the bottom half flying 10 feet into the air.

13:46:
Skoula's penalty expires.

14:11:
Jordan Staal lays flat down on his stomach to block a shot by the Panthers Stephen Weiss.

15:46:
Johnson makes a left pad save on David Booth, who led the Panthers with 31 goals in 2008-09, after the Florida winger got behind the defense.

15:59:
Following a right pad save by Brent Johnson, Skoula is sent to the box for interference.

18:06:
Martin Skoula settles in nicely, firing a shot at Tomas Vokoun on his first shift. Watch Skoula talk below about his debut in a Penguins' sweater.



18:36:
The Penguins break in four-on-two against the Panthers but Florida recovers nicely to break up a centering pass from Alex Goligoski.

20:00:
The Penguins and Panthers are under way.

FIRST PERIOD


Brent Johnson and Brooks Orpik take in the national anthem.


Evgeni Malkin takes a knee as you get an up-close look onto the benches prior to warmups.

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
A win over the Panthers would give the Penguins a 9-1 start to the season and tie them with the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers and 1992-93 Penguins for most points (18) after 10 games by a defending Stanley Cup champion. Check out NHL.com's table on this stat. Evgeni Malkin takes a knee as you get an up-close look onto the benches prior to warmups.

7:35 PM:
Crowd favorite Jeff Jimerson sings the national anthem.

7:33 PM:
Brent Johnson leads the Penguins onto the ice as they look to stretch their winning streak to seven games against the Florida Panthers.

7:32 PM:
Along with Martin Skoula dressing for the injured Sergei Gonchar, Chris Bourque will return to the Penguins' lineup in place of Eric Godard. The Panthers have no scratches.




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