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Pens-Devils Live In-Game Blog

Thursday, 11.12.2009 / 7:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the New Jersey Devils with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

0:00: New Jersey holds on for a 4-1 victory over the Penguins. Pittsburgh continues their three-game homestand Saturday when they play host to the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.

0:02:
David Clarkson beats Skoula to a loose puck in the Penguins zone and fires a backhander into the empty net. Devils 4, Penguins 1.

1:12: Fleury is out in favor of the extra attacker.

3:41:
Brodeur makes another clutch save with his glove on a chance for Fedotenko.

5:33:
Fleury stays with Bergfors shot from the slot to make a chest save.

6:32:
Lovejoy prevents a fourth New Jersey score when he clears a Brian Rolston shot which sqeaked through the legs of Fleury.

7:37:
Bourque pokes the puck away from the Devils and Crosby takes over, pushing it behind the Devils defense where he catches up and cruises from behind the net to the slot, only to see the Devils block his glorious scoring chance.

8:25:
Action is back to five-on-five.

10:31:
Crosby is penalized for holding.

10:35:
Seconds after a spinning backhander from Crosby hits the crossbar the Penguins captain is denied by a diving save from Brodeur on what appeared to be a sure goal.

11:35:
Pittsburgh will head to the power play for the third time as Bergfors fires the puck into the crowd.

11:47:
Brodeur uses the right pad to deny a Staal chance from the slot.

13:32:
Pittsburgh has played great hockey through the first five-plus weeks in generating a 12-6 record. Watch some of highlights during Don Farr's "Moves of the Game."



15:17:
Zajac steals the puck at the Penguins' blue line and feeds into the slot to Parise, whose snap shot beats Fleury upstairs to the glove side. Devils 3, Penguins 1.

16:16:
Rupp knocks Bergfors against the glass in the Devils' end.

18:00:
New Jersey kills the penalty to Zajac.

19:00:
Fans wanted a penalty call as Fedotenko is hauled down in the Pittsburgh end.

20:00:
Pittsburgh begins the period with a full two-minute power play.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:

- The Penguins hold an 18-17 advantage on the dots.
- Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 15:32 of ice time through two period.
- Ruslan Fedotenko leads Pittsburgh with four shots.

 
Fans donate non-perishable food items during the teams' annual "Score Against Hunger" food drive.

 
Deryk Engelland prepares for his Mellon Arena debut as the blimp takes the ice.


Who is that face impersonating a Penguin? None other than Pittsburghpenguins.com's Tom Mast.

0:00:
Pittsburgh will begin the third period on their second power play following a holding call to Zajac after the middle frame expired. New Jersey strikes twice in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Pittsburgh hold a slim 17-16 advantage in shots.

1:10:
With 38 seconds remaining in the minor to Guerin the Devils take the lead as a shot from the point by Andy Greene deflects off the Penguins Ben Lovejoy in front of the net and drifts across the line. Devils 2, Penguins 1.

1:56:
Pittsburgh is doing a great job denying New Jersey chances with the man-advantage.

2:32:
Guerin goes to the sin bin for interference in front of the New Jersey net.

3:12:
Cooke steals the puck at the Penguins' blue line following great pressure by the Devils but his chance at the other end is swatted behind the net by Brodeur.

4:40:
Crosby and Fedotenko establish a great cycle but the referee gets in the way and steals the puck from Fedotenko.

6:10:
Niclas Bergfors takes a pass from Zach Parise in the slot and throws a low wrist shot behind Fleury. Travis Zajac gets credited with the second assist. Penguins 1, Devils 1.

7:26:
Chris Conner breaks into the Devils' zone and drops to Adams, whose authoritative wrist shot is denied by the shoulder of Brodeur.

8:28:
The game picks up physically as both teams lay the body into each other.

9:38:
Seemingly every body on the ice converges in front of Fleury but most importantly - the puck stays out of the net!

11:55:
Mark Fraser stands up at the Penguins' blue line to do what few are able to - knock down the Penguins Matt Cooke.

13:05:
Head coach Dan Bylsma has found something with Bourque joining Fedotenko and Crosby. Brodeur has to be alert to stop a bouncing shot from Fedotenko.

13:24: T
he Penguins and Devils have had many great memories throughout their history. Watch some of the best here with the Nemacolin Woodlands "Big 5."



13:26:
A great chip pass along the boards from Kunitz finds the stick of Craig Adams. His shot misses over top of the net.

14:55:
Brodeur struggles with a wrist shot by Mike Rupp from the near boards, leavin a juicy rebound in front.

15:53:
Bourque makes a great play to protect the puck behind the Devils' net and feed a wide open Crosby in front, but Brodeur shows why he is the best patrolman of all-time, stoning the Penguins captain.

16:51:
Cooke lays a heavy hit into Bryce Salvador behind the Devils' net.

17:55:
A scoring change on the opening goal by Pittsburgh takes Jay McKee's 100th career assist away and awards it to Chris Bourque.

18:40:
Staal is out of the box and New Jersey is 0-for-2 with the extra man.

19:37:
New Jersey now has an abreviated power play.

20:00:
Play begins with both teams skating four attackers aside.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins are outhitting the Devils, 13-7.
- Goligoski played 9:00 of the 20 minutes in the opening frame.
- Guerin led the Penguins with three hits.

 
Marc-Andre Fleury brings the Penguins onto the ice to face the vaunted New Jersey "trap."


The Penguins held their annual "Score Against Hunger" night at Mellon Arena as these fans, right, show support for Ben Lovejoy.

 
Scenes from around the concourse at Mellon Arena.


A night view of the Consol Energy Center.

FIRST PERIOD VIDEOS:
During the first period the Penguins honored Bill Guerin for playing in his 1,200th career game and a flashback to former defenseman Gordie Roberts becoming the first American to play in 1,000 career games. Watch both videos below:





0:00:
A great first period of action sees the home team ahead 1-0 on the scoreboard and 9-7 in the shots department.

0:24:
Pascal Dupuis lays one of the few big hits of the period when he slams Andy Greene against the glass behind the New Jersey net.

0:40:
The power play doesn't last for too long with Staal sent to the penalty box on a hooking call of his own.

1:37:
Pittsburgh receives their first power play following a hooking call to Tim Sestito.

2:05:
Staal and Cooke steal the puck in the slot as Cooke suprises Brodeur with a quick shot. Staal is hauled down trying to poke home the rebound with no penalty called.

2:36:
Staal steals the puck at the Penguins blue line and takes the puck all the way into the Devils' zone to kill the penalty.

3:30:
Fleury does a snow angel to cover up a New Jersey rebound attempt from Niclas Bergfors.

4:21:
Pittsburgh receives the first minor penalty of the evening as Eaton goes off for high-sticking.

6:44:
Jay McKee's assist on Fedotenko's goal was the 100th assist of his career.

8:28:
The Penguins continued to wack away at the rebound of a Crosby shot and brake their scoring drought. Ruslan Fedotenko gets the final stick on it. Assists to Crosby and Jay McKee. Penguins 1, Devils 0. (Assist later changed from McKee to Chris Bourque)

8:55:
During the last commercial break the Penguins honored all the veteran in attendance tonight. The Penguins appreciate all your efforts.



9:20:
Lovejoy arrived in Pittsburgh at 11:45 p.m. last night. He said he had trouble sleeping he was so excited for the recall. Watch Lovejoy speak this morning at the morning skate:



9:40:
Brodeur stays with an Eaton point shot deflected on the way through by Crosby as the Penguins hold a 5-4 advantage on the shots.

11:40:
A loose pucks squirts in front to Chris Bourque, who cannot put the puck into an empty cage with Brodeur trapped behind the net.

12:08:
Guerin fires a good shot at Brodeur through a Staal screen but the Devils netminder stands tall to make the save.

13:43:
A highlight reel celebrating Bill Guerin reaching 1,200 career games against Anaheim is shown on the Jumbotron.

 

14:23:
Skoula hits the post behind Brodeur from the left point.

14:52:
Fans do not agree with the referees decision that Lovejoy did not keep the zone at the Devils' blue line.

15:18:
Staal is wearing an alternate "A" with Orpik out.

16:35:
In an effort to pump up the home team, the crowd chants "Let's Go Pen" for the first time.

17:55:
Defense pairings feature Alex Goligoski and Jay McKee; Martin Skoula and Deryk Engelland; Mark Eaton with Ben Lovejoy.

18:25:
The Penguins get their regular units back together with Staal centering Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin.

19:22:
The goal siren goes off during play.

20:00:
Sidney Crosby starts with Jordan Staal on his left side and Mike Rupp on the right side.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT: T
he Penguins are 8-1 when Sidney Crosby records a point.

 
Play begins between the Penguins and Devils.

 
Mark Eaton takes the ice while the Penguins pay homage on Veterans Day.

 
Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury and Martin Brodeur stretch it out during the pre-game skate.  

7:35 PM:
Scratches for the Penguins include Orpik, Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin. Matthew Corrente, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Andrew Peters are out for the Devils.

7:31 PM:
Another injury strikes the Penguins as Brooks Orpik will miss the next two weeks with a lower-body injury. Ben Lovejoy was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to take his place.

7:30 PM:
The Penguins look to end their three-game losing streak as they begin a three-game homestand against the surging New Jersey Devils. Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in goal for Pittsburgh against his childhood idol, Martin Brodeur.



Author: Jason Seidling

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