Pens-Senators Live In-Game Blog
0:00: Ottawa evens the season series against the Penguins by defeating them, 6-2, at Scotiabank Place. The Penguins return to action Saturday night against the Atlanta Thrashers at 7 p.m.
1:51: Bourque will serve the extra two minutes Godard received for roughing Neil.
1:51: Eric Godard engages in a furious fight with Chris Neil. Godard throws a couple solid punches with his left hand.
2:41: Pittsburgh strikes on the power play as Malkin takes a loose puck behind the net, walks to the slot and fires a wrist shot by Leclaire. Senators 6, Penguins 2.
4:23: The Penguins get a fifth power play as Alexandre Picard is penalized for slashing.
4:23: The Senators surround Cooke after he drills Shean Donovan at center ice.
4:52: Staal nearly scores his second goal of the evening as he takes a pass from Bourque in the far corner and makes a power move to the net. Leclaire sticks his shot to the near corner.
5:15: The Penguins continue their three-game road swing Saturday night when they take on the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. Pittsburgh swept the series in '08-09, winning all four games.
6:54: Former Rocket Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo takes a puck away behind the net after a miscommunication and pokes the rebound over Johnson. Senators 6, Penguins 1.
7:55: Crosby chips a pass ahead to Guerin but his shot just goes over top of the net wide as he came in all alone on Leclaire.
8:40: Staal, Cooke and Dupuis apply pressure on the Senators but cannot crack the wall that has been Leclaire.
10:38: Other line combinations used by Bylsma during the third period include Dupuis and Guerin flanking Crosby and Staal centering Cooke and Bourque.
11:30: Dupuis intercepts a breakout pass in the slot and throws a low, hard shot on Leclaire, who uses his pads to steer that shot away.
12:48: The game starts to get away from the Penguins as Phillips scores his second goal in 2:03 with a wrist shot from the far cirlce. Fleury is pulled in favor of Brent Johnson. Senators 5, Penguins 1.
14:05: The line of Malkin, Talbot and Fedotenko has been put back together.
14:51: Chris Phillips fires a low slap shot from a bad angle at the bottom of the far circle and sneaks a puck past Fleury. Senators 4, Penguins 1.
16:20: Fleury was there to make a save on Alfredsson in the slot to keep the Penguins in the game.
18:31: Just seven seconds after his penalty expires, Kelly takes a leap pass from Mike Fisher and beats Fleury on a breakaway. Senators 3, Penguins 1.
20:00: For the second-consecutive period the Penguins begin with the man-advantage.
A common scene around arenas in the National Hockey League - Pittsburgh memorabilia up for auction.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins have an 18-16 advantage on the dots.
- Ben Lovejoy leads Pittsburgh with four shots through 40 minutes.
- The Senators have blocked 19 Pittsburgh shots.
0:00: Ottawa will take a 2-1 lead into the final period. The Senators have outshot the Penguins, 16-15.
0:14: With a late-period power play the Penguins use Ben Lovejoy at the left point in place of Ruslan Fedotenko. Ottawa leads the league with four shorthanded tallies.
0:39: Pittsburgh receives their fourth power play following a tripping call against Chris Kelly.
1:03: Ottawa is doing a great job these first two periods blocking shots.
3:08: Guerin again uses the boards to his advantage, attempting to bank a shot off Leclaire after his initial shot clangs off the back boards.
3:40: Fleury stands tall in his butterfly to catch a Jesse Winchester shot in his chest.
5:29: The trio of Dupuis, Rupp and Chris Bourque throw several quality shots at Leclaire, some of which were stopped and others blocked on the way through.
6:36: Ottawa kills the Penguins third power play chance of the evening.
8:36: The speed and creativity of Crosby and Malkin leads to a third power play of the evening as Chris Phillips is sent off for hooking.
10:35: Leclaire hasn't had to make too many saves, but he has been clutch on some difficult ones, including a stop on Crosby coming down the slot.
10:57: As mentioned earlier, Max Talbot returns to the lineup after missing the first 21 games of the season. Watch Talbot talk about his return, and the hot streak he is on after scoring twice the last time he dressed:
11:38: Joining the rush, Ben Lovejoy almost catches Leclaire out of position with his cross-grain shot that barely misses the net.
12:37: Pittsburgh is 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.
14:37: The Senators head to the penalty box for the second time as they get whistled for too many men on the ice. Foligno serves the penalty.
14:58: Guerin makes a nifty power move down the left side into the Senators zone but Leclaire stands his ground on the side of his cage.
16:35: Ruutu knocks Skoula to the ice behind the Penguins net.
17:29: The Senators take their first lead of the evening as Milan Michalek deflects a shot from Alfredsson past Fleury. Senators 2, Penguins 1.
17:55: Ottawa begins an abreviated power play.
19:01: Guerin is penalized for interferring with Leclaire - even though the Senators Filip Kuba appeared to check Guerin into Leclaire.
19:42: A weird bounce off the boards results in a Bill Guerin shot from close range. Leclaire makes the save.
20:00: The Penguins begin the middle stanza with 1:45 remaining on a Carkner penalty.
Scenes from around the rink at Scotiabank Place.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins are outhitting the Senators, 9-8, as Max Talbot and Nate Guenin have two apiece.
- Sergei Gonchar has not been eased back into the lineup, as his 8:31 of ice time leads all Penguins.
- Deryk Engelland was credited with three blocked shots in the first period.
0:00: The Penguins strike first on a Jordan Staal goal but the Senators answer with a Matt Carkner tally as the game rests at 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes. Ottawa holds a 9-4 shots advantage.
0:14: Carkner is penalized two minutes for hooking as Martin Skoula hobbled back to the Penguins bench.
0:37: Smart play by Fleury to use his stick to block a pass to Nick Foligno to the right of his net.
2:35: Alfredsson rips a shot off the crossbar, the second post hit by the Senators in the first period.
4:30: Crosby's powerful backhand in the slot is stopped by Leclaire.
5:17: Cooke drills Brian Lee behind the Ottawa net as the Penguins continue to display a physical presence.
6:49: Daniel Alfredsson comes two-on-one with Milan Michalek but the glove hand of Fleury denies his chance.
7:44: Ottawa kept the Penguins trapped in the zone for an extended period and it paid off when Matt Carkner's slap shot beats Fleury to the stick side. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
8:48: Mike Fisher skates down the right side and drills a shot off the post to Marc-Andre Fleury's left.
10:36: Staal really has jump against the Senators, stepping in front of former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu to intercept a pass in the Penguins end.
11:47: The Penguins announced on Tuesday they will be breaking ground on Cambria Suites hotel adjacent to Consol Energy Center. Watch the announcement:
11:52: The Penguins are 24-1-2 all-time when scoring first under Dan Bylsma.
13:03: Talbot checks Alexandre Picard behind the Ottawa net.
14:50: Mike Rupp skates behind the Senators net and feeds Evgeni Malkin in the slot, again forcing Leclaire to come up big with the pads.
16:12: Talbot is out of the box and the Penguins kill the penalty.
16:33: Matt Cooke used a great one-on-one move to get himself a shot shorthanded, but Leclaire blockered that shot away.
18:12: Max Talbot doesn't take long to make things happen, drawing a tripping penalty against former Penguin Alexei Kovalev.
18:51: Pascal Dupuis passes the puck to Jordan Staal cutting through the middle of the slot and the Penguins center slides the puck under Pascal Leclaire. Penguins 1, Senators 0.
19:30: Sergei Gonchar starts on defense alongside Deryk Engelland. Gonchar's shot at 19:18 is deflected off something in front goes off the goal post.
20:00: The Penguins look to increase their winning streak to three consecutive games against the Senators.
Ottawa returned to the National Hockey League for the 1992-93 season.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Ottawa has only led after the opening 20 minutes three times in their first 18 games. Pittsburgh is 8-1 when leading after the first period so a fast start could be paramount to victory.
7:35 PM: A game-night tradition in Ottawa, Lyndon Slewidge sings both the United States and the Canadian national anthems.
7:33 PM: This is the second meeting in '09-10 between the Penguins and Senators. Pittsburgh won the first contest, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place on Oct. 12. Tyler Kennedy scored twice for the Penguins that night.
7:31 PM: More positives on the injury front as Mark Eaton will be in the lineup against the Senators despite leaving practice Wednesday with back spasms. Alex Goligoski, Brooks Orpik and Chris Lee are the Penguins scratches. Ryan Shannon and Peter Regin are out for Ottawa.
7:30 PM: Finally some good news on the injury front as forward Max Talbot and defenseman Sergei Gonchar return to the lineup for the Penguins. Talbot missed the first 21 games following offseason shoulder surgery. Gonchar has sat out the past 12 contests with a broken left wrist. Pittsburgh went 6-6 without Gonchar after an 8-1 start with the veteran defender.
Author: Jason Seidling