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Pens-Blackhawks Live In-Game Blog

Saturday, 12.05.2009 / 7:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Pens-Blackhawks Live In-Game Blog
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

2:22:
Kris Versteeg wins the game in overtime for Chicago by going backhand to forehand to throw the rebound of a Brian Campbell shot behind Fleury. Blackhawks 2, Penguins 1.

4:07:
Fleury gets back into the action, making a save on a Toews shot.

5:00:
The Blackhawks have a 5-3 record in overtime this season.

OVERTIME

0:00:
Thanks to Jordan Staal's late goal the Penguins are heading into the extra session for the seventh time this season. They are a perfect 6-0.

1:32:
Letestu wins the faceoff back to Malkin at the right point. His shot goes off Seabrook and lands on the stick of Staal for the tying goal!!! Penguins 1, Blackhawks 1.

1:40:
Guerin, who tied a game against the Bruins with a late goal from the right-wing circle, gets another chance from that spot but Niemi makes a glove save. The Penguins use their timeout.

3:46:
Fleury keeps the Penguins within one by diving to the ice to make a save with his chest on Hossa.

4:49:
Chicago has outshot the Penguins, 9-4, in the third period.

7:00:
Niemi has to be frustrating the Penguins, making another stick save, this time on Kennedy flying down the right wing.

8:05:
Head coach Dan Bylsma had the trio of Dupuis, Fedotenko and Letestu on the ice, possibly the Penguins best unit thus far.

9:02:
Another flurry around the Chicago cage fails to end with the puck getting past Niemi, who is working on his second-straight shutout and his third of the campaign. McKee darted into the play and threw a backhander towards the net to begin the play.

9:27:
A between-commercials favorite at Mellon Arena, Moves of the Game presented by Don Farr Moving and Storage:



 
Saturday marked the second half of the Penguins' annual "Toys for Tots" campaign.

11:51:
Fleury turns the puck over to John Madden behind the net but recovers to keep his shot from entering the cage.

13:32:
Staal's turnaround shot from the slot goes wide as Niemi was down and out.

13:51:
Enjoy highlight from around the NHL presented by Dietz and Watson:



14:14:
Letestu sends a backhander off the post to the right of Niemi as the Penguins continue to create a buzz in the offensive zone.

15:25:
Malkin's pass to Talbot hops right over his stick on a two-on-one. At the other end Jay McKee dives to prevent a Chicago scoring chance.

 
Dressed for the holiday season, Iceburgh gets his dance on in the Penguins bench.

18:48:
Fleury leans back with his pad to prevent Hossa from getting to a rebound at the side of his crease.

19:46:
Between periods at Mellon Arena the SHAHA Gold squad took on the North Pittsburgh girls in Game 3 of the Penguins Shootout presented by Starkist:



20:00:
The Penguins look to pull off their fifth come-from-behind victory of the season here in the final 20 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Evgeni Malkin with four shots apiece have combined for 12 of the Penguins' 26 shots.
- Four Penguins have four hits for Pittsburgh including Mike Rupp, Craig Adams, Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang.
- The Penguins have five takeaways as a team, including two for Evgeni Malkin.

 
Chicago has returned to the national spotlight thanks to outstanding young talent such as Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.

 
The talented Sarah Marince sang the national anthem before tonight's contest.

0:00:
Same score, 1-0, after 40 minutes of play. Antti Niemi helps maintain Chicago's lead in the middle frame with 17 saves. Chicago manages seven shots against Fleury. The two-period shot totals are 26 for the Penguins and 18 for the Blackhawks.

0:35:
Malkin storms out of the penalty box and stickhandles his way into the Chicago zone, throwing a shot of the pad of Niemi from in close.

1:00:
Letestu throws a Sidney-Crosby-esque pass across the ice to Gonchar, but Niemi's blocker is there to save the day yet again!

2:45:
Malkin and Colin Fraser mix it up behind the play, drawing coincidental penalties. Malkin gets a high-stick, Fraser a rough. Guerin steps in to throw a faceoff Fraser's way too.

3:24:
Fedotenko drops a pass to Dupuis in the slot but the Penguins still can't solve the wall that is Niemi.

4:53:
Craig Adams spent the beginning of last season with Chicago. He talked today about the talent possessed by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, the leaders of the Blackhawks' young core:



5:19:
Niemi makes two great blocker saves within seconds, first on Eric Godard and then on the follow-up by Rupp.

7:20:
Cooke gets a puck through traffic onto the stick of Kennedy in the slot but Niemi was there to make another great save to keep the Blackhawks in front, 1-0.

9:07:
The speed of Dupuis results in another great chance for Fedotenko, who rips a shot over top of the net.

 

Former Penguin Marian Hossa is still the target of taunts from Penguins fans despite changing colors from the Detroit Red Wings to the Chicago Blackhawks.

10:36:
The Penguins just miss again on a quality scoring chance as Mark Eaton's pass to the front of the net just goes by the stick of Malkin.

10:51:
Mike Rupp gets a nice ovation after being tonight's feature on the Nemocolin Woodland's Top-Five:



 
Max Talbot has been one of the Penguins top performers tonight against Chicago.

12:31:
The first shot of the period on Fleury is a quality one as Kris Versteeg gets a wide-open look from the slot. Fleury kicks that shot away.

13:30:
Cooke nearly threads the needle to Kennedy flying to the far post of Niemi.

14:00:
Niemi has trouble with a soft wrist shot by Guerin from the near boards.

14:23:
The Penguins now hold a 13-11 shots advantage on the Blackhawks as they have dominated the second period.

15:21:
Adams runs over Campbell in the Blackhawks zone, one of many great hits delivered on this night so far by the Penguins.

15:43:
Gonchar walks into a slapshot and drills the puck off the goalpost to the left of Niemi.

16:46:
Malkin, Talbot and Guerin did it again to the Blackhawks and appear close to knotting the game.

19:15:
Malkin, Talbot and Guerin get the Penguins started on the right foot trapping the Blackhawks in their own zone for an entire shift.

20:00:
The Penguins and Hawks return to the ice and the middle frame is underway.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins outhit the Blackhawks, 20-9.
- Chicago had an 18-8 advantage on faceoffs.
- Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins with three shots.

 
Center Craig Adams was claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks last season.

0:00:
What a first period between two of the most entertaining teams the NHL has to offer. The Blackhawks lead, 1-0, and have registered 11 shots on goal compared to nine for the Penguins.

0:13:
Fedotenko gets great wood on a shot again as Niemi reaches behind his pad but the puck was underneath.

3:52:
Fans loved watching Kris Letang pin Hossa against the boards in the near corner of the Penguins zone.

4:24:
Fedotenko keeps coming closer and closer to finding the back of the net, taking a Dupuis pass, streaking down the left side and throwing a hard wrist shot along the ice at Niemi, who allowed a juicy rebound the Penguins just missed getting to.

5:34:
Fans love watching Brooks Orpik stand up at center ice and smash Toews to the ice. It's a shame these two teams can't play more than once a year as the action has been fast and spirited during the first 14-plus minutes.

5:52:
Guerin, serving Rup's penalty, returns to the ice just seconds after Cooke nearly ties the game shorthanded by throwing a loose puck just wide of Niemi. Staal made the play by driving hard to the net on Campbell.

7:00:
Fleury hangs onto a shot from a parimeter shot from Patrick Sharp as Toews fishes for the rebound. What a first period between two the league's top young teams.

7:52:
Despite this only being the only meeting between these two teams this year it has sure been a physical game. Mike Rupp takes a double-minor for roughing and Ben Eager gets two minutes for the same infraction in a post-whistle exchange of face washes.

8:34:
Niemi stops a first shot from Ruslan Fedotenko and sticks the puck from harms way before Pascal Dupuis could make a play on it.

9:10:
Malkin dashes to a loose puck in the Chicago end before Keith can retrieve it and sends a pass to Bill Guerin at the side of the cage. Niemi keeps his pad against the post to prevent the Penguins from tying the score.

9:43:
All fans in attendance received a free Penguins Stanley Cup Champions Medallion Collector’s Album.  The Medallion collection launches tomorrow, and anyone who purchases a Sidney Crosby medallion for $2.99 will also receive a free Album for their collection!  For more information, click here.



11:13:
Keith comes out of the penalty box and both teams are back to five-on-five action.

11:43:
Hossa sends Kane flying down the right side into the Penguins zone but Fleury stops him with a glove save.

12:23:
Chicago strikes first when Hossa throws the rebound of Brian Campbell's shot past Fleury. Patrick Kane gets the second assist. Naturally the Mellon Arena crowd wasn't pleased with  watching Hossa score. Blackhawks 1, Penguins 0.

12:36:
Malkin crushes Brent Seabrook in the far corner of the Chicago zone to create a quality score opportunity for himself.

13:15:
That power play goes by the wayside for Chicago as Keith takes an interference penalty down low on Cooke. Four-on-four action for the next 1:37.

13:38:
Pressure from Toews and Hossa forces Brooks Orpik to take a holding penalty to put the Blackhawks right back on the man-advantage.

14:12:
Fleury brings his pads together to stop a Keith shot deflected by Toews as Cooke steps back onto the ice.

14:45:
Great chance shorthanded by former Blackhawk Craig Adams as Niemi stops him with a pad save.

15:26:
Great play by Duncan Keith, whom Chicago recently signed to a 13-year extension, to break up a pass from Jordan Staal which would have sent Max Talbot on a breakaway.

16:11:
Chicago's ninth-ranked power play will take their first crack at Fleury following an interference penalty to Matt Cooke.

17:00:
Malkin skates down the right wing and fires a bouncing shot just wide to the right of Niemi.

19:08:
The first boos of the night rain down on Hossa. Not sure that fans will ever be over his acrimonious departure in the 2008 offseason.

20:00:
Marc-Andre Fleury gets the call for the Penguins, Antti Niemi is in the net for Chicago.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville won his 500th career game in Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout defeat of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

7:33 PM:
Alex Goligoski joins Crosby as the Penguins' scratches. Tomas Kopecky is out for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, who are fresh off a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at the United Center on Friday night. Former Penguin Marian Hossa has five points in five games with Chicago thus far.

7:32 PM:
With Crosby unavailable the Penguins have recalled center Mark Letestu from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Letestu previously played two games with the Penguins this year, going scoreless in two games.

7:30 PM:
As the Penguins look to improve their overall winning streak to four consective games and their streak of home victories to six, they will have to do so without the services of captain Sidney Crosby, who is out with a slight groin pull. Crosby addressed reporters this morning regarding the severity of his injury:




Author: Jason Seidling

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