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Pens-Hurricanes Live In-Game Blog

Monday, 12.07.2009 / 7:30 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.

0:00:
Staal and Crosby each have great cracks at chances from right in front of the crease but the whistle sounds and the Penguins fall to the Hurricanes, 3-2. Carolina wins their first road game of the season. The Penguins are back in action on Thursday night in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. The Penguins are 2-0 this season versus the Canadiens.

0:20:
Following a Carolina icing call the Penguins get one final chance to the right of Legace.

0:46:
The Penguins have a faceoff to the left of the Hurricanes net trailing by a score.

1:51:
The Penguins use their timeout. When this happened on Saturday the Penguins got a goal from Jordan Staal to tie the game.

2:31:
Legace stands his ground to keep Guerin from tying the game at the side of his crease from a Crosby setup.

3:00:
The Penguins have time for one final rush to tie the game as Skoula is back on the ice.

5:00:
Any comeback from the Penguins will have to wait until they kill a holding penalty agaisnt Martin Skoula.

6:35:
Jordan Staal is playing some of the best hockey of his career, as his wrist shot almost gets past the stick of Legace for the tying goal.

8:07:
The stick of Legace turns away a spinning shot from Malkin in the slot.

8:21:
Once again, a crowd favorite at Mellon Arena, Don Farr Moving and Storage Presents Moves of the Game:



9:23:
The Penguins kill off the penalty to Eaton and Talbot barely misses connecting with him on a pass that would have sprung him on a breakaway.

9:38:
Fleury uses his catching glove once again, this time on Gleason.

10:21:
What a shift for Pascal Dupuis. First he keeps the puck in the Carolina zone then he knocks down Eric Staal so the Penguins can clear the zone.

11:23:
Carolina, which is 1-for-3 on the power play, heads there again after a hooking penalty against Mark Eaton.

 

11:47:
Pittsburgh is now 0-for-3 on the power play.

11:59:
Legace flashes the glove to catch a long slap shot from Sergei Gonchar.

13:47:
The Penguins held an open practice at Mellon Arena last Friday and welcomed 42 schools from Allegheny in an event sponsored by Highmark Healthy High Five:



13:47:
The Penguins get their third crack at the man-advantage following a hooking call to Matt Cullen.

14:38:
Malkin, Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko trap the puck in the Carolina zone for a good 45 seconds and establish a tough cycle behind the net.

 
Sarah Marince sang the national anthem for the second straight game while injured defenseman Alex Goligoski took the warmup for the Penguins.

18:20:
Legace makes a great save with his glove on Staal's blast from the far circle.

20:00:
Carolina has blown four of their eight leads when leading after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each have three shots to lead the Penguins.
- Carolina has blocked 13 shots through two periods.
- Crosby has gone 8-5 on faceoffs.

 

 
Sidney Crosby has made a triumphant return to the lineup with his eighth goal in the past four games.

0:00:
The Penguins take over the final 10 minutes of the middle stanza and cut the Carolina lead to 3-2 after two periods. Pittsburgh now has a 25-15 shots advantage as well.

0:59:
Fleury might have let a couple goals in early but he comes huge again by robbing Kostopoulos again with a sliding glove save.

1:30:
Malkin storms onto the ice and both teams are at full strength.

3:07:
Carolina gets a 1:38 power play as Staal steps out of the box.

3:29:
A high-sticking call to Malkin negates the final 22 seconds of the Penguins' man-advantage.

4:02:
Crosby feeds Guerin to the left of Legace but his look at a wide-open cage sails wide.

5:13:
Seconds after Crosby fires a shot over the net after picking the pocket of a Carolina defender the Penguins go on the power play again thanks to a slash against Eric Staal.

 

 
The hard work of Pascal Dupuis helped set up the Penguins' second goal.

9:09:
Rupp lays a solid bodycheck into Kostopoulos along the near boards in the Carolina zone.

11:30:
As he goes head-to-head with older brother, Eric, Jordan Staal is the focus of tonight's Nemacolin Woodland's Big 5:



12:23:
Staal goes to a power move down the left side of the ice but has the puck roll off his stick as he moves in on Legace. Following the Rupp goal the Hurricanes used their timeout.

13:11:
March of the Penguins!!!!! Pascal Dupuis' shot from the slot is blocked but comes right to the stick of Rupp, who throws a shot from the bottom of the near circle through an Alberts screen and past Legace. Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2.

14:00:
Once again head coach Dan Bylsma unites Crosby, Malkin and Guerin and the result is Guerin skating the puck down the left side of the ice and feeding Crosby, who fought off Sutter and almost tomahawked the puck past Legace. Letang got the second assist. Hurricanes 3, Penguins 1.

15:09:
Jordan Staal almost gets the Penguins back into the game, drilling a one-timer off the post to the right of Legace.

16:39:
Crosby throws a shot off the pad of Legace as the crowd at Mellon Arena is stunned at the events thus far.

17:34:
Whitney, stops, waits and fires a shot from the bottom of the far circle between the legs of Fleury. Hurricanes 3, Penguins 0.

18:46:
Crosby is drilled to the ice trying to take a pass from Malkin, much to the chagrin of the home faithful.

19:13:
Pittsburgh is officially 0-for-1 on the power play.

20:00:
The Penguins begin the middle frame with a 46-second power play.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins held a 10-8 advantage in faceoffs.
- Bill Guerin and Evgeni Malkin led the way with two shots apiece.
- Craig Adams went 3-0 on faceoffs.

 

0:00:
Despite buzzing around the Carolina zone in the final four-plus minutes of the game the Penguins find themselves down, 2-0, after 20 minutes. Carolina has an 11-10 advantage in shots.

1:13:
Pittsburgh takes their first crack on the power play with Tuomo Ruutu penalized for tripping Mike Rupp.

1:54:
Guerin's fight has sparked both the Penguins and the crowd as both have a re-born energy.

3:17:
Kris Letang nearly goes Bobby Orr on Carolina as he skates the puck from goal line to goal line before the puck rolls off his stick at the end.

4:27:
On the ensuing faceoff Guerin drops the gloves with Gleason as the crowd roars with approval when Guerin body-slams Gleason to the ice.

4:31:
After Legace makes a save on Crosby's long-range shot Guerin drills Tim Gleason to the ice after Gleason was mixing it up with Max Talbot.

5:11:
Fleury keeps the Penguins in the game by throwing his right pad out to makes a save of Ray Whitney's drive from the slot.

6:25:
The Penguins kill the penalty to McKee as both teams are five-on-five.

8:24:
Not the start they were looking for against a team winless in 13 tries on the road in 2009-10. Joni Pitkanen threads the needle to Jussi Jokinen at the Penguins blue line. Jokinen gets behind Jay McKee, who takes a hooking penalty on the play, before throwing a wrist shot over the glove of Fleury. Hurricanes 2, Penguins 0.

9:28:
Listen to Sidney Crosby talk this morning about the status of his groin and returning to the lineup against Carolina:



9:28:
A holding call to Evgeni Malkin gives the Hurricanes the first power play of the night.

11:11:
Jay Harrison throws a shot from the near board off the post to the right of Fleury as the Penguins dodge a bullet.

12:56:
Fleury slides across his crease to corral the rebound chance from Tom Kostopoulos in his chest. Brandon Sutter had the original shot.

15:15:
Absolutely gorgeous goal by Carolina to strike first. Ray Whitney makes a cross-ice pass to defenseman Andrew Alberts who walks down the right side and beats Marc-Andre Fleury with a backhander. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0.

16:02:
Crosby shows yet again why he is the best playmaker in the game, delaying at the near boards before finding a cutting Eric Godard streaking from the bench. Godard's shot almost bounces through Legace.

18:36:
Crosby sends a puck over the top of the net on a setup from Guerin. Crosby has seven goals in the last three games he has played.

19:25:
Great opening shift from the Staal, Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke have a great opening shift penning the Hurricanes in their own zone for a good 30 seconds.

20:00:
It's Staal vs. Staal on the opening faceoff - Jordan of the Penguins vs. Eric of the Hurricanes. Younger brother wins the draw.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Manny Legace is 3-0 all-time against the Penguins.

7:34 PM:
General Manager Ray Shero accepts the flag that flew over Iraq the day the Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup from the Air National Guard.

 

7:32 PM:
Goligoski will not make his return tonight as he and Mark Letestu are the Penguins' scratches. Niclas Wallin and Rod Brind'Amour are out for Carolina.

7:30 PM:
Great news for the Penguins, who look to stretch their unbeaten streak at Mellon Arena (6-0-1) to seven games, with the announcement following the morning skate that Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup after missing Saturday's game against Chicago with a groin problem. In other lineup news, defenseman Alex Goligoski participated in the pre-game warmup. We will keep you posted on his status closer to game time.

Author: Jason Seidling

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