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Pens-Panthers Live In-Game Blog

Saturday, 12.12.2009 / 7:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Pens-Panthers Live In-Game Blog
 
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.




4:23:
The Penguins win in overtime!!!!!!!! Crosby wins the faceoff back and Gonchar sets up Malkin for a slap shot from the right point. His one-timer sails over the glove of Vokoun. Penguins 3, Panthers 2.

4:30:
For the second-consecutive game against the Panthers the Penguins will have a power play in overtime. Jordan Leopold takes a holding penalty against Staal, who had sneaked behind him.

5:00:
Pittsburgh is 6-1 in games that have gone beyond regulation in 2009-10.

OVERTIME

0:00:
For the third time in three meetings the Penguins and Panthers will head to overtime. Pittsburgh won the first matchup in a shootout and the second in overtime, each off the stick of Sidney Crosby. The score is 2-2, meaning a third-consecutive 3-2 finish.

0:35:
Great save by Vokoun with his chest on a turnaround shot from Malkin coming out of the near corner.

1:43:
Both teams are at full strength as McCabe and Gonchar are back on the ice.

2:29:
Frolik stared at an open net to the right of Johnson but sends his shot wide of the cage. Florida has missed a number of open nets.

3:43:
Florida gets an even-up call as Gonchar goes for hooking Radek Dvorak.

4:02:
McCabe takes his second penalty of the night when he interferes with Staal.

4:21:
Taffe gets behind the defense of the Penguins but Johnson keeps his stick on the ice to keep the game knotted as Taffe tries going five-hole.

6:09:
Mark Eaton has to be sore after this game as he steps into yet another Florida shot as the Panthers step up there offensive game.

9:06:
Sensing that the Penguins could use an energy boost, the crowd erupts into a chant of "Let's Go Pens."

9:27:
Here is video shown on the Jumbotron regarding the Penguins back-to-back post-regulation victories over the Panthers:



9:32:
The check of the night goes to Brooks Orpik after he steps up and lays Frolik to the ice right in front of the Florida bench.

10:37:
The Penguins are now 0-for-4 against the second-worst penalty kill in the NHL at 76.7 percent coming into tonight.

11:07:
Great job by Johnson to get back in his crease to make a save on Kamil Kreps chance from the right of his net.

 

12:37:
Although they are 0-for-3 on the power play the Penguins can erase the memory of those early failures with a goal here on a hooking penalty to Michael Frolik.

15:21:
Florida hits McCabe coming out of the penalty box and his backhand attempt on the breakaway is stopped by the right pad of Johnson. Stephen Weiss follows the play and deposits the biscuit into the back of the net as Johnson goes for the pokecheck. Penguins 2, Panthers 2.

17:30:
Pittsburgh is back on the power play thanks to a violent cross check on Rupp from Bryan McCabe.

17:53:
Ballard steps up into the offensive zone and knocks Talbot to the ice while keepingthe puck in the zone.

20:00:
The Penguins look to make it 3-0 in 2009-10 against the Florida Panthers.

THIRD PERIOD

 

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:

- After the Penguins dominated in the first period it is the Panthers who now have the advantage on faceoffs, 19-18.
- Alex Goligoski and Mark Eaton have each blocked three shots apiece to lead the way for the Penguins.
- Sidney Crosby had a game-high five shots.

As we wait for the beginning of the final period between the Penguins and Panthers we present the Starkist Penguins Shootout:




We would all like to wish a happy birthday to Katie O'Malley from Penguins TV. As a birthday present from her co-workers, a Jumbotron feature was shown of some of her best bloopers in the second intermission.

0:00:
For the first time all season against Florida it is the Penguins who take a lead into the final period, 2-1. The Penguins also hold a 28-16 advantage on shots after outshooting the Panthers, 14-5 in the middle frame.

1:08:
Kulikov tries to step up into Adams at the Florida blue line but it is the young defenseman who takes the worst of that collision and falls to the ice.

2:38:
The Penguin fail to score on the power play and the anger at Mellon Arena is magnified when Repik comes right out of the box and cross checks Kunitz behind the Panthers net.

4:38:
It's time to go around the NHL with Dietz and Watson:



4:38:
The Penguins will get their second power play thanks to a high-sticking penalty against Michal Repik.

6:58:
Jay McKee continues to prove he could be an excellent netminder if he wanted. He dove and stacked his pads to stop a point shot from Jordan Leopold with Johnson a little out of position.



8:28:
A point shot from the Panthers bounces off the end boards onto the tape of Olesz to the left of the cage but his chance at a wide-open net goes off the back of the net.

9:37:
Sergei Gonchar picks up the rebound of a Kennedy shot in the slot and walks in all along on Vokoun, who denies the Penguins defenseman with a pad save.

10:19:
A perfect sequence leads to the Penguins taking their first lead. Rupp dumps the puck behind the Florida defense and then crushes them with a thunderous body check to set the puck free. Malkin picks up the loose change and feeds Ruslan Fedotenko on the doorstep for the tap-in goal. Penguins 2, Panthers 1.

10:45: Mike Rupp nails Keith Ballard to the ice on a forecheck behind the Florida cage.

 

11:46:
Here is tonight's Nemacolin Woodland's Top 5:

 

13:03:
Dupuis almost connects on a one-timer from the slot as the penalty to Kunitz runs out.

15:00:
Kunitz takes a hooking penalty in the offensive zone to give Florida their third power play.

15:32:
Malkin gets behind the Florida defense but his wrist shot sails over the top of the net. Just seconds earlier Malkin teamed with Dupuis and Adams to totally dominate the Panthers with a power cycle behind the net.

16:52:
Matt Cooke redirects a point shot from Jay McKee just over top of the net.

18:21:
The Penguins fail to record a shot as the penalty to Kulikov expires.

20:00:
The Penguins have 1:38 remaining in the minor penalty to Kulikov.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins held a dominating 15-5 advantage on the faceoff dot.
- Pittsburgh blocked nine Florida shots in the opening period.
- The Penguins outhit Florida, 11-7.

 
Chris Kunitz is back in the lineup after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury.

0:00:
The Penguins score before the third period for the first time in 2009-10 against the Panthers. After 20 minutes we are all square, 1-1. Pittsburgh gets the better of the shots, 14-11.

0:22:
Pittsburgh gets their first crack with the man-advantage as Bryan Allen heads of for interference.

1:09:
Tyler Kennedy, serving the penalty, heads back onto the ice.

1:24:
Johnson stands tall to catch a shot from Nathan Horton coming down the right side as the Penguins have almost killed the minor to Malkin.

3:09:
The Penguins are shorthanded once again, much to the dismay of the fans, as Evgeni Malkin gets four minutes for high-sticking. Florida will only have two minutes to work with as Mike Duco received two minutes for cross-checking as well.

4:46:
Crosby steals the puck in the slot and his shot goes wide of the net as the Mellon Arena faithful thought he had his 21st goal.

5:53:
Crosby nearly gives the Penguins their first lead of the night when his slap shot glances of Vokoun and rolls just wide of the cage.

6:57:
Pascal Dupuis is red hot. He takes a pass from Craig Adams, uses his speed to turn Dmitry Kulikov inside-out and fires a wrist shot upstairs on Vokoun to tie the game. Penguins 1, Panthers 1.

8:15:
Tonight is another Trib Jr. Reporter night at Mellon Arena as we welcome Tony. Know someone who would make a great Trib Junior Reporter? Upload an audition video and submit it here!



9:35:
It took them three cracks at Johnson but the Panthers get the opening tally as Steven Reinprecht bat a puck out of mid-air behind Johnson after back-to-back saves on Olesz. Panthers 1, Penguins 0.

11:28:
Mike Rupp takes the first seat of the night when he is sent off for hooking.

12:28:
Sidney Crosby has burned the Panthers with three goals during the first two matchups, including the game-winning goal in both contests. He talked about facing Florida earlier today:



13:10:
A perfect breakout from the Penguins sends Sidney Crosby two-on-one with Bill Guerin. Crosby's shot from the left seam misses the net by inches.

14:26:
A giveaway by former Penguin Jeff Taffe allows the Penguins to trap the puck in the Florida end and get three quality scoring chances.

15:37:
Maxime Talbot notches the Penguins first shot of the night with a low wrist shot from 40 feet away.

17:34:
Rostislav Olesz registers the first shot of the game off the blocker of Johnson.

18:58:
The Penguins are wearing their blue third jerseys.

20:00:
Brent Johnson gets the start in goal for the Penguins opposite Tomas Vokoun for Florida.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The third period has been a weak spot for the Panthers as they have given up a whopping 46 goals in the final from while scoring 32 times.

 

7:32 PM:
For the first time in what seems like an eternity, head coach Dan Bylsma has a full roster at his disposal as Chris Kunitz returns to the lineup. Eric Godard and Martin Skoula are the Penguins scratches. Florida will play without Gregory Campbell and former Penguin Dominic Moore.

7:30 PM:
The Penguins take on the Florida Panthers for the third time in 2009-10. Pittsburgh has won both of the first two contests, each in dramatic fashion. They downed the Panthers, 3-2 in a shootout, on Oct. 23 at Mellon Arena and later bested the Florida, 3-2 in overtime in Sunrise, each time behind game-winning goals from Sidney Crosby.

Author: Jason Seidling

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