Pens-Sens Game 3 Blog
0:00: And that's all she wrote in this one! The Penguins skate out of Scotiabank Place with a 4-2 victory in Game 3, giving them a 2-1 lead in the series. Alexei Ponikarovsky, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin score the goals for the Penguins while Marc-Andre Fleury makes 20 saves. Game 4 is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
0:32: Pittsburgh is doing a great job preventing the Senators from getting any good looks during this 6-on-4 advantage.
1:57: Ottawa uses their timeout after Orpik receives a hooking penalty. The Senators have pulled Elliott, giving them a 6-on-4 power play.
3:38: Elliott kept his right pad along the ice to stop Staal's shot on a two-on-one.
5:59: Carlessness with the puck by the Senators gives Orpik a chance at a mini-breakaway but his backhand chance drifts just wide of the net.
7:02: The Senators will have a fighting chance coming down the stretch as Matt Cullen receives a pass from Alfredsson and beats Fleury over the glove from the left of the cage for the power-play marker. Penguins 4, Senators 2.
7:29: Ottawa goes on a one-minute power play.
8:29: We will have four-on-four action for the next minute as Guerin is penalized for hooking.
9:29: Alfredsson received a roughing penalty for his actions on Orpik to begin that scrum.
9:29: Ottawa is losing their cool here in the third period as the Penguins take control of this hockey game. We just had another 10-man scrum in the corner of the Penguins zone following the whistle as the Senators attempt to goad the Penguins into retalitory penalties. It's not going to work Ottawa.
11:27: The Penguins are content right now with just dumping pucks into the neutral zone or Ottawa zone as they protect this three-goal lead.
15:17: Ruutu and Eaton receive roughing penalties after a post-whistle scrum in front of Fleury.
15:33: That might have been the dagger into the Senators. Pittsburgh quickly recovered after turning the puck over as Kunitz sent a long lead pass to Guerin, sending the veteran winger on a breakaway. Guerin went backhand to forehand to totally undress Elliott before throwing the puck into the open cage. Penguins 4, Senators 1.
16:48: Spezza's shot from long range appeared as though it was going to go off Fleury and into the cage but the Penguins netminder reached behind with his goal stick to knock the rubber out of harm's way.
18:19: How great has Malkin been since returning from his foot injury? He just picked Zack Smith's pocket and fed Staal for a good chance in the slot. The way the two-headed monster is playing thus far, we look to be in for another thrilling postseason run.
20:00: The Penguins are 20 minutes away from taking a 2-1 series lead on the Senators.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Brooks Orpik has blocked four shots through two periods.
- Sidney Crosby leads all players with four takeaways.
- Evgeni Malkin has a team-high three shots.
- Click to read the second period game summary and event summary.
0:00: Pittsburgh outscores the Senators, 2-1, in the middle frame to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Penguins are also outshooting the Senators, 15-13.
0:45: Crosby does it to the Senators again. He wins the battle with Sutton in the near corner, took the puck hard to the net, wait and eventually tossed a shot over a prone Elliott for the power-play goal. Cooke was providing traffic in front. Penguins 3, Senators 1.
0:56: Pittsburgh has a brief power play.
2:29: It's easy to kill off a penalty when the team on the power play takes a penalty of their own. Karlsson is penalized for slashing after breaking the stick of Staal.
2:56: Alfredsson is back on the ice for the Ottawa power play.
2:56: The Penguins will ned a big effort from their penalty killers as Cooke is assessed a boarding call.
4:05: Pittsburgh is 0-for-3 tonight on the power play.
5:16: Alfredsson still has not returned following that heavily hit from Crosby a couple minutes ago.
6:05: Let's take one more look at that great save midway through the third period in Game 2 by Sidney Crosby:
6:05: Neil continues to take dumb penalties - which is a good sign for the Penguins - after charging Malkin. Ruutu takes a 10-minute misconduct too.
7:26: Crosby absolutely demolishes Alfredsson with a thunderous check that allows the Penguins to trap the puck inside the Ottawa zone.
8:59: For the second straight shift the Penguins have Malkin and Crosby on the ice together as the Penguins try to open the game up.
11:49: Elliott just made a huge save on Gonchar's drive from the top of the left circle as Malkin created space to open up the shot for the high-scoring defenseman.
14:03: Ottawa appeared to have the Penguins all bottled up as they rushed into the zone but Maxime Talbot is able to lift the stick of rookie Erik Karlsson to direct a loose puck off the body of Elliott. Malkin crashes the net and deposits the rebound into the cage. Penguins 2, Senators 1.
16:33: Matt Cullen just missed the net wide as he had a great look as the Senators had an odd-man rush into the Pittsburgh zone.
18:07: Ottawa ties the contest by capitalizing on the power play. Regin skated swiftly behind the Penguins' net before making a perfect pass onto the blade of a wide open Fisher, who snapped a shot across his body over the glove of Fleury. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
18:40: The power play become a five-on-four man-advantage as Orpik and Carkner see their penalties expire.
20:00: Pittsburgh begins the period having to kill off a slashing penalty to Staal.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Jordan Staal's penalty was a slashing minor.
- Pittsburgh had an 8-5 advantage on faceoffs, led by Sidney Crosby's 5-1 mark.
- Sergei Gonchar led the Penguins with 8:26 minutes of ice time.
- Click to read the first period game summary and event summary.
0:00: The Senators finish the period strong but after 20 minutes of play it is the Penguins holding a 1-0 lead. Ottawa is outshooting the Penguins, 5-4. Staal receives a penalty at the 20-minute mark. We will get you the details of the call.
0:41: Ottawa knots the game for a minute - but the Peter Regin goal was later taken away by the NHL video room in Toronto after it was ruled that the Senators rookie kicked the puck between the legs of Fleury. Sergei Gonchar made a great play to tie up the stick of Regin, which is what made him have to kick it. Orpik and Carkner receive roughing penalties following a skirmish after the play. WHEEEEEEW!!!!!
2:00: The Penguins are almost caught for too-many men on the ice as the puck hit one of their players. It was ruled that the rubber hit Pittsburgh inadvertently.
3:12: Daniel Alfredsson showed some good moves by avoiding a Brooks Orpik hit in the neutral zone and then flying down the right wing before his wrist shot was corralled by the stomach of Fleury.
4:08: The Penguins fall to 0-for-2 on the power play as Campoli steps back onto the ice.
4:30: Letang got everyone on a one-timer from the left point but Elliott got a glove on that shot as the Penguins get their first shot on the man-advantage.
6:08: Chris Campoli is in the box for cross-checking. This is the Penguins second power play of the night.
6:08: During the television timeout the Senators played a video which said, “Hey Sens fans. Let’s hear it for the Ontario team that doesn’t suck!” A shot at the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Rick Mercer, a Canadian satirist, was the voice in the video.
6:13: Matt Carkner made a great play to block Staal's shot from between the cirlces as the Penguins moved in on a three-on-one.
8:22: Mike Rupp nearly sets up Pascal Dupuis for a pretty goal in front of the net but Dupuis' shot sails over the net.
10:25: Ottawa is able to successfully kill off the Neil penalty.
12:25: Pittsburgh gets the first crack on the man-advantage after Chris Neil takes a terrible interference penalty by hitting Kennedy from behind in the neutral zone.
13:18: I think with the first television timeout of first period we should take another look Sidney Crosby's spectacular setup on Kris Letang's game-winner on Friday:
15:48: Mike Fisher clipped Jordan Staal with a high stick off a faceoff but neither referee saw so the play went unpenalized.
17:29: Tempers flare early as the Senators take exception to Craig Adams finishing his check on an icing call. No penalties were assessed.
18:43: That's how you silence the home crowd! Alexei Ponikarovsky picked up a pass off the boards, stopped on a dime in the right circle to let the oncoming backcheckers skate by and then rifled a shot over the glove of Elliott. Penguins 1, Senators 0.
19:42: Kris Letang stepped up in the neutral zone to drill Volchenkov to the ice. The Penguins once again have brought their hitting shoes.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury is in goal for the Penguins against the Senators Brian Elliott. Sidney Crosby's unit starts for the Penguins against the Jason Spezza line and the D-pairing of Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Pittsburgh has won three of their past four postseason contests at Scotiabank Place.
6:34 PM: The Penguins went 1-1 this season at Scotiabank Place. They defeated the Senators, 4-1, on Oct. 12 behind two Tyler Kennedy tallies. Ottawa bested the Penguins, 6-2, on Nov. 19. Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin picked up goals that night for Pittsburgh.
6:31 PM: The Penguins scratches tonight include Brent Johnson, Jordan Leopold, Ruslan Fedotenko, Eric Godard and Ben Lovejoy. Jay McKee steps into the lineup to replace the injured Leopold. McKee will likely be paired with Alex Goligoski. Ottawa is without their usual cast of characters. Click here to see who is in and out of the lineup for both teams.
6:30 PM: The series shifts to Canada's capital city as the Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet for Game 3 tonight at Scotiabank Place all squared at 1-1. Ottawa stole Game 1, 5-4, behind a pair of power-play goals and tallies by all three members of their third line (Chris Kelly, Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Neil). The Penguins evened the series with a 2-1 victory in Game 2 on Friday night. Sidney Crosby stole the show with a goal, an assist and a clutch save midway through the thid period after a shot had sneaked past Marc-Andre Fleury. Kris Letang scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
Author: Jason Seidling