Penguins-Flyers In-Game Blog
Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 6:00 PM ET / Features
By Tony Jovenitti
0:00: The Penguins continued their success in the City of Brotherly Love, and extended their win streak in the Wells Fargo Center to six. The Penguins won by a final score of 5-1. They improved to 3-3 on the season and took the lead in the Atlantic Division. The next game will be against Ottawa on Monday, and Sergei Gonchar will return to Pittsburgh for the first time since joining the Senators during free agency over the summer.
2:08: WHAT A SAVE BY JOHNSON! Danny Briere had an excellent chance from the doorstep, but Johnson simply stoned him with a great toe save.
3:36: Cooke all but sealed the victory for the Penguins! The Flyers pulled Bobrovsky, and on the penalty kill, Cooke sends the puck into the empty net from the neutral zone. That's the Penguins' first shorthanded goal of the year. Dupuis got an assist for his first point of the season. Penguins 5, Flyers 1
3:58: Chris Pronger took a slapper from the middle point, but Johnson made another excellent save.
4:26: Goligoski will join Godard in the box for hooking.
5:26: Pascal Dupuis had a great chance on a breakaway. He skated down the right wing, but shot it just wide of the net.
6:20: There was a little extracurricular activity there. Zherdev cross checked Eric Godard and gets sent to the box. Godard retaliated and was sent to the box for roughing. Four-on-four hockey for two minutes.
9:03: The Penguins penalty kill did another great job keeping the Flyers from tallying a power-play goal.
11:28: The Penguins will take their turn being shorthanded. Mike Rupp is in the sin bin for slashing.
13:57: Crosby flipped a backhander that Bobrovsky froze. Everyone can finally catch their breath.
15:06: And the Penguins will go right back on the power play. Mike Richards is in the box for slashing Ben Lovejoy.
15:23: Sidney Crosby adds another one! Crosby blasted a slapshot from the middle point and, thanks to a screen by Kunitz, sent the puck past Bobrovsky. That's another power-play goal. Penguins 4, Flyers 1
16:47: Sidney Crosby just gave the Penguins a two-goal lead! Crosby played catch with Malkin, who was in the high slot, for a little bit. Crosby wound up for a slapshot from the left faceoff dot and sent a laser past Bobrovsky's stick side. The Penguins will still be on the power play. Penguins 3, Flyers 1
17:20: Alex Goligoski gets tripped up in the neutral zone. Claude Giroux will go to the box and the Penguins will have a 5-on-3 for 1:10.
20:00: The Penguins will have a lengthy power play to start the period. Let's hope they can build a two-goal lead right off the bat. It will be 4-on-3 for a little bit before Mike Richards and Matt Cooke come out of the box.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Paul Martin has three blocks for the Penguins.
- Kris Letang is leading the team with 18:52 of ice time.
- Sidney Crosby has a team-high four shots.
0:00: The second period started out a little slow, but we couldn't have asked for a more exciting finish to the middle frame. Letestu is continuing his stellar play, and got his third goal of the season. The Penguins lead the game, 2-1, even though the Flyers are leading in shots. 25-23.
0:10: WOW, the Penguins just got lucky. Carter hit a post, and the puck went right to Briere's stick, who also hit the post. Through all the craziness, the Penguins gained a power play, as Carter clipped Goligoski with a cross check. Carter got called for a double-minor.
0:44: What a crazy play! Letestu was in the low slot and found a loose puck. He ripped it past Bobrovsky. It was all set up by a shot from Letang. We will still have 4-on-4 hockey for a few minutes. Penguins 2, Flyers 1
1:19: Mike Richards and Matt Cooke got into a scrum near the bench. They both got sent to the box for roughing. The two players headed to the locker room for intermission a little early.
3:28: Letang just saved another 2-on-1! Briere skated down the right wing and Letang made another sprawling block before Briere could make a play.
5:47: Brent Johnson just continues to make great saves. Braydon Coburn took a pass from Andrej Meszaros and blasted a shot through traffic from the left point. Johnson was screened by several players, but he still made the save.
8:27: The penalty killing unit did a great job killing off the penalty. Johnson made some great saves. Deryk Engelland had a great block, and the Penguins even generated some shorthanded chances.
10:29: Crosby just tripped up Timonen and he will go to the box for two minutes.
11:50: Tyler Kennedy just blasted a slapshot from the far faceoff circle, but it clanged off the post.
Former Pitt football star LeSean "Shady" McCoy (left) now plays for the Eagles.
13:01: The Flyers nearly got a shorthanded goal. Brent Johnson got caught behind the net when the puck found its way back out to the point. But Johnson made it back into the crease just in time to make a save as a Flyer ripped a slapper from the point.
14:14: The Penguins couldn't capitalize on the 5-on-3, but they will have about a minute left on the power play.
15:01: Timonen will join Shelley in the box for cross checking Matt Cooke in front of the net.
15:26: Goligoski just had a great opportunity, but Bobrovsky kept the puck out of the net. Goligoski found the puck and skated toward the crease and released a backhander, but Bobrovsky froze the puck.
16:16: Shelley got called for interference and will go to the box for two minutes. The Penguins will have a chance to go ahead here on the power play.
19:03: Brent Johnson just made a great toe save on Mike Richards, who sneaked in from the goal line and tried to put it in the net.
20:00: Let's hope the second period is as exciting as the first. The crowd is giving Sidney Crosby the typical boos, which usually leads to stellar games by Crosby in Philadelphia. I wouldn't be surprised to see Sid step up and quiet the Flyers faithful.
On Saturday, CONSOL Energy Center hosted part of the Tier 1 '96 Super Series hockey tournament. The Mario Lemieux-coached Penguins Elite team beat the Colorado Thunderbirds 4-1 on Saturday.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Maxime Talbot is leading the team in faceoffs. He is 3-1 (75 percent).
- The Penguins are out-hitting the Flyers, 9-7.
- Kunitz is having a great game. He has one goal and is leading the Penguins with three shots.
0:00: The first period was a classic Penguins-Flyers game. It was physical, there were penalties and it was an overall entertaining frame of hockey. The game remains tied, 1-1. The Penguins lead in shots, 11-8.
1:56: Kris Letang just made a great defensive play. James Van Riemsdyk was leading a 2-on-1 down the right wing. Letang sprawled out and knocked the puck away from him before he could shoot the puck.
3:10: Kunitz almost added another one. Crosby managed to pass the puck from behind the net to a wide open Kunitz in the slot. He shot it just wide of Bobrovsky.
3:54: Ville Leino tried to punch the puck past Johnson from the far side of the crease, but Johnson held strong and froze the puck.
5:23: The Flyers did a good job killing off that penalty.
7:23: Kimmo Timonen goes to the box for hooking Letang. The Penguins will go back on the power play.
8:29: Chris Kunitz just tied it up!! Sidney Crosby played the puck from the blue line along the boards and fed it to a breaking Chris Kunitz. The Flyers were in the middle of a change, and Kunitz put it five-hole past Bobrovsky. Penguins 1, Flyers 1
9:42: During the break, they showed a "Go Phillies" video on the scoreboard. Flyers players wished the baseball team luck in the NLCS.
10:52: Tangradi's penalty expired and we are back to full strength.
13:17: Danny Briere just put the Flyers on the board. Jeff Carter took a shot from the high slot that missed the net. The puck bounced off the end boards and went right to Briere's stick, who put it top shelf past a helpless Brent Johnson. The Penguins still have to kill off the second part of Tangradi's double-minor penalty. Flyers 1, Penguins 0
13:52: Eric Tangradi tried to play the puck, but hit Zherdev with a high stick. He'll go to the box for four minutes.
14:48: Chris Kunitz flipped a wrister from the shot, but Bobrovsky made the save and froze the puck.
16:18: Jeff Carter cleared the puck from the defensive zone, and it went over the boards. The Penguins look to the refs to call a penalty. The referee signals for a penalty for delay of game. The Penguins will go on the power play.
17:27: Mike Rupp dropped the gloves with Jody Shelley. They exchanged punches for a while until the refs broke it up. The Philadelphia faithful seemed to enjoy the bout, even though there was no clear winner.
17:38: Brent Johnson just saved the day! Nikolay Zherdev had a breakaway, but Johnson made a great pad save.
18:26: Goligoski took a blast from the far point, and Bobrovsky gave up a juicy rebound. But Dupuis was unable to punch it past the rookie.
20:00: The Penguins have had a lot of success in Philadelphia in recent years, let's hope they can continue the trend.
6:07 PM: Mike Comrie is also making a return to Philadelphia. He played 21 games for the Flyers in the 2003-04 season.
6:02 PM: We are just moments away from Eric Tangradi's first visit to his hometown as an NHL player. He got his first goal last night against the New York Islanders. Tangradi spoke with FSN's Dan Potash from the bench before the game and talked about how much he's looking forward to the game.
6:00 PM: The Penguins will look to enact some revenge on the Flyers tonight, just nine days after the Flyers spoiled CONSOL Energy Center's inaugural game. Brent Johnson will get the start in goal, and the Flyers will go with Sergei Bobrovsky, who played a brilliant game against the Penguins last Thursday.
Here are the lines for the Penguins
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Mark Letestu - Eric Godard
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Andrew Hutchinson - Deryk Engelland