Penguins-Thrashers In-Game Blog
Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 7:00 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan
0:00: And the Penguins win their 11th game in the past 13 here at home with a 6-3 victory! They outshot the Thrashers 36-34. Pittsburgh will head to Long Island tonight for their contest with the New York Islanders tomorrow.
3:17: Eric Boulton just gave the Thrashers a third goal. A scurry in front of Fluery led to the left winger sliding the puck into the goal. Penguins 6, Thrashers 3
3:44: Cooke with a great tip in front of the net. Crosby sent the shot from the midpoint and Cooke re-directed it into the side of the netting with a delayed call coming against Atlanta. That's Crosby's fourth point of the night. Penguins 6, Thrashers 2
4:34: Another great shorthanded chance with Adams and Talbot on a 2-on-1. Adams went to Talbot. Talbot tried to go back to Adams, but his pass was deflected.
7:00: Letestu just pulled off one of the best individual efforst you will ever see to get a goal. He forced Burmistrov to turn the puck over, battled the whole way for the rubber, gained body position and then embarrassed Pavelec in front. Penguins 5, Thrashers 2
8:04: Letang with a big blast from center ice that Pavelec struggled to control.
9:58: Pens kill the PK and Crosby sets Letang up for a one-timer. His shot is stopped and deflected into the seats.
10:49: Oduya with two big blasts that Fleury stopped.
12:41: Another penalty. The PK is getting lots of practice tonight.
13:35: Kane gets hit hard into the glass by Asham. He's down in the fetal position as the trainers come to check on him. He gets to his feet and his being aided to the bench.
15:17: Malkin blocks a pass in the neutral zone and has a partial breakaway. He's stopped by Pavelec.
15:29: The Pens kill both penalties and the crowd reacts favorably.
16:55: Two great plays from Talbot to break up a centering pass, and then to make the smart dump off the boards to clear the zone.
17:40: Letang batted the puck into the crowd and will get a penalty for delay of game. A 1:14 two-man advantage for Atlanta. This could be the turning point in the contest.
18:26: Pens penalty. Cooke goes for hooking. PK powers. Activate!
19:51: That didn't take long. Crosby with a great hustle and feed to Kunitz in front of the net. Kunitz finished the job with the tap-in. Penguins 4, Thrashers 2
20:00: 20 minutes to pay dirt. Here we go.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Crosby 8-3 in faceoffs
- Adams gets first goal since Oct. 27 at Tampa Bay (also a shorthanded score)
- Letang with 15:58 ice time, leading team
0:00: The second period comes to an end. Pens lead, 3-2. Pittsburgh outshot Atlanta, 16-5, in the second frame. Shot totals after 2: Pens - 27; Thrashers -20.
3:32: Martin recieved a pass right atop the crease on Pavelec, but is stopped by the Atlanta netminder. Malkin with a great pass on the play. Martin tried five-hole, but was stuffed.
4:22: The Thrashers get flagged for too many men on the ice. They get a two-minute penalty for cheating.
8:23: The Pens get a shorty!!! Cooke beat three Thrashers to a dumped puck behind the Atlanta net and found Adams all alone in the slot. Adams waited before lifting a shot into the corner. Sniper shot. Penguins 3, Thrashers 2
9:00: Orpik gets hit with a hi-sticking ticket. Pens PK, activate!
10:08: Kennedy nealry got himself a goal. He crashed the net on a hard shot from Dupuis. But he couldn't control the bouncing puck as Pavelec was trapped out at sea.
12:19: The Pens will get a power play as Eager gets called for slashing. Scratch that. Asham also gets two for slashing. 4-on-4 we go.
14:04: Martin with a shot from the point. Conner tries to screen. Pavelec gets it with the glove.
14:31: Great shift from Geno! He nearly stuffs in a rebound and then just misses from a tough angle. Then he gets a free shot from the slot, but is denied. He was flying on that shift.
14:55: Letang races up the ice with the puck but is knocked off his skates by a hard check from Burmistrov.
16:19: Rupp gets off a shot from the near circle that is stopped by Pavelec.
18:03: Kane drives to the net. He is stopped, but manages to bullrush the posts of their moorings.
20:00: And go!
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Crosby: 2 goals, 4 shots. He's scored last 5 Pens' goals against Atlanta
- Peverley is 6-2 in faceoffs
- Pens have blocked four shots
0:00: The first period ends with the score: Crosby 2, Thrashers 2. Atlanta has the edge in shots, 14-11. There are no words left for Crosby. His assault on the league continues.
1:26: Crosby does it again!!! Thanks to a great breakout feed to the blue line from Goligoski, Crosby recieved the puck and broke through three Atlanta defenders for a breakaway. He waited patiently before snapping a shot into the top corner. Penguins 2, Thrashers 2
1:55: Pens kill the penalty. They spend most of the time in the Atlanta zone. Great work by the PK unit.
3:56: The Pens used the Malkin-Crosby-Kunitz line. But Goligoski gets called for hooking and Atlanta is back on the PP.
4:42: The Thrashers strike on the power play. Dustin Byfuglien's hard slap shot eluded a screened Fleury.
5:13: The Pens killed the first penalty. Enstrom with a blast from the point that is absorbed by Fleury.
5:31: Pittsburgh gets hit with another penalty. They'll have 15 seconds down two men.
6:24: Dupuis with an amazing play to steal the puck from a Thrasher. He carries down the far side and drills a slapper on net. The shot knocked Pavelec to the ice. Adams founds the rebound, but his backhander missed the open cage.
7:16: Malkin gets 2 mins for hooking. PK goes to work.
8:11: Another brilliant save by Fleury with a point-blank stop on Little. The crowd responds with a "Fleury! Fleury!" chant.
8:34: Kennedy sends a shot just over the cross bar. The Thrashers counter and Slater is stopped on a great pad save by Fleury.
9:26: 25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crosby extends his remarkable scoring streak to 25 games with a beautiful power-play goal. Crosby was positioned ot the right of the net when Letang made a great cross-ice pass. Crosby buried the shot. Penguins 1, Thrashers 1
9:55: Great hustle by Kunitz as he streaked into the Atlanta zone with the puck, forcing a hooking penalty getting the Pens back on the power play. Now that was a Miller Lite good call.
11:18: The Thrashers have some good sustained pressure, but can't generate a shot. The Pens ice the puck in desperation.
13:29: The teams trade chances. The crowd pitches in with a "Let's Go Pens!" chant.
15:58: Hot-lanta kills the penalty. All even.
17:58: Interference call coming on Modin. Pittsburgh PP goes to work.
19:13: The Thrashers strike first. A bad bounce sent Little and Kane in on a 2-on-1. Little got it to Kane in front and he buried his shot past a defenseless Fleury. Thrashers 1, Penguins 0
19:25: Crosby goes with a spin-o-rama in the near circle, but is denied by Pavelec.
20:00 Ready? GO!
7:04 PM: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis starting for the Pens. As Bylsma would say, Kunitz will no doubt be ready to grind these "gentlemen" down.
7:02 PM: Pascal Dupuis missed the morning skate, but will be in the lineup for the Pens. Here are the lines for the night:
Fleury in goal.
7:00 PM: A lot happened earlier today. Too much to get into, so check out the game day blog for details. Spoiler, Pens alumni were in action.
Tonight the Pens battle the Thrashers. Should be a spirited affair. In history holds, someone in a Penguins uniform will score a hat trick tonight. My $$$ is on Crosby. I know, a risky bet. Both Crosby (Dec. 2) and Evgeni Malkin (Nov. 13) have trick'd against the Thrashers.