Penguins-Blackhawks In-Game Blog
Sunday, 02.20.2011 / 3:15 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
Patrick Kane scores the only goal of the first three rounds to spur the Blackhawks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Penguins.
0:00: We're going to a shootout at the United Center!
1:31: Fleury with two absolutely unbelievable saves for the Pens! First he robs Michael Frolik before sliding over to rob Bolland with a wheeling glove save!
2:00: The Hawks are back to full strength. My apologies for not typing that right away.
3:23: TK JUST misses the open net!!!
4:21: Pens on the PP for 54 seconds as Adams is released from the box. We've got some 4-on-3 hockey!
5:00: And they're off!
0:00: We're going to OT!
0:30: After a golden scoring opportunity by the Hawks, Cooke goes to skate the puck out and is hooked by Hossa. We've got 4-on-4 hockey for the next 1:06.
1:23: Kane finds some space in the slot and almost breaks free, but Letang gets a stick on him and sweeps the resulting rebound out of the zone with his glove. No. 58 is going to get a pair for hooking. Pens on the PK.
1:58: Bylsma uses his timeout to give his guys a rest after they're whistled for icing.
3:15: Brett Sterling stuffs home a rebound to even the score at 2-2! On the play, Tyler Kennedy had wheeled down the ice and ripped a shot at Crawford, which sent the Hawks goalie scrambling. The rebound squirted out to the stick of Sterling, who slammed it home for the score! Penguins 2, Blackhawks 2
4:47: Goligoski makes one heck of a sliding block to break up a Chicago pass in front of the Pens net.
7:25: Chicago gets a 3-on-1 rush off the draw, but Fleury denies Sharp's one-timer from the left circle.
7:43: The Hawks are whistled for offsides. Faceoff coming outside the Pens zone.
10:26: Assistant coach Mike Haviland, who's acting head coach for the Blackhawks while Joel Quenneville recovers from a stomach ulcer, calls a timeout to rest his troops as they've been caught on the ice for quite a while.
10:52: Goligoski nearly breaks free for a breakaway but he's held up by Toews.
12:39: Chris Conner lays a huge hit on Brent Seabrook behind the Hawks net. These last few minutes have flown by.
15:25: The Pens have been dictating play on this last shift. Another solid performance by the Sterling-Staal-Dupuis line.
17:46: Deryk Engelland's shot from the point is bobbled by Crawford, but the Hawks goalie flops on his back and is able to cover it.
18:51: Bryan Bickell snipes a shot from the left circle that finds the top right corner of the net. Blackhawks 2, Penguins 1
20:00: The final frame is underway!
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Cooke is now first in the league with six shorthanded points on the season
- The Pens are now second (tied) in the league with nine shorthanded goals
- Wallace and Orpik each have five hits
- Letang leads with four shots
0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The two teams are tied, 1-1, and the Hawks hold the advantage in shots, 21-18.
0:10: Some pretty moves by Letang to carry the puck to the net, but his shot is deflected wide!
2:23: Sterling and Staal are both denied on the doorstep!!!
4:32: The Pens are back to full strength.
6:08: Welcome back Matt!!! After a beautiful defensive play by Orpik to lay his stick flat to the ice and deflect a pass out of danger, Talbot picks up the puck and wheels down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush with Cooke. Talbot waits, waits – then sends a perfect lead pass to Cooke, who sauces it over Crawford and into the net! That's the Pens' ninth shorthanded tally of the season! Penguins 1, Blackhawks 1
6:32: The Pens are heading to the PK as Craig Adams gets whistled for hooking.
7:43: Vitale makes a nifty off-the-boards pass to himself that allows him to wheel down the ice past a Hawks blueliner.
10:16: The Hawks are back to full strength.
11:05: Martin is back on the ice for Pittsburgh.
12:18: The Pens get another power-play opportunity as Kane is whistled for hooking Dupuis.
14:15: HUGE sequences of saves by Flower over these last couple of minutes. Brett Sterling also made a nice defensive play just now, with his active stick breaking up a pass to a wide-open Marian Hossa on the back door.
15:09: The Pens are back to full strength.
16:51: Toews hits the crossbar!!!
17:09: Staal's getting a pair for hooking. Pens will head to the PK against the league's No. 2-ranked power play.
18:10: As Sharp and Martin head into the corner to chase a puck, Sharp lays a hit on Martin that sends him flying into the boards. Martin is slow to get up and heads down the runway into the locker room.
18:50: The Hawks are back to full strength.
20:00: The middle frame has commenced.
NOTE: Pens fans in the United States -- don't forget that you can catch a live stream of this afternoon's game on NBC's website! Click here to launch the player.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Staal has won 6-of-7 faceoffs for an 86-percent success rate
- Dupuis leads Pens forwards with 6:26 of ice time
- Orpik has two of Pittsburgh's seven shots
0:00: The period ends with 1:09 of time remaining on the Pens' power play. Pittsburgh trails Chicago by a score of 1-0, and the Blackhawks hold a 13-7 advantage in shots.
2:20: As Sharp tries to muscle his way to the net he hi-sticks Orpik in the mouth, drawing blood. The Pens are now on the PP with 3:30 minutes left on Sharp's double minor.
4:55: Kennedy tries to maneuver a shot through traffic but it's deflected up and out of play.
7:16: The Hawks have been controlling play down low for the last couple of minutes.
9:54: Chicago heads right back down the ice. Toews dishes a pass from behind the Pens net to Sharp, who's open in the slot and proceeds to slam the puck home for the score. Blackhawks 1, Penguins 0
10:17: Sterling goes down on one knee to rip a blast that goes just wide!
11:50: Jordan Hendry slams into the boards and the glass falls out from the force of his impact. The United Center crew is out there replacing it as we speak.
13:19: Great shift by the Sterling-Staal-Dupuis line as they win a few puck battles in front of the Hawks net and gobble up some rebounds.
13:45: As Flower tries to play a puck behind the cage, it gets stuck on the outside of the net and play is whistled dead. He's had to be sharp early, as he's already faced nine shots so far this period.
16:02: Defenseman Duncan Keith displays some wizardry with the puck when he sneaks down low and tries to deke out "Flower," but the Pens goalie makes the save.
16:40: Patrick Sharp wheels up the ice for a breakaway, but Fleury challenges and smothers Sharp's blast!
17:23: Ouch – Ryan Craig makes a huge sliding block to absorb a Chicago blast from the point.
18:22: Both teams have come out flying this afternoon. They've set a nice quick pace right off the bat.
19:36: Brett Sterling nearly splits the Hawks' D while chasing a puck after the Pens chip it out of their zone, but he can't quite break through.
20:00: They're off at the United Center! It's a great day for hockey!
3:25 PM: Ben Lovejoy, Eric Godard and Nick Johnson are the Pens' scratches. Here's Pittsburgh's lines:
Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Hawks.
3:20 PM: Great news Pens fans – NBC is providing a live stream of this afternoon's game for fans in the United States! Click here to watch.
3:15 PM: I can't think of a better way to cap off this year's "Hockey Weekend Across America" than by having the NHL's last two Stanley Cup champions face off in a Sunday afternoon matinee.
As some of the Pens discussed yesterday, it's always exciting to see how Pittsburgh measures up with teams from the West – especially one as deep as the Blackhawks, as they feature stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.
This game is part of NBC Sports’ “Hockey Day in America," new this year to the weekend-long celebration of hockey. It's the back end of an NHL doubleheader (Philadelphia and the New York Rangers faced off at 12:30 p.m.) and will feature content throughout the broadcast that showcases all levels of hockey in the United States.
Head coach Dan Bylsma talked to reporters prior to today's tilt. Watch what he had to say: