Penguins-Flyers In-Game Blog
Thursday, 03.24.2011 / 6:45 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
Chris Kunitz wins it for the Pens by a final score of 2-1 when he tucks the puck underneath Bobrovsky!!!
0:00: The overtime session is over. Time for a shootout!
0:38: Bylsma decides to use his timeout after the Pens ice the puck after a long shift.
1:00: The Pens follow that up with a phenomenal shift in the Flyers D zone where they controlled the puck for a large chunk of time!
2:30: HUGE sliding block by Michalek on a 2-on-1 break for the Flyers!!!
3:06: The Flyers pounce on a puck in the neutral zone and almost get a 2-on-1 break, but they're whistled for offsides.
3:53: Giroux sends a shot to the net that gets re-directed, but thankfully bounces into the corner!
5:00: Puck drops. Game on! Don't forget, the teams skate 4-on-4 in the extra period.
0:00: The buzzer sounds, signaling the end of regulation! Each team earns a point as we're going to overtime in Philly.
1:28: Kennedy crushes Nodl on the boards in the Pens zone!
2:39: Neal is able to fire a shot at Bobrovsky while falling backward, but the Flyers goalie comes up with a wheeling glove save.
3:31: Huge save by Flower on Richards, who created some time and space for himself!
5:31: Could just hear Neal shouting "Paulie, Paulie" as Martin looked for an outlet pass in the Flyers zone.
6:03: Richards emerges from the behind the net and tries to stuff a puck through Flower, but no dice.
7:09: Bobrovsky makes a stick save on a TK shot. The Flyers have still not registered a shot...
9:34: The Flyers have yet to register a shot on net in the third period.
11:09: Dustin Jeffrey has a lower-body injury and will not return.
12:54: Mike Rupp dishes a pretty pass to a streaking Letang, but his shot hits the crossbar and sails out of play!
14:55: Pens back to full strength.
16:07: Ahh! Talbot gets a shorthanded breakaway but his shot is turned aside by Bobrovsky!!! Yet again with the left pad!
16:55: Asham's getting a pair for cross-checking. Pens on the PK.
18:16: Lovejoy sends a feed to Neal, who re-directs the puck off the crossbar!!!
18:55: The Pens are 13-3-6 when tied after two periods.
20:00: Puck has dropped. Game on!
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Kennedy paces all skaters with five shots on goal
- Michalek has three blocked shots
- Letang leads all skaters (by a wide margin) with 18:30 of ice time
- Kovalev and Neal are each having arguably their best games of the season
0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. The score is tied 1-1 and the Pens have a 20-15 advantage in shots.
1:17: Oh no. Jeff Carter falls backward onto the right leg of Dustin Jeffrey, who hobbles off the ice and has to be helped by two trainers into the dressing room. I'll give you an update on his status if there is one.
2:56: Flyers back to full strength.
4:12: Bobrovsky is standing on his head. Neal dekes and whips a shot at the Flyers goalie, which he saves. The puck goes into the corner and is dished to Kovy in the slot, who's denied again by Bobrovsky. Great series of scoring chances for the Pens.
4:56: Giroux slashes Staal and he's going to spend two minutes in the box for that. Pens on the PP!
7:06: Bobrovsky with a huge save on Kovalev on the doorstep!!! The rookie goalie certainly looks like he has shaken off last game's performance, where he allowed three goals on nine shots.
8:01: Kennedy tees off a shot from the top of the slot, and it deflects off the skate of a Flyers D-man who's tussling with Kunitz in front, but Bobrovsky is able to follow the puck the whole way and smother it for the faceoff!
10:49: Absolutely beautiful display of stickhandling wizadry by Neal to get to the blue paint!!! But Bobrovsky denies him from finding the back of the net.
11:25: Pens back to full strength.
12:18: I absolutely love how aggressive the Pens' PK is. They're not afraid to challenge anyone.
13:25: Niskanen tries to keep the puck hemmed in the Flyers defensive zone, but his shot hits a Flyer and he has to take a penalty to avoid a breakaway. He's in the box for tripping. Pens on the PK.
15:13: Jeff Carter nearly breaks free right in front of the Pens net and gets a puck to the cage, but Flower's all over it. Both literally and figuratively.
16:34: One of the Pens just dropped their gloves over the boards as the play whisked by. Oops. Haha.
17:16: Letang is looking quite sharp tonight. He just pounced on a centering pass in the blue paint and quickly cleared it out of the Pens zone.
18:59: The Pens strike with 38 seconds left on their PP! Letang skates up the ice and dishes to Kunitz. In a great display of strength, he's not even budged by a hit from a pesky Flyers D and gives himself time and space to make a pass to TK. TK absolutely SNIPES a bullet over the glove of Bobrovksy!!! Penguins 1, Flyers 1
20:00: They're off! The Pens have 1:39 remaining on their power play.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Kennedy has a game-high 3 shots
- Talbot has 3 hits
- Hits are even at 11-11
0:00: That'll do it for the first. Philly leads 1-0 and the Pens have the advantage in shots, 11-7.
0:21: Andreas Nodl powers past Lovejoy with an impressive burst of speed. As Lovejoy recovers and cuts him off, Nodl runs into Fleury and is going to get called for goaltender interference. Pens on the PP!
1:45: TK powers his way up the ice and whips a shot at Bobrovsky, but he's foiled by the left pad yet again! Just barely this time!
3:41: Dupuis sends a quick shot to the net which Bobrovsky deftly gloves.
4:42: The Flyers strike first on a fluky goal. James van Riemsdyk sends a centering pass to the front of the net, which Niskanen immediately tries to clear, but the puck hits the skate of Richards. It deflects up, goes off his stick and bounces over Fleury's shoulder. Flyers 1, Penguins 0
5:25: Kovalev speeds down the ice, niftily banks a pass off the boards to himself and eludes the Flyers defender. His centering pass to Lovejoy, however, is broken up.
6:45: Bobrovsky makes a big save on a puck that changed direction mid-flight thanks to a body in front of the net.
9:48: Pens back to full strength.
10:11: Kimmo Timonen re-directs a puck to Ville Leino, who isn't ready and can't corral it! He had a wide-open net if he could have gotten a handle on it!
10:34: The Pens just played a fantastic game of keepaway while killing the penalty, spearheaded by Pascal Dupuis.
11:41: HUGE sprawling poke-check save by Flower on Danny Briere!!!
11:48: The Flyers are getting the first PP of the game, as Engelland gets a pair for interference.
13:14: The line of Kunitz-Staal-Kennedy is doing a fantastic job of cycling the puck down low and controlling play. Letang and Lovejoy are doing a top-notch job of keeping the puck in the zone as well.
15:33: On that play, Lovejoy took the body on Mike Richards and opened the door for Letang to scoop up the puck and chip a pass to a streaking TK.
16:54: Tyler Kennedy gets a breakaway!!! He tries to deke to his forehand and tries to poke the puck in, but Bobrovsky keeps his left pad stretched out and blocks TK's shot from crossing the goal line.
18:36: Kovalev sets up Jeffrey for a quality scoring chance, but Jeffrey is tripped up by Bobrovsky as the Flyers goalie pokes the puck away.
19:16: The Pens can't break the puck out of their zone in the first shift, which cumulates with Matt Carle whipping a shot at 'Flower' that the Penguins netminder cooly saves.
20:00: The puck has dropped. Game on!!!
7:00 PM: Mark Letestu, Eric Godard and Brent Johnson are Pittsburgh's scratches. Here's the Pens' lines:
Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. As Sam Kasan reported in today's Penguins Report, Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for the Flyers.
6:46 PM: A major piece of news came out of the 'City of Brotherly Love' this afternoon. The Penguins have recalled goalie Brad Thiessen from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to backup Marc-Andre Fleury tonight, as the team announced today that Brent Johnson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Thiessen has been having an absolutely outstanding season for WBS. His 37 wins rank first in the league, as does his 1.88 goals-against average. Click the link above to learn more about the 25-year-old netminder.
6:45 PM: Is it just me, or did it feel like this day would never come? It's been three long months since Pittsburgh and Philadelphia last battled on the ice, and a lot has happened since that Dec. 14 meeting. The Flyers are well-aware of the changes to the Penguins' lineup, but know that Pittsburgh is the same tough team they've been all year and plan to play them as such. And as if this cross-state matchup couldn't get even more heated, the Pens are hot on the Flyers' heels for first-place in both the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division. ... Is it time for puck drop yet?!
I usually don't start my blogs off with music, but since this is such an intense game, here's a little pump-up song for everyone. It's called "The Fire" and it's by Philadelphia-based band the Roots, featuring John Legend. The beat on this version is a little faster than the one I normally listen to, but hey, that's fitting, right?