Penguins-Devils In-Game Blog
Friday, 03.25.2011 / 6:45 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
James Neal gets the game-deciding shootout tally to give the Penguins a 1-0 victory!
Elias: Flower makes the save! Pens win!!!
Neal: He headfakes, draws Brodeur out and absolutely snipes a shot top shelf!
Kovalchuk: Now it's Flower's left pad that comes up big!
Kovalev: Kovy tries for the element of surprise and goes for a quick release, but Brodeur is up to the challenge.
Rolston: Somehow Flower stretches his right pad out and keeps the puck from crossing the goal line!
Letang: He dekes out Brodeur but his backhander hits the crossbar!!!
0:00: We're going to a shootout!!!
0:51: It seems like Staal has been out there for the majority of this overtime period. He's such a workhorse out there.
2:26: Martin nearly re-directs a puck past Brodeur!!! He dropped down low on the play and established some net-front presence! Huge chance for the Pens!
3:30: Pens just controlled the play on that last shift. Don't forget, the teams skate 4-on-4 in this extra session.
5:00: Puck drops. Here we go!!!
0:00: That'll do it for regulation. We're going to OT!
0:32: Fleury gloves a Tallinder shot and holds on. Faceoff coming inside the Penguins zone.
1:00: Tonight’s four combined shots between the Penguins (3) and New Jersey (1) in the first period established a franchise record for the fewest combined shots in a single period between both teams.
2:21: Pens back to full strength. Beautiful kill by Pittsburgh.
4:21: Lovejoy is in the box for hooking. Pens on the PK.
4:44: Lots of back-and-forth play between the two teams right now, but no one is finishing.
6:42: Pens back to full strength!
8:42: Niskanen's getting whistled for slashing. Pens on the PK.
10:03: Michalek rips a shot at the net that goes just wide!!!
11:15: Rupp lays out Anssi Salmela behind the Devils net before sprinting to the other end of the ice and crunching another Devils player! No. 17 is quite a force right now.
14:37: Zharkov capitalizes on a turnover and is all alone in front of Flower! He tries a couple of dekes but Michalek stretches out and pokes the puck away at the last second!!!
16:40: TK skates in off the faceoff (which is just outside the Devils zone) and his shot just misses the net!!!
17:10: Tanger carries deep into the Devils zone and one-arms a puck to the net, but Brodeur turns it aside.
19:30: Fleury foils both Zajac's shot and Palmieri's rebound attempt.
20:00: Puck has dropped. Game on!
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Comrie has logged 6:27 of ice time in his first game back so far
- The Pens are outhitting the Devils by a 25-7 margin
- Adams leads the Pens with three shots
- Martin has three blocked shots
0:00: The first 40 minutes are in the books. We're still scoreless and shots are 16-10 in favor of the Pens.
2:23: Dainius Zubrus powers his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to the net and gets a shot on Flower that Fleury deftly turns aside. Great scoring chance for the Devils.
2:59: Engelland's heading to the box for roughing. Pens on the PK.
3:47: Nice tenacious play by Adams just now. He sails a backhander to the net that Brodeur has to hop to save. Then Adams gets knocked down behind the net, but he recovers, grabs the puck and sends it to Engelland, who gets a quality shot on goal.
6:18: Staal gets a crack on the doorstep on a rebound opportunity, but Brodeur makes the save.
7:52: Devils back to full strength.
7:54: The Pens get two good chances at the penalty winds down. First Kunitz rips a shot that bounces off Brodeur's head, then Niskanen whistles a shot through traffic that the Devils goalie absorbs.
9:52: And Kennedy draws a tripping penalty off the ensuing faceoff as Rolston takes his legs out from under him! Pens on the PP! Comrie, Staal and Kovy are up top for the Pens on their first PP unit. Tanger and Martin are on the points.
9:57: Head coach Dan Bylsma chooses to use his timeout after the Pens are whistled for icing after a long shift. Smart move to give the guys a bit of much-needed rest.
10:57: Volchenkov and Kunitz race for a puck in the Devils offensive zone, with the New Jersey D-man falling into the boards hard. He's slow to get up, but is able to skate off the ice fine.
13:20: Martin's shot from the point hits the back boards and bounces to Kunitz in front, but Anton Volchenkov is there to tie up his stick!!! Kunitz would have had a wide-open net!
14:26: As Tanger's penalty expires, Talbot and Kunitz embark on a 2-on-1 break with Letang trailing! Talbot dishes a cross-ice feed to Kunitz, but Vladimir Zharkov goes down on one knee, gets a stick on it and makes it hard for Kunitz to handle. He is able to get a piece of it, but enough to corral it cleanly.
15:46: The Big Mac Attack is over. Darn. No freebies for anyone.
16:32: 'Tanger' is getting a pair for hooking. Pens on the PK.
17:46: It's the Big Mac Attack!!! If the Pens score in the next two minutes, then you get spmething at Mickey D's when you take your game ticket in. We're unsure as to what that is. We're assuming a Big Mac.
18:19: Adams jumps on a loose puck in the neutral zone and is able to get a shot off, but it's turned aside by Brodeur.
20:00: Puck drops. Game on!
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- The Pens are outhitting the Devils, 11-5
- Michalek leads with 8:19 of ice time
- Niskanen, Dupuis and Staal have the Pens' three shots
0:00: That'll do it for the first. Both teams are playing some extreme shutdown defense, as we're scoreless and the Pens have three shots to the Devils' one.
1:00: Kovalchuk powers to the slot and whips a high shot at Fleury that misses the net but takes a funny bounce back into the blue-paint area. The Pens instantly clear!
3:38: Dupuis whips a shot at Brodeur that the Devils goalie turns aside.
6:30: Niskanen registers the Pens first shot of the game when he tees off a slapshot from the blue line!
9:56: Brian Rolston whips the first shot of the game, a wrister from the left circle that 'Flower' turns aside.
10:22: We're nearly halfway through the first and there's still no shots on goal from either team. Unbelievable!
12:22: Devils back to full strength. Neither team has registered a shot on goal yet tonight.
14:22: Mattias Tedenby holds Deryk Engelland as the Pens defenseman battles for the puck and the Devils forward is heading to the box. Pens on the PP!
17:46: Chris Conner blocks a Henrik Tallinder shot and uses his impressive speed to chase down the puck! He has a clean lane but can't get a handle on the puck.
18:35: The Devils are establishing some offensive-zone time early, as they keep the puck hemmed in the Penguins D zone for their first couple of shifts.
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!!!
7:00 PM: Pens lines:
Fleury gets the nod between the pipes. Martin Brodeur is starting in goal for the Devils.
6:45 PM: Welcome back everyone! It's been almost two weeks (12 days, to be exact) that we've had a Penguins home game here at CONSOL Energy Center. There's only three more regular-season games after this – I can't believe how fast this year has gone by!
The Pens put forth one of their best efforts of the season against cross-state rival Philadelphia on Thursday, earning a 2-1 shootout victory thanks to the game-deciding score from Chris Kunitz. Now the Pens are gearing up to face another division rival in the New Jersey Devils. They'll be without the services of Dustin Jeffrey, who was injured late in the second period against the Flyers and has yet to be evaluated. Mike Comrie will be playing in his stead. He's been out since Nov. 26 after undergoing hip surgery.
Since we're playing New Jersey, I'll start the blog with a song whose roots come from the Garden State. On his last album "Battle Studies," John Mayer did an unbelievable cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire." Since The Boss is one of the most famous New Jerseyites of all time, I felt it was appropriate to add. Check it out if you feel so inclined.
And of course, we have to put the original...