Pens-Isles In-Game Blog
Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 6:30 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
PENS 3, ISLES 2 (SO)
Fleury pokechecks Tavares!!! PENS WIN!!!
Neal's wrister deflects high and wide!
Fleury gloves Parenteau's attempt!
DiPietro dives and tries to poke the puck off Geno's stick, but Malkin waits and tucks it in the smallest opening available!
Fleury stones Nielsen's quick shot attempt.
Letang stopped by DiPietro.
Rick DiPietro going in goal for the shootout. Interesting move by the Isles.
0:00: And we're goin' to a shootout.
0:33: Malkin, Neal, Sullivan and Letang out for this advantage.
0:34: Letang drives hard down the side of the ice and gets his legs taken out from under him by Streit. Pens will finish this OT period with a 4-on-3 advantage!!!
1:49: Not much to report right now. Teams going back and forth but no incredibly good chances for either side.
5:00: The five-minute extra period has begun. The teams will skate 4-on-4 per NHL rules. Let's do this!!!
0:00: Pens rally from a 2-0 deficit thanks to goals from Kunitz and Neal to tie the game and force overtime!
5:53: Pens outshooting the Isles 29-18 right now. They're peppering Nabokov with shots...
9:36: Isles just got an opportunity that hit the post. Not hard, but enough to make me just a tidbit nervous.
12:56: Pens back to full strength. Fleury OUTSTANDING on that kill. Crowd is alive right now.
14:56: Pens head to the kill with Park going for hooking.
15:45: Pens tie it up on a GORGEOUS tic-tac-toe play! Geno on the half wall goes to Kunitz, who touches a perfect pass right to the wheelhouse of James Neal. He winds up and one-times it for the score!!! Nabokov is still looking for the puck. Beauty PP goal. Pens 2, Isles 2
17:28: And now the Pens are getting a PP with Okposo going for interference!
18:31: Talk about a quick response!!! Tanger winds up and sends a blast to the net that Duper re-directs before it gets there. He manages to get his rebound across the crease to Kunitz, who sends it into the wide-open net for the score! Isles 2, Pens 1
19:15: Isles go up 2-0 when Martin stuffs a rebound past Fleury. Isles 2, Pens 0
20:00: Puck drops. Game on!!!
As some of you may know, our good friend Pens superfan Cy Clark (@MalkaMania71) -- he of the awesomely nameplated jerseys at games -- just beat cancer!!! We're so happy he did. Cancer picked the wrong dude to mess with!!! It's such a scary disease that affects everyone. Please team with the NHL to do what you can to help the fight.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Pens outshot the Isles 13-2 that period
- Malkin is an impressive 11-5 on faceoffs (69 percent)
- Letang has played almost two full periods (19:43 minutes)
0:00: That'll do it for the second. Isles hold their 1-0 lead but have just nine shots to the Pens' 13.
0:15: Isles back to full strength. Lots of pressing by the Pens on that man-advantage, just couldn't convert.
2:15: Martin nimbly moves around (Matt) Martin, who doesn't like that and stops him illegally. M. Martin gets a pair for kneeing. Pens to the PP!
5:41: Man, has this game really opened up or what? Isles only have eight shots on net but that low total doesn't reflect their effort. They're getting a lot of good chances.
8:20: Quick note: the Pens had held the Isles scoreless for 167:44 straight minutes until Nielsen's first-period goal as they'd earned back-to-back home shutouts against NYI last season.
9:37: Pens now outshooting Isles 17-8.
12:40: Isles back to full strength. Staalsy back on the ice for Pitt BTW. Good news!
14:41: Pens to the PP as Isles get called for too many men. Parenteau will serve.
17:00: After the Isles cleared, Staal raced up the ice to crush John Tavares, who had the puck on the blue line. They both fell and Staal went straight to the bench after he got up, grimacing in pain. After a few moments, he went down the runway to the dressing room.
18:18: Staal uses his big frame to power around a defender, create some space and whip a puck to the cage that literally goes as far inside the crossbar as it can without crossing into the netting and bouncing back out! Sooo close!
20:00: Puck drops. Game on!
If you're just joining the blog, you may not know that tonight the Penguins organization is supporting the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.
The players wore purple jerseys when they hit the ice for the pre-game warmup that they'll sign to be auctioned at www.nhl.com starting on Nov. 1. Among other initiatives planned for the game:
- Each fan will receive a purple cancer awareness magnet as a giveaway courtesy of UPMC Cancer Centers
- The Penguins will host a number of special guests and young fans who are cancer patients and cancer survivors
- Penguins coaches, broadcasters and staff will be sporting purple “Hockey Fights Cancer” ties.
- Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be on sale at PensGear stores
- The American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will have information tables in the arena concourse
FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Neal leads with 3 shots (along with 2 blocked attempts and 2 missed shots)
- Letang leads with 11:06 of ice time
- Vitale is 4-0 on faceoffs
0:00: That's it for the first. After a strong start by the Pens, Isles stole the momentum and capped it off by scoring with just over a minute left in the period. They lead 1-0. Shots are 8-7 in the Pens' favor.
1:01: Mark Streit displays some nice moves on the point when he dekes out a Pens forward and carries down by the hashmarks. He sends a shot to the crease that bounces off Flower's pad right to the waiting stick of Frans Nielsen, who quickly taps it home. Isles 1, Pens 0
3:05: The Big Mac Drought of 2011-12 continues...
5:05: It's Big Mac Attack Time!!! If the Pens score in the next 2 minutes everyone at the game can redeem their ticket for a free yummy burger at McD's.
5:12: Fleury just tried to play the puck as Comeau was exiting the box and got a little tangled up. Luckily the Isles forward caught an edge as he tried to take the puck to stuff into an open net. Danger. Averted.
7:56: Two of the Pens' defenders just got tangled up with Isles players. Blake Comeau and Orpik were having a heated exchange in the corner (with Brooksie trying to skate away) and PA Parenteau and Niskanen going at it. Parenteau and Niskanen are getting incidentals while Comeau gets an extra two for unsportsmanlike conduct. Pens to the PP!
9:03: Pens back to full strength.
11:03: Now it's the Pens who will be shorthanded as Orpik gets whistled for interference.
11:18: Isles back to full strength.
11:39: Wow. Just wow. Staal gets some space in the slot and rips a wrister past Nabokov with Cookie providing some net front presence, but the goal is called off. The ref says it's goalie interference, but Cooke wasn't even touching him when the shot went off.
13:18: Kunitz, Malkin and Neal start up top with Letang and Sullivan on the points.
14:04: Vitale draws a hooking call on Brian Rolston when he's dragged to the ground by the benches. Pens on the PP!
18:50: Awesome first shift by the Pens. Sullivan, Malkin, Neal, Orpik and Engelland did a fantastic job of keeping play hemmed in the Isles zone for a full 1:10 and moved the puck smoothly. Nice way to start.
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!!! Puck drops. Game on!
Letestu, Macintyre and Michalek are scratched. Here are the Pens' lines:
Fleury in goal. Nabokov in net for the Isles.
Whew! It's been quite a hectic day here in Pittsburgh, starting with the Penguins doing their part to fight cancer. They wore purple and white jerseys with pink trim during their morning skate and they're currently sporting the purple sweaters during warmups, which they will sign and auction off on NHL.com starting Nov. 1 to benefit the league's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.
Then just a few short hours ago, NHL commish Gary Bettman came to town armed with a humongously awesome announcement: the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh will play host to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at CONSOL Energy Center next June.
You can get all of the extensive coverage of both Hockey Fights Cancer and the 2012 NHL Entry Draft here at www.PittsburghPenguins.com. It's been a fun day, but now it's time to focus on hockey.
Tonight marks the back end of a home-and-home series with the Isles, as the Pens traveled to Long Island on Tuesday and shut out their division opponent 3-0. Marc-Andre Fleury, who earned his first whitewashing of the season in that game, is back between the pipes tonight. Pens center Evgeni Malkin will play in his second-straight game, while the other Geno – Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov – gets the nod again for the New York. Sam Kasan has all the deets in today's Penguins Report.
I think the Trib Total Media Scouting Report got a little lost in the madness. PensTV production assistant Meghan McManimon did another great job, so for those of you who missed it, here it is!