Pens-Blues In-Game Blog
Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 6:30 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
BLUES 3, PENS 2
0:52: D-man Alex Pietrangelo ends the game when he goes forehand to backhand with Flower's momentum carrying him the other way and flips the puck into an open net. BLUES 3, PENS 2
2:05: Kunitz showcases some speed and slick moves when he circles around and carries the puck down the ice to get a shot on goal. It deflects out of play and Pens get a valuable O-zone faceoff.
3:57: Sid and Geno up top together right now. You have no idea how nice it was to type that just now!!!
5:00: Teams will play 4-on-4, as NHL rules dictate. Staal, Kunitz, Orpik and Letang out to start. Let's do this, Pens!
0:00: That'll do it for regulation. We're going to OT here in PIttsburgh. Pens guaranteed at least a point out of tonight's contest.
3:33: Neal all over the ice right now. He's leaving it all out there as regulation winds down.
4:59: It's time for the Big Mac Attack!
5:51: And the Pens tie it up!!! He gets a couple cracks on the doorstep to no avail, and Geno comes in and carries behind the net. Malkin passes it to Neal who's moved out to the slot, and he sends a scorcher past Elliott!!! Pens 2, Blues 2
6:30: Crosby's out of the box and Pens back to full strength. He's on the ice with Malkin and Neal right now,
8:30: Sid's sent to the box for elbowing when a Blues player blocks his way to a puck. Pens to the PK.
9:15: Langenbrunner gives St. Louis the lead. He finds a loose puck at the side of the net and burries a shot. Blues 2, Pens 1
14:25: Two great keeps by Orpik on this last shift. And just to end his shift with a bang, he swoops in and absolutely crushes Roman Polak as he ices the puck. The fans responded beautifully, and when they showed the hit replay on the video board, they all went "BOOOOOOOOOM" as Brooksy made contact.
15:30: Crowd is fired up after that goal. They're going wild at every little play. I. Love. It.
16:57: TK grabs the puck just outside the blue line and waits for his teammates to get onsides. He carries down and drops to Geno in front of the net, who feeds Sully with a perfect pass on the point. Sully winds up, shoots and scores!!! Pens 1, Blues 1
17:11: With just 3 seconds left on their PP, T.J. Oshie also gets whistled for hooking. Pens on the PP shortly!
19:11: Pens are going to be shorthanded early as TK gets a pair for hooking.
20:00: Puck drops to start the final frame. Game on!
- Malkin 6-1 on faceoffs (86 percent) and leading with 4 shots. Strong finish to the second for Geno
- Orpik with an impressive 6 blocked shots
- Letang leads Pittsburgh with 15:43 minutes played
0:00: Horn sounds. First 40 minutes in the books. St. Louis still leads 1-0 and are outshooting Pitt 26-14.
5:19: Pens are back to full strength and both Crosby and Backes have been released from their coincidental penalties with a stoppage in play.
5:56: Blues will have a shortlived 14-second power play here.
7:43: With 1:46 left on Pittsburgh's PP, Malkin gets called for tripping as the Blues get a solid shorthanded chance. We're going to 4-on-4 hockey with both Sid and Geno in the box.
7:57: The Pens will now have a 5-on-4 advantage for a full two minutes when Barret Jackman trips Geno on the faceoff! The crowd is absolutely roaring right now. Let's hope the Pens are sparked by this.
7:57: Tempers just flared after James Neal went to the net hard for a rebound. A big melee ensues around the St. Louis goal, especially after Sid gets involved. Pens rush to defend their captain after Backes tries to mix it up with Crosby. Both captains go to the box.
8:36: It looks like the Blues scored just now, with the ref emphatically slashing his arm to signify a goal. But on the replay, it appears that captain David Backes kicks the puck into the net. The play is now under review. ... AND BECAUSE IT WAS A CLEAR KICKING MOTION, IT'S NO GOAL! Blues' lead remains 1-0.
The Pens are currently honoring their 25,000,000th fan – Tom Mimidis of Charleroi, PA.
Mimidis won a trip to a Penguins road game as well as an autographed Sidney Crosby jersey. For more deets on how they found out Mimidis was the one, click here. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE BEST FANS IN HOCKEY!!!
10:44: And the Pens escape that Blues power play unscathed!
12:47: Crosby whistled for tripping. The captain's first penalty since his return.
13:11: Sid, Geno and Kunitz on a line together right now. Interesting combo. Coach said this might happen earlier this morning.
13:40: Michalek just got some space on the point to blast a cannon toward the net; it hit the red painted metal and clanged away! Crowd started cheering because it seriously looked like it tickled the twine.
14:21: Malkin wins an O-zone faceoff back to Neal, who sidesteps over and gets a shot on goal that Halak kicks out of danger!
15:28: Penalty expires. Amazing stat from Pens historian and legend Bob Grove: the Blues have not scored a PP goal on the Pens since Feb. 14, 2004.
17:28: Cookie called for holding, meaning Pens go to the PK against the league's worst power play.
18:57: Blues back to full strength, by the way.
19:39: Alex Steen picks up a loose puck on his blue line and gets behind the D, but Sid speeds back and knocks the puck off his stick in a great defensive play by 87.
20:00: Second period begins with 49 seconds left on the Pens' PP.
- Michalek is playing in his 500th career NHL game
- Jordan Staal is an impressive 6-1 in faceoffs (86 percent)
- Pens dominating as a whole in the faceoff dot, 74 percent to 26 percent
- That goal was Nichol's first of the season
0:00: That's it for the first. Blues dominated that period, holding a 1-0 lead and outshooting Pittsburgh 13-4.
1:12: Crosby is tripped by Chris Stewart as he hustles up ice with the puck. Pens on the PP!
1:40: Pens having a lot of trouble getting pucks to the net. Blues have held them to just three so far, blocking a few more from making their way to the cage.
3:53: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is in the house! The video board just showed him. Go Bucs!
CONGRATS TO PENS DEFENSEMAN ZBYNEK MICHALEK, WHO'S PLAYING IN HIS 500TH CAREER NHL GAME!!!
8:54: Engelland and Ryan Reaves drop the gloves at the Pens blue line. Spirited bout between the two.
9:42: Huge scramble in front of the Pens net just now, with Flower on his back flailing to keep the puck from crossing the goal line! He somehow manages to keep it out and Pens clear! But a Blues D-man swoops in and tees off a slot from the tops of the circles that Fleury makes a big kick-save on!
11:44: Crowd starts a "Let's Go Pens" chant to try and get the team going...
12:44: Pens a bit sloppy in their own zone these last couple of shifts. Theyr'e being outshot 8-2 by the Blues.
14:27: Scott Nichol picks up a turnover inside the Pens' blue line and rips a shot from the slot. Martin tries to block but it goes off his stick (breaking it in half) and up and over Flower's shoulder. Blues 1, Pens 0
15:20: So far the action has been mostly contained to the perimeters. Not much happening in and around the blue paint. Three shots for the Blues, two for the Pens.
19:29: Crowd erupts as Sid takes the ice for the first shift of his second game back.
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!!! Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Pens fans!
MacIntyre and Vitale are the Pens' scratches. Here's the official lines:
Fleury between the pipes. Elliott in goal for St. Louis.
Hello and good evening everyone! It's an odd feeling here in the Steel City right now...one of normalcy. Captain Sidney Crosby made his long-awaited return to the lineup on Monday – his first NHL game since Jan. 5, a 320-day absence – and the best player in the world made sure it was nothing short of incredible, scoring on his first shot of his second shift and finishing with two goals and two assists for four points, to name a few of his accomplishments after such a long time away from the game. Let's re-visit that real quick before I explain my second sentence of this blog...
But after a night that was an honor to have witnessed, the Pens have been back to business at usual these last couple of days. They've got a completely healthy squad (minus Ben Lovejoy) for the first time in almost 11 months, and they're focused, determined and ready to show what they're capable of – starting with St. Louis tonight. Pittsburgh enters this game with a perfect 6-0-2 record against the Western Conference and are 11-2-1 in their last 14 home games against the Blues. For the cliffs notes on tonight's opponent, watch below:
Finally, the Penguins will honor their 25,000,000th fan tonight. Counting regular season and playoff games since their inception in 1967, the Penguins have drawn 24,983,853 fans.
Through bar code technology, the Penguins and arena operator SMG will be able to track when the 25,000,000th fan enters the gates Wednesday night. The fan will be notified during the first period and honored during the second period.
The lucky 25,000,000th fan will win a road trip to a Penguins game as well as an autographed Sidney Crosby jersey. AWESOME!