Pens-Devils In-Game Blog
Saturday, 01.7.2012 / 6:30 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
DEVILS 3, PENGUINS 1
0:00: That'll do it. Pens drop their fourth straight game as they fall to the Devils, 3-1.
0:49: Devils ice the puck with less than a minute remaining. Big O-zone faceoff here for the Pens.
1:28: Pens pull Fleury for the extra attacker...
5:35: Devils back to full strength.
6:20: Kunitz (hi-sticking) and Salvador (slashing) get coincidentals as they jostle for position in front of the net. Pens remain on the power play.
7:40: Pens to the power play as Tallinder is called for delay of game. Big opportunity here for Pittsburgh!
8:38: The pace has definitely slowed down after a frenetic second frame. Neither team is gaining much offensive zone time.
13:23: Pens already have 34 shots on goal. Entering tonight, they outshot their opponents in four of the last five games, including a 38-21 advantage over NY Rangers last night.
18:32: And the Devils convert on a pretty tic-tac-toe play: Kovalchuk to Elias to Zubrus, who tips it past Fleury for the score. DEVILS 3, PENS 1
19:43: Devils get their first PP opportunity of the game when Malkin trips up Mark Fayne in the neutral zone. Pens to the PK.
20:00: Puck drops to start the third. Game on!!!
- Malkin is 11-4 in the faceoff dot (73 percent)
- Cooke has 5 of the Pens' 11 hits
- Both teams had 17 shots in what was an exciting period
- Kunitz' assist on Geno's goal gives him points in 4 straight games vs. NJ
0:00: First 40 minutes in the books. Devils have a 2-1 lead while Pens have a 28-20 advantage in shots.
2:10: Another mad scramble ensues in front of the Devils net, where a rebound squirts loose just outside the blue paint for Orpik to grab...but Brodeur somehow gets a pad on it!!!
3:22: Martin flips a puck to Kunitz, who's alone in front of the goal. He catches it, puts it on his blade and tries sending a pass to Neal, who can't corral it.
4:29: Dupuis fires a blast at Brodeur, who lets a long rebound go right to a crashing Kunitz...who isn't able to get a handle on it! He would have had a wide-open net if he wasn't swarmed by defenders!
8:37: Devils win an O-zone faceoff where Kovalchuk drifts to the slot and receives a pass from Parise...that he slams past Fleury for the score. DEVILS 2, PENS 1
10:01: Pens back to full strength and Bylsma opts to use his timeout to stem New Jersey's momentum.
10:12: With five seconds left on the PP, Kovalchuk gets a mini breakaway that Fleury stops him on. He turns aside the rebound chance, as well.
11:21: Henrique breaks behind the Pens D and goes in on a shorthanded breakaway. It appears that Fleury saves it, but he isn't able to cover it all the way before Henrique grabs the loose puck and tickles the twine with it. We thought the ref whistled the play dead, but after a quick review it's determined a good goal. PENS 1, DEVILS 1
12:09: Eric Boulton knocks Fleury to the ground and he's going to get called for it! Pens get the first power play of the game!
13:12: It's the Pens' turn for a big shift of their own. The Kunitz-Malkin-Dupuis line just barraged the net hard, making Brodeur and his teammates scramble to keep the puck out.
14:31: Huge shift by the Devils just now where they controlled the puck down low and made the Pens chase them in the zone, but Fleury stands tall and Pittsburgh's able to clear.
19:06: Devils finally get a puck to the cage when Parise whips one at Fleury from the left circle that the Pens goalie kicks away with his pad.
20:00: Puck drops to start the second. Game on!
- As mentioned previously, tonight is Marc-Andre Fleury's 400th NHL game
- New Jersey's last shot came from Kovalchuk with 11:02 left in the period
- Engelland's four shots on goal are a new career high for the Pens D-man
- There were no penalties called for either side in that period
0:00: First period has come to an end. Pens lead 1-0 and have a 12-3 advantage in shots.
0:21: No free burgers for Pens fans tonight, unfortunately.
2:21: Time for the Big Mac Attack!!! If Pens score in the next 2 minutes, everyone in attendance gets a free Big Mac!
4:42: Kunitz intercepts a Devils pass in his own end and starts a rush up the other way that cumulates with a quality Pens scoring chance, but the re-direct goes just wide!
5:45: And off the ensuing faceoff, it appears James Neal scores but it's instantly waved off as it's determined he batted it in with his glove.
5:49: Devils coach DeBoer has to use his timeout after his team ices the puck.
9:11: Engelland hasn't been shy about using his shot so far tonight, as he's got four of the Pens' eight shots.
10:54: Both teams seem to have quite a bit of jump even though they played last night. Game is pretty wide open at this point in time.
15:12: Pens find the back of the net as a result of a pretty cycling play! Kunitz dished to Neal behind the net, who passed it down to Paul Martin on the point. He fed Malkin at the top of the circles, who went down on one knee to absolutely blast a scorcher past Brodeur. PENS 1, DEVILS 0
16:09: Fleury goes to clear the puck behind his own net and it's intercepted, but Pens are able to clear and gain the Devils zone...and stay there.
18:06: Kovalchuk barrels into Fleury, knocking the Pens netminder on his back, and the Pens don't like it. A small ruckus ensues and the refs stop play to get it all cleared up.
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh for the second day in a row! Puck drops. Game on!
Pens scratch Staal and Asham.
Here's the official line combos:
Fleury between the pipes for his 400th career NHL game! His hockey idol Martin Brodeur in net for New Jersey.
Good evening everyone! Tonight marks the conclusion of back-to-back home games against a pair of division rivals for the Pens, as they fell to the NY Rangers here at CONSOL Energy Center last night and will host New Jersey in short order. The two teams are tied with 46 points, so this game is crucial for the Pens – who rank sixth in the Eastern Conference while New Jersey ranks seventh.
The Pens held an optional morning skate this a.m. and we were there to get all of the game day updates. You can click here for the notebook or watch Steve Mears bring you the Game Day Report below. Make sure to check back around 7 p.m. for the official scratches and line combos!