Pens-Sens In-Game Blog
Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 6:15 PM ET / Features
By Sam Kasan
SENATORS 5, PENGUINS 1
0:00: The game ends.
3:31: The Pens kill off a penalty to Evgeni Malkin.
7:24: Michalek buries his 22nd goal of the season from the slot to add to the lead. SENATORS 5, PENGUINS 1
9:20: Pens kill the penalty. Neal gets a ridic opportunity on a semi-breakaway coming out of the box. His shot is stopped by Anderson.
11:20: Neal goes to the box for charging. Senators will have a power play.
12:59: Fleury comes sliding across the crease to make a pad save on Butler. He covers for a whistle.
14:11: Neal with a laser shot, but it goes wide. He then levels Carkner behind the net.
16:45: Fleury comes out to challenge and makes a strong save on a Spezza slapper from the far circle.
20:00: Puck drops. Game on. Pens need a huge third-period rally to get back into this one.
Stanford QB Andrew Luck was at tonight's game
- Despres only played only 3 minutes in the game
- Malkin 10-3 in faceoffs
- Pens outshooting, 22-13, and winning the faceoff battle, 22-13 (63%)
0:00: The second period comes to an end with the Pens trailing 4-1 on the scoreboard.
1:25: Pens kill off the penalty to keep it a 4-1 game.
3:26: Park will go to the box for goaltender interference. Pittsburgh needs a big PK here.
4:01: The Pens announced an attendence of 18,603 tonight. During their 230-game sellout streak, which began Feb. 14, 2007, the team has had over 4 million fans at walk through the gates.
6:20: Pens starting to build some momentum. They had a good series of offensive possessions and created a few good scoring chances. Pens need to start converting though to climb back into this one.
8:46: GOAL!!! Pens Malkin buries a shot from the side of the net. He intercepts a pass from Gonchar and then gets off a shot. Then he scores on his own rebound. He gets hit hard after, but gets back to his feet and skates to the bench. SENATORS 4, PENGUINS 1
10:48: Cooke gets a wraparound attempt that Anderson denies.
12:35: Simon Despres will not return to the game with a lower-body injury.
14:17: Michalek scores for Ottawa, but the play is being reviewed. After a review the goal is determined to be good. Sens strike on the power play. SENATORS 4, PENGUINS 0
14:43: Asham takes a penalty and the Sens will go on the power play.
16:07: Malkin gets a wraparound chance but can't score.
16:33: Orpik throws a solid check into Condra, trying to change the momentum in this game.
17:55: Neal crashes the net hard and after a scrum breaks out. Neal and Michalek both go to the box.
18:45: Spezza with an un-be-lievable move to score for the Sens. He carries the puck around Niskanen, pulls Johnson out of the crease and then reaches back to push the puck in over the line. The Pens pull Johnson and Fleury will be between the pipes. SENATORS 3, PENGUINS 0
20:00: Puck drops. Game on. Second period underway.
- Malkin is 6-1 in faceoffs
- Malkin led team with 8:20 in ice time
- Foligno has 2 assists
0:00: First period ends with the Pens trailing 2-0. Shots are 9-7 in favor of Pittsburgh.
5:57: The Senators strike again. A great play by Foligno to carry the puck the length of the ice and then makes a nice cross-ice pass to Butler. He burries it for the score. Coach Bylsma takes a timeout to calm his team down. SENATORS 2, PENGUINS 0
8:47: The Senators strike first. Neil hammers home his own rebound from the side of the cage. SENATORS 1, PENGUINS 0
10:19: The penalty expires. Despres skates gingerly to the bench and is helped down the runway and to the locker room.
12:19: Joe Vitale forces a turnover and then gets two chances on net. Sens Lee will go to the box for holding. Pittsburgh will have their first PP of the game.
13:30: Official from Sens PR, Karlsson out with upper-body injury.
14:30: Johnson with a great split pad save to stop Spezza from atop the crease. Beautiful.
18:29: Tangradi came to play tonight. Throws a big check in the defensive zone to force a turnover and then in the offensive zone gets off a nice shot from the far circle.
20:00: Puck drop. Game on. First period underway.
Pens lines for tonight...
Johnson in net.
The Senators scratched the explosive defenseman Erik Karlsson.
Pens Martin will not be playing in tonight's game. Despres will take his roster spot.
The Pens are on the ice warmups. Martin and Jeffrey are not on the ice, but Asham, Adams, Despres and Neal are skating.
Here is a quick scouting report on the Senators, who is 8-1-2 on their last 11 games.
Wow, I don't even know where to begin with a recap of this morning's events (full recap can be found in the Pens Report). But I'll try to give you the least you need to know...
James Neal's foot injury turned out not to be broken, as the team initially thought, but was only bruised. He can't hurt it any worse, though he will be considerable pain. But he's going to tough it out and play tonight (full details on Neal here).
Craig Adams stressed a previous injury after falling awkwardly in Sunday's practice. He took Monday off, but was back at the morning skate and said he is good to go for tonight.
Paul Martin has missed the last two days with an illness. His status for the game is uncertain. As a precaution, the Pens recalled Simon Despres from WBS in case Martin is not able to go.
Mearsy gives you the rundown with the Verizon Game Day Report...