-We're stuck on the always lovely Parkway East. Feel free to comment on this thread until we get into the office.
-Chris Conner is in the lineup. Ruslan Fedotenko is scratched as some had speculated.
-The Penguins' other scratches are Jordan Leopold, Deryk Engelland, Ben Lovejoy, Eric Godard, Tyler Kennedy and Brad Thiessen.
-The Senators' scratches are Milan Michalek, Filip Kuba, Ryan Shannon, Alex Kovalev, Josh Hennessy, Jonathan Cheechoo, Jared Cowen, Derek Smith, Brian Lee and Mike Brodeur.
-Marc-Andre Fleury and Pascal Leclaire are your starting goaltenders.
14:41: Matt Cullen scores on a breakaway. Daniel Alfredsson and Anton Volchenkov get assists. Senators 1-0.
12:28: Bill Guerin takes a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing and rips a wrister. It gets blocked in front.
11:41: Alexei Ponikarovsky tries to work the puck up the left wing but is rubbed off the puck by Erik Karlsson.
11:26: Mark Eaton has a slapper from the right point blocked by Nick Foligno.
10:27: Shean Dovan sneaks a backhander on net form the right circle. Fleury fights it off.
9:21: Mike Fisher races up the right ring and blasts a slapper on net. Fleury fights it off with his shoulder.
9:12: Daniel Alfredsson pumps a slapper on net from the right circle. It's wide on the near side.
8:23: Brooks Orpik rattles Matt Carkner in the right corner in the Penguins' zone.
7:20: Mike Rupp jumps on a loose puck in the cresae and punches it on net. Leclaire appears to hold it out. Officials review it. After a really long and lengthy review, the call on the ice is upheld. It's hard to argue with it. The replays available didn't really show anything which clearly showed the puck totally across the net.
6:21: Chris Kunitz drives a shot from the left wing wide on the far side.
5:57: Guerin tries to flick a backhanded wraparound from the left of the cage. Leclaire holds it out.
4:10: Dupuis gets behind Jarkko Ruutu and Matt Carkner and has a bit of a breakaway. He lifts a backhander from the right circle. Leclaire fights it off.
3:58: Kris Letang gets a shot through traffic from the right point. Leclaire boots it out.
3:34: On a delayed penalty, a slapper by Dupuis is blocked in front.
3:30: Ruutu is nabbed for putting a Heimlich maneuver on Eaton. Evgen Malkin, Sidney Crosby , Bill Guerin, Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang take the ice.
2:51: Guerin backhand taps a loose puck int he crease on net. Leclaire is able to slides to his left and kick it out.
2:38: Gonchar cranks a one-timer on net from the top of the slot. Leclaire is square and eats it up.
1:43: Kelly turns and just pushes a puck down ice to kill off the rest of Ruutu's penalty. The Penguins wasted that chance.
0:33: Cooke is called for charging. Not sure about that call. Regin totally ducked the hit and Cooke just kind of fell on top of him. Cooke did kind of jab him in the face with a forearm but that happens every game and it's not called. kind of ticky tack. Maxime Talbot, Craig Adams, Letang and Gonchar take the ice.
0:00: End of period. Senators 1, Penguins 0.
-Well, based on the roughly 13 minutes of the first period we were able to watch, we thought that was a pretty up and down period. The Senators started strong. The goal replay seemed to stunt their momentum a bit. Then the Penguins kind of finished off the period with the bulk of the stronger play.
-We did see the replay of Cullen's goal. Bill Guerin was brutal on defense there.
-Leclaire still looks solid.
-The Senators have an 11-10 edge in shots.
-Dupuis, Guerin, Fisher, Jason Spezza, and Peter Regin each lead the game with two shots.
-Gonchar leads the game with 10:09 of ice time.
-Game 5 hero Matt Carkner leads the Senators with 8:11.
-The Senators have an 8-6 lead in faceoffs (57 percent).
-Cullen is 3 for 4 (75 percent).
-Dupuis, Cooke and Talbot are each 1 for 1 (100 percent).
-Chris Phillips leads the game with two blocked shots.
-Normally we start road games with by asking you to guess where we are:
-And since we're so clever, we pull a fast one and pull this one you:
-Well we couldn't even do that. This is where we were:
-Good omen of the day. On this day in Penguins' history:
20:00: The Senators will have 1:26 of power play time on fresh ice. Staal, Dupuis, Orpik and Eaton take the ice.
19:21: Staal chops a puck along the left wing down ice for a clear.
18:50: Cullen blasts a one-timer from the top of the slot. Fleury appears to get a piece of it
18:39: Talbot steals a pass and taps it down ice for a clear.
18:09: The Senators outwork the penguins and get another goal. Eaton blocks a shot from the left half wall. He can't control the rebound. Kelly jumps on it and flicks a backhander on net from the slot despite being tripped by Eaton. Fleury makes a save but gives up up bad rebound. It's loose to the right of the slot. Neil outworks Letang for position and is able to backhand a puck which flutters over Fleury's right leg. Bad rebound by Fleury and bad efforts by Eaton and Letang. Kelly and Ruutu get assists. Senators 2-0.
17:59: Leclaire fights off a blast by Kunitz from the right wing.
17:21: Leclaire boots out a backhander from the right circle despite having Crosby fall into him. Crosby is slow to get up as he seems unsure of his right forearm. It looked like he might have made contact with Leclaire's right skate with his arm. Crosby skates to the bench and retreats to the locker room with trainer Chris Stewart.
16:33: Crosby returns from the locker room to the bench.
15:22: Adams flicks a wrister on net from the right point. Leclaire boots it out despite traffic.
14:30: "FLERRRRRR.....EEEEE........ FLERRRRRRR.....EEEEE......"
13:37: Crosby races up the right wing, pulls up and cranks a slapper. Volchenkov blocks it.
12:48: Staal drops Andy Sutton behidn the Senators' net.
12:01: Conner gets away with a slash on Karlsson.
11:43: Orpik whips a wrister on net from the left point. It hits a body or two and is loose in the slot. Conner is there but Sutton swats it out of danger.
10:21: Spezza enters the offensive zone on the right wing, winds up and cranks a slapper on net. Fleury appears to get a piece of it and deflects it out of play.
10:12: The Penguins once again get sloppy in their own zone and pay the price. Letang can't control the puck behind the cage.
10:03: Kunitz gets away with a bit of a hit from behind on Volchenkov in the Senators' zone. Cullen zips it from the right circle across the slot. Alfredsson tkaes the pass. With Fleury out of place, he's able to snaps a wrister by him on the glove side. Just brutal. Letang and Eaton were running around in their own zone. No idea what Fleury was doing there. Cullen and Fisher get assists. Senators 3-0.
9:04: Quite a response by the Penguins. Gonchar cranks a slapper on net. It his Dupuis in front. Staal jumps on the rebound and punches it into a pile up in front. It rattles around a bit before Cooke is able to stab it behidn Leclaire. Huge response. Dupuis and Staal get assists. Senators 3-1.
8:28: Sutton cranks a slapper from the left poin which is wide on the near side.
7:49: Letang takes a pass from Malkin at the right point, winds up and chops a quick slapper on net. It gets deflected to the far side.
7:37: From the left point, Eaton puts a quick slapper on net. Leclaire eats it up.
5:46: Off a tic-tac-toe play, Crosby distributes a pass from the right wing to Kunitz across the slot. Kunitz stabs a quick wrister on net. Leclaire fights it off.
5:21: Cooke blocks a slapper by Carkner at the right point.
4:35: Did Paul Steigerwald just compare Matt Cooke to Ron Francis?
4:22: Malkin distributes a pass into the slot. Ponikarovsky is there but can't get a handle on it.
4:16: Gonchar cranks a slapper on net fromt he right point. It hits Ponikarovsky in the backside in front of Leclaire.
3:41: Matt Cullen cuts in off the left wing, gets by Gonchar and has a free run at the net. Gonchar totally hooks him. Cullen loses control of the puck and is blasted into Fleury by Orpik. The puck is loose in the slot. Fisher jumps on it and flicks it on net as the cage appears to come off its moorings. It's ruled a goal on the ice. Cullen actually pushes the puck into the cage after the goal call. Another lengthy video review takes place. Officials rule the cage was off by the time the puck cross. Big break for the Penguins. But Gonchar is sent off for hooking. Letang, Eaton, Staal and Cooke take the ice.
2:53: Alfredsson backhands a puck in to the slot from the left wing. McKee nearly re-directs it into the cage.
1:40: Just as the Gonchar penalty is killed, Karlsson twists Dupuis around at the right point and whips a wrister on net. Fleury eats it up.
1:29: A one-timer by Malkin off the right half wall is blocked out of play by Phillips. The Penguins put Crosby on the ice with Kunitz and Malkin.
1:05: Crosby taps a shot from the right circle wid eon hte near side
0:43: Goligoski cranks a slapper at the cage from the top of the slot. It's wide to the right of the cage. It hits off the end boards and deflects into the right hip of Leclaire. Leclaire is able to scramble and cover the loose puck up. Whew.
0:02: After Conner pesters Sutton into a turnover, Staal chops a shot on net from the left circle. Leclaire eats it up.
0:00: End of period. Off a faceoff win, Malkin blast a slapper from the left point. Volchenkov drops to his knees and blocks the shot with his chest. Oof! That's some guts. Senators 3-1.
-We're not sure what to make of this team. Their inconsistency is maddening. They once again were outworked for the first half of the period. Then they woke up and started controls the game. And it's been like this all season.
-The Penguins won't win this game unless they start getting some production out of Crosby and/or Malkin.
-Letang and Eaton have been brutal in their own zone tonight. They've been chewed up.
-Alfredsson has really stepped up his game. He's showing why he has that "C" on his chest.
-Matt Cullen has been so dangerous this series. After Peter Regin, he has probably been the Senators most consistent threat up front.
-If you're a hockey fan, how do you not appreciate what Volchenkov is doing. The guy is a real battler.
-The Senators have a 23-21 edge in shots.
-Spezza leads the game with five.
-Goligoski, Staal, Guerin, Kunitz, Adams and Gonchar each lead the Penguins with two.
-Malkin and Crosby each only have one shot on net.
-Gonchar leads the game wth 18:19 of ice time.
-Chris Campoli leads the Senators with 13:52.
-The Senators lead in faceoffs, 19-15 (56 percent).
-Kelly is 5 for 7 (71 percent).
-Talbot is 2 for 2 (100 percent).
-Phillips, Sutton and Volchenkov each lead the game with three blocked shots.
-Jay McKee leads the Penguins with two.
-By the way. Conner is wearing No. 18 tonight. He wore No. 23 earlier this season. Ponikarovsky now has those digits.
-The previous No 18's in Penguins history:
19:28: Kunitz lifts a wrister on net from the left circle. It appears to clank off Leclaire's lid and deflects across the ice.
18:00: A slapper by McKee from the left point is... guess what? blocked out of play.
17:09: Dupuis moves in off the right half wall and rips a wrister. It hits Cooke in front.
17:00: Staal releases a wrister from the right half wall. It gets deflected in on net by Dupuis. Leclaire is able to cover and freeze play.
15:37: "FLERRRRR.....EEEEEE....... FLERRRRR.....EEEEE......."
14:49: Volchenkov knocks over Kunitz in front of the cage away from the puck. Letang, Gonchar,
14:40: Does anyone else's picture look like this:
14:18: Apparently a puck went into the net as Malkin was pushed into Leclaire by Carkner. Officials rule no goal.
13:43: Letang cranks a slapper from the left point. It hits a body in front. Malkin is there for the rebound but is a step slo
13:02: Crosby has a wrister from the right half wall... GUESS! blocked.
12:57: Leclaire is playing with Ruutu's stick and the Penguins' take advantage. Goligoski fakes a slapper at the top of the slot and distributes to Guerin in the left circle. Guerin drops the hammer and lifts a one-timer over the left shoulder of Leclaire. What a shot. The Penguins had to get a goal on that power play. Goligoski and Malkin get assists. As Bob Errey points out, Leclaire was probably over protecting for a potential low shot due to the loss of his stick. As a result, he forfeited a high shot and Guerin took advantage. Senators 3, Penguins 2.
11:46: Malkin is dropped behind the Senators' net by Sutton.
11:02: Cros by snaps off a wrister from teh slot wide to the left of the cag.e
9:45: "FLERRRRR.....EEEEE....... FLERRRRR.....EEEEEE....."
9:06: Foligno tries to cut to the slot off the right wing but is dropped by Orpik.
8:58: Staal has a chance in the slot an lifts a wrister. Leclaire slides to his right and fights it off. Huge save.
7:42: From the right half wall, Kunitz rips a wrister on net. Leclaire knocks it down and freezes play.
7:36: And the secondary scoring comes through again. Crosby wins a faceoff in the left circle in the Ottawa zone. Eaton picks it up, drives up the left wing and whips a wrister on net from a tough angle. With Ponikarovsky charging in, Leclaire makes the save but gives up a poor rebound. The puck is loose in the crease. Cooke beats Fisher to it and pokes it into the cage with a backhander. Wow. Cooke has stepped up and gotten two dirty goals. Eaton gets the only assist. Mario Lemieux, David Morehouse and Pierre Larouche yuck it up in a suite. Penguins 3, Senators 3.
6:00ish: If Cooke's heroics here have surprised you, don't forget his game-tying goal in the closing seconds of 2004 Western Conference quarterfinal series between the Canucks and Flames:
5:33: Guerin rips a shot on net. Leclaire eats it up.
4:42: Cooke swoops behind the Senators net and deals a little pass to the slot. Dupuis is there and re-directs it on net. Leclaire holds it out. Huge save.
3:59: Talbot pushe a backhander on net from the right circle. Leclaire fights it off.
3:04: Kunitz steals a puck off Voclenkov o int he left circle, winds up and puts a big slapper on net. Leclaire fights it off.
2:27: Conner gets dropped by Jesse Winchester in the left corner in Ottawa's zone.
2:02: Off a turnover by Eaton behind his own net, Ruutu punches a quick backhander on net. Fleury is able to hold it out. That was Ottawa's best scoring chance in forever.
0:00: End of period. More overtime. Dear lord. Penguins 3, Senators 3.
-This is unreal. Another nerve-wracking, gut wrenching overtime.
-What an effort by the Penguins. They dominated that period. they controlled the puck in Ottawa's zone and earn a tie.
-The Penguins haven't gotten as much out of their secondary scoring as the Senators this series before tonight. But Cooke canged that tonight. With Crosby and Malkin being hemmed in a bit, a contribution like this was vital.
-We're not sure if the Senators where just overwhelmed by the Penguins' push, but they were way too complacent that period. They just sat back and took the Penguins' attack.
-The Penguins have a 39-27 lead in shots.
-In the third period alone, the Penguins had an 18-4 lead in shots.
-Spezza and Kunitz each led the game with six.
-Gonchar leads the game with 26:31 of ice time.
-Karlsson leads the Senators with 22:31.
-The Senators have a 26-23 lead in faceoffs (53 percent).
-Cullen is 4 for 6 (67 percent).
-Crosby is 8 for 15 (53 percent).
-Volchenkov and Sutton each lead the game with five blocked shots.
-Cooke and McKee each lead the Penguins with two.
-Crosby is a minus-2 tonight. Just saying.
19:19: Malkin lifts a wrister from the left circle wide.
18:10: Neil has a few chances in tight but can't get it past Fleury. Argh.
17:38: Cullen flutters a wrister on net from the left circle. Fleury fights it off.
16:08: Carkner chops a slapper from the right point over the cage.
15:13: More issues with Comcast or FSN Pittsburgh:
-Apparently Chris Kunitz got a shot on net.
14:04: Goligoski blisters a slapper on net from the left wing. Leclaire eats it up.
12:27: Off a turnover by Kunitz at the left point in the Senators' zone, Spezza challenges Orpik one-on-one and from the right wing, he swats a low wrister on net. Fleury boots it out with his right foot.
11:02: Campoli just plasters Talbot along the boarsd on te right wing.
10:50: Neil runs over Orpik near the benches.
10:23: Letang blocks a wrister by Karlsson from the right point.
10:04: PASCAL DUPUIS! Eaton gets the puck deep in the left corner. A pile-up ensues, Staal digs it out, controls it behind the cage, moves to the corner and dishes to Dupuis moving in. As he's checked from the side, Dupuis grips and rips a wrister to the far side by Leclaire's glove side. Dupuis gets to his feet, is mobbed by Cooke and Staal. The Penguins jup off the bench and jump in the celebration. Neil and other consol Leclaire. A hand shake ensues. Senators fans offer their team a standing ovation. What a game. End of game. Penguins 4, Senators 3. End of series. Penguins 4, Senators 2.
-This was tough. The Penguins had to earn this fourth win. The Senators had every reason to lay down for the final two games after being defeated soundly at home in Games 3 and 4 at home. They made a goaltending switch, make a committment to defense and made the Penguins battle and fight for their fourth win.
-How important was the Penguins' secondary scoring tonight? Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held in check. The Penguins got three of their goals from what we would call secondary sources. Four if you count Bill Guerin.
-We always laugh and kid about Pascal Dupuis' modest shooting ability and his willingness to pull the trigger. Not tonight. His shot to win the game tonight was sick.
-This will be a goal we remember along the lines of Darius Kasparaitis' overtime series-clincher against the Sabres in 2001. Or George Ferguson's overtime clincher against the Sabres in 1979. Dupuis will have a somewhat special place in Penguins history from here on out.
-What really kind of stuck out to us about this game was how tame it was. For a series full of chippiness, there wasn't a great deal of after-the-whistle stuff tonight. It made for a great game.
-They only faced two Ottawa power plays, but the Penguins' penalty killing was much better tonight. And it stepped up at a crucial time in the second period when the Penguins were down 3-1 and reeling a bit after the Senators nearly took a 4-1 lead on a non-goal by Mike Fisher. If Ottawa scores there, this game was probably over.
-And don't forget their power play. The Penguins cashed on in. Granted, it came while Leclaire was dealing with a broken stick, but they took advantage of the situation and got a huge goal.
-The Penguins hardly played a perfect game. They obviously got off to a poor start. They were flat footed quite a bit and allowed Ottawa to dictate the flow of the play. Regardless of who they play in the next round, they need a more complete effort.
-What a two-game effort by Pascal Leclaire. He basically salvaged his career in Ottawa. He was injured and inconsistent in the regular season. He looked like a total bust. THen he puts together two excellent games and nearly lead the team to a Game 7.
-You have to give the Senators credit for fighting back despite the series deficit and multiple injuries. They could have just rolled over and died. But they went down kicking and screaming.
-The Penguins ended up with a 43-31 lead in shots.
-Jason Spezza led the game with seven shots.
-Chris Kunitz led the Penguisn with six.
-Sergei Gonchar led the game with 30:01 of ice time.
-Erik Karlsson led the Senators with 26:00.
-The Senators had a 30-25 lead in faceoffs (55 percent).
-Matt Cullen was 5 for 7 (71 percent).
-Crosby was 9 for 17 (53 percent).
-Who else but Anton Volchenkov would lead the game with six blocked shots.
-Cooke and Jay McKee each led the Penguins with two.
-Dupuis recorded his first postseason goal since a 6-0 home win against the Flyers in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference final.
-It was Dupuis' first game-winning postseason goal since 2003. As a member of the Wild, he recorded the deciding goal in a 3-2 road win against the Avalanche in Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series.
-Dupuis had his first two-point postseason games since he recorded two assists in a 4-1 road win at Ottawa in Game 3 of a 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
-Cooke's last two-goal game in the postseason was the game we reference earlier. He scored two for the Canucks in a 3-2 overtime home loss to the Flames in a Game 7 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series.
-Malkin recorded his 70th career postseason point.
-Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 35th career postseason win.
-Staal passed up Troy Loney for 20th place on the team's career postseason scoring list. Both players have 22 points, but Staal (14) has more goals than Loney (eight).
-Guerin once again passed up Rick Kehoe for 21st place in the franchise's career postseason scoring list. Both players have 21 points, but Guerin (nine) has more goals than Kehoe (four). Guerin had orgininally passed up Kehoe after Game 5, but a scoring change took a point away from Guerin.
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