-Greetings from a gloomy and rainy Pittsburgh. It's been raining here for about 43 days it seems like.
-The Penguins will scratch the great Mike Zigomanis, Marc-Andre Fleury and Eric Godard.
-This will be Godard's first scratch of the season.
-New Jersey will scratch Sheldon Brookbank, Mike Rupp and Petr Vrana.
-Dany Sabourin and Scott Clemmensen are the starting goaltenders.
-Tim Wallace will make his NHL debut and will wear No. 63. He is the first person to wear that number in Penguins' history.
-Dermontti Dawson is proud.
-Jeff Taffe will dress as well. He played in the Penguins' first game of the season, a 4-3 overtime win against the Senators in Sweden, and has pretty much been banished to the AHL since that point. Just a reminder, he changed his number from No. 38 to 22 in the offseason. So please don't get confused and think Rick Tocchet gave up on the Lightning and rejoined the Penguins.
-FSN Pittsburgh shows it means business right off the bat as a graphic noting all the players and executives with American ties:
-Versus would've had a "Sports Soup."
-"Rosy" Ruslan Fedotenko talks to Dan Potash:
-His face isn't as red tonight for some reason.
20:00: Lots of empty seats at "The Rock" tonight. What's new?
18:52: Clemmensen knocks away a shot by Pascal Dupuis.
18:48: Paul Steigerwald casts doubts on Evgeni Malkin's status as a human being.
17:58: Brian Rolston drives a slapper from center ice on net. Sabourin knocks it down.
17:43: Sabourin knocks away a shot by Zach Parise.
16:53: Wallace gets his first career shot as he shuffles a wrister on net. Clemmensen kicks it out.
16:37: Clemmensen eats up a wrister by Fedotenko.
16:28: Bobby Holik knocks over Kris Letang in the corner with an nice check.
16:09: Mark Eaton zips a wrister on net from the left point. Clemmensen eats it up despite traffic. A scrum ensues. Maxime Talbot and David Clarkson are sent off for roughing. Four-on-four.
15:48: Sabourin denies two shots by Parise. The second pops up in the air in the crease. Letang swipes it away through his leg as if he were hiking a football. Good play by Letang.
15:11: Patrik Elias blasts a slapper that stuns
15:03: Jordan Staal rings a wrister off the post.
14:09: Talbot's and Clarkson's penalties expire.
13:45: Malkin works the puck to the right wing and whips a backhander on net that Clemmensen knocks away.
13:20: Crosby works his way through the defense and puts a shot off the post.
13:13: Dupuis is denied from the slot by Clemmensen.
12:26: Chris Minard deflects a slapper by Jamie Langenbrunner from the right point.
10:17: Letang appears to block a shot by Brian Gionta.
9:27: Petr Sykora blasts a heavy shot well off the mark.
8:56: Kris Letang is force into a turnover in his own end. Elias grabs the puck and moves it to Gionta. Gionta rips wrister. Sabourin is able to slide over and eat it up.
8:45: After Matt Cooke outworks a Devil in the corner for the puck, Staal rips a shot that Clemmensen appears to deflect out of play.
7:15: Steigerwald expresses affection for Minard because the share the same birthday.
6:41: A shot by Langenbrunner is blocked by Letang.
5:38: Dupuis appears to get away with a bit of a slash.
5:18: Gionta absolutely dumps Orpik in the corner. Orpik took the hit to play the puck away though.
3:33: Clemmensen covers up a puck in the crease. Talbot comes in hard and sprays him with ice. Jay Leach takes exception and gives Talbot the business. A scrum ensue behind the Devils net. After officials break it up, Talbot, Holik and Leach are sent to the penalty box. They all get roughing penalties. The Penguins will end up with a five-on-four power play.
2:29: After Steigerwald refers to Malkin as a shark, Sykora blasts a slapper which Clemmensen fights off.
1:51: Malkin can't handle a puck at the point and it leaves the offensive zone
1:32: The power play expires without much of a threat from the Penguins.
0:58: Elias blasts a slapper from the slot. Sabourin knocks it down. Eaton takes the rebound.
0:17: Rolston gives Eaton a slight shove. Eaton embellishes it and knocks off the net. That's two minutes for delay of game. Not a great play by Eaton.
0:00: End of period. Devils 0, Penguins 0.
-That was a pretty entertaining period despite the lack of goals. Lots of up and down action. Some hitting. A little bit of the nasty stuff.
-Both goaltenders look sharp so far.
-Shots are tied, 10-10.
-Parise leads the game with four shots.
-Eaton and Dupuis lead the Penguins with two shots.
-The Devils lead in faceoffs, 9-5.
-Travis Zajac is leading the Devils at 3-for-4 (75 percent).
-No one on the Penguins is doing better than 50 percent.
-Bryce Salvador leads the game with 7:26 of ice time.
-Orpik leads the Penguins with 7:22.
-Kris Letang has five blocked shots already? Geez. He'll need some ice after the game.
-The Devils will have 1:43 of power-play time on clean ice.
-OK, maybe not.
-Kris Letang apparently took shop in high school:
-We couldn't get a picture of it, but during a segment where Letang showed how he prepares his sticks, he is shown using a sandblaster with a Penguins' logo on it. Beyond awesome.
-The Penguins also had an ice bucket that literally said "ICE BUCKET."
???: Parise spins and fires a wrister from the side of the cage. (FSN Pittsburgh's game clock isn't up.)
???: Malkin whips a backhander on net which Clemmensen kicks out.
???: Rolston blasts a slapper on net from the left point. Sabourin makes the save despite traffic. Zajac is there and fights off Orpik digging for a rebound. Sabourin keeps him out of the net.
???: Clemmenson covers a puck in the crease.
???: Gionta tosses a puck into the slot from the boards. Sabourin keeps it out.
18:17: Eaton's penalty expires.
???: A slapper by former Canadian Prime Minster Paul Martin is blocked by a Penguin.
???: Langenbrunner's shot is kicked out by Clemmensen.
???: FSN Pittsburgh busts out another solid list showing all the Americans playing defense for the Penguins tonight:
-That's a Rocky IV promo if we're watching Versus.
???: Bob Errey compares Crosby and Malkin to Petr Forsberg and Joe Sakic back in their prime. Not a bad comparison in terms of talking about two elite centers playing on the same team at the same time. But those two weren't relied on nearly as much as Crosby and Malkin are. Sakic and Forsberg had other forwards like Adam Deadmarsh, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, etc. And they had the best goaltender of all-time on the team. The Penguins have not had any wingers of that caliber on their team for any significant period of time. And nothing against Marc-Andre Fleury, but he's not Patrick Roy.
14:40: Orpik wipes out a Devils player behind the Penguins' net.
13:56: Eaton whips a wrister from the left point. Clemmensen knocks it away with his blocker easily.
12:20: Taffe blasts a wild slapper from the right point that's no where near the net.
11:23: Gionta jumps on a drop pass and fires a slapper. A Penguins defender deflects it away.
11:01: Alex Goligoski hammers a slapper from the left point. It hits Cooke in front of the net. A Devils defender clears the rebound.
10:56: Sabourin gloves a shot by Madden.
10:40: Holik and Staal have a spirited battle for a puck in the corner. Holik gets a little too spirited and socks Staal in the face. That's two minutes.
10:29: Langenbrunner clears a loose puck in his crease.
9:30: A slapper by Malkin is blocked by Martin.
9:13: Crosby dishes a nice pass from behind the net into the slot for Staal. Staal snaps a quick shot which Clemmensen gets a piece of. He loses track of the rebound for a moment but is able to cover it. Some of the Penguins raise their hands to celebrate, but it's no goal.
8:40: As Holik's penalty expires, Lovejoy tosses the puck at the net. Taffe is in front and re-directs it just wide.
8:03: Holik clobbers Letang in front of the net. Letang is slow to get up.
7:50: A wrister by Elias is deflected by Orpik.
7:34: Mike Mottau throws a shot through the crease.
7:24: Wallace is called for hauling down a Devil in the neutral zone.
7:03: Rolston puts a shot through the crease.
6:50: With Sabourin prone, a Devils defender jumps on a loose puck in the crease. Just before he can touch it, Rob Scuderi is able to knock it away. Huge play by Scuderi.
6:04: Sabourin fights off a heavy shot by Langenbrunner. As the rebound is kicked out, Orpik appears to knock over a Devil in the slot.
5:24: Wallace's penalty expires. The Devils got quite a few pucks on net during that power play.
4:34: Sabourin gloves a shot by Pandolfo.
4:17: Miroslav Satan dishes a pass to Crosby on the other side of the slot. Crosby has a wide open cage to shoot at but hits the post.
3:12: Minard whips a wrister on net from the side of the cage. Clemmense kicks it out.
3:06: Clemmensen covers a puck in the slot. A scrum breaks out. Staal and Minard dig for a rebound. Colin White takes exception and gives Minard the business. A scrum breaks out. Cooke bulldogs White. Clemmensen is called for delay of game for covering the puck too far away from the crease.
2:43: Fedotenko tries to outwork Martin in the corner for the puck. He gets his stick up and clips the Devils defenseman in the face. Two minutes for high sticking. Four-on-four for 1:38. The Devils aren't prepared for the faceoff and the official simply drops the puck. Crosby "wins" the faceoff.
2:21: What a lucky goal. Zajac moves into the offensive zone and tosses the puck off the backboards. It bounces off the boards behind Sabourin who didn't exactly play that very well. He spins and falls over. The puck comes right to Zajac who slams it home into an empty cage. Ugh. The "Hey Song" is played. Langenbrunner and White get assists. Devils 1-0.
1:08: Parise gets behind the defense and fires a slapper which is kicked out.
1:04: Clemmensen's penalty expires. The Devils will have a power play for 23 seconds.
0:59: Talbot gets smashed into the boards by Dainius Zubrus.
0:43: Fedotenko's penalty expires.
0:40: Parise drives the puck on net. Sabourin loses track of it. Before Zubrus can punch it in, Orpik clears it.
0:17: A shot by Salvador is deflected wide by Zubrus.
0:00: End of period. Devils 1, Penguins 0.
-That periods slowed down a bit, but it was still pretty good. Lots of action.
-The goaltenders were still pretty solid. That said, Sabourin looks a little foolish on the Devils goal.
-New Jersey has a 22-17 advantage in shots.
-Parise leads the game with six shots.
-We said Madden led the game after the first period with four. That was incorrect. He only has two. Apologies.
-Malkin and Eaton lead the Penguins with three.
-The Devils are controlling faceoffs, 20-13.
-Parise and Holik are each 4-for-4 (100 percent).
-Taffe is the only Penguin over 50 percent having gone 1-for-1.
-Martin leads the game with 16:04 of ice time.
-Staal leads the Penguins with 14:33.
-Letang leads the game with six blocked shots.
-We're way late with this, but a feed of this game is available through Yahoo!
-Kudos to EN reader T.J. McAloon for the heads up.
-Does Penguins' goaltender Gilles Meloche give you a little Ron Francis?
19:08: After Cooke steals a puck in the corner, Orpik tosses a shot on net from the left point. Clemmensen appears to have a little trouble with it but keeps it out.
17:51: Letang takes out Langenbrunner in the corner. Langenbrunner gets away with a trip on Letang.
17:42: Salvador whips a wrister from the left point. Parise is in front of the net and gets a piece of the shot. It hops up over Sabourin and into the cage. "Hey Song." Salvador and Langenbrunner get assists. Devils 2-0.
17:01: Clemmensen gloves a shot by Taffe.
16:50: Sabourin snares a wrister by Gionta from the left wing.
16:35: Errey mentions that Gionta will be a free agent after the season. How nice would it be to see him on Crosby or Malkin's wing?
15:55: Clemmensen covers a puck which slides into the crease.
15:48: Orpik moves up and chips a puck towars the net. Gionta blocks it out of play. Gionta's stinging a bit after the play.
15:13: Crosby dishes a pass to Sykora in the slot. Sykora uncorks a big wrister. Clemmensen fights it off despite a car wreck in his crease. Big save by Clemmensen.
12:57: The Devils are pretty much in late 1990s Devils mode. They've got a pretty good wall of skaters lined up at their blue line and the Penguins are having issues getting by it.
12:34: Coming back from commercial, Potash informs us that Wallace's parents got into the game by the start of the third period. They flew all day from Alaska to get to New Jersey. Wow. Tim Wallace has some good parents.
11:06: Parise coasts into the offensive zone, spins and whips a wrister from the wall. Sabourin covers it up.
10:00: A wrister by Lovejoy is deflected wide.
9:48: Gionta slides a puck across the slot to Zubrus. Zubrus snaps a wrister that goes deflects off Goligoski's right leg and tricks Sabourin, beating him. A Devils player setting a screen didn't help matters either. The Devils are getting all the bounces tonight. "Hey Song." Gionta gets the only assist. Devils 3-0.
8:54: Clemmensen gloves a shot.
8:35: Letang blocks another shot. This one was a slapper by White from the point.
8:28: Satan tries to jam a puck by Clemmensen. No dice.
7:02: A shot by Elias goes wide.
6:55: Crosby gives Gionta a tombstone in front of the penalty boxes. They each get roughing penalties. Crosby gets an additional holding penalty.
6:10: "CROS-BEEE XXXX! CROSS-BEEE XXXX!"
5:28: Sabourin snags a blast by Rolston.
4:57: Parise is denied by Sabourin.
4:55: The power play ends.
4:09: Holik claps a slapper on net. Sabourin knocks it down.
3:58: The Penguins make it a bit interesting. Malkin tries to fight through a check/hold by Martin. As he falls, Malkin dishes a backhanded pass into the slot. Cooke follows up on it and punches it behind Clemmensen. Brilliant play by Malkin despite the interference from Martin. Malkin and Fedotenko get the assists. Devils 3-1.
3:04: Devils coach Brent Sutter calls a time out to organize a night everyone can come over to watch "Speed." We think.
2:13: A shot by Goligoski strikes Salvador right in the face. He drops to the immediately. Replays show it hitting him near the eye. He gets up holding his eye skating blindly. A trainer gets a hold of him and puts a towel on his face and leads him to the bench and to the locker rom what an ugly side.
1:50: Letang tries to jam a puck in from the side. No dice.
1:40: Langenbrunner crosschecks Letang a few times. Letang looks at official Bill McCreary for an explanation. McCreary tells him he needs to get the game over quickly in order to play with his moustache. We think.
1:23: Michel Therrien calls a time out to organize a night everyone can come over to watch "Summer School." We think.
1:00ish: Sabourin is pulled for an extra attacker.
0:40: Elias controls a puck at center ice and chips it over the Penguins' defense and into the cage for one of us. White gets an assist. Devils 4-1.
0:00: End of game. Devils 4, Penguins 1.
-The Penguins had a better effort tonight than Monday. They had a much more complete game and didn't let up they way they did Monday against Buffalo once they were up 3-1. From that standpoint, the Penguins had nothing to be ashamed of tonight. The Devils just got a lot of bounces and took advantage of them. That happens to every team at some point in the season.
-Considering five of the Penguins' players would probably be in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton if it weren't for injuries (Goligoski, Lovejoy, Minard, Taffe and Wallace), the Penguins played a fairly strong game.
-Sabourin played better than he did Monday. We thought he could've played the first goal a little better, but all three of the Devils scores came off some goofy bounces.
-Clemmensen was strong. He wasn't tested a great deal, but he managed to deny the Penguins on the few quality scoring changes they had.
-Taffe looked exactly like the player he was last season. He did a little bit of everything but nothing great. No idea why the team fell out of love with him after the first game of the season.
-Wallace played all of 7:43:, but he seemed much more comfortable in his role on the fourth line than Janne Pesonen ever did.
-We felt Letang played arguably his best game of the season. He was fantastic defensively, he got physical and he helped generate some scoring chances. He was easily the team's best player tonight from our viewpoint.
-We didn't really notice Lovejoy as much as we did Monday night. That said, we saw him in person Monday. We watched the game via television tonight.
-The Devils ended up leading in shots, 32-27.
-Parise led the game with nine.
-Eaton, Dupuis, Staal and Malkin all had three.
-New Jersey edge the Penguins in faceoffs, 30-28.
-Holik led New Jersey going 7-for-9 (78 percent).
-Crosby led the Penguins going 9-for-14 (64 percent).
-Letang led the game with 24:09 of ice time.
-Martin led the Devils with 22:40.
-Letang led the game with seven blocked shots.
-Salvador led New Jersey with two.
-Malkin's assist moved him past Ken Schinkel for 29th place on the team's all-time scoring list. Malkin now has 237 career points while Schinkel had 236 with the Penguins.