Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 2

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 Welcome to Mellon Arena.


"Read My Mind" by the Killers is playing before warm ups.


We'll be back in a few minutes. Time to go hunt for some jersey pictures.

Update: Sergei Gonchar will be out indefinitely due to a dislocated left shoulder.

-The players come onto the ice for warm ups:

A few jerseys we've spotted:

-Kevin Stevens.

Matthew Barnaby:

-John Cullen:

-Ed Belfour Maple Leafs:


-The jerseys were kind of weak tonight to be honest.

-EN Shutterbug Lisa Bohm informs us a radio broadcast of tonight's game will be available through the Web site of CFMJ-AM, the Maple Leafs' flagship station.

-The Penguins' lineup tonight is Darryl Sydor, Mark Eaton, Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski, Petr Sykora, Jeff Taffe, Matt Cooke, Maxime Talbot, Hal Gill, Ruslan Fedotenko, Connor James, Brooks Orpik, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang, Paul Bissonnette, Evgeni Malkin, Miroslav Satan, Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin.

-Toronto will dress Luke Schenn, Niklas Hagman, Alexander Steen, Jiri Tlusty, Jamal Mayers, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jonas Frogren, Mike Van Ryn, Anton Stralman, Josef Boumedienne, John Mitchell, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Stapleton, Kris Newbury, Jason Blake, Nik Antropov, Mikhail Grabovski, Justin Pogge and James Reimer.

-UPDATE: Good late-breaking news for you fans in the Pittsburgh area. The Penguins will offer a raw video feed tof the game tonight through their Web site. No announcers. It's pretty much the straight feed of what appears on the Jumbotron here. The feed is available only in the Pittsburgh area however.

-Jimerson makes his preseason debut:

-Dany Sabourin gets the start for the Penguins. Justin Pogge is his counterpart with Toronto.

-Notable Penguins scatches incldue, Rob Scuderi, Eric Godard, Bill Thomas, Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby who is dealing with a minor groin injury.

-Notable Maple Leafs out of the lineup tonight include forwards Mark Bell, Matt Stajan, Dominic Moore, Boyd Devereaux, Bates Battaglia, Ryan Hollweg, defensemen, Jeff Finger, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Vesa Toskala. Toskala still is hurting after getting beat by Sidney Crosby that one time:


-We think.


20:00: The Staal-Malkin-Sykora line starts with Orpik and Letang on defense.

18:38: Jonas Frogren hammers Talbot to the ice with a nice check. Talbot gets up and Frogren trips him. Two minutes. The Penguins put Sykora, Satan, Malkin, Goligoski and Staal on the ice.

17:55: Sykora controls the puck along the goal line and simply throws it into the crease. It somehow squeaks through Pogge's equipment an into the net for what is the definition of a garbage goal. Malkin and Satan get the assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.


 14:11: A "fight" between Goligoski and Kris Newbury breaks out. Essentially, Newbury jumped Goligoski who didn't even throw a punch. Newbury gets a double minor for roughing. Thankfully, things went a little bit better for Newbury than the last time he threw a punch at a Penguin.


Goligoski, Malkin, Satan, Sykora and Staal go to the ice.

13:26: Staal dishes a nifty pass into the slot for Malkin. Malkin makes a soft re-direct on net. Pogge makes the save. 

12:08: Talbot controls the puck at the point and slides it into the corner for Fedotenko. Fedotenko simply slides the puck into the slot where it bounces off a Maple Leaf's leg and past Pogge. Garbage goal No. 2. The goal is unassisted. "Hey Song." Penguins 2-0.


9:06: Orpik launches a slapper from the point that hits glass.

8:30: Kennedy slams a Leaf into the boards with a nice check.

6:40: Jordan Staal is sent off for slashing. Talbot, Dupuis, Letang and Orpik take to the ice as penalty killers.

5:43: A second penalty killing unit Gill, Sydor, Cooke and Kennedy replace them.

3:36: Fedotenko is ridden into the boards. Linesman Andy McElman socks him in the face with an elbow by accident. The Rock unavailable for comment.

4:52: Malkin, Satan, Goligoski and Eaton finish the penalty kill.

2:47: Dupuis controls the puck behind the Toronto net, slides out and fires a bullet on net. Pogge deflects it away.

2:23: Kaberle blasts a slapper from the point. Sabourin gets a piece of it but can't contain the rebound which is shuffled away.

1:06: Ponikarovsky fires a wrister from the left side. Sabourin calmly gloves the puck and hangs on.

1:04: Bissonnette and Mayers drop the gloves right off the faceoff. Only a few punches are thrown. They mostly wrestle each other before Bissonnette throws him to the ice. We could see Bissonnette starting the fight. He's trying to earn a roster spot but Mayers? Isn't he established?

0:43: Dupuis come down the left win and fires a wrister. Pogge eats it up.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Maple Leafs 0.

-The Penguins led in shots that period, 9-5.

-Its fair to say the Penguins probably controlled play most of the period.

-Toronto led in faceoffs, 11-9.

-Malkin led the Penguins with 7:46 of ice time. Staal was second with 7:23.

-Dupuis led all skaters with three shots.

-Sydor leads the game with three blocked shots.

-An anonymous reader informs us a feed of the game is also available through

-Official attendance is 15,751.

-The text messages sent to the Jumbotron stunk. Pick it up people.


19:46: Fedotenko is sent off for elbowing. Staal, Malkin, Letang and Orpik are sent off

19:23: Orpik dumps a Mapl Leaf in the corner with a check.

18:50: Uh, they might want to try this Malkin guy out on the penalty kill. He forces the puck up ice, steals it off Stralman approaches the net, gives it to Staal, gets it back from Staal and punches it into an open net. Pretty goal. Hey Song. Penguins 3-0.


17:46: Talbot and Dupuis come up ice on a two on one. Talbot dishes it to Dupuis who fails to get a clean shot off.

16:46: Cooke deals the puck to Taffe who fires a shot just wide of the net.

11:03: Kennedy comes around the Toronto net with the puck, spins and fires a rising wrister. Pogge fights it off.

9:13: Malkin is sent off for hooking. Talbot, Cooke, Gill and Sydor take to the ice to kill the penalty.

8:23: Tlusty races into the offensive zone and fires a wrister from the left wing. Sabourin makes a save. Goligoski, Eaton, Satan and Kennedy come on to kill the penalty.

7:28: Eaton hauls down a Toronto player. Two minutes for tripping. Staal,Letang and Orpik come on to kill five-on-three for 16 seconds.

7:12: Stapleton is sent off tripping. Four-on-four for 1:44.

6:21: Orpik fires a slapper from the left point. Pogge kicks it out.

5:30: After watching the Penguins control the puck in his zone for roughly 30 seconds, Jason Blake takes a slashing penalty. Eaton's penalty will expire in two seconds. The Penguins will the have a five-on-three power play for 16 seconds. Satan, Sykora, Staal, Malkin and Goligoski take the ice.

5:24: Malkin blasts a one-timer from the right point. Pogge fights it off.

3:53: Letang throws a one-timer on net from the left point. Pogge scoops it up.

3:14: Fedotenko gets tagged by Antropov in the slot with a shoulder check. Blake is sent back off for hooking. Cooke, taffe, Letang, James and Sydor take to the ice as the jayvee power play.

1:19: Antropov fires a wrister from the right boards. Sabourin blocks it away.

0:49: Satan has a chance in tight. He tries a backhander in tight but the puck sails high.

0:30: As Sabourin makes another save, a small scrum ensues. There was an arguement over if Éamon de Valera wore glasses or not. We think.

0:08: Another scrum. This time they're arguing over the plot of Porky Pig's Feat. We think.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 0.

The Penguins own an 18-12 lead in shots.

They also have a 23-18 lead in faceoffs.

-Dupuis still leads the game in shotws with three.

-Malkin leads the Penguins with 15:55 of ice time. Goligoski is second with 15:17.

-We can actually see to Sabres fans down in C-12. No idea what that's about.


19:45: Fedotenko zips a pass into the crease for Cooke who can't quite get a clean shot on net. Stralman is sent off for high sticking. Malkin, Sykora, Staal, Satan and Goligoski take the ice.

18:34: Tlusty comes flying up ice, dishes a pass across the slot to Steen who tries to punch it by a prone Sabourin. Sabourin manages to recover and keep it out with his left foot. Great save.

15:28: The obligatory smashing of Connor James is... wait... it's the obligatory smashing BY Connor James. He wipes out Stralman in the corner.

14:15: Malkin knocks Pogge's stick away. No call.

14:11: Staal is sent off for hooking. Dupuis, Talbot, Sydor and Gill take the ice.

13:35: Stralman fires a slapper. Sabourin kicks it out.

13:22: Talbot comes up ice with the puck and fires a slapper wide of the net.

12:11: Staal's penalty is killed without much of a threat.

11:37: Sydor is sent off for holding Stapleton is nailed for high sticking. Four-on-four.

11:06: Malkin tries to punch in a feed into the slot. He can't get the puck to go into the net, but Stralman, trailing Malkin, falls into the cage and dislodges. The play merits a cheer and a replay on the Jumbotron.

10:27: Ponikarovsky is sent off for slashing. Four-on-three for 50 seconds. Goligoski, Satan, Letang and Kennedy take the ice.

10:17: Goligoski fires a one timer form the right point that clinks off the post.

8:25: Sydor is sent off again for slashing. Talbot, Eaton, Orpik and Dupuis are on to kill the penalty.

8:02: Kaberle sends a cross-ice pass to Antropov who tries to punch in the puck. Sabourin slides over to make a fine save.

5:57: Orpik is nailed for interference.  Malkin, Fedotenko, Gill and Sydor on for the penalty. Cotton Eyed Joe is busted out.


4:38: Josef Boumedienne fires a fantastic one-timer from the right point. Ponikarovsky is in front of Sabourin on a screen and tips it by Sabourin. Heck of a shot by Boumedienne and a nice job by Ponikarovsky. Penguins 3-1.

1:54: Former New York Jets tight end John Mitchell fires a shot from the left wing. Eaton gets a piece of it and the puck goes out of play.

1:19: Michel Therrien calls a time out for some reason. Pogge is pulled for an extra attacker.

0:11: Mikhail Grobovski fights through checks by Talbot and Eaton and sneaks a shot through the legs of Saborin. Nice goal. Ron Wilson calls a time out. Penguins 3-2.

0:00: End of game. Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 2.


-Toronto outshot the Penguins 29-21.

-Your three stars are 3.) Blake, 2.) Staal, and 1.) Malkin.

-The Malkin-Staal-Sykora line is looking pretty good. There's absolutely no reason to fear that grouping won't work.

-The Maple Leafs looked pretty weak until the third period when they felt a little bit more urgency.

-The Penguins had a 34-28 edge in faceoffs.

-Sydor led the game in blocked shots with five.

-Malkin led the team in ice time with 22:34. Goligoski was second with 22:16.

-Goligoski looks nothing like a rookie. He's very composed seemingly anytime he's out there. He calm anytime he has the puck. With Whitney and potentially Gonchar out for extended periods of times, Goligoski will help negate their absences.

-Dupuis and Sykora led the Penguins in shots with three.

-Surprisingly, we only spotted a few Maple Leafs fans.

-Game Summary.

-Event Summary.

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