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Penguins 8, Senators 2 - Final - 12-23-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-Greetings from cold, cold Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve....uh... Eve...

-Looking up Center Avenue:

-Unless you're Bruce Gradkowski, this is a jacket foul:

-Mellon Arena:

-The Penguins are trying to kill your babies and children through tonight's giveaway:

-The ice:

-FSN Pittsburgh pull out a solid graphic showing off Jordan Staal's consecutive games streak:

-A big +1 to who ever at FSN Pittsburgh got the color shots of Schock and Harbaruk.

-A few sights around the arena. Just in time for Pascal Dupuis' promotion:

-Matthew Barnaby:

-Here's an unfortunate purchase. Dany Heatley Senators:

-Santa Claus ia a yinzer:

-Here's a really obscure jersey foul. Earl Holmes:

(And it's tucked in?!?)

-Alex Kovalev still has one fan here at least:

-Ken Wregget:

-Jaromir Jagr:

-Warm ups:

-There's some absolute hockey royalty in the press box tonight. Soviet goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak is taking in the game. He's in town to scout some players as the general manager of Russia's Olympic team. He might be considering that Malkin guy.

-The Penguins' scratches are Mark Eaton and Eric Godard. We're a little surprised Godard is out with Chris Neil returning.

-The Senators' only scratch is Chris Campoli.

-Marc-Andre Fleury and Pascal Leclaire are your starting goaltenders.

-Dean Kokanos, the Mark Letestu of Penguins anthem singers, sings both anthems. And as always, no Jimerson = No anthem.

FIRST PERIOD

19:19: Mike Rupp, starting on a line with Sidney Crosby and Maxime Talbot, picks up a puck just outside the blue line, gains the zone, races up the right wing and releases a wrister which Leclaire fights off.

18:21: Tyler Kennedy controls a puck behind the net and one-touches it to Jordan Staal moving in from the left wing. Staal chops at the puck but it hops up on him.

17:43: Cooke blocks a slapper from the right point.

17:36: After Daniel Alfredsson gets away with a bit of a hold on Brooks Orpik and hauls him down, Milan Michalek picks up the loose puck on the left wing. He zips a wrister on net. Fleury maeks that save. The rebound hops into the slot where Peter Regin jumps on it  and lifts it right into Fleury's glove.

17:33: Off the ensuing facoeff, Chris Phillips chops a slapper from the left point. Fleury snags that.

16:50: Chris Kunitz forces a puck up ice and appears to having the makings of a breakaway. Just as he's about to approch the net  Phillips hooks him up a bit. No call. Kunitz tgries to retrieve the rebound behidn the cage and is held up by Phillips. That's a call. Phillips is sent off for holding. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Bill Guerin, Matt Cooke and Sergei Gonchar take the ice.

16:42: Crosby snaps off a wrister from the left half wall. Cooke is in front and deflects it high.

16:10: Gonchar lobs a wrister at the cage from the top of the slot. It hits someone in front. There's a mad scramble but no on can get a shot off.

15:44: Crosby takes a cross ice pass from Malkin int he left faceoff circle and snaps off a wrister which clunks off the far post.

15:23: The new and improved power play is back. Crsoby controls the puck on the right half wall drwas a few devenders in and zips a pss to Malkion on the opposite half wall. Malkin takes the pass and rips a low wrister that beats Leclaire down low. Malkin celebrates with a fist pump. The rest of Mellon Arena celebrates with the "Hey Song." Crosby and Gonchar get the assists Penguins 1-0.

14:59: Before everyone can get comfortable, the Penguins take a penalty. Rupp is nabbed for hooking.  Talbot, Staal, Orpik and McKee take the ice.

14:40: Filip Kuba directs a half slapper on net from the left point. It hits a body and deflects on net. Fleury makes the save. Jonathan Cheechoo is there for the rebound but before he can do anything with it, he's run over by Orpik in the crease. The hit dislodges the net and halts play.

14:26: Craig Adams forces the puck down ice to kill some time.

13:52: Fleury fights off a wrister from the left point by Ryan Shannon. The rebound hops to Alex Kovalev on the left half wall. He has a clear net to shoot at but he manages to somehow whack it behind the far post and Fleury and hits the far boards. Tretiak waves his hands in disbelief.

12:59: Rupp's penalty is killed. Solid effort by the Penguins.

12:34: Malkin coasts up the left wing and dishes the puck into the slot. Kunitz crashes in feet first and seem to direct the puck on net. Leclaire holds it out. Kunitz, from his butt, put his hands up to celebrate but an official immediate waves off the "goal."

11:59: Kovalev steals a sloppy outlet pass from the great Martin Skoula in the Penguins' zone, moves in and rips a wrister from the right wing far and wide.

11:07: Crosby moves off the right wing towards the slot. As he's about to release a wrister, Anton Volchenkov hooks him. Play continues as the Penguins maintain control of the puck.

10:51: The Senators finally get control of the puck and play is halted. Gonchar, Guerin, Malkin, Crosby and Cooke take the ice.

10:42: Guerin controls the puck on the left wing and snaps off a wrister which Leclaire gloves.

10:22: Malkin takes a pass at the left point, moves in and fires a slapper that gets deflected wide.

10:03: Malkin snaps off a wrister from the left half wall that Leclaire fights off.

9:44: Malkin's playing with a purpose tonight. He moves in to the slot and snapsoff a backhander that gets deflected wide.

8:48: Just as the penalty to Volchenkov espires, Ruslan Fedotenko rips a wrister high from the left wing that misses the mark. The Penguins were very strong that two minutes.

8:05: Kennedy hustles up the right wing and snaps off a wrister which Kuba deflects.

6:55: Off a clean faceoff win by Regin against Adams in the Penguins' zone, Volchenkov blasts a one-timer that beats Fleury from the top of the slot. THat was a pretty clean goal. Regin gets the only assist. Russians are apparently the only ones able to score tonight. Penguins 1, Senators 1.

5:13: Kovalev controls the puck behind the net, fighting off a check from Letang. He emerges to the right of the cage, he slides a pass to Kuba at the left point

4:52: Kuba chops a slapper from the left point that gets deflected wide by Fedotenko.

4:30: On a delayed penalty. MIchalek re-directs a feed from the right wing on net from the slot. Fleury makes the save and covers the rebound. Michalek digs for the puck. Kunitz takes exception and battles with Michalek. Fedotenko is nabbed for roughing. Mercifully, the Penguins gets a television stoppage. The Senators controlled the puck in the Penguins' zone for at least a minute. Staal, Gonchar, Orpik and Adams take the ice.

4:10: Adams catches Daniel Alfredsson in the corner with a shoulder to the chin. Alfredsson goes down and his helmet comed dislodged. Play is halted as Michalek jumps Adams and they wrestle on the ice. As officials try to separate those two, Alfredsson recovers and immediately goes down the ramp to his team locker room. We don't think Adams intentionally went after the head there, but he sure has heck made contact. That should be a penalty, plain and simple. We don't care if the intent is there or not. Intention should not matter. It doesn't with other penalties. Why should this be any different. As it is, Michalek is the only one to gake a penalty. Four on four for 1:40.

3:26: Kovalev takes a pass on the left wing, gets behind Crosby and sneaks in on net. He shoots five hole but Fleury closes the gates.

3:00: Vochenkov backhands a puck from the right half wall that flutters in on net. Fleury snags that.

2:35: Kuba snaps off a wrister from the left wing. Fleury collects it.

1:57: The Penguins scored... but wait.... no they don't. Crosby collects a puck shot in from the right point. It hits off the back boards and comes to Crosby. he dishes a pass to Malkin on the right of the crease. Malkin punches the puck in for an easy "goal" but it's waved off. Fedotenko is nabbed for slashing Phillips' stick in half. Staal, Adams, Orpik and McKee take the ice.

1:25: Kovalev cranks a bit slapper from the right wing. Fleury eats it up despite a heavy screen by Cheechoo.

1:18: Back to four-on-four. Cheechoo is called for boarding Letang behind the Penguins' net. Four-on-four for 1:20.

1:10: Off a nifty give-and-go, Crosby takes a pass from Malkin and snaps off a wrister from the right faceoff circle  high and wide.

0:41: Malkin moves in off the right wing, towards teh slot and releases a wrister wihich Leclaire fights off.

0:27: Malkin gets dropped pretty convincingly by Phillips behidn the Senators' net.

0:00: End of period As teams leave the ice, Matt Carkner tries to start something with Cooke. Cooke doesn't bite.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-That was a really up and down period. The Penguins controlled the first half and the Senators slowly took back control.

-Both goaltenders have been sharp.

-Lots of special teams play this period. That has really seemed to stunt the flow of play.

-Malkin is energized by the new linemates and/or he knows Tretiak is in the house. Either way, he's playing his most inspired hockey in at least two weeks.

-The Senators actually have a huge 24-9 lead shots. That said, we wouldn't exactly call a ton of them high quality chances.

-Kovalev leads the game with five.

-Guerin and Malkin each lead the Penguins with three.

-Croby leads the game with 9:37 of ice time.

-Kuba leads the Senators with 9:27.

-The Senators have a 14-10 lead in faceoffs (58 percent).

-Regin is 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Crosby is 5 for 9 (54 percent).

-Kuba leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Dupuis leads the Penguins with two.

-Ironically enough, Tretiak is sitting above the Herb Brooks sign on the Ring of Honor on the west end of the arena.

SECOND PERIOD

19:58: Fedotenko's penalty is killed. The Pengins will have 41 second of power play time. Kunitz, Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar and Guerin are on the ice.

19:18:The penalty to Cheechoo is killed The Penguins failed to get off a shot.

19:10: Cheechoo comes on the ice and goes right back off as he high sticks Malkin in th ecorner. Malkin, Crosby, Gonchar, Kunitz and Guerin remain on the ice.

18:57: The Penguins win the faceoff and strike almost immediatley. Guerin takes a pass from Kunitz down low on the goal line to the right of the cage. He moves in and snaps off a wrister. Leclaire makes the initial save but can't prevent Guerin's chances on th rebound. The puck beats Leclaire on the glove side. Kunitz and Gonchar get assists. Greatest. Power. Play. Ever. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-1.

17:21: On a delayed penalty, Gonchar chops a wrister from right half wall. Rupp is in front and deflects it wide.

17;17: Neil and Rupp each go to the box. Neil throws a punch at Rupp along the way. Somehow that earned Rupp a penalty. Neil goes off for charging. Rupp goes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Four-on-four for 2:00.

17:00: It should be mentioned, Alfredsson has not returned to the ice.

15:31: Attendance is announced as 17,132, a complete standing-room only sellout. It is the team's 138th consecutive sellout.

15:17: Rupp and Neil return to the ice.

14:07: Goligoski blockes a shot from the left point by Jarkko Ruutu.

13:35: Shean Donovan appears to invite Matt Cooke to a fight. Cooke doesn't seem to interested. Donovan returns to the bench. Donovan's trying to settle an old score:

13:25: Kovalev gets a pass down the right wing and gets behind the defense. As a Penguin defender closes in on him, Kovalev rips a wrister right into Fleury's chest. Fleury hangs on to freeze play.

12:38: Cheechoo is in the slot and deflects a wrister by Kuba from the left point wide of the cage.

12:25: Just as you curse Jordan Staal for making the extra pass, the Penguins' strike. Staal simply abuses Kovalev with a shoulder check in the corner and steals the puck off him in the Penguins' zone. Staal moves up the ice, gains the Ottawa blue line and dishes a pass to Talbot on the left wing. Talbot gives it back to Staal who moves towards the net and has a clean shot. He then sneaks a pass to Fedotenko trailing on the right wing. Fedotenko is able to sneaks the puck by Leclaire's left foot for a goal. What a pass. What an effort by Staal just to create that tchance. He embarrassed Kovalev who is a very strong player ont he puck. The "Hey Song" is never embarrassing. Staal and Talbot get assists. Stall should always wear his shield. Penguins 3-1.

11:44: Michalek gets to the outside on Rupp and McKee on the right wing, as he moves in on net, McKee trips him up with his stick. McKee is sent off for tripping.

11:36: Fleury fights off a wrister by Mike Fisher in the right faceoff circle.

11:11: Kovalev distributes a pass to Picard at the left point. Picard moves in, winds up and cranks a slapper. Fleury boots it out of play with his left foot.

10:01: After Goligoski makes a poor clearing attempt from the slot. Fisher whips a loose puck on net. Fleury knocks it down and covers to freeze play.

9:46: Kuba hammers a slapper from the left point. Fleury fights that off despite a screen from Neil and covers the rebound.

9:37: Fleury denies a few chances by Regin and Michalek as the penalty to McKee expires. The Senators stormed the gates that two minutes but Fleury was up to the task.

9:20: A reader passed on word that according to FSN Pittsburgh, Alfredsson is out for the game with a shoulder injury.

8:35: Off a weak turnover by Cheechoo, Guerin controls the puck on the left wing and zips a pass/shot into the slot. Kunitz is flying throug the slot and re-directs it by Leclaire. What a bang-bang play. Cheechoo is having a terrible game. Guerin gets the only assist. Cheechoo deserves one. The "Hey Song" deserves an assist. Penguins 4-1.

7:33: The Senators keep digging a deeper hole for themselves. Donovan runs into Fleury and dislodges the net. We're not sure Donovan wasn't shoved into him by a Penguins defender. Either way, the Penguins have the power play. Malkin, Gonchar, Guerin, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.

7:19: Guerin drives a one-timer from the left half wall. Leclaire boots it out. An Ottawa defender whips the rebound down ice.

6:26: Kunitz out works an Ottawa defender on the wall on the right wing for the puck and slides a cross ice pass to Malkin sneaking in from the left point. Malkin sneaks in and rips a wrister that clanks off the near post. Argh.

6:03: And this power play is on fire! After Kuba misses on a shot down low shorthanded, the rebound kicks up the ice to Kunitz and essentially creates a three-on-one between Kunitz, Crosby and Guerin against Carkner. Kunitz lugs the puck up the right wing and dishes to Crosby in the slot. That twists Carkner inside out and essentially removes him from the play. That allows Crosby to dish the puck to Guerin trailing in the slot. Guerin is able to sneak the puck under a helpless Leclaire for his second goal of the night. Where has this power play been?  Crosby and Kunitz get assists. The "Hey Song" is getting winded. Penguins 5-1.

5:28: As play is halted, Neil takes a little bit of a late run at Staal. Staal shoves him back. Neil throws a punch. He's pretty brave throwing a punch at a guy with a damaged nose. No penalties.

4:50: McKee blocks a wrister by Fisher from the slot.

4:05: Fisher takes a pass from Kovalev in the slot and whips a wrister on net. Fleury eats it up.

3:52: Off a turnover by Fedotenko in the Penguins' zone, Ruutu steals the puck, moves in from the left wing and has his backhander denied by Fleury.

3:10: Letang fires a slapper from the right point. It misses the mark and ricochets off the back boards. Dupuis is there and tries to sneak it in by Leclaire's glove hand but tosses the puck through the crease.

3:02: The great Martin Skoula pumps a slapper on net from the left point. Leclaire boots it out.

1:33: Wow is this ugly. After Volchenkov pretty much tackles Malkin the corner wihtout being penalized, he gets caught in a two-on-one with Malkin and Kunitz. Kunitz steals a puck inside the Senaotrs' blue line and dishes it to Malkin on the right wing. Malkin one-times it off Leclaire's left leg and into the cage. Fans chant "Geee-NO! Geee-NO!" Kunitz gets the only assist. The "Hey Song" is setting a season high for ice time. Penguins 6, Senators 1.

0:00: End of period. The Penguins leave to the ice to a standing ovation. Penguins 6, Senators 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-What a period for the Penguins. Total dominance. The Senators look like an AHL team right now. And they looked like their spirit has been broken. You would think they would've rallied after seeing Alfredsson go down with a questionable hit, but it seemed like it only deflated them.

-To say the least, Malkin is clicking with his new linemates. Don't expect this trio to be broken up anytime soon.

-The power play looks awesome. But it's going against a goaltender who hasn't played in 18 games. The jury's still out in our book.

-Alex Kovalev's play has been particularly uninspired. But he's been like that his entire career.

-Amazingly, the Penguins are still being outshot, 39-24.

-Kovalev and Guerin each lead the game with seven shots.

-Gonchar leads the game with 17:05 of ice time.

-Phillips leads the Senators with 16:04.

-The Penguins have a 26-24 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Crosby is 14 for 20 (70 percent).

-Regin is 7 for 12 (58 percent).

-Kuba leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Dupuis, Fedotenko and McKee each lead the game with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: The Senators have mercifully yanked Leclaire in place of Brian Elliott.

19:57: Right off the faceoff, Rupp and Neil go at it. You knew this was only a mtter of time. Neil, who is scared of no one, gores right after teh much larger player. Rupp holds him off and each player exchanges some right shots. It's a fairly wild bout that ends with Rupp's feet fall out. and he slips forward.

19:50: Bill Guerin has picked up an additional assist on Malkin's second goal.

19:09: Fedotenko tosses a wrister on net from the right wing. Elliott gloves it easily. As play is halted. Crakner goes after Adams, presumably for hitting Alfredsson. It's a brief, one-sided bout that ends with Carkner falling on top of Adams. Adams has had to fight some tough customers recently. Last week he got was tossed around by Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo. Rupp is shown in the penalty box with a bag of ice on his right hand.

18:17: And the Penguins keep pouring it on. Cooke takes a puck off Staal in the corner on the right wing in Ottawa's zone. Cooke then dishes a pass to Gonchar moving into the slot. GOnchar snaps off a quick shot that beats Elliott on the blocker side. THis is unfair. Cooke and Staal get assist. The "Hey Song's" legs are rubbery at this point. Penguins 7-1.

16:17: Malkin picks up a loose puck on the right wing, gets behind Picard and chops a shot that hops over the net.

15:40: Dupuis tosses a wrister on net from a tough angle on the left wing. Elliott fights it off.

15:30: The comeback starts now for Ottawa! Tyler Kennedy is nabbed for holding.The Penguins' penlaty box is packed:

1501: Talbot takes the puck up ice, getting it deep on the right wing. He cuts insides Erik Karlsson with a nice move and rips a wrister that juuuust goes wide on the right of the net. What an effort by Tlabot.

14:06: Kovalev blasts a one-timer fromthe right point. Fleury fights it off.

13:27: Dear lord you will never see a prettier goal. Wow! As the penalty to Kennedy expires, Malkin steals the puck off a hapless hannon. at the right point. Malkin bumps him to the ice and that creates a two-on-NONE with Crosby. At this point, Ottawa should just forfeit the goal. Malkin moves up the right wing and dishes to Crosby at the right wing. Crosby then zips it back to Malkin who is able to tap it by the left foot of a helpless Elliott. Hats and the black and told stocking giveaways, rain dow. The Penguins should hold a giveaway every night. The "Hey Song" is played and mercifully pulled in favor of "Let It Snow." That was beyond pretty. Crosby gets the only assist. Penguins 8-1.

12:18: Neil tries to start something with Talbot. Rupp steps in and Neil seems less than interested in continuing his conversation with Talbot.

11:49: Donovan tires to again start something with Cooke. Cooke doesn't bite. DOnovan is shown the gate and goes to his locker room. Things like that are why Cooke is not a very respected playe around the league. Guerin, Rupp, Malkin, Goligoski and Letang take the ice.

11:28: A "GUERR-INNN! GUERRR-INNNN" chant start.

10:59: (Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) "LET'S GO GUER-IN!" (Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) "LET'S GO GUER-IN!"

10:42: And Guerin responds to that encouragement by serving a too many men on the ice penalty. Doh! Four-on-four for 53 seconds.

9:49: Donovan's minor is killed. The Senators have a power play for 1:07.

9:05: Staal and Dupuis create a two-on-one but lose control of the puck forcing too many passes

8:42: Guerin returns to the ice.

8:15: (Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) "LET'S GO GUER-IN!" (Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) "LET'S GO GUER-IN!"

8:04: Talbot makes a nice backhanded pass from the slot to Guerin on the right of the cage. Guerin sweeps it on net but Elliot is able to feed it off. The Penguins are doing everything they can to get Guerin that hat trick.

7:42: Fleury makes his first save in about 45 minutes as he denies Cheechoo in the slot off a nice feed by Ruutu from behind the cage. The only person missing on that play was Nashville's Jordin Tootoo.

6:29: Cheechoo feeds a pass to Kovalev in the slot. Kovalev snaps off a wrister from in tight but is denied by Fleury. Big save. Kovalev is having a terrible night.

6:18: Volchenkov drops Malkin with a hit on the right wing. He gets a tripping minor. That was kind of a bunk call. It seemed like a hip check. If anything, Malkin shouldv'e gotten a hand on the puck call as he glove the thing like an egg. Malkin, Crosby, Guerin, Goligoski and Letang take the ice.

5:59: ANd Guerin allllmost gets his hat trick. Crosby zips a pass to him from the left of the net to the other side of the crease. Guerin whacks at the puck but sends it out of play. Argh.

5:48: Guerin gets a wrister off from the left faceoff circle but misses the mark

5:34: Letang blasts a slapper from the left point. Guerin is there and attemps a re-direct but whiffs.

4:18: Volchenkov's penalty is killed. The Penguins actually looked pretty good there even though there's nothing really to play for other than Guerin's hat trick.

3:07: Kennedy blocks a wrister from the left point by Volchenkov.

3:00: "WE-WANT GUER-IN!" (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) "WE-WANT GUER-IN!" (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)

2:20: Guerin takes the ice to an ovation.

1:51: Don't go away folks. The Senators have narrowed this lead to a touchdown. Jesse Winchester dishes a pass to Kelly in the slot. Kelly turns and r ips a wrister that beats Fleury on the glove side. Heck of a shot. Winchester and Cheechoo get assists. An onsides kick here and the game is tied. Penguins 8-2.

1:09: Kunitz dishes a pass to Kunitz in the slot. The pass is a little to fast and misses Guerin totally.

0:25: Fleury turns away a backhander by Neil.

0:10: Fans offer a standing ovation.

0:00: End of game. The "Woo-Hoo" song is played. Penguins 8, Senators 2.

POSTGAME

-Forget the the explosion by the power play tonight. Forget Evgeni Malkin's slump-buster. Forget the fact that he Penguins hung a touchdown and a two-point conversion on the scoreboard. That's not what impresses us. What stood out most to us tonight is the fact that they were able to come rebound from a humbling one-sided defeat to a division rival on Monday and not only control the game, but dominate it.

-The Penguins' ability to rebound after losses is something to behold. We're not sure if Dan Bylsma goes into the locker room and screams his head off (we're pretty sure he doesn't) or if one of the leaders on the roster stands up and tells the room how things are, but this team finds way to re-focus and get back on course seemingly after any and all set backs.

-Evgeni Malkin. Amazing what some new linemates and the presence of the biggest star in the Russian hockey universe (Tretiak) will do. Malkin played with a purpose that has been missing for weeks. He attacked the zone with speed, and due to the efforts of Kunitz and Guerin, he had a lot more room to operate with as well. This line should not be broken up for quite some time.

-Kunitz and Guerin also obviously benefitted from their new center. Not that their old one, Crosby is all that shabby. But they too seemed like they had a lot more room to operate with.

-The power play. We're still a little iffy on it. We're not sure if we just saw a really good unit for the Penguins or if the Senators were just that bad. It's probably a little of both. The Penguins picked apart a sloppy defense and abused a goaltender who was coming off a long-term injury. Regardless, something worked right tonight.

-Marc-Andre Fleury. He too rebounded after a shaky game Monday and played a pretty underrated game in our book. Lots of folks will look at the offensive numbers but Fleury's effort, especially early one, put the Penguins in a position to win this.

-Crosby didn't exactly suffer either picking up three assists.

-The Senators were actually pretty good early on, the chucked a lot of rubber on net but couldn't beat Fleury for the most part.

-Alfredsson injury wasn't offiically disclosed, but it's pretty apparently it's a shoulder injury. He was wearing a sling on his left arm in the visiting locker room after the game.

-On his health, Alfredsson said:

"I don't know exactly how long (he'll be out). A few weeks anyway for sure. We will probably see the doctor tomorrow. Do an x-ray and see what the damage is. I expect to miss  a few weeks."

-On the hit:

"No I haven't seen it. I'm trying to reach for the puck. I don't think I ever get to it. In the position I'm in, I'm pretty vulnerable. The puck bounces over (Gonchar's) stick and goes around the boards. I'm just trying to get to it, I don't think I ever do but he steps into me."

-The Senators finished with a total of 47 shots. That was one short of the record for an opposing team at Mellon Arena. The Canucks had 48 shots in an 7-5 win, Jan. 7, 1989.

-The Senators led in shots, 47-36.

-Guerin, who would've been the oldest player in franchise history to get a hat trick if he completed the task, led the game with nine shots.

-Kovalev, who had a lousy game in our opinion, led the Senators with eight.

-Talbot, Adams, McKee, Phillips and Donovan were the only skaters who failed to record a shot on net.

-Gonchar led teh game with 23:42 of ice time.

-Phillips led the Senators with 22:35.

-The Penguins had a 37-35 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Crosby was 18 for 25 (72 percent).

-Kelly was 8 for 14 (57 percent).

-Kuba led the game with four blocked shots.

-McKee led the Penguins with four.

-Malkin's hat trick was the fourth of his career. His last one in the regular season came in a three-goal, one-point effort during a 5-3 road win against the Islanders, Nov. 26, 2008.

-The Penguins have four hat tricks this season. THey had five last season.

-Kunitz and Guerin each tied a franchise record by picking up four points each in the second period. That mark has been reached 22 separate times in franchise history.

-Kunitz's last four-point effort was in a  6-1 defeat of the Canadiens, Oct. 28.

-Guerin's last four-point game was with the Blues in a 6-5 loss to the Sharks, Feb. 13, 2007.

-Gonchar's last game with three or more poitns was a four-point effort in a 6-2 home win against the Thrashers, March 17.

-Crosby passed up Martin Straka for eighth place on the team's all-time scoring list with 443 points. Straka has 442.

-Staal passed up Keith McCreary for 52nd place. Staal has 142 points. McCreary has 141 points.

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