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Senators at Penguins - Game 5 - 4-22-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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PREGAME

-Greetings from a warm, sunny Pittsburgh, Pa. It's in the high 60s, a bit humid and totally beautiful. It almost feels like a waste to spend this day staring at a sheet of ice. Almost.

-Consol Energy Center:

-There's at least one Andy Bathgate fan here:

-The current facility:

-Some folks bring pizza:

-Other can get burgers and hot dogs:

-The scene for the big screen:

-We'd call a jersey foul here with the Ryan Doumit jersey, but... we actually feel bad for this misguided kid:

-Freedom Candy:

-The towels and t-shirts being distributed:

-The ice:

-And the Maple Leafs-Senators rivalry is in play tonight:

-A Martin Straka fan:

-A Kevin Ste---- fan:

-Luc Robitaille:

-Paul Coffey:

-Jean Pronovost:

-Colby Armstrong:

-Ron Francis:

-This is just awesome:

-Gary Roberts:

-Ken Wregget:

-The Canadiens-Senators rivalry is in play. And Nordiques fans are always granted immunity from jersey foul rules:

-Check out this bottleneck near B-20:

-No wonder they need a new arena. Imagine if someone yelled "Fire!" or "Gun!" or "Melichar!"

-Warm ups:

-Evgeni Malkin being popular:

-Jordan Leopold, Deryk Engelland, Ben Lovejoy, Eric Godard, Tyler Kennedy, Brad Thiessen are the Penguins' scratches.

-Milan Michalek, Filip Kuba, Ryan Shannon, Alex Kovalev, Josh Hennessy, Jonathan Cheechoo, Jared Cowen, Derek Smith, Brian Lee, Mike Brodeur.

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

-And Jimerson does what he does best:

FIRST PERIOD

19:29: Daniel Alfredsson controls a bouncing puck in the slot and puts a wrister on net. Fleury fights it off and poke the rebound to his right.

18:45: Eaton whips a wrister at the cage from the left point. It gets blocked into the corner.

18:36: Old friend Jarkko Ruutu drops Krisl letang at the right point in Ottawa's zone and kind of pins him to the ice. That's two minutes for roughing. Fans respond with the old familiar "RUUUUUUUU!!!!!" chant but it's not exactly as supportive as in years past. Letang, Sergei Gonchar, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Bill Guerin take the ice.

17:58: Gonchar leads a rusu out out of his zone and from his own blue line, he zips a cross ice pass to Malkin on the right wing near the opposite blue line. Malkin gains the zone and lifts a wrister from the right circle right into the chest of Leclaire. Leclaire eats it up.

17:33: Crosby drives the puck out of the right corner and drives to the net. He flicks a wrister which is wide on the far side.

17:22: Alexei Ponikarovsky takes a drop pass from Malkin and from the slot he lifts a wrister. Leclaire gloves it.

16:36: The Senators clear the puck and kill off the rest of Ruutu's penalty. That's a missed opportunity for the Penguins.

15:38: Matt Carkner blasts a slapper from therigh half wall wide on the near side.

14:54: Jesse Winchester tries to flick a wrister from a tough angle in the left circle on on net. Jay McKee slides down to his belly and appears to get a piece of it. Fleury covers the loose puck.

13:15: Off a brutal turnover by the Penguins at their own blue line, Matt Cullen picks up a loose puck in the neutral zone. He enters the zone on the left wing and whips a wrister wide on the far side.

12:53: Jay McKee chops a slapper from the left point. Leclaire boots it out with his right foot.

12:49: Ponikarovsky whips a loose puck on net from the slot. It gets blocked in front.

11:17: Mike Fisher rips a wrister from just inside the blue line. Brooks Orpik blocks it into the corner.

10:29: Andy Sutton rockets a slapper from teh top o fthe slot. It hits Zach Smith and drops him in the slot. Play moves up ice as Smith rolles around on the ice a bit. He gets to his feet and move back up ice. Ouch. Smith looked like he had the wind knocked out of him.

10:00: Goligoski droves a slapper on net from the right point. Leclaire gloves it despite traffic. A scrum ensues with MIke Rupp taking a tumble and Leclaire losing his lid. Rupp is sent off for roughing. Gonchar, Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Orpik take the ice.

9:35: Erik Karlsson controls the puck at the rigth point and rips a wrister which hits a skate or stick or two and beats Fleury by his right skate. Mike Fisher gets credit for the goal. It's a nice garbage goal. Karlsson and Jason Spezza get assists. The Penguins' struggles on the penalty kill continue. Senators 1, Penguins 0.

8:40: Crosby takes a pass on the right wing, gains the offensive zone and snaps off a wrister from the faceoff circle. Chris Phillips blocks it.

8:27: Nick Foligno controls the puck behind the Penguins' net, makes a nice fake to dodge a check by Chris Kunitz and flicks a feed into the slot. Fleury and Goligoski fail to control the puck. Ruutu just kind of barges in and forces the puck into the net. Another nice garbage goal. Foligno and Chris Kelly get assists. Dan Bylsma calls a timeout to organize his squad. Fans respond with a "LET'S GO PENS!" chant. Senators 2-0.

7:56: Letang lifts a kind of wild half slapper from the right point. It misses the mark.

7:18: Off a really nice breakout out of their own zone, Matt Cullen controls the puck on the left wing, and flicks a backhandes pass to Carkern in the slot. Carkner puts a shot on net. Fleury boots it out. Alfredsson tries to crash in on the rebound but Fleury holds it out. Tough save for Fleury.

7:03: From the slot, Crosby distrubtes a pass to the left wing. Kunitz takes the pass and lifts a wrister. Leclaire eats it up as Phillips washes out Guerin behind him.

6:43: Fisher rockets a slapper off the right half wall. It gets deflected high and wid eon the far side.

5:55: Kunitz blasts a slapper from the right point. Leclaire makes the save. Crosby and Guerin battle fo rthe reboun.d Guerin is able to leave a nice drop pass in the slot. Kunitz is there andsnaps off a quick wrister from in tight. Leclaire makes a big save.

4:35: Gonchar steps just side his blue line and hits Wincester with a shoulder check. Winchester responds with a slash right in front of an official. No call.

4:22: Fedotenko has a chance from the slot blocked into the corner.

4:07: Play is halted as Winchester is struggling to stay on his fee inside his own blue lin along the right wing boards. A trainer runs out to attend to him and aids him in getting to the bench. Fans boo but we're not sure why. Not exactly the best moment for the fans here.

3:51: Spezza lifts a wrister from the left circle. Fleury eats it up.

3:32: Kunitz isn't hesitating to pull the trigger. He rips a wrister from the top of the slot. Leclaire eats it up.

2:22: Fedotneko tries to jame two shots in on from both sides of the net. Leclaire holds the both out. Staal collects a rebound and tosses it into a mass of humanity in the crease. It's blocked away.

2:09: During that scramble in crease, Phillips is called for crosschecking. Gonchar, Malkin, Crosby, Guerin and Letang take the ice.

1:53: Malkin controls the puck on the right half wall and distributes to Guerin in the slot. Guerin has his stick cocked and actually appears to whiff on the one-timer. The puck slides to Letang on the left half wall. Letang grips and rips a wrister by Leclaire. What a shot. Letang celebrates with a fist pump. This place goes nuts. Did Guerin intentionally whiff on that shot? Or are we giving him too much credit? Either way, he gets an assist along with Malkin. The "Hey Song" always deserves credit. Senators 2-1.

1:02: Goligoskii blasts a slapper form the right point. Ruutu slides down and blocks it with a "thud." Ooof! That had to hurt. What guts on Ruutu to block that.

0:39: With play halted, Malkin and Sutton exchange words in the corner. How do you say "expert" in Russian?

0:10: Stala takes a pass on the right wing, gains the offensive zone, and does the move he pulled on Brian Rafalski in last season's Stanley Cup final. Instead of just getting abused like Rafalski, Phillips just falls down and takes out Staal's legs. Staal still manages to get a shot on net. Leclaire holds it out. Phillips is called for tripping. Rought two minutes for Phillips. Crosby, Malkin, Guerin, Gonchar and Letang take the ice.

0:00: End of period. Senators 2, Penguins 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-The Penguins started that period horribly but finished it very well. Were there another minute or so in the period, they might have tied this.

-We're not sure what the problem was, but the Senators were much more awake to start the game. They're the ones on the brink of elimination so it's understandable, but they more purpose to their game than the Penguins.

-The penalty kill is all of a sudden an issue for the Penguins but the power play is all of a sudden an asset. Go figure.

-Pascal Leclaire was solid. He has offered them a better chance to win this game than Elliott.

-The Senators have a 10-9 lead in shots.

-Kunitz leads the game with three.

-Alfredsson leads the Senators with two.

-Gonchar leads the game with 8:35 of ice time.

-Phillips leads the Senators with 8:19.

-The Senators control faceoffs, 15-8 (65 percent).

-Spezza is 4 for 6 (67 percent).

-Staal is 2 for 4 (50 percent).

-Chris Campoli leads the game with two blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Penguins will 1:49 of power play time on fresh ice. Gonchar, Letang, Guerin, Crosby and Malkin take the ice.

19:17: Ruutu pushes the puck up the left wing and puts a wrister on net. Fleury steers it into the corner.

18:45: Guerin makes a poor play on the puck at the right point and allows it to exit the zone.

18:20: Staal whips a wrister into the crease from the right corner. Leclaire kicks across the ice.

17:59: Ponikarovsky whips a blind wrister on net from the slot. Leclair makes the inital save. Staal is there and puches the rebound on net. Leclaire makes another big save.

16:50: Pascal Dupuis makes a bad play in the corner and drops Foligno in the corner in the Penguins' zone from behind. That's two minutes for interference. Staal, Orpik Letang and Craig Adams takes the ice.

16:22: Cullen takes a pass and moves off the right half wall. He whips a nice wrister from teh slot. Fleury stretches out and makes a nice glove save.

15:08: Cooke chips the puck down ice from the slot in his own zone and kills some time.

13:54: Guerin gains the offensive zone on the left wing, cut across the slot and rips a wrister from the right circle to the far side. Leclare is able to trap it against his body with his blocker arm.

12:35: Off the right half wall, Cooke tosses a wrister on net. Leclaire boots it away to the opposite wing.

11:17: Eaton makes a nice play on a loose puck deep on the left wing in the Penguins' zone and skates it out of danger away from Alfredsson.

10:45: McKee cranks a one-timer from the right point. Ruutu slides down and blocks it. The puck bounces over the cage. McKee thwarted by his greatest weapon. A blocked shot.

10:14: Rupp whips a wrster from just ot the left of the cage no where near said cage.

9:48: Dupuis whips a wrister from the right circle no where near the cage.

8:24: Cooke knocks down Fedotenko outside the Senators' blue line. That would've been interference if Fedotenko had a white jersey on.

7:50: Guerin controsl the puck on the left wing and leaves a drop pass at the point. Kunitz steps up and blasts a big-time slapper. Leclaire comes up wth an even bigger leg save.

7:40: McKee cranks a one-timer from the left point. It this someone in front of the cage with a "thud."

7:06: Gonchar has a one timer at the right point blocked.

6:55: Ruutu is crunched along the boards by Adams. "Ruuuuuuu....."

6:07: The Senators have a committment to blocking shots tonight. Eaton has a partial slapper from the left point blocked.

5:08: Guerin moves into the offensive zone from the left wing, moves towards the slot and lifts a wrister on net. Leclaire makes a tricky save and freezes play. During a stoppage, cheers rain down for the showing of the Flyers-Devils game. Philiadelphia is up, 2-0. Cheers for the Flyers. How odd.

4:18: Orpik gets away with a bit of ah it from behind on Cullen behind the Senators' net.

4:14: Attendance is announced as 17,132, a complete standing-room only sell-out. It is the clubs 162nd consecutive sellout.

3:47: Goligoski whips a wrister on net from the right point. Leclaire punches it away.

3:17: Malkin ccontrols a puck behidn the cage, spins around and tries to jam a forehand shot by Leclaire. Leclaire holds his ground. There's a scramble. The puck is loose just beyond the crease. Leclaire covers to freeze play.

3:00: Spezza gets loose a bit on the right wing  and lifts a wrister from the circle. Fleury fights it off. Letang whips the rebound out of the defensive zone.

2:43: Eaton jabs a wrister on net from the left point. Leclaire fights it off despite a little traffic.

2:11: Ponikarovsky pumps a slapper on net from the left wing. It totally misses on the near side.

1:26: Crosby punches a litle shot on net from the left of the cage. Leclaire makes the save. Kunitz jumps on the rebound and punches it on net. Leclaire makes the inital save. Kunitz keep chopping at the rebound until it finally goes in. He sticks his arms up to celebrate. An offiicals immediately begins waving it off. Kunitz turns to protest and exchange a shove with Volchenkov. The Penguins protest the call. It appeared the net came up off its moorings a bit as the puck went in. Offiicals review the play. After a lengthy review, an official announces, "upon futher review, the net stayed on its mooring...." the rest of his announcment is drowned out by an eruption of sound. The official points at center ice. The goal is good. They got that right. Crosby and Guerin get assists. The "Hey Song" is finally played after a lenghty delay. Penguins 2, Senators 2.

0:48: Staal flicks a backhander on net from the right circle. Leclaire eats it up.

0:26: Crosby rips a backhander on net from the right circle. Leclaire again eats it up.

0:08: Gonchar thumps Cullen to the ice with a shoulder on shoulder hit just inside the Ottawa blue line.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION



-What an intense tough period. The Pengins bombarded the the Senators offensive zone. The Senators and Leclaire turned them back time after time. Finally, the Penguins were able to punch one through. The Senators aren't going away into the night quietly.

-Leclaire has been very good. He has given the Senators a chance to win this game. And that's much more than Brian Elliott has done.

-Guerin has had an up and down game. He has gotten some quality scoring chances on net. But he's made some silly plays in other circumstances.

-Kunitz was bound to get a goal. He's firing pucks left and right and finally just got one going to the net. He's had a wonderful series.

-Fedotenko isn't making or breaking this game by any means, but he's contributing. He's had a few chances near the net. He's had a few solid plays along the boards. He's contributing. And that's something he didn't do at all in Game 1.

-Maxime Talbot has had his quietest game of the series.

-Ditto Crosby.

-The Penguins have a 28-15 lead in shots.

-In the secound period alone, they had a 19-5 lead.

-Kunitz lead the game with six shots.

-Ruutu lead the Senators with three.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Gonchar leads the game with 16:31 of ice time.

-Sutton leads the Senators with 15:17.

-The Senators have a 22-17 lead in faceoffs (56 percent).

-Spezza is 7 for 12 (58 percent).

-Staal is 4 for 6 (67 percent).

-Ruutu leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-In all seriousness, Ruutu has been the Senators' best skater today.

-The Senators lead in blocked shots, 17-3.

THIRD PERIOD

19:05: Malkin steals a loose puck outise the Ottawa blue line and rips a wrister from just outside the right circle wide on the far side.

18:54: Malkin tries smaller version "The Geno" move he pulled against Cam Ward last season and flicks the puck wide on the near side from the left of the cage.

18:06: Campoli decides Jay McKee is just so dangerous with the puck he needs to slash McKee's stick out of his hands. That's two minutes. Gonchar, Crosby, Malkin, Guerin and Letang take the ice.

17:50: Malkin snaps off a wrister from the right circle. The shot is wide on the far side.

17:40: Malkin chops a shot on net from the right circle. Leclaire makes the save.

17:23: Fisher pushes the puck up the left wing and challenges Gonchar one-on-one in the Penguins' zone. Gonchar poke the puck away with a nice stick check.

17:15: Crosby floats a backhander on net from the right circle.

16:38: The power play cashes in. Or does it? Gonchar whips a wrister on net from the top of the slot. Somewhere in the slot, it changes directions and beats Leclaire by his right shoulder. The goal horn sounds. Lights start flashing but an offiical in the corner immediate waves it off. They rule Kunitz re-directed it with a high stick. Officials review the play. One angle makes it look like Kunitz did touch it. Another looks like Carkner hit it with his glove. Officials confirm the call on the ice. Seems like the right call to us given the replays available. No goal.

16:06: Campoli's penalty is killed.

15:07: Orpik floats a wrister from the right point. It hits something in front and goes juuuust wide on the far side.

13:33: Goligoski sneaks in deep and attmpes a wraparound from the left of the cage.

12:20: Cooke chops a shot on net from teh slot. Leclaire gets a piec of it with his stick

12:00: Cooke runs over Campoli in the right corner in Ottawa's zone. Ouch.

11:30: Winchester fires a slapper on net from the right circle. Fleury eats it up. That might've been Ottawa's best offensive chance since the first period.

11:15: Dupuis leads a two-on-two rush with Crosby from the right wing. Dupuis rips a wrister. Leclaire boots it out. Crosby has a chance on the rebound but over skates it. Sooooo close.

10:59: Karlsson turns the puck over in his own zone. Malkin takes it, sneaks up the right wing and attacks the crease. He's denied in tight by Leclaire who is swimming in his crease. The rebound is loose in the slot. Karlsson fails to clear it. Crosby jumps on it and pucnhes over Leclaire who is dead to rights. Crosby slips as he shoots. The Penguins pile on top of him in the left circle. This place is going nuts. What a nice dirty goal. Karlsson has been pretty good this series, but that was a brutal display. Malkin gets the only assist. Karlsson deserves one. The "Hey Song" is never brutal. Penguins 3-2.

9:36: The Penguins gets sloppy with the puck in their zone and the Senators make them pay. Off a turnover by Fedotenko. Regin gets the puck at the right point and blows a slapper by Fleury's glove. What a shot. Fleury was screened a bit there. What a response by the Senators. Spezza and Karlsson get assists. Penguins 3, Senators 3.

8:53: Off a turnover by the Senators, Malkin jabs a loose puck on net from the slot. Leclaire holds it out. Ruutu is called for elbowing Letang. Gonchar, Malkin, Crosby, Guering and Goligoski take the ice.

7:41: Gonchar snaps off a wrister from the top of the slot through traffic. Malkin is down low to the left of Leclaire and deflects it high over the cage.

7:16: As the Senators try to clear the puck, Ponikarovsky is nabbed for hooking Kelly. What a bad penalty. Four-on-four for 23 seconds.

6:53: The Ruutu penalty is killed. The Senators will have a power play for 1:37.

6:34: Staal swats the puck out of midair down ice to kill some time.

5:48: Cullen can't convert two chance from the right circle.

5:46: Play is halted as Orpik is on the ice holding his face. He's bleeding. Cullen actually head-butted him and cut Orpik with his visor. Cullen gets a double minor for high sticking. Huh? And Fleury gets two minutes for roughing? Double huh? Adams will serve the Fleury minor. Some bad officiating there. Fisher didn't even high stick him. He head-butted Orpik. Four-on-four for 1:30.

5:16: Just as the Ponikarovsky penalty expires, Staal coasts up the left wing and attacks the zone. He flicks a backhander on net and crashes into Leclaire. Leclaire makes the save and denies Kunitz on the rebound. Staal is called for goaltender interference. It's the right call. he just ran over Leclaire. Four-on-four for 1:30.

4:46: The Senators go on the power play.

3:20: Karlsson blasts a slapper from the right point. Fleury fights it off despite traffic.

3:03: Cooke whips a wrister ron net from the left cirlce. Leclaire fights it off.

0:52: Letang picks up a loose puck at the right point and chops a slapper juuuuuust wide on the far side. Yeesh.

0:36: The Senators call a time out to get organized.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Senators 3.

THIRD INTERMISSION



-Uh wow. Overtime. This is going to be pretty intense. It has been so far until this point.

-The Penguins had this game wrapped up. But they got sloppy in their own zone and the Senators took advantage.

-Malkin is just so dominant with the puck right now. He's controlling it. He's carrying it with speed and power but he's not doing much with it. He needs to convert one of these chances he's creating.

-Leclaire has been the Senators' best player. He's the only reason this game is in overtime.

-The Penguins have a 42-23 lead in shots. Yeesh.

-Kunitz leads the game with seven.

-Adams, Gonchar and Rupp are the only Penguins' skaters who have failed to record a shot on net.

-Ruutu leads the Senators with four.

-Gonchar leads the game with 25:00 of ice time.

-Phillips leads the Senators with 22:52.

-The Penguins have a 29-27 edge in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Talbot is 5 for 8 (63 percent).

-Spezza is 10 for 17 (59 percent).

-Volchenkov lead the game with five blocked shots.

-Eaton leads the Penguins with two.

-The Senators have a 26-5 "edge" in blocked shots. Yeesh.

FIRST OVERTIME

19:35: Cullen gets a chance on the left wing and blasts a slapper wide on the

19:01: Chris Neil, who has been quiet all game, gets a chance on the left wing on a two-on-one. Oprik slides down and blcoks his shot attempt. Big play by Orpik.

18:25: Phillips senaks down the right wing and backands a shto on net. Fleury makes the intial save but gives up a less than stellar rebound. Neil jumps on it and punches it on net. Fleury is in perfect position and fights it off.

17:55: Ohhh geez. Another kicked puck. After Gonchar makes a turnover at the Ottawa blue line, Spezza works the puck up the left wing. against Orpik. He cuts across the slot and whips a wrister wide on Fleury. Fleury boots it out to the slot. Foligno jumps on the rebound and strikes it in with his foot. The Senators celebrate. An official immediate waves it off. We have another video review. After a brief delay, the call is upheld. No goal. Foligno's kicking motion was very slight but it was there. Gonchar got bailed out there.

16:51: Cullen snaps off a wrister from the left point. Fleury snags it. The Senators are dominating this period so far.

16:41: Guerin lifts a wrister on net from the left circle.  Leclaire fights it off.

15:44: A slapper by McKee from the left point is blocked into the corner.

14:58: Rupp controls the puck in the right corner and chips a feed itno the slot. Talbot is there but fans on the shot attempt. It was there.

14:41: Rupp slams Sutton into the boards down by the

14:19: The Penguins have woken up. Malkin whips a backhander from the right circle. Leclaire gloves it.

13:58: Ponikarovsky jabs a little backhander from the slot. Leclaire boots it out with his right foot.

13:14: Alfredsson rips a wrister from just above the left circle. It's gets blocked.

12:52: Off a nice give an go with Neil, Kelly rips a wrister from the right cicle. Fleury fights it off despite a screen.

12:39: A slapper by Neil from the left circle is blocked by McKee.

11:50: Orpik blocks a chance by Campoli in the left circle.

11:11: Off the right point, Fisher rockets a slapper on net. Fleury traps it against his chest. What a period.

10:48: Crosby lugs the puck up the left wing and gains the zone. He leaves a drop pass at the point. Dupuis steps up and blasts a slapper on net. Leclaire eats it up.

9:46: Spezza enters the zone on the right wing and cuts towards the slot. He challenges Eaton one-on-one and Eaton just takes him out of the play. Great effort by Eaton.

9:27: Foligno floats a wrister from the right circle juuuuuust wide on the far side.

9:08: Orpik controls the puck behind his net, emerges to the left side and backhands it out of play. Ugh. That's delay of game. That's two minutes. What a brain cramp. Play is halted so the ice can be cleaned briefly. Staal, Adams, GOnchar and Eaton take the ice.

8:58: Adams turns and chips a loose puck down ice to kill time.

8:44: "LET'S GO PENS! LET'S GO PENS!"

8:40: Staal is able to chip a loose puck down ice to kill time.

8:11: Off the left half wall, Spezza blasts a slapper on net. Fleury makes the inital save and forces a rebound to his left.Alfredsson knocks over McKee who falls on the puck and smothers it. Play is halted.

7:40: McKee plasters Spezza alogn the right boards.

7:32: Spezza looses his cool and cross checks McKee in the slot. That's two minutes. He has to be more disciplined. Four-on-four 32 seconds.

7:08: The Orpik penalty expires. The Penguins will have 1:28 of power play time.

5:53: Goligoski loses control of the puck on the left point. Ottawa regains it and clears .

5:31: The Spezza penalty is killed. The Penguins failed to get a shot on net. Ouch.

5:11: Kunitz rips a wrister from the left wing. It's blocked behind the net.

4:47: Fedotenko absolutely levels Regin in the right corner in Ottawa's zone. Ouch.

4:20: Letang pretty much tackles Regin behind the Penguins' net. That's two minutes for holding. A really silly penalty. Adams, Orpik

4:11: Cullen drives a slapper on net from the right point. It hits an Ottawa player's stick in front of the cage and deflects out of play. Cullen actually raises his hands to celebrate as the official blows play dead and points to the neutral zone. Nice.

3:47: Adams chips the puck down ice for a clear.

3:11: McKee blasts the puck down ice to clear.

3:08: Foligno has a chance with an open net just in front of the crease but Cooke makes a wonderful diving play to tie up his stick and prevent a shot. Remember that play.

2:27: Kelly blast a slooe puck on net from teh ight point. Fleury fight sit off with his right shoulder.

2:05: Orpik and Foligno have an impromptu Roman-Greco wrestling match behind the Penguins' net. Officials send Orpik off for hodling. FOlingo for roughing.

1:50: Cullen gets loose on the left wing with space. Letang dives hoping for a poke check but pretty much takes out Cullen. No call. Letang didn't touch the puck at all. Brutal non-call.

1:26: Phillips pumps a slapper on net from the right point. Fleury eats it up despite traffic.

0:26: Letang blocks a wrister by Cullen off the left wing.

0:00: End of period. Whew! Penguins 3, Senators 3.

FOURTH INTERMISSION



-You won't believe this, but this is only the second multi-overtime game in this building. Guess what the other one was:

-Yeah, bad omen.

-This is just so intense right now. You hold your breath on every shot.

-The officiating has gone out the window this period. The officials waited at least 15 seconds to call the minors of Foligno and Orpik.

-The Penguins have a 48-36 lead in shots.

-The Senators had an 11-6 lead in shots in the first overtime period.

-Kunitz leads the game with seven.

-Cullen and Spezza each lead the Senators with five.

-Gonchar leads the game with 33:40 of ice time.

-Karlsson leads the Senators with 31:08.

-The Penguins have a 39-37 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Cullen is 11 for 17 (65 percent).

-Staal is 9 for 15 (60 percent).

-Volchenkov leads the game with eight blocked shots.

-Goligoski, Eaton and Letang each lead the Penguins two blocked shots.

SECOND OVERTIME

16:48: Fisher has a chance off the right wing and lifts a backhander on net. Fleury fights it off.

16:31: Cooke plays a puck into the slot. Staal is there and jabs at it. Leclaire is able to hold it out despite a mass of humanity in the crease.

15:45: After Goligoski fails to play a Murphy Dump cleanly in the Penguins' zone, Ruutu picks itu pand whips a backhander at the cage. McKee is able to block the shot. Goligoski owes McKee a beer.

15:05: Malkin spins and whips a wrster from the slot off the right post. Argh.

14:08: Letang directs a fake slap/pass down low to the left of the cage. Adams is there but he's a step slow and misses the puck.

12:30: Regin is able to play a puck into the crease. It gets behind Fleury and slides to Spezza in the

12:13: Kunitz rips a wrister from the right circle. Vochenkov flops down to block it. Wow!

11:19: After Dupuis dodges a big hit by Sutton on the right wing, He plays a puck ito the slot. Malkin is there and one=touches it on net. Leclaire has a HUUUGE save. wow!

10:18: Campoli rips a wrister from the top of the slot. Adams slides down and blocks it with his skate.

9:03: Regin fires a wild slapper from the left point. Kunitz steals, skates it up ice and dumps it into the offensive zone to get a line change.

6:33: Volchenkov has a one-timer teed up near the slot but can't control the bouncing upc.

6:02: Staal puts a wrister on net from the right circle. Leclaire makes the save but gives up a less than stellar rebound. Cooke rushes in but can't control the bonching

6:26: McKee rockets a slapper from the right half wall. Leclaire stops it with a thud.

4:53: Malkin distrubte s a pass from teh right circle to the slot. Talbot's ot is blocked.

4:33: Foligno whips a wrister on net. Fleury makes the save but gives up a big rebound. Karlsson is deep on the left wing and kind of punches it on net with a backhander. Fleury does a snow angel and is able to freeze play.

2:32: Malkin spins and snaps off a pass to the slot. No one is there to receive it.

1:53: Guerin enters the zone on the left wing and with Kunitz and Volchenkov screening, he snaps off a wrister which Leclaire eats up.

1:08: Neil steps up and tries to hit Orpik along the boards. Orpik sticks him on his wallet.

0:30: Malkin pulls a Crosby move behind the net going back and force with Kelly hanging all over his back side. He emerges to the left of the cage and deals a pass to Letang at the right point. Letang takes a looke and snaps of a low wrister. Leclaire eats it up. That was so familiar.

0:04: Spezza tries to challenge Eaton one-on-one but can't do it as Eaton poke checks it away.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Senators 3.

FIFTH INTERMISSION

-We can't believe we're here watching this live. This is just unreal.

-At this point, the play is ridiculously sloppy. The players just dont' have much left in the tank.

-Crosby appears spent. He has been a non factor for at least a period and some.

-Malkin still has something left. He created the best scoring chances for the Penguins that period.

-Peter Regin was so, so tough this period.

-We don't begrudge anyone who leaves this game at this point. At some point, you have to live your life. If you have school, kids, work, etc., you just have to take care of your responsibilites.

-The Penguins have a 55-40 lead in shots.

-Guerin leads the game with eight.

-Ruutu leads the Senators with six.

-Gonchar leads the game with 41:34.

-Karlsson leads the Senators with 37:33.

-The Penguins have a 46-43 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Staal is 12 for 18 (67 percent).

-Cullen is 11 for 19 (58 percent).

-Volchenkov leads the game with 10 blocked shots.

-Goligoski, Eaton, Gonchar, Letang and McKee each have two.

-The Senators have a 41-15 lead in blocked shots.

-Letang and Orpik are on the cover of IceTime:

THIRD OVERTIME

19:02: Crosby gains the blue line with speed and taps a backhanded pass to Kunitz in the left circle. Kunitz takes the pass but waits to shoot as Volchenkov slides down to block it.

17:57: Foligno rips a wrister from the top of the slot wide to the right of the net.

17:20: Dupuis gets loose on the right wing and has some space. He tries to lifts a backhander from the right circle which appears to get blocked. He's taken down behind the cage.

16:46: Kelly whips a wrister on net from the right circle.

16:24: Cooke slams Ruutu into the boards behind the Senators net. That bring a cheer.

16:05: Crosby distrubtes a pass to Kunitz in the slot. Volchenkov blocks Kunitz's shot.

15:37: Gonchar distributes a pass to Crosby on the right half wall. Crosby tees off a one-timer which Leclaire boots out.

15:22: Rupp drops Volchenkov with a hit in front of hte Penguin's bench. Volchenkov staggers as he goes to his bench.

14:48: Letang is in deep and has a shot from the right wing blocked.

14:17: Karlsson blast a slapper from the r ight point. Ponikarovsky blocks it.

13:07: Orpik tees up a slapper from the right point. Leclaire fights it off despite traffic.

12:54: Game over. Alfredsson races up the right wing, pulls up and deals a pass to Carkner at the right point. Carkner fires a slapper. It hits two players then glances off Fleury's left shoulder and into the net. What a crushing way to loose. Alfredsson and Fisher get the assists. Senators 4, Penguins 3.

POSTGAME:

-Wow. What do you say after that. That was a wonderful display of hockey. For nearly five hours, those two teams battled. One just wanted to end things. The other wanted to stay alive. Both beat the heck out of each other. Both put a ton of rubber on net. The one that wanted to stay alive came out on top.

-This game reached a point where it's nearly pointless to nitpick on what won the game or lost the game. A shot with a few lucky bounces won it. At that stage of the game, you almost just hope to get lucky.

-Give the Senators credit. They came in here reeling after Game 4. They had a goaltender who had never started a Stanley Cup playoff game. THey were injured and outclassed for the most part up until this game. They put together a wonderful effort, made a lot of sacrifices and came out on top.

-Pascal Leclaire was very, very clutch in this game. He was brutal when he relieved Brian Elliott in Game 4. He rebounded with one of the best efforts by a goaltender in this building.

-We can't imagine the physcial toll this has on the player's bodies. These are some of the most conditioned athletes in the world, but even they have their breaking point. Very few of the player were all that sharp after the first overitme.

-There might not be a better conditioned person in this sport than Sidney Crosby. But he was clearly spent. He created a few things in the third overtime, but he just wasn't the same player.

-We can't recall a total committement to blocking shots from a team as we saw tonight. The Senators made a clear-cut effort to get in the way of as many shots as possible. Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly, Zack Smith and Shean Donovan, who had all of six shifts, were the only Senators who failed to record a blocked shot.

-One player we had a hard time locating on the ice was Maxime Talbot. He was very quiet. The Penguins need a bigger contribution from him.

-The Penguins ended up with a 59-44 lead in shots.

-Jordan Staal, Bill Guerin and Crosby each led the game with eight shots.

-Jarkko Ruutu led the Senators with six.

-Sergei Gonchar, who was spotty at best, led the game with 44:08.

-Erik Karlsson led the Sentors with 40:38.

-The Penguins had a 47-45 lead in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Staal was 13 for 20 (65 percent).

-Matt Cullen was 12 for 20 (60 percent).

-Anton Volchenkov had 11 blocked shots. Yeesh.

-Alex Goligoski, Mark Eaton, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Gonchar, Kris Letang and Jay McKee.

-Marc-Andre Fleury's loss was the 20th of his postseason career.

-Crosby's assist was the 75th point of his postseason career.

-Bill Guerin moved past Rick Kehoe for 21st place on the team's all-time career postseason scoring list. Each player has 21 points, but Guerin (eight) has more goals than Kehoe (four).

-Kris Letang moved into a tied with Shawn McEachern for 28th place. Each player has 17 points and six goals.

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