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Penguins at Hurricanes - First Period - Game 4 - 5-26-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

FIRST PERIOD

18:54: Maxime Talbot steers a puck at net from the left wing. Ward boots it out with his left leg with ease.

18:24: Welcome back Eric Staal. Rob Scuderi can't really get the puck off Erik Cole behind the net. Cole leaves it for Staal. Staal collects it, comes around and jams it by Fleury's left foot. Hal Gill comes over about a half hour later to check Staal but it's too late. Kind of a sloppy goal for the Penguins to give up. Cole and Sergei Samsonov get the assists. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0.

18:06: Versus pulls out a solid stat showing that the Hurricanes are 7-0 in the playoffs when Eric Staal scores.

17:15: Carolina's very aggressive early on. Rod Brind'Amour backhands a shot  on net through traffic. Fleury fights it off.

16:43: A stoppage brings a scrum in front of the teams' benches. Color commentator Darryl Reaugh, who we really like for the most part, calls Dan Bylsma, "Buyul-sma."

16:03: Sidney Crosby comes flying into the offensive zone, cuts across the slot and leaves a drop pass for Kunitz. Kunitz steps up and hammers a one-timer well over the net.

14:44: Ray Whitney loses control of a puck at the Penguins' blue line. Ruslan Fedotenko takes it off him and flies up ice. He holds off Pitkanen and rips a wrister. Ward fights it off.

14:33: Scott Walker separates Gill from the puck in the corner with a nice forecheck.

13:53: Patrick Eaves gives his good friend Miroslav Satan a thump along the boards at the Carolina blue line.

13:02: Coming back from commercial, the Staals are brothers:

12:11: Bill Guerin snaps off a wrister from a tough angle. Ward steers it away.

12:03: Eric Staal whips a wrister from the right wing. Fleury says no.

11:39: Oh wow was that slick. Philippe Boucher gets the puck at the right point and hammers a slapper wide intentionally to the far side. Fedotenko is on the backdoor and re-directs the puck into the net behind Ward and Dennis Seidenberg. That was really sharp. How can the Penguins even consider going with six defensemen after that? Boucher and Sergei Gonchar get assists. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 1.

10:08: Evgeni Malkin loses his stick in the neutral zone, then tries to hold off Chad LaRose by grabbing his. Officials halt play and sent Malkin to the box for two minutes. Gonchar, Brooks Oprik, Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke are on for the penalty kill.

9:29: Eric Staal gets a shot off from the left wing. Fleury makes the save and scrambles for the rebound. Cole and Samsonov are there to follow up but can't capitalize. A replay actually showed Samsonov kicking the puck with his back skate. It wouldn't have counted, but Fleury made a fine save on it.

8:56: Cooke drills the puck around the boards and kills some time.

8:01: Anton Babchuk steps up and pumps a shot into a cluster of bodies. It gets blocked away.

7:46: Ward fights off a shot by Letang coming in deep.

7:17: Matt Cullen makes contact with Fleury behind the Penguins net. Fleury takes a spill. No call. He might've tried to buy a call there.

6:38: From the right faceoff circle, Satan pumps a one-timer. Niclas Wallin lays out to block it. The Hurricane's aren't going into the night without a struggle.

5:19: Off a cycle by Tyler Kennedy, Scott Walker gets completely blasted in the corner by Jordan Staal. Staal might've gotten away with leaving his feet there.

5:16: Matt Cooke whips a wrister from the slot. Ward fights it off. Eaton get the puck at the right point that appears to get deflected wide. The Penguins' third line just had a marvelous shift.

4:33: Jussi Jokinen is nabbed for cross checking. Crosby, Malkin, Guerin, Gonchar and Letang are on for the power play.

3:40: LaRose chips a puck down ice killing some time.

3:18: Boucher hammers a one-timer from the left point. Ward boots it out.

2:36: Kunitz strikes a one-timer from the right wing. It rises up and Ward fights it off with his chest or even possibly his face.

1:51: A wrist shot by Wallin from the left point is blocked in front.

1:29: Oh geez was that garbage. But the Penguins will take it. Talbot pushes the puck into the offensive zone against Babchuk. Talbot whips a wrister. Babchuk gets a piece of it. The puck flutters up in the air. Ward attempts to snag it with his glove but totally biffs on it. It tips off the top of his glove and into the net. That was awful. But it gives the Penguins a lead. Satan gets the only assists. Talbot shouldn't even get credit for a goal. The Penguins are 6-0 in the playoffs all-time when he scores. Penguins 2-1.

0:24: Walker dishes a puck into the slot. It appears to hit off the shaft of Scuderi's stick and deflects in on Fleury. Fleury knocks it down. Walker and the rest of the Hurricanes dig like maniacs for a rebound. The Penguins hold them off. A big scrum develops. Malkin ends up with an unsportsmanlike conduct. Walker is trying to challenge anyone in white. Including Boss Hogg. We think. Someone needs to calm him down or he'll blow his team's power play. Cooke, Jordan Staal, Scuderi and Gill are on for the kill.

0:16:

 

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

FIRST INTERMISSION

-It almost seems regardless of what the Hurricanes do, the Penguins are just going to end up on top. The Hurricanes played a really good, aggressive first period. It might've been their best period of the series. But through some stupid luck, they're down.

-Versus had a good look on Kunitz's shot on Ward. It did hit his helmet and even unbuckled it in the back. We wonder if Ward was a little scrambled after that and if it even had a hand in his poor effort on Talbot's goal.

-Talbot's goal reminded us of a goal Ottawa's Jason Spezza scored against the Penguins in the 2007 playoffs.

-Fedotenko looks like he could score a hat trick this game. He's flying.

-Malkin needs a little bit more discipline. The Penguins can't have him in the penalty box too much.

-The Hurricanes will have 1:36 of power play time on fresh ice.

-The Penguins have a 9-5 lead in shots.

-Talbot and Fedotenko each lead the game with two shots.

-Faceoffs were even, 10-10.

-Crosby was 6-for-11 (55 percent).

-Brind'Amour and Jussi Jokinen were each 2-for-3 (67 percent).

-Despite his two penalties, Malkin leads the game with 8:09 of ice time.

-Pitkanen is right behind him with with 8:04.

-Gill, Scuderi, Eaton and Joe Corvo each lead the game with two blocked shots.

-Click here for the second period.

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