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Penguins at Panthers - 01-13-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

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-Greetings from a... well... bizarre day in the universe of the Penguins universe:

-C's.

-The Penguins' starters are Matt Cooke, Dustin Jeffrey, Tyler Kennedy, Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Steve MacIntyre and Joe Vitale.

-The Panthers' starters are Tomas Kopecky, John Madden, Mikael Samuelsson, Ed Jovanovski, Mike Weaver and Scott Clemmensen.

-Their only scratch is Keaton Ellerby.

-Root Sports has the lines and defensive pairings:

FIRST PERIOD

19:08: Tomas Fleischman has a plum chance right in front of the cage off a pass from the left wing corner but he fans on the shot.

18:26: Dupuis whips a wriser on net from the left wing. Clemmensen fights it off.

18:22: Niskanen snaps off a wrister from the right point wide to the near side.

18:06: Sullivan shuffles a wrister on net from the left wing wall along the goal line. Clemmensen fights it off. Sullivan follows up on it and kicks it on net. Clemmensen fends it off.

16:49: Off a pass from Malkin on the lef wing  wall, Neal launches a one-timer from a bove the left circle. Clemmensen eats it up.

15:21: Arron Asham and Kry sBarch drop the glove sin the Penguins' zone. They lock up and wrestle a little bit. Asham lands a few close rights. They wrestle some more, Barch waves off an elbow pad. Asham kidn of slips and falls forward. He covers up and Barch holds off.

14:25: Eric Tangradi flies up the left wing wall and snasp off a wrister to the far side. Clemmensen gloves it.

14:20: Dupuis trips up Tomas Kopecky on the right wing wall of the Florida zone. That's two minutes. Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik, Craig Adams and Matt Cooke.

13:59: Cooke steals a puck off Weiss in the defensive zone and races up ice on a breakaway. He pulls away from Brian Campbell, one of the fastest defensemen in the NHL and moves in on net. From the slot, he lifts a leg and rips a wrister on net. Clemmensen punches it away with his blocker.

12:38: Tomas Kopecy blasts a one-timer from the left ircle. FLeury fights it off.

12:20: The Dupuis minor is killed.

12:01: Matt Bradley used to be a Penguin:

11:43: Orpik chops a slapper from the left point. Clemmensen kicks it out despite traffic.

10:51: Versteeg steals a puck off Ben Lovejoy in the netural zone and races up the left wing towards the Penguins' cage. Before he can attack the net, Lovejoy chases him down and pokes it away. What a defensive effort.

8:28: Neal is tripped up in the slot by Weiss. Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Niskanen and Sullivan take the ice.

8:13: Neal clanks a shot off the right post from the right circle.

7:22: From the slot, Malkin slides a pass to the left circle. Neal releases a wrister which clanks off the left post. All he can find is iron tonight.

6:45: Martin chops a slapper from the right circle which is blocked.

6:38: Malkin chops a slapper form the left circle which hits off the left post. Snakebit.

6:31: As the Weiss minor expires, Versteeg and Malkin mix it up a bit but nothing comes of it.

6:21: On a delayed penalty, Kennedy lifts a wrister on net. CLemmensen eats it up.  Versteeg is called for slashing against Malkin. Kennedy, Dupuis Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey and Paul Martin take the ice. Dupuis works the right point.

4:42: Sullivan pounds a slapper from the right point. It hits a body or two in front.

4:21: Versteeg's minor expires. The Penguins shot the puck a ton there, but rarely got it on net.

3:31: Michal Repik sweeps a backhander from the slot but Adams deflects it wide.

3:09: Krys Barch races up the left wing and booms a slapper on net. Fleury eats it up.

2:31: Kopecky takes a drop pass in the left circle and whips it on net. Fleury eats it up.

1:41: Campbell fumbles a puck at the right point. Kunitz picks it off and glides in on net with a breakaway. Kunitz move in on net, jukes his shoulder and jams up Clemmensen with a backhander which sneaks through Clemmensen's gear and glances off the cross bar.

1:12: Campbell lofts a wrister from the top of the slot. Fleury glove sit.

0:00: End of period. Panthers 0, Penguins 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION

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-The Penguins dominated that period. They had the bulk of puck control. They maintained possession on the offensive zone and they put Clemmensen to work. If not for a few cruddy bounces off the post, they have a lead.

-The Malkin-Kunitz-Neal line has been lights out. They look scary tonight. They haven't looked that way in a few games.

-The Panthers are turning over like crazy. They look as if they're disinterested in playing this game.

-Scott Clemmensen is playing a heck of a game thus far.

-The Penguins are dominating shots, 18-6.

-Neal leads the game with four shots.

-Tomas Kopecky leads the Panthers with two.

-Campbell leads the game with 8:40 of ice time.

-Paul Martin leads the Penguins with 8:38.

-The Panthers have a 12-9 lead in faceoffs (57 percent).

-Weiss is 5 for 7 (71 percent).

-Dustin Jeffrey is 3 for 5 (60 percent).

-No one has more than one blocked shot.

SECOND PERIOD

18:48: Martin rips a wrister from the slot. Clemmensen gloves it.

18:22: Lovejoy floats a wrister from the right wing on n

18:11: Welcome back to the scoreboard Steve Sullivan. The Penguins dump the puck behind the Panthers' net. Clemmensen stops it deal and mishandles it. He ends up playing it to Cooke flying up the right wing. Cooke taps an immediate pass to Sullivan in the slot. Sullivan sweeps it into the cage immediately as Clemmensen and Erik Gudbranson slide into the cage to prevent the shot. A little bit of luck for the Penguins for a change. Cooke gets the only assist. Clemmensen could make a case for one. A ton of Penguins fans celebrate. Penguins 1-0.

16:47: Gary Bettman is at the game and his presence was acknowledged to boos.

16:32: Kunitz rips a wrister from the slot. Clemmenen gloves it.

16:02: Marcel Goc has a chance in the left circle but Richard Park hustles back on a backcheck to steal the puck. Great play.

15:13: Tangradi and Gudbranson drop the gloves off  a faceoff. They lock up in the Florida zone. Tangradi throws a punch misses and falls backwards with Gudbranson hovering over him. That was a pretty bad fight. Give it to Gudbranson we guess.

14:22: Fleischmann lifts a backhander from the right circle which hits a body in front.

13:53: Off a turnover by the Panthers, Malkin races into the Panther's zone and snaps off a wrister which Clemmensen fights off.

12:49: Campbell snaps off a wrister from the right circle. which Orpik blocks.

12:30: Mike Santorelli snaps off a wrister from above the left circle which Fleury fights off.

10:48: Another penalty for Weiss. This time, he's sent off for dropping Park with a knee just inside the Panthers' blue line. Sullivan, Niskanen, Malkin, Neal and Kunitz take the ice.

9:40: Malkin booms a one-timer from the right circle. Clemmensen fights it off. Ed Jovanovski clears it down ice.

8:48: The Weiss minor expires. Another solid effort by the Penguins. They had plenty of shots on net.

7:48: Versteeg floats a wrister from the slot. Fleury steers it away with his blocker.

6:34: Neal whips a wrister on net from the right circle. Clemmensen fights it off.

3:55: Campbell sneaks a pass from the right wing corner to the slot. Weiss crashes in and is denied on a fantastic save by Fleury.

3:50: Garrison snaps off a wrister from the right circle to the  far side. Fleury gets juuust a piece of it with his blcoker.

3:40: Versteeg has a chance in the crease but can't beat Fleury.

2:38: Michalek booms a slapper from the right point. Clemmensen eats it up.

1:27: Matthias deals a pass from the right wing corner to the slot. Martin is there and poke checks it behind the net.

0:34: Campbell has a slapper from the slot blocked. That creates a two-one one with Malkin and Kunitz against Garrison. Malkin pushes it up the left wing and pumps a slapper from the left circle. Clemmensen fights it off. Malkin recovers the rebound and from below the goal line, he backhands a puck into the crease. It squeaks through Clemmensen's gear and trickles into the net. Another lucky hop. Neal and Kunitz get assists. Penguins 2-0.

0:00: End of period. Mike Weaver pushes the puck up the left wing out of his own zone and he's run over by Orpik as the horn sounds. Penguins 2, Panthers 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION

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-The Penguins got some breaks. They haven't gotten any for the most part over the past two weeks. It's probably a refreshing change for them.

-It only got one goal, and it was off a fluke bounce, but the Neal-Malkin-Kunitz line continued to look dangerous that period.

-The blue line has been outstanding. It hasn't made too many mistakes.

-Fleury had to make a few tough saves there. He's earning this shutout thus far.

-The Penguins are dominating shots, 32-17.

-Neal leads the game with seven.

-Santorelli leads the Panthers with three.

-The Panthers have a 24-20 lead in faceoffs (55 percent).

-Weiss is 11 for 14 (79 percent).

-Malkin is 9 for 17 (53 percent).

-Martin, Michalek, Versteeg and Garrison each lead the game with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

19:42: Tyler Kennedy is scoring again? Okay then. Dupuis carries the puck into the offensive zone on the right wing and deals a pass to Orpko above the left circle. Orpik deal si back immediately to Kennedy. Kennedy grips and rips a wrister which toasts the glove hand of Clemmensen. What a shot.  Orpik and Dupuis get assists. Penguins 3-0.

18:21: This keeps getting worse for the Panthers as Repik is sent off for interference against Sullivan. Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Niskanen and Sullivan take the ice.

18:11: Malkin chops a backhander from the left circle. Clemmensen kicks it out.

18:06: Neal snaps off a wrister from the left circle. Clemmensen fights it off.

16:25: Dupuis snaps off awrister from the right circle. Clemmensen kicks it out despite a screen by Tangradi.

16:21: The Repik minor is killed.

15:04: Goc floats a wrister from the left wing which Fleury boots out.

13:05: So much for the shutout. Garrison takes a pass at the left point. He chops a half slapper towars the left of the cage. Repik is there. He jumps up and re-directs the puck on his forehand behind Fleury. What a play. Garrison and Barch get assists.  Penguins 3-1.

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11:32: Tangradi races up the right wing, fends off Gudbranson and whips a backhander on net from the right circle. Clemmensen says no.

8:18: Santorelli attempts a wrister from the right wing along the boards in the Penguins' zone but is knocked down by Jeffrey before he can shoot.

7:41: Campbell recovers a puck in the right circle, fights off a check from Sullivan and whips a wrister from the slot. Fleury fights it off.

7:27: Weiss circles around from the back of the netand from the left circle, he deals a sneaky pass to Fleischmann to the left of the crease. Fleischmann has a wide open ne tiwth Fleury sprawlwed out in the crease. Fleischmann fans on the shot. Yeesh. Park appeared to give Fleischmann a whack on the right skate just to throw him off.

4:49: Weiss snaps off  wrister from the left circle over the cage.

4:29: Mikael Saumelsson has a wrister in the right circle blocked by Malkin.

4:17: James Neal. Non All-Star. Kunit chips a puck up ice from the neutral zone up ice off the boards. Neal picks it up, gains the offensive zone, gets pressured by Dmitry Kulikov. Neal just snaps off a wrister by the blocker of Clemmensen to give the Penguins a three goal lead. What a shot. Kunitz gets the only assist. Penguins 4-1.

1:27: Repik chucks a wrister from the left circle wide to the far side.

1:08: Jovanovski pounds a slapper from the left point which Fleury fights off. Repik has a chance with the rebound but Fleury says no.

0:10: Penguins fans in the building offer their team a standing ovation.

0:00: End of game. Penguins 4, Panthers 1.

POSTGAME

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-The Penguins responded. With questions circling around Sidney Crosby and the team mirred in a six-game losing streak, the Penguins responded. That was as gutsy of an effort they have given all season.

-The top line of Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and James Neal stepped up. They were dangerous all game long. They need to be in order for this team to succed.

-Killjoy Alert: The Panthers stunk. They had nothing in this game. They came out with a completely flat effort. At least two of the Penguins goals came off mistakes by the Panthers.

-The Penguins defense was sharp. The blue liners cut down on mistakes and really limited the chances the Panthers' top scorers could create.

-Marc-Andre Fleury was once again outstanding. He has to be in order for this team to weather this storm.

-Richard Park looked like he played a strong game, particularly on defense.

-Scott Clemmensen has had some better nights.

-The Penguins led in shots, 41-26.

-Neal led the game with nine shots.

-Malkin was right behind him with seven.

-Add in Kunitz's three shots, and that line had 19 shots.

-Mike Santorelli led the Panthers with four.

-Brian Campbell led the game with 27:12 of ice time.

-Paul Martin led Penguins with 23:32.

-The Panthers controlled faceoffs, 37-23 (62 percent).

-Stephen Weiss was 14 for 17 (82 percent).

-Malkin was 11 for 22 (50 percent).

-Paul Martin led the game with three blocked shots.

-Ed Jovanovski and Mike Weaver each led the game with two blocked shots.

-Dan Bylsma finally surpassed Michel Therrien for second most coaching wins in franchise history with 136. Eddie Johnston holds the record with 232.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

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