-With two new members of the Penguins, we'll review the previous players who have worn their numbers.
22 - Paul Andrea, Greg Polis, Bob Kelly, Brian Spencer, Kim Davis, Mike Bullard, Neil Belland, Dwight Mathiasen, Jim McGeough, Chris Joseph, Wayne Van Dorp, Steve Dykstra, Paul Stanton, Rick Tocchet, Norm Maciver, Jason Woolley, Sven Butenschon, Dan LaCouture, Randy Robitaille, Matt Murley, Ric Jackman, Chris Thorburn, Jeff Taffe, Tim Wallace, Matt D'Agostini, Lee Stempniak.
-We'll cite Bob "Battleship" Kelly as the best No. 22 for having the coolest nickname.
57 - Chris Ferraro, Shawn Heins, Marcel Goc.
-We'd give Heins the edge in this one mostly by default. He had a pretty hard shot.
-EN Reader John Whitco is on hand and sent in a few jersey sightings. Teemu Selanne Jets:
-Charlie Conway Mighty Ducks:
-Another readers spotted a Francois Leroux:
-Paul Kariya Mighty DUcks:
-Jersey of the Night: We'll go with ex-Penguin Ben Lovejoy:
-Robert Bortuzzo's "upper-body" injury from last night's game will keep him out of the lineup. Deryk Engelland will replace him.
-The Penguins starters are Sidney Crosby, Taylor Pyatt, Lee Stempniak, Matt Niskanen, Rob Scuderi and Marc-Andre Fleury.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo and Brian Gibbons.
-Gibbons had a pretty ugly shift last night which led to San Jose's first goal.
-According to the team's Web site, the Penguins' lines and defensive pairings in warm-ups were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
15 Tanner Glass - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams
44 Books Orpik - 3 Olli Maatta
4 Rob Scuderi - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland
-The Ducks' starters are Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu, Daniel Winnik, Cam Fowler, Ben Lovejoy and Jonas Hiller.
-Their scratches are Mark Fistric and Tim Jackman.
18:33: On a delayed penalty, Nick Bonino booms a slapper from above the right circle. Fleury makes the stop. Kunitz is called for slashing Corey Perry. Orpik, Maatta, Sutter and Adams take the ice.
17:43: Perry jumps on a loose puck in the slot and whips a wrister. A stick-on-puck by Orpik deflects it out of play.
16:33: The Kunitz minor is killed. The Ducks didn't do much with that chance.
16:06: The Ducks strike first. Pery drives up the left wing, pulls up and leaves a drop pass for Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf takes the puck and lifts a wrister from the left circle. Fleury makes the save but allows a rebound. Perry jumps on it, gets a step on Maatta and cleans up the garbage. A nice, ugly goal. Getzlaf and Saku Koivu get assists. "Bro Hymn" by Pennywise is played. Ducks 1-0.
15:10: A one-timer by Jakub Silfverberg from the left circle is denied by Fleury.
14:33: Corralling a puck at the left point, Bryan Allen booms a slapper from above the left circle. Fleury fights it off.
12:13: Deryk Engelland to the rescue? Okay. After a wrister by Jokinen is blocked, a lose puck trickles in the high slot. He collects it, grips and rips it through Hiller's five hole. Good for Engelland but Hiller needs to make that save. Jokinen and Malkin get assists. Ducks 1, Penguins 1.
11:39: Off a neutral zone faceoff, Glass and Patrick Maroon drop the gloves. they mostly wrestle around before each player gets t heir right hands loose. A few punches are thrown before each player tires out and gives one another a pat on the side.
11:19: After Hiller smothers a puck, a scrum breaks out to the right of the Ducks' net. Perry and Malkin are in the middle of it.
10:16: Getzlaf gets a chance off the left wing. Wide open, he whips a rising wrister. Fleury knocks it dead and covers.
10:00: Malkin is tripped up behind the Ducks' net by Beauchemin. Beauchemin is nabbed for tripping. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Niskanen take the ice.
9:54: Off a feed by Niskanen, Crosby whacks a slapper from the right circle wide of the cage.
9:39: Malkin pumps a wrister from the right circle on net. Hiller eats it up.
8:11: Stempniak lifts a wrister from the left circle which is blocked.
8:00: The Beauchemin minor is killed. Not much going on there for the Penguins.
7:00: A wrister by Cogliano from above the left circle deflects out of play.
6:50: More penalties. The great Joe Vitale chips and chases a puck up the left wing by Allen and his skates kind of take off from underneath him. Allen is called for tripping while Vitale is given an embellishment minor. Four-on-four for two minutes.
4:50: As Allen and the great Joe Vitale return to the ice, a wrister by Lovejoy from the right half wall is kicked out by Fleury.
4:30: Engelland pops a slapper from the right point. Hiller kicks it out.
4:04: Using Scuderi as a screener, Richard Rackell releases a wrister from the right circle. Fleury eats it up. Andrew Cogliano went to the dressing room following a collision with Simon Despres.
3:40: A slapper by Matt Beleskey from above the left circle deflects out of play.
3:28: Lovejoy puts a wrister on net. Fleury snags it.
2:33: A wrister by Perry from the right circle is rejected by Fleury.
2:18: Another power play for the Ducks. Neal hooked Getzlaf during a scrum near the Penguins' net. Orpik, Scuderi, Goc and Adams take the ice.
0:23: A slapper by Getzlaf from center point is blocked by Glass.
0:21: Cam Fower has a slapper from the right point blocked.
0:12: A one-timer by Fowler from the left circle is blocked.
0:00: End of period. Ducks 1, Penguins 1.
-The Penguins were a little lucky to get out of that period with a tie. The Ducks controlled play early and late and put a lot of puck towards the net.
-Fleury was busy and he was sharp.
-Once again, special teams are getting a lot of work. Officials have been quick to call penalties.
-Deryk Engelland keeps on finding ways to contribute.
-Perry and Getzlaf looked pretty scare that period.
-Kunitz had some quality trolling midway through the second period when he waved his hand prior to a faceoff and mocked Perry for selling his slash early in the game.
-The Ducks are dominating shots on net, 12-3.
-The Ducks have a 25-14 lead in attempted shots.
-Getzlaf leads the game with two shots.
-Fowler leads the game with 9:05.
-Niskanen leads the Penguins with 08:20.
-The Penguins have a 14-9 lead in faceoffs (61 percent).
-Sutter is 5 for 5 (100 percent).
-Getzlaf is 4 for 6 (67 percent).
-Scuderi, Despres, Lovejoy and Beauchemin each lead the game with two blocked shots.
-Fire Ray Shero.
19:43: Another penalty early in the period. Stempniak is called tripping Koivu. Stempniak's stick got up on Koivu's hand and Koivu fell forward. Adams, Goc, Orpik and Scuderi take the ice.
19:00: Perry rips a wrister from the right circle. Fleury gets a piece of it with his blocker. Also, there is an update on Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa:
18:13: A wrister by Selanne from the left circle is wide of the cage.
17:58: A wrister by Beauchemin from the left circle is kicked out by Fleury. Selanne chops it over the cage.
17:43: The Stempniak minor is killed.
16:00: After some fierce battling for the puck behind the net, he deals a pass to Despres at the center point. Despres swipes a one-timer on net which Hiller kicks out.
15:09: Lovejoy corrals a puck at the right point and booms a slapper which is blocked by the great Joe Vitale.
14:20: Malkin lifts a wrister from the right circle which is blocked.
13:45: Perry pushes the puck up the right wing one-on-one against Despres and Despres shoves him off the puck. Wonderful play.
13:12: Crosby steals a puck in the Ducks' left wing corner and deals a pass to Niskanen pinching in down the slot. Niskanen rips a wrister wide of the cage.
12:20: A wrister by Winnik from the high slot is steered away by Fleury.
11:37: On a three-one-one against poor Niskanen, Maroon has a chance to the right to the cage but can't bury is behind Fleury. How did the Ducks not score there? It wasn't so much a matter of the Penguins defending it well as it was a matter of the Ducks not capitalizing.
10:17: Engelland cranks a one-timer from the right point as his stick breaks. The pucks slides in on net slowly and Hiller is able to smother it.
9:51: Kunitz races in off the right wing, dangles to this backhand down the slot and lifts a shot over the cage.
9:08: Cogliano lifts a wrister from the slot. Fleury fights it off.
8:15: A slapper by Beauchemin from the center point is blocked.
6:30: This isn't good:
5:48: The Penguins are up to five shots. Neal uses Beauchemin a screen and releases heavy wrister from the slot. Hiller snags it.
5:33: After Malkin steals a puck from Perry in the Penguins' zone, Neal chases down a loose puck in the left circle and lifts a wrister which rings off the cross bar.
3:59: The great Joe Vitale hustles up the right wing and snaps off a wrister which is wide on the near side.
3:37: Hampus Lindholm chops a slapper from the right point. Fleury fights it off.
3:07: Silfvergerg cuts inside Goc down the slot and releases a wrister. FLeury eats it up.
2:36: Neal pushes the puck up the left wing in the neutral zone. Beauchemin gets his stick into Neal's hands. Neal sells it a bit and Beauchemin is sent off for hooking. Beauchemin puts up a protest. Malkin, Neal, Crosby, Kunits and Niskanen take the ice.
2:27: Off some tic-tac-toe passing, Malkin whips a wrister from the right circle which Hiller gets a piece of.
1:19: Off a cross-ice feed by Crosby, Malkin cranks a one-timer from near the right point. Hiller eats it up despite traffic.
1:06: Despres wires a slapper from the right half wall wides of the net.
0:36: The Beauchemin minor is killed. Not much going on there for the Penguins.
0:02: A wrister by Beauchemin from the right point is blocked.
0:00: End of period. Ducks 1, Penguins 1.
-What a bizarre game. The Penguins are getting demolished in shots on net but have a 1-1 tie with one of the best teams in the NHL.
-The weird things is it isn't even a matter of puck possession. The Penguins have had it in the Ducks' zone plenty of times. They just can't get very many clean shots off.
-We think it would be a stretch to say Lee Stempniak has distinguished himself on Crosby's wing tonight thus far.
-The Jokinen-Malkin-Neal line looks like it's on the verge of doing something.
-Simon Despres has played a pretty solid game tonight. He's not afraid of the Ducks' skilled power forwards.
-The Ducks have a 23-7 lead in shots.
-The Penguins' record for fewest shots in a game is 11. They've done that five times.
-The Ducks have a 48-31 lead in attempted shots.
-Malkin, Silfverberg and Winnik each lead the game with three shots.
-Beauchemin leads the Ducks with 19:34.
-Niskanen leads the Penguins with 16:49.
-The Penguins have a 22-16 lead in faceoffs (58 percent).
-Sutter is 7 for 9 (88 percent).
-Getzlaf is 8 for 10 (80 percent).
-Beauchemin leads the game with five blocked shots.
-Orpik and Despres each lead the Penguins with three blocked shots.
18:50: A fowl up with puck retrieval leads to a Ducks goal. Orpik controls the puck behind the Penguins net and is held up into the boards by Perry. Maatta fails to jump on the puck and sees Palmieri jump on it and play a pass to Getzlaf in the slot. Getzlaf deals a little pass to Perry behind Pyatt to the right of the cage and Perry chips a shot in by a scrambling Fleury. Ugh. Just about anyone in a white jersey - aside from Fleury - can take some of the blame for that one. Root Sports showed a good replay of Perry actually giving Orpik a slash to the hands which prevented him from cleanly playing the puck. Getzlaf and Palmieri get assists. "Bro Hymn" plays. Ducks 2-1.
17:27: Despres loads up a wrister from the right point and whips it wide of the net.
16:50: Bonino has a wide open chance in the right circle and whips a wrister wide of the net. It hits off the end boards and is covered by Fleury.
15:32: Pyatt pushes the puck up the left wing and chucks a wrister off the side of the cag.e
15:21: Neal rips a wrister from the right circle. Hiller fights it off.
13:56: Lindholm chucks a wrister from the center point. Fleury eats it up despite traffic.
12:48: After a solid cycle down low, Lovejoy chops a one-timer from the right circle. Fleury get a piece of it.
12:23: As Pyatt skates with Neal and Malkin, a wrister by Maatta from the right point is blocked.
11:46: A big chance for the Penguins. Palmieir slashes Despre sbehidn the Penguins net and trips him. That's two minutes for tripping. Neal, Malkin, Crosby Neal and Niskane take the ice.
11:21: Off a feed by Niskanen, Malkin whacks a one-timer from the center point. Hiller kicks it out. Kunitz whacks the rebound wide.
11:18: Off a cross-ice feed by Crosby, Niskanen chops a slapper from the left point. Hiller fights it off.
11:02: Evgeni Malkin to the rescue. Neal controls the puck on the right half wall, spins off a check and deals to Malkin charging into the offensive zone. From above the right circle, Malkin releases a wrister by Hiller's glove hand. Kunitz had a great screenon Hiller who looked lost on the shot. Neal and Crosby get assists. Ducks 2, Penguins 2.
10:33: Sutter chases down a puck in the Ducks' right wing corner and sneaks a pass to Jokinen above the blue paint. Jokinen tries to jam in a backhand shot but can't beat Hiller.
9:23: Allen chucks a wrister from the left point. Fleury snags it.
8:58: Perry releases a rising wrister from the slot. Fleury fights it off.
8:37: After Getzlaf air mails a slapper from his own zone off the Penguins' end boards, Winnik chops a loose puck from the left wing off the side of the cage.
7:21: Jokinen snaps off a wrister from the right circle which is blocked.
6:49: Neal battles Lovejoy for a puck in the Ducks' right wing corner and slams him to the ice.
6:24: Off a feed by Crosby, Kunitz whacks a one-timer from the center point which hits a body in front and deflects out of play.
4:57: During a stoppage in play, Beauchemin gives Malkin a little shove in the Ducks' left wing corner. Malkin responds with a cross check. A scrum ensues. No penalties. Malkin got a little lucky there.
3:01: Off a drop pass by Palmieri, Getzlaf whacks a one-timer from the right circle wide of hte net as his stick breaks.
2:41: Palmieri cuts across the sot and lifts a wrister over the cage.
2:32: Pyatt muscles his way by a hip check from Beauchemin on the left wing and releases a wrister which Hiller fights off.
2:22: Pyatt snaps off a wrister from the left point which is blocked.
1:36: Off a drop pass by Sutter, Jokine nlifts slapper from the right win over the cage.
0:00: End of period. Ducks 2, Penguins 2.
-The Ducks have a 28-14 lead in shots on net.
4:11: With Lindholm snooping around the net, Fleury freezes a loose puck.
4:03: HUGE SAVE! After Fowler makes a poor pass in the Penguins' zone, Crosby steals it and pushes it up ice. He pulls away from Lovejoy and attacks the net on a breakaway. He goes five hole with a forehand shot and Hiller kicks it out.
2:59: Silfverberg whistles a wrister from the right circle wide on the near side.
1:51: Using Fowler as a screen, Neal snaps off a wrister from the left circle. As Hiller fights it off, Lovejoy knocks Neal over with a solid hit.
1:31: Maatta launches a wrister from the left point which Hiller punches away with a blocker.
1:22: The Ducks call a timeout to get a breather.
0:49: WOW! Beauchemin deals a subtle pass to Lindholm all alone in the slot. Lindholm whips a low wrister which Fleury kicks out. Getzalf whips the rebound back on net and Fleury deflects it out of play. Two huge save. How did those two get so wide open.
0:25: A slapper by Niskanen from the center point is blocked.
0:00: As the horn expires, Neal snaps off a wrister wide of hte cage. End of period. Ducks 2, Penguins 2.
-The Ducks have a 31-17 lead in shos on net.
-Neal is up first. He races right down the slot and lifts a wrister. Hiller's glove hand fights it off.
-Bonino gets the nod for the Ducks. Coasting down the slot, he loads up a wrister and releases a shot. Fleury fights it off.
-Crosby takes the puc, veers to the left, levels out, approaches the net, goes forehand/backhand a few times and sneaks a forehand shot through Hiller's five hole. Penguins 1-0.
-Palmieri attacks the net down the slot with speed. Fleury attacks back with a poke check and prevents a shot from even being offered.
-Malkin can end it. he swings wide, loses the puck in the left circle, recovers and puts a wrister on net from a bad angle. Hiller holds i out.
-Perry must score, He swings wide to the rig, levels out and releases a wrister which blows by the glove hand of FLeury. Ducks 1, Penguins 1.
-Jokinen races right down the slot and attacks. he lift a wrister which Hiller snags with a glove hand.
-Silfverberg weaves his way down the slot and lifts a wrister on net. FLeury traps it against his torso with his glove hand and prevents the goal.
-Kunitz swings to his right, levels out and attacks on his forehand. He jams up Hiller with a forehand move, moves to his backhand and lifts a backhander by a flailing Hiller. Penguins 2-1.
-Selanne must score. He glides down the slot easily, approaches the net, offers a little move and lifts a wrister by Fleury's glove hand. Ducks 2, Penguins 2.
-Sutter waves his way down the slot, moves to the backhand an lifts an simple shot by Hiller's glove hand. Penguins 3-2.
-Getzlaf must score. He wins to the right levels out, attacks with his backhand and lifts it over the cage. End of shootout. Penguins 3, Ducks 2. End of game. Penguins 3, Ducks 2.
-In a season with all kind of odd twists and turns, this might have been the most bizarre game of the Penguins' season. They had no business even being on the same rink as the Ducks in the first two periods. They couldn't even hold on to the puck for much of the game let along generate a good scoring chance. Despite that, the Penguins were able to shake off a Ducks goal early in the third period, tie the game on a power play and get it to the shootout where they tend to have success.
-Marc-Andre Fleury was the biggest reason the Penguins pulled this win out. With this team badly losing the puck possession battle, he turned away several quality shots from a talented Ducks team. He was the Penguins' most valuable player tonight.
-Evgeni Malkin stepped up with an important power-play goal which tied the game in regulation. Even beyond that, he and Neal seemed to be sparked much of the night. This was their best game as a duo since the end of the Olympic break.
-At the end of the second period, the Penguins mixed up their second and third lines and that seemed to spark each unit. Basically, Taylor Pyatt switched places with Jussi Jokinen. Pyatt surprisingly kept up with Malkin and Neal and did some of the dirty work which allowed those two to create a few pretty plays.
-Jokinen and Sutter connected on a few snazzy passes which led to quality scoring chances. Sutter seemed to really benefit from the change.
-Lee Stempniak spent most of the night on the right wing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Stempniak was hardly a liability by any stretch but there didn't seem to be a ton of chemistry between those three. That will come in time.
-Deryk Engelland returned to the lineup in a big way. He scored his sixth goal of the game which tied the game, 1-1. Overall, he was pretty sturdy in his own zone and didn't hurt his team defensively.
-Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta did not have a strong night as a pairing. They were on the ice for each of Anaheim's regulation goals and didn't seem very comfortable with one another.
-Simon Despres had another solid game and didn't seem afraid of the Ducks' physical power forwards.
-The great Joe Vitale seemed to have some jump tonight. He always seems to come out flying anytime he returns to the lineup after a healthy scratch.
-The Penguins' special teams had a pretty strong night after a few up and down efforts since the Olympic break. The power play came through with a game-tying goal late and the penalty kill was perfect going 0 for 3. Much of this team's success this season has been due to the special teams.
-Whle the Ducks didn't score all that many regulation goals but it was pretty evident they are much more than Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. They have a ton of depth with the likes of Nick Bonino, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri.
-Oh yeah. Don't forget those Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu guys either.
-Maybe it's because he's been out West for a few seasons, but we forgot how much of a Penguin killer Koivu is. He now has 51 points in 49 career games against the Penguins.
-The Ducks skated most of the game with only five defensemen after Luca Sbisa left due to an injury. That didn't help their cause.
-The Ducks led in shots on net, 31-17.
-The Ducks led in attempted shots, 66-54.
-Malkin led the game with five shots on net.
-Perry led the Ducks with four shots on net.
-Francois Beauchemin led the game with 32:29 of ice time.
-Matt Niskanen led the Penguins with 27:19.
-The Penguins had a 31-28 advantage in faceoffs (53 percent).
-Marcel Goc is 7 for 10 (70 percent).
-Nick Bonino was 12 for 19 (63 percent).
-Beauchemin led the game with seven blocked shots.
-Orpik and Despres each led the Penguins with three blocked shots.