-You'll have to pardon us if our pregame thoughts and usual photos are light tonight. As you may have heard, the Penguins swung a trade today and trying to type something up on that left us light time to write today.
-You've seen the ice and the front of the building plenty of times. Skipping it once won't hurt right?
-If you haven't heard, the Penguins acquired Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick from the Stars in exchange for Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick. To us, this makes the Penguins a tougher and better team, but temper your expectations for an againg Joe Morrow.
-The cover of Ice Time has a young approach with Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Beau Bennett and Dustin Jeffrey:
-Our pregame jersey hunt was cut short as well. The recently retired Alexei Kovalev has a fan of his all-star jersey:
-Former Penguins/Flyers right winger Jaromir Jagr:
-Former Penguins/Flyers tough guy Dave "The Hammer" Schultz:
-Jersey of the Night: In honor of the Penguins' new power forward Brenden Morrow, former Flyers/Penguins power forward Rick Tocchet:
-The Penguins' starters are Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy, Brandon Sutter, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Kris Letang and Trevor Smith.
-The Flyers' starters are Claude Giroux, Matt Read, Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn and Ilya Bryzgalov.
-Their scratches are Daniel Briere, Mike Knuble and Nicklas Grossman surprisingly.
-With Grossman sidelined, that's like seven blocked shots out of the lineup already.
-We wouldn't be shocked to see the likes of Beau Bennett, Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and few others play with a little extra urgency tonight.
-No Jimerson. No photo.
18:27: Scott Hartnell touches the puck fo hte first time to boos.
18:08: Dustin Jeffrey makes a nice move off the left wing around a defender and lifts a wrister over the cage.
16:15: Former Penguins playoff hero Maxime Talbot is greeted with boos as he touches the puck.
16:07: Bruno Gevais chops a slapper from right point. Cooke blocks it with his stick and it hits off the outside of the near post.
15:41: As the Flyers dominate puck possession for a shift, Braydon Coburn snaps off a one-timer from the top of the slot. Fleury sees it all the way and gloves it.
13:35: On a forecheck, Glass slams Kurtis Foster into the end boards and drops him. You think Glass knows about the trade?
12:23: Pascal Dupuis dekes inside and outside Coburn in the right circle and flings a backhander on net. Bryzgalov fight si off.
11:56: Matt Read has a chance to the left of the cage but a nice back check and strip by Kunitz denies him a shot.
11:04: Despres is in deep on the right wing, gets a step on Andrej Mezsaros and flings a backhander on net. Bryzgalov fights it off.
9:05: Orpik corrals a puck at center point and flings a wrister on net from center point. Bryzgalov eats it up.
8:10: Zac Rinaldo blast the great Joe Vitale from the blind side on the left wing wall with a legal hit to the body. Tanner Glass appears to invite Rinaldo to fight twice and, as appears to be the common occurrence with Rinaldo, was declined twice.
7:17: On a partial three on two, Bradyen Schenn has a chacne to the left of the net. Fleury kicks it out.
6:53: After the Flyers ice the puck, they send out six skaters to hold up the draw in order to get their players a breather. Head coach Peter Laviolette then argues with the officials to delay some more. It's pretty blatant what the Flyers are doing but you have to admire the craftiness.
4:51: The Penguins get the first power play of the game as Ruslan Fedotenko is called for elbowig former teammate Matt Cooke in the right wing corner of the Penguins' zone. Neal, Crosby, Kunitz, Martin and Niskanen take the ice.
3:51: From the left point, Nsikanen slides a dish to Crosby in the right circle. Crosby whacks a one-timer to the far side. Bryzgalov's right leg kicks it out.
2:53: A one-timer by Niskanen in the left circle hits a body in front.
2:51: The Fedotenko penalty expires. The Penguins maintained puck possession quite a bit during that two minutes but nothing came of it.
1:53: Sutter leas a rush up the left wing, cuts inside a defender and deals a pass to Kennedy in the right circle. Kennedy cuts inside Foster and tries to fires a wrister from the slot but Foster appears to get a piece of it with his hand.
0:23: Off a drop pass form Crosby, Martin rips a wrister from above the left circle which is blocked.
0:00: End of period. Flyers 0, Penguins 0.
-Ray Shero had a press conference during the intermission which we attended. So no notes for this intermission. Our apologies. We'll have video of Shero's presser up as soon as possible.
16:43: Attendance is announced as 18,662. It is the team's 270th consecutive sell-out.
15:11: Crosby flings a backhander from the right circle. Bryzgalov holds it out but bobbles the rebound. Dupuis crashes in attempting to jam it in but can't gets a clean stick on it.
13:09: off a turnover by Despres deep in his own zone, Hartnell snaps off a wrister from the slot which Fleury fights off.
11:54: Mark Eaton snaps off a wrister from the left piont. Bennett is in the left circle and re-directs it side to the far side.
11:42: Sean Couturier floats a wrister from the riight wing on net. Fleury swat it away.
10:23: Cooke has a wrister from the left circle blocked by Gervais. Cooke throws him to the ice for his troubles.
9:15: Kunitz tries to deal a pass from behind the Flyers' net to Crosby in the slot but Crosby appears to be hauled down by Rinaldo. No penalty.
8:31: With an icing call, Dan Bylsma calls a timeout to get his team a breather.
8:20: Kimmo Timonen flings a wrister from the left point which is blocked in front.
7:21: Martin is nabbed for slashing Harry Zolnierczyk behind the Penguins' net. It looked like Zolnierczyk hits Martin itno the end boards and Martin's stick rode up into Zolnierczyk's face. Zolnierczyk grabbed his face. Martin then gave him a little slash on the leg. Not smart. Sutter, Orpik, Eaton and Adams take the ice.
5:51: Imagine that. A power play goal by the Flyers against the Penguins. Giroux pushes the puck up the left wing, gains the offensive zone then flings a wrist pass to the right wing. It hits off the stick of Glass and bounces right back to Giroux who flingss it by the blocker of a surprised Fleury. That was just a fortunate hop which caught Fleury unprepared. Meszaros and Voracek get assists. Flyers 1-0.
5:36: The Penguins nearly get it back. After Rinaldo runs over Kunitz in the Flyers' slot, Dupuis has a chance in tight but flings it wide to the left of the net.
3:38: Neal races into the offenive zone and snaps off a backhander from the left circle which Mezsaros blocks with a stick on puck.
2:43: Dupuis grips and rips a wrister from the right circle. Bryzgalov gloves it.
1:48: Martin flings wrister from the center point which hits something in front and skips juuuuust to the right of the cage.
1:09: Martin chops a slapper form the right point. It hits Bryzgalov who covers the rebound with Crosby and Kunitz hovering nearby.
0:11: Off a turnover by the Flyers in their own zone, Kennedy chaps a slapper from the right circle. Bryzgalov fights it off. Cooke has a chance at the rebound but Giroux is able to poke it away.
0:00: End of period. Flyers 1, Penguins 0.
-First, this is the worst live game blog we've done in a while. That will happen when a trade is made during a game day. Our apologies.
-The Flyers seem to be doing a pretty good job of collapsing around their net and limiting the quality of the Penguins' chances. Not a lot is getting through on those perimeter shots and there aren't too many chances in tight.
-If not for a fluky bounce, this is a 0-0 game.
-It seems like the players we listed before - Jeffrey, Kennedy, Glass, Bennett - are all playing with something to prove.
-The Penguins have a 22-17 lead in shots.
-Crosby leads the game with six shots.
-Coburn, Brayden Schenn, Giroux and Voracek each lead the Flyers with two shots.
-Coburn leads the game with 16:48 of ice time.
-Orpik leads the Penguins with 15:53.
-Faceoffs are tied, 15-15 (50 percent).
-Brandon Sutter is 6 for 10 (60 percent).
-Giroux is 9 for 16 (56 percent).
-Eaton leads the game with four blocked shots.
-Coburn and Luke Schenn each lead the Flyers with two blocked shots.
18:37: On a turover by Eaton the slot, Voracek collects the puck and whips a rising wrister on net. Fleury gloves it.
17:31: Hartnell has a wrister from the right wing blocked by Sutter.
17:08: Off an offensive zone faceoff win, Meszaros snaps off a wrister from the center point. FLeury fights it off.
14:10: After a few stagnant minutes, Crosby gets some open ice and puts a wrister on net from the right circle. Bryzgalov knocks it away.
13:59: Niskanen taks a puck at the right point waits for Couturier to slide out of the way and risp a wrister which Bryzgalov battles away.
9:36: After another stagnant period of play, Bennett sneaks up the right wing and deals a pass to the slot for Sutter streaking down the slot but their timing is off and the pass doesn't connect.
8:57: After Meszaros turns the puck over in his own zone, Dupuis chops a slapper from the right wing. Meszaros gets into position and blocks it.
8:24: Dupuis whacks a one-timer from the center point wide to the left of the cage.
8:12: Engelland backhands a puck at the blue line ot keep it in play. The puck bounces in on net and is whacked on net by Kunitz above the blue pain.
7:08: The Penguins get another power play. Orpik tries to shield Wayne Simmond away from the puck in the Penguins' zone but Simmonds hacks the stick out of Orpik's hands. That's two minutes for slashing. This has a do-or-die feel to it for the Penguins. Crosby, Neal, Niskanen, Kunitz and Martin take the ice.
6:46: Another break for the Penguins. Kunitz hustle down the slot with the puck but is hooked up by Timonen. Kunitz still manages to get a backhand on net. Bryzgalov holds it out. Timonen is sent to the box for hooking. The Penguins will have a two-man advantage for 1:37. Crosby, Neal, Kunitz, Martin and Bennett take the ice.
6:14: The power play comes to the rescue. Off some perimeter passing, Martin slides a pass to Crosby in the right circle. Crosby hammers a one-timer whch sneaks through the five hole of Bryzgalov. This place erupts in noise. Martin and Bennett get assists. The Penguins still have 1:29 of a one-man advantage to work with. The "Hey Song" is finally played. Flyers 1, Penguins 1.
5:25: Niskanen rips a wrister from the left half wall. Bryzglov holds it out. There's a scrum but nothing comes of it.
5:01: Martin cracks a one-timer from above the left circle. Talbot blocks it. Martrecovers the rebound and rips a wrister which Talbot's stick deflects out of play.
4:46: The Timonen minor is killed. Back to five on five.
3:58: Simon Gagne has a chance to the right of the crease can't pull the trigger. Sutter whips it down ice to clear it out of danger. The Penguins take an icing.
2:25: Coburn whips a wrister from the right half wall Cooke blocks it.
1:39: Kennedy steal a puck int eh left wing corne and sneaks a pass down low to Jeffrey in the slot. Jeffrey has Bryzgalov all alone and but forces a bad pass to Cooke to the right of the cage. It hits Meszaros skates and kicks out. Awful. He has to shoot that.
0:52: Off a turnover by the Penguins, Mezsaros bounds a slapper from the left left point. Fleury says no.
0:38: Voracek pushes a wrister on net from the left wing. Fleury steers it away.
0:13: Neal weaves his way into the offensive zone and pushes a backander at the net from the slot. It gets blocked.
0:02: Eaton dives to keep a puck in play at the left point, gets up and whacks a slapper wide on the near side.
0:00: End of period. Dupus is on the ice on belly. He looks to be in discomfort. A replay shows Coburn appear to to board Dupuis into the end board. No call. Athletic trainer Chris Stewart attends to Dupuis who eventually recovers and skates to his bench under his own power. Flyers 1, Penguns 1.
-This game is nuts.
3:09 Simmonds pushes the puck up the left wing and tries to jam in a shot. Fleury holds it out. Meszaros follows up on the rebound and is denied by Fleury twice.
2:34: Kennedy snasp of a wrister from the left circle
2:27: Tyler Kennedy wants to keep his job. Kennedy gets the puck back in the left circle, , fakes a slapper, hpulls his stick down then rips a wrister through traffic over the right shoulder of Bryggalov on the near side. The puck hits twice and bounces out. This place blows up. Kennedy celebrates. Niskanen and Dupuis get assists. The "Hey Song" and the WWE "KENNEDY!" video are played. End of game. Penguins 2, Flyers 1.
-What a night. The Penguins make trade which could lead them to a Stanley Cup. Oh... and there's that whole extending a winning streak to an NHL season-best 12 games against a hated rival with another third period come back. That's all.
-Putting the Brenden Morrow stuff aside for a moment, This was a pretty dull game for about 60 percent of it. The Flyers didn't seem to interested in a run-and-gun affair as usually happens with these rivals. With Daniel Briere sidelined, they wanted to keep things tight and tried to limit the Penguins' offense. They held the Penguins to the outside with a lot of perimeter shots, kept things clean around their net and got some good saves from Ilya Bryzgalov. It took a five-on-three power play by the Penguins to open things up. Once things got to over time, the Penguins were able to take advantage of the open ice with four-on-four play.
-The officiating was in playoff form tonight. In other words, they let a lot go for both teams. There was so much clutching and grabbing and stick holding. The officials pretty much ad to call the the Wayne Simmonds penalty as it was fairly obvious as was the Kimmo Timonen penalty. But this could have turned into a special teams battle if the officials had done their jobs.
-Tyler Kennedy made a statement tonight. He told the coaching staff he wants to keep his job in the aftermath of the Morrow trade. Morrow figures to be slated for second- or third-line duties which would presumably impact Kennedy's job security. Kennedy responded to the news with a game-winning goal and a pretty efficient game overall.
-Pause for a moment and think about this. The Penguins have won 12 consecutive games. That is tied for the second-longest such streak in franchise history, second only to the franchise's NHL record 17-game streak in 1992-93. What this team is accomplishing without the services of all-stars Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin is amazing.
-One of hallmark of this streak is the Penguins' ability to comeback. They've trailed in games nine times including four times in the third period. No lead is safe against the Penguins.
-Marc-Andre Fleury really kept his team calm at times in this game. The few times the Flyers did get quality shots, Fleury was up to the challenge. He earned this win.
-Bryzgalov played a good game up until the end. Both of those goals were saveable.
-Pascal Dupuis was presumably okay after the late hit by Braydon Coburn as he assisted on Kennedy's overtime goal.
-Phladelphia's Brayden Schenn wasn't crazy about the Penguins getting a five-on-three power play late. Schenn said: "They get that five on three –maybe a little bit questionable – they made us pay."
-Ask why he though the power play was questionable, Schenn responded, "They weren’t calling much all game."
-The Penguins had a 35-28 lead in shots.
-Sidney Crosby led the game with seven shots.
-Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each led the Stars with four shots.
-Luke Schenn led the game with 28:29 of ice time.
-Paul Martin led the Penguins with 28:09.
-The Penguins led in faceoffs, 29-22 (57 percent).
-Giroux was 17 for 28 (61 percent).
-Brandon Sutter 8 for 17 (47 percent).
-Mark Eaton and Luke Schenn each led the game with four blocked shots.
-Tyler Kennedy's (165 points) goal moved him past Phil Bourque (164) for 50th place on the franchise's scoring list.
-Kennedy is now tied with Mike Bullard and Robert Lang for the 19th-most game-winning goals in franchise history with 15.
-The Penguins remain #UndefEATON with Mark Eaton in the lineup (10-0-0).