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Penguins at Senators - 04-07-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-When you examine these two rosters, the differences in their construction are staggering. Here's how the Penguins were built:

Draft (7): Beau Bennett, RW; Sidney Crosby, C; Marc-Andre Fleury, G; Kris Letang, D; Olli Maatta, D; Evgeni Malkin, C;  Derrick Pouliot, D.

Free Agency (7): Taylor Chorney, D; Blake Comeau, LW; Steve Downie, RW; Christian Ehrhoff, D; Thomas Gress, G; Paul Martin, D; Rob Scuderi, D.

Trade (10): Ian Cole, D; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Patric Hornqvist, RW; Chris Kunitz, LW; Maxim Lapierre, C; Ben Lovejoy, D; David Perron, LW; Nick Spaling, C; Brandon Sutter, C; Daniel Winnik C.

And how the Senators were built:

Draft (18): Mark Borowiecki, D; Cody Ceci, D; Erik Condra, RW; Jared Cowen, D; Colin Greening, LW; Eric Gryba, D; Mike Hoffman, LW; Erik Karlsson, D Curtis Lazar, C; Robin Lehner, G; Chris Neil, RW; Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C; Chris Phillips, D; Matt Puemple, LW; Zack Smith, C; Mark Stone, RW; Patrick Wiercioch, D; Mika Zibanejad, C.

Free Agency (3): Andrew Hammond, G; David Legwand, C; Clarke MacArthur, LW.

Trade (6): Craig Anderson, G; Alex Chiasson, RW; Marc Methot, D; Milan Michalek, LW; Bobby Ryan, RW; Kyle Turris, C.

When you look at the Penguins' recent woes with injuries and trying to fill out a lineup, comparisons like this show a lot. If the Penguins had been better and drafting developing its own talent, it would not have to outside the organization so often to find role players. Additionally, home-grown talent is usually much more cost efficient.

We're not saying the Senators are a model franchise. There's a reason they're a ninth seed at the moment. But they haven't dressed lineups with only five defensemen this season.

-According to the team's Web site, the Penguins' lines and pairings in warmups are:

Daniel Winnik -Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Blake Comeau
Nick Spaling - Brandon Sutter - David Perron
Beau Bennett - Maxim Lapierre - Craig Adams

Paul Martin - Ben Lovejoy
Rob Scuderi - Ian Cole
Derrick Pouliot - Taylor Chorney

-The Penguins' starters are Crosby, Hornqvist, Winnik, Lovejoy, Martin, Lovejoy and Fleury.

-Their scratches are Downie, Ehrhoff and Letang.

-The Senators' starters are MacArthur, Turris, Stone, Karlson, Methot and Hammond.

-Their scratches are Cowen, Greening, Michalek, Neil and Puempel.

FIRST PERIOD

 19:50: That didn't take long. Off the opening faceoff, Erik Karlsson turns a puck over in the neutral zone on a stretch pass. Martin steal it and backhands it to Hornqvist. From the high slot, Hornqvist deals a pass to Crosby wide open on the left wing. From the left circle, Crosby blasts a slapper under the glove hand of Hammond on the far side. Wow! Hornqvist and Martin get assists. Penguins 1-0.

19:11: Off an offensive zone turnover by Karlsson, Comeau deals a feed to Kunitz. Kunitz hustles up the left wing and lifts a wrister on net. Hammond eats it up. Rough start so far for Karlsson.

19:06: Off the ensuing faceoff in the Senators' left circle. Pouliot chops a slapper from center point which is blocked wide.

18:29: Martin chops a slapper from the left point to the left side of the cage. Hornqvist stops it and backhands it on net. Hammond says no.

18:15: Off a feed from behind the net by Spaling, Hornqvist chops a one-timer from the left circle off the side of the cage.

 16:41: Off a neutral zone turnover by Kunitz, Condra chops a slapper from the right point. Cole leans down to block it.

16:04: Taking a feed in the slot, Legwand lifts a backhander on net. Fleury eats it up.

15:27: Off a feed by Karlsson, Turris has a wide open chance in the left circle but a poke check by Lovejoy breaks it up.

14:44: The Penguins double up. After Perron loses the puck in the offensive zone, Cole settles it above the left circle and instead of just blasting a shot, he deals a subtle pass to Bennett to the right of the cage. Bennett doesn't handle the puck cleanly but ends up banking it off the body of a scrambling Hammond above the crease and into the cage. It wasn't pretty but the Penguins will take it. Hammond appears a little shaken up after Sutter fell on him but remains in the game. Cole gets the only assists. Penguins 2-0.

13:35: Off a neutral zone steal, Hornqvist dances around Ceci off the right wing and pushes a backhander wide on the near side.

13:25: Off an offensive zone steal by Hornqvist, Crosby whacks a rising slapper from the left wing. Hammond gloves it.

13:05: Borowiecki chucks a wrister from the left point wide of the cage.

12:55: Gryba lifts a shot/pass from the right point wide to the far side.

12:26: Turris rockets a shot from the left circle wide to the far side.

11:45: Ryan whips a quick shot from the left of the cage. Fleury fights it off.

11:41: Battling for the rebound on the Penguins' left wing wall, Lapierre is called for high-sticking Pageau. A replay shows Pageau actually hitting himself in the face with his own stick after Lapierre lifted pit. Winnik, Sutter, Lovejoy and Scuderi take the ice.

11:14: Wiercioch lifts a wrister from the left wing. Fleury stops it. Lovejoy gets the rebound out of danger and Winnik backhands it down ice.

10:15: Karlsson chops a shot/pass from above the righ tpoint. FLeury fights it off desptie traffic.

9:41: The Lapierre minor is killed with minial threat from the Senators.

9:02: Stone slides a pass off the left wing to the crease. Fleury scoops it up.

8:40: Off an offensive zone steal, Methot chips a puck on net from deep on the left wing. Fleury smothers it.

8:30: Kunitz chips a dump-in into the Senators' zone and is slammed into the boards in front of the Senators' penalty box.

8:24: Off an offensive zone steal by Kunitz, Pouliot chops a slapper from the left point wide on the near side.

7:17: A weak backhander by Perron from the slot hits a skate. 

6:54: Lovejoy chops a slapper from the right point over the cage.

6:30: HUGE save. Off a feed by Malkin from the right wing, Spaling whips a wrister from the slot. Hammon gets a piece of it with his left leg.

6:16: Things have opened up. After Chiasson turns the puck over in the offensive zone, Comeau pushes the puck up the right wing on a three-on-one rush. With Kunitz driving the slot, Comeau deals a pass to Malkin in the slot. Malkin one-touches the shot wide to the left of the cage.

6:07: In transition, Legwand snaps off a wrister from above the left circle. Fleury kicks it out.

6:03: After Comeau fails to clear the rebound, a chance by Smith from the right circle is wide of the net.

5:55: Wiercioch booms a one-timer from center point which hits a body in front.

5:18: The Penguins score again! Scuderi chops a one-timer from the left point. It hits Condra's leg in the slot and deflects to the right circle. Crosby reacts, adjusts and whips a one-timer backhand shot on net. Hammond lunges to his left and fights off the puck with his helmet. A rebound roles around loose in the slot. Hornqvist beats Karlsson to the puck and pokes it into the open cage for a goal. What a crazy sequence. What a backhand shot by Crosby. Crosby and Scuderi get assists. Penguins 3-0.

4:42: Lapierre snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Hammond eats it up.

3:59: Martin whacks a slapper from the left point wide to the far side.

3:22: After Malkin and/or Comeau turn the puck over on the left half wall, MacArthur booms a one-timer from the left circle. Fleury boots it out.

2:37: Off a feed by Pouliot, Chorney booms a one-timer from the left point wide of hte cage.

2:34: Chasing the rebound in the Senators' left corner, Wiercioch clips Crosby in the face with a stick. That's a high sticking minors. Perron, Sutter, Knitz, Cole and Chorney take the ice.

2:31: Off the ensuing faceoff in Senators' left circle, Cole chops a quick shot from the high slot which gets deflected wide.

1:12: Pouliot chops  one-timer form the cneter point wide of the cage.

1:02: Methot slams Malkin into the right corner boards of the Senators' zone hard. Malkin is shaken up a bit but remains in the game.

0:48: From behind the cage, Malkin deals a pass to Hornqvist in the slot.

0:34: As Wiercioch's minor expires, Pouliot fires a slapper form the right point wide of the cage.

0:25: With the Wiercioch minor expires, Malkin chops a slapper from the right half wall which deflects out of play.

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

FIRST INTERMISSION

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-What a start. What a statement. The Penguins came to play. They look so confident. They don't look timid or frustrated as they have in recent game. This looks like a team which fully realizes the gravity of the situation.

-Crosby and Hornqvist were beast that period. The Senators look completely overwhelmed anytime those two are in the offensive zone.

-Karlsson really looks overwhelmed. He looks completely lost in his own zone.

-The Penguins have a 12-7 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins have a 26-13 lead in attempted shots.

-Crosby leads the game with four shots.

-Legwand and Ryan each lead the Senators with two shots.

-Martin leads the game with 8:44 of ice time.

-Karlsson leads the Senators with 8:33 of ice time.

-The Senators have an 11-18 lead in faceoffs (61 percent).

-Pageau is 5 for 5 (100 percent).

-Crosby is 3 for 5 (60 percent).

-Gryba and Condra each lead the game with two blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

19:27: HUGE save. Lovejoy turns a puck over in his own left wing corner, Turris takes it and deals a pass to Karlsson in the right wing corner. Karlsson chips the puck on net and. Fleury reads the play all the way and snags the shot with his glove hand.

19:11: Wiercioch is dropped by a hit pcheck from Kunitz. Kunitz's left hit caught Wiercioch's right quadircep muscle. Play is halted as he's in pain. An athlietc trainer attends to him. He takes a minute or two to recover to his skates and heads to the dressing room.

18:38: The Senators get an early power play. Lovejoy is called for cross checking Pageau on the right half wall. Pageau takes a tumble. Lovejoy looks in disbelief. We wonder if the Senators complained about the Kunitz hit and bought that call. Winnik, Lapierre, Martin and Scuderi take the ice.

18:31: Off the ensuing faceoff in the Penguins' right circle, Karlsson chucks a wrister from the center point wide to the left of the cage. Stone tries to play the rebound off the end boards and jam in the puck but Fleury's right leg denies him.

17:05: Karlsson chops a one-timer from the center point. Adams drops down to block the puck.

16:44: Off a feed by Ceci, xx chops a one-timer from the right half wall. FLeury kicks it out.

16:31: Karlsson fails to keep a puck in at the right point and it slides to the neutral zone where Lovejoy escapes the penalty box. He races in on net on a breakaway and tries to jam in a backhander but Hammond denies him.

15:53: A slapper by Gryba from the right point is blocked by Kuntiz's stick.

15:33: Out of a pile of bodies in the crease, Chiasson chops a shot from the right circle. Fleury fends it off. Chiasson gets another chance in tight but Fleury eats up the shot. Fleury's been sharp so far.

15:11: Another big save. After Stone steals a puck from Lovejoy on the Penguins' end boards, Turris rips a big wrister from the left circle. Fleury denies him.

14:56: Chiasson chucks a wrister from the right half wall on net. Fleury steers it away with his blocker.

14:07: Winnik spins and fires a blind one-timer from above the right circle wide to the far side.

13:44: Crosby leads a three-on-two rush up the left wing and sort of runs out of space. He fails to get a shot off.

13:31: Off a cross-ice feed by Crosby, Chorney chops a slapper from the left half wall. Hammond eats it up.

13:11: Gryba takes a feed at the right point and chops a slapper which deflects out of play.

12:56: Bennett chips a puck from the neutral zone. Hammond snags it.

12:38: Bennett veers off the left wing wall and snaps off a low wrister which Hammond steers away.

12:21: Another big save. After Smith loses a puck in the slot, Methot rips a big wrister from the right circle. Fleury squares up and fights it off.

12:02: Off a feed from behind the cage by Legwand, Chiasson has a chance in tight to the right of the cage. FLeury eats it up.

11:53: Turris chips a puck on net from the right half wall. FLeury stops it with his stick.

10:20: Malkin backhands a puck from the slot wide to the right of the net. 

9:03: After Lovejoy fumbles a puck in his own left circle, MacArthur has a chance in tight but can't get a true shot off.

8:45: Off a cycle in the Senators' right corner, Crosby lifts a wrister from the right wing. Hammond fights it off. Hornqvist crashes in on the rebound but can't beat Hammond.

8:26: From behind the Senators' net, Bennett deal sa pass to Malkin darting in from the left circle. Malkin's shot is fought off by Hammond.

8:04: Zibanejad lifts a wrister from the right circle over the cage.

7:09: Crosby turns and snaps off a bad-angle wrister from the left of the cage. Hammond hugs the near post and fights it off.

6:41: Winnik lifts a wrister from above the left circle wide of the cag.e

6:36: Methot appears to trip up Crosby on the right half wall of the Senators' zone. No call.

6:20: Spaling whips a wrister form the right circle on net. Hammond fights it off.

5:56: The Penguins get a power play. Methot is called for cross checking Perron on the Senators' left half wall. Crosby, Malkin, Hornqvist, Martin and Pouliot take the ice.

5:29: Off feed by Malkin from behind the net, Hornqvist rips a wrister from the right circle which hits off Borowiecki's leg and bounces out.

5:19: The Senators get lucky and get a huge goal. HUGE. Pouliot gets a stick on the rebound from Hornqvist's shot but basically sets up Pageau for a short-handed rush up ice. Pageau carries the puck through the neutral zone, gains the offensive zone at center point, goes wide on Martin to the left circle and bakchands a puck to the slot. Pouliot is potion th the right of the cage and the puck hits off his left skate deflects into the wide open net. Wow. What a great effort by Pageau. He was probably just trying to kill some time but he made that play all the way. A rough shift for Pouliot. the goal is unassisted. Penguins 3-1.

4:48: A big save again. Stone gains the offensive zone on the left wing, veers to the slot and draws in Pouiot as well Hornqvist. He is able to sneaks a pass to Legwand sneaking in off the left wing and Legwand lifts a wrister from the left circle. Fleury reads it all the way and fights off the shot. Yeesh.

4:11: Malkin whips a wrister from above the left circle on net. Hammond snags it.

3:56: The Methot minor is killed. That was messy for the Penguins.

2:39: Malkin pushes a puck up the right wing and is tripped up by a diving Ryan. That's a tripping minor. It looked like Ryan tripped on Malkin's skate then fell and tripped into Malkin. That's some bad luck. Crosby, Malkin, Hornqvist, Pouliot and Martin take the ice.

2:31: Martin snaps off a wrister from the left half wall. Hammond fights it off.

2:23: A one-timer by Pouliot from center point is fanned on but ends up sliding right to Crosby in the right circle. Crosby whacks his own one-timer but Borowiecki blocks it.

2:09: Pouliot chucks a wrister from the center point which is blocked.

1:33: According to broadcaster Bob Errey, Pouliot is heading to the dressing room.

1:13: Chorney chucks a wrister from the center point which Hammond fights off.

0:39: The Ryan minor is killed. The Penguins were better at keeping the puck in the offensive zone on that power play chance.

0:28: A one-timer by Lovejoy from the right point hits a stick and bounds towards the net. Hammond punches it away.

0:00: End of period. Senators 3, Penguins 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

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-The Senators gave a pretty big push-back that Penguins withstood it for the most part. The only goal the Senators could muster was a somewhat lucky shot off Pouliot's skate.

-Fleury was everything that period for the Penguins.

-Given the reliability Martin offers, we're surprised the Senators were able to generate a few short-handed chances.

-Expect a desperate effort by the Senators in the third period.

-The Penguins have a 25-23 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins have a 46-37 lead in attempted shots.

-Crosby leads the game with six shots.

-Chiasson leads the Senators with four shots.

-Karlsson leads the game with 19:36 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 17:41 of ice time.

-The Senators have a 21-18 lead in faceoffs (54 percent).

-Turris is 10 for 18 (56 percent).

-Crosby is 7 for 13 (54 percent).

-Borowiecki leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Martin leads the Penguins with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: It appears Pouliot is missing.

19:27: Buckle up. After Winnik fumbles a pass from Crosby in the Penguins' right circle, MacArthur backhands a pas to Stone in the slot. Stone feather a change-up shot by the blocker of Fleury. What a nifty shot. Winnik drops his head in disgust. MacArthur gets the only assist. Penguins 3, Senators 2.

19:11: A wrister by Condra from the left wing is blocked by Cole.

19:04: With Borowiecki laboring in his own zone, Comeau lifts a wrister from the right wing over the cage.

18:53: Zibanejad backhands a pass from the left half wall wide to the far side.

18:21: A wrister by Martin from the left point is wide on the near side.

18:11: Taking a feed on the right wing, Ryan lifts a wrister to the far side. Fleury fights  it off.

17:49: WOW. After Lovejoy fails to settle a puck on the Penguins' right half wall, Turris backhands a pass from the left circle to stone in the slot. Stone lifts a wrister. Fleury gets juuuust a piece of it and deflects it out of play. The Penguins' puck management has been atrocious this period.

17:42: Off the ensuing faceoff in the Penguins' righ circle. MacArthur booms a slapper which is blocked in front. Winnik tries to play the puck but is slammed to the ice hard by MacArthur. Winnik takes a few moment to regain himself. MacArthur slammed with a clean, legal but brutal hit.

17:29: A slapper by Condra from the left point is blocked by sliding Hornqvist.

17:18: Methot chucks a wrister from the left point. Fleury snags it. On the bench, Winnik appears to say "I'm fine," to athletic trainer Chris Stewart.

17:00: A re-direction by Zibnejad is denied by Fleury.

16:55: Off the ensuing faceoff in the Penguins' right circle, a one-timer by Ryan in the slot is fought off by Fleury desite traffic.

16:48: A wrister by Ryan from the left wing is blocked wide. Cody Ceci chases down the rebound on the right wing and chops it on net. Fleury kicks it out.

15:37: Borowiecki flips Honqvist's stick out of his hands then checks him away from recovering it. No call.

15:32: A wrister by Winnik from the slot is blocked by Gryba.

15:04: Bennett gains the offensive zone on the left wing, veers to the slot and snaps off a wrister from the sot. Hammond snags it. Bennett has been taking a few shifts on the right wing of Malkin's line.

13:55: SUtter tries to jam in a forehand shot from the left of the net. Hammond smothers it. Off the commercial break, Stone is shown returning to the bench from the dressing room in some discomfort.

13:41: Chorney chops a slapper from the high slot. It clunks off a post.

13:26: MacArthur lifts a wrister from the left wing. Turris crashes in and pokes the rebound wide.

12:46: Comeau is back on the right wing of Malkin's line.

12:19: A backhander by COndra from the left circle is fought off by Fleury.

12:14: A wrister by Lazar from the left half wall hits a body in front.

12:04: Wiercioch rips a wrister from the high slot wide of the cage.

11:32: Sutter backhand chips a puck up the left wing by Methot, chases it down and backhands a shot wide on the near side.

10:02: After another defensive zone turnover by Lovejoy, Gryba whacks a puck from the left point wide to the far side.

9:24: Oof. A crucial penalty. Condra high sticks Martin. Crosby, Malkin, Hornqvist, Martin and Cole take the ice. A power-play goal here ices this game.

8:50: Cole booms a one-timer from the center point. Hammond eats it up as Hornqvist crashes in.  After Hammond makes the save, Gryba swings his stick up and hits Crosby in the crotch. Crosby is shaken up and falls to to the ice. It takes him a few moments to recover. No penalty.

8:45: A backhander by Malkin from the right of the cage is wide of the cage.

8:24: Cole fumbles a puck at the right point and Stone steals it. He pushes it up the right wing and drives up the left wing. He attacks the net but can't get a true shot off.

8:01: HUGE save. Off a little pass by Hornqvist from the slot, Malkin leans down and lifts a wrister from low in the right circle. Hammond slides to his left and fights it off.

7:24: The Methot minor killed. The Penguins a few quality chances.

6:53: A wrister by Lazar from the high slot deflects over the cage.

5:54: Darting in off the left wing, MacArthur backhands a puck from the slot wide to the righ to fhte net.

5:45: Turris chops a shot from the right circle. Malkin blocks it.

5:38: After Hoffman appear to get tripped up in the neutral zone by Hoffman, a wrister by Hoffman from the left wing is fought off by Fleury.

4:49: Bennett pushes the puck up the right wing, veers towards the slot, get a step on Karlsson and lifts a backhander over the cage.

3:50: After Cole fumbles a puck in his own left wing corner, Hoffman lifts a backhander from the left circle which Fleury fights off.

3:07: Methot appear to get away with a hook on Perron on the Senators' right half wall.

2:55: Lazar backhands a pass from the left wing into Fleury. Fleury tries to poke check it but ends up missing and eats up the puck. That was a little scary.

2:52: On the ensuing faceoff in the Penguins' left circle, MacArthur fans on a one-timer.

2:04: After the Penguins ice the puck, the Senators call a timeout to get organized. That helps the Penguins get a breather. The Senators go for broke and pull Hammond for an extra attacker.

1:53: Off some perimeter puck movement, Karlsson swipes a one-timer from the center point. Fleury eats it up despite traffic.

1:48: WOW. Just... wow. Off te ensuing faceoff in the Penguins' left circle, Hoffman controls the puck at the left point, dodges some pressure by Kunitz and rips a wrister by Fleury's glove hand on the near side. Fleury. It looked like Lovejoy may have had a screen on Fleury. What a shot. Zibanejad and Turris get assists. What an outburst of noise from the crowd. Penguins 3, Senators 3.

0:28: The Penguins keep hurting themselves.  After Lovejoy loses a puck at the red line, the Penguins are called for too many men on the ice. Oof. Bennett will serve it. Lapierre, Winnik, Lovejoy and Scuderi take the ice.

0:07: Ryan snaps off a wrister from the right point hits off Scuderi's stick and deflects on n net. FLeury is forced to make a toe save with his right skate. Wow!

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

THIRD INTERMISSION

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-The Senators have a 41-28 lead in shots on net.

OVERTIME

5:00: The Senators will have 1:32 of power-play time to work with. Lapierre, WInnik and Scuderi take the ice.

4:22: Off a feed by Turris, Zibanejad chops a one-timer from above the left circle. Fleury kicks it out.

3:39: Zibanejad moves in off the left wing with a quality chance and deals a pass to Karlsson on the right which fails to connect.

3:33: Hoffman booms a one-timer off the right half wall. Fleury swats it away with his glove hand. Lapierre clears the rebound to kill off the rest of the penalty.

3:16: Hoffman races up the right wing, veers towards the slot and rips a heavy wrister on net. Fleury eats it up.

2:35: Taking a feed at the right point, Ceci backpeddles to the slot and booms a slapper which Fleury fights off.

2:17: Wow. Just... stunning. Turris lugs the puck up ice and gains the offensive zone at center point, he deals a pass to Karlsson on the right wing. Karlsson waits for a play to develop as Scuderi leans down in front of him and centers a pass to Stone in the left circle. Stone stops the puck with his skate, dekes around a backcheck by Hornqvist and rips a rocket of a wrister by Fleury's glove hand. Fleury may have been screened by Lovejoy. The Senators and their fans celebrate wildly. They stay alive while the Penguins fail to clinch a playoff berth. Karlsson and Turris get assists. End of game. Senators 4, Penguins 3.

POSTGAME

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-First things first, Mike Johnston said he did not have an update on Derrick Pouliot who left he game late in the second period.

-Where do you start with this? This slide down the stretch is just staggering. This team looks like it's scared most games.

-The inability to protect leads is the most alarming part of it. A lot of it can be traced to puck possession. The Penguins were garbage with the puck most of the game, especially in their own zone. It's a wonder the Senators didn't win this game in regulation given how many chance they were afforded by the Penguins' defensive zone turnovers.

-Mike Johnston arrived in Pittsburgh with the promise of a puck possession game. This team showed little of that tonight.

-Ben Lovejoy had and ugly, ugly game. Just ugly. He looked like he was handling the puck sometimes with an axe. He has never looked this bad.

-Hindsight is always 20/20, but we can't fathom in any way shape or form how this team is better after the Ben Lovejoy-Simon Despres trade. We understand Despres play had tailed off a bit late in his time with the Penguins, but Lovejoy's play has slipped off the map in the recent weeks.

-The injuries on defense are killing this team right now. If Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang were in the lineup, some combination of Taylor Chorney, Rob Scuderi and Lovejoy would not. That's a much better team. Instead, they are limited with players who have issues with handling the puck and getting up ice with it on their blue line.

-The difference in depth between these teams was really on display. The Penguins got one goal from a supporting player in Beau Bennett. Almost all of the Senators' offense came from home-grown supporting players. The Penguins are getting next to nothing from their role players and it's killing them right now.

-Their power play killed them too. It went 0 for 4 and give a up a killer short-handed goal. They only generated five shots on goal during the power play and frankly, we're shocked they got that many.

-They went with a different look on the power play most of the game with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist while Paul Martin and Pouliot, before his injury, were on the back end. We've been eager to see Martin get more chances on the first power play as he brings a level of composure but his impact was minimal.

-The short-handed goal was a killer. It gave the Senators some life. It was an "accident" more than anything as the puck hit off Pouliot's skate and bounced in. But the effort by Jean-Gabriel Pageau was fantastic.

-It continued a horrible trend too as it was the 10th short-handed goal the Penguins have allowed this season. Only the Maple Leafs have allowed more with 12.

-The Penguins got off to a great start out-shooting the Senators, 12-7 in the first period. But in the final two periods, they were out-shot 37-16 in the final three periods. In the final two periods, they were out-shot 21-3. That includes NO shots in overtime.

-Fleury deserved so much better. He stole several goals from the second period on. But he couldn't make up the difference with his teammates fumbling the puck in his own zone or screening him on shots.

-Evgeni Malkin looked like he was laboring through some sort of ailment. He was hunched over for several faceoffs trying to catch his breath. Something just doesn't look right for him.

-Bennett actually had a decent game. He got a few shifts on Malkin's line and seemed to create some chances with them. But as always, the struggle  with him is carrying success to the next game.

-Games like this are when you'd like to see a bigger contribution from Brandon Sutter. It's not even just scoring goals. It would be nice to see him sound some of the Senators' best players into turnovers or preventing shots the way opposing defensive centers do to Crosby and Malkin. Instead, he's just there. What's worst, he's not even winning key draws. He was 5 for 20 (!) in overall faceoffs and was only 2 for 9 in defensive zone draws (29 percent). He lost a crucial faceoff in the Penguins' left circle to Kyle Turris which led to Mike Hoffman's game-tying goal.

-Stone is one some kind of run. He had two goals and extend a point-scoring streak to seven games. He was a big reason for this team's success tonight.

-Erik Karlsson rebounded in a big way after his dreadful first period. He was composed with the puck in the final three periods.

-We can't say Hammond was tested all that much after the first period but he settled down quite a bit after the first.

-Clarke MacArthur always seems to do some damage against the Penguins.

-The puck looked like a laser anytime Hoffman shot it.

-The Senators led in shots on net, 44-28.

-The Senators led in attempted shots, 71-57.

-Crosby and Hoffman each led the game with six shots.

-Karlsson lead the game with 30:10 of icetime.

-Paul Martin led the Penguins with 29:33 of ice time.

-The Senators lead in faceoffs, 33-31 (52 percent).

-Crosby was 14 for 26 (54 percent).

-Pageau was 9 for 13 (69 percent).

-Scuderi, Eric Gryba, Marc Methot and Mark Borowiecki each led the game with three blocked shots.

-Ian Cole now has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 18 games with the Penguins.

-The wild card standings are tight:

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights:

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About the Senators - 04-07-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 7:30 p.m, EDT, Canadian Tire Centre.

TV: Root Sports, TSN, RDS.

Record: 40-26-13, 93 points. The Senators are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Defenseman Erik Karlsson, 65 points (21 goals, 44 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road shootout loss to the Maple Leafs Sunday. Right winger Mark Stone had a regulation goal and an assist for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-4 home shootout loss Feb. 12. Center Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist for the Senators.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Stone. He has a six-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Senators: None.

Ex-Senators on the Penguins: Goaltending coach Mike Bales.

Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Karlsson is one of four active defensemen with two 20-goal seasons on his resume. The others are Dustin Byfuglien of the Jets, Shea Weber of the Predators and Sergei Gonchar of the Canadiens (and formerly of the Penguins).

The last time the Blue Jackets played the Penguins, this happened:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (33-19-8, 2.32 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Andrew Hammond (17-1-2, 1.86 GAA, .939 SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Christian Ehrhoff ("upper body"), Kris Letang (concussion) and right winger Steve Downie (suspected left hand) are out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder) are on injured reserve. For the Senators, left wingers Milan Michalek (head) and Matt Puempel (right ankle) are out. Goaltender Robin Lehner (concussion), right winger Chris Neil (left thumb) and defenseman Chris Phillips (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:

39 David Perron - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 17 Blake Comeau
26 Daniel Winnik - 16 Brandon Sutter - 19 Beau Bennett
13 Nick Spaling - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
4 Rob Scuderi - 51 Derrick Pouliot
28 Ian Cole - 44 Taylor Chorney

-The Senators' expected lines and pairings are:

68 Mike Hoffman - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 6 Bobby Ryan
16 Clarke MacArthur - 7 Kyle Turris - 61 Mark Stone
22 Erik Condra - 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 27 Curtis Lazar
15 Zack Smith - 17 David Legwand - 90 Alex Chiasson

3 Marc Methot - 65 Erik Karlsson
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 5 Cody Ceci
74 Mark Borowiecki - 62 Eric Gryba

Notes:

-A regulation win will secure a playoff berth for the Penguins.

-Defenseman Rob Scuderi has 98 career points.-

-Center Mika Zibanejad has 99 career points.

-The referees are Marc Joannette (No. 25) and Chris Rooney (No. 5). The linesmen are Derek Nansen (No. 70) and Brad Kovachik (No. 71)

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Pennsylvania judicial candidates build a (financial) case for their campaigns

As we warned you earlier today, campaign finance reports in the statewide judicial races have been trickling into the Department of State this afternoon. Today was the deadline for filing such reports, though they aren’t always posted immediately. (Some candidates -- and there are 12 running for state Supreme Court -- send their reports by mail.)

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Empty Netter Assists - Huge game in Ottawa - 04-07-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-“This next one will be huge for us.” - Brandon Sutter (above) on tonight's game with the Senators.

-“It’s a team that’s in a similar position to us. They’re fighting to stay in the playoffs. For us, we’re fighting to get there. They’re a team we’re trying to pass. It’s not too much of a unique challenge, other than the fact they have two of the best players in the world.” - Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond on the Penguins.

-The Penguins' role players haven't scored goals in a long while.

-Daniel Winnik has filled a variety of roles for the Penguins.

-Goaltender Tristan Jarry was assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed defenseman Steven Shamanski to a professional tryout agreement.

-A look at the Penguins' prospects.

-Former Penguins forward Dan LaCouture explains why he is suing the NHL in regards to concussions.

-Former Penguins forward Jeff Taffe has joined Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek (right). The first Korean-born player in NHL history, Paek was a ninth-round pick of the Penguins in 1985 and spent parts of four seasons with the club. After appearing in three regular season games and failing to score a point in 1990-91, Paek saw action in eight postseason contests that spring and scored one goal while helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup for the first time. He followed that up in 1991-92 by playing in 49 games and collecting eight points. He would play in 19 playoff games that spring and collected four assists while also earning his second Stanley Cup ring. During 1992-93, Paek set career highs in games (77) and points (18) while helping the Penguins claim the only Presidents Trophy in franchise history. After 41 games and four points in 1993-94, Paek and Marty McSorely were traded to the Kings in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and Shawn McEachern. In 170 regular season games with the Penguins, Paek scored 30 points. In 27 postseason games, he scored five points. He is is currently the director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association and head coach of the South Korean national team.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Nolan. Acquired in the 1985 offseason from the Sabres in exchange for cash, Nolan appeared in 18 games for the 1985-86 Penguins and recorded two points. He was released in the 1986 offseason. A former coach with the Sabres and Islanders, Nolan is currently the coach of the Sabres.

-Happy 36th birthday to current Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis (right). Acquired at the 2008 trade deadline along with Marian Hossa in a deal which sent Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a draft pick to the Thrashers, Dupuis has spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2007-08 by appearing 16 games and scoring 12 points for the Penguins. During the 2008 postseason, he appeared in 20 games, contributed seven points and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. In 2008-09, Dupuis saw action in 71 games and recorded 28 points. He would appear in 16 postseason games that spring and had a point in helping the franchise claim its third Stanley Cup championship. During 2009-10, Dupuis played in 81 games and contributed 38 points. He would play in 13 games during the 2010 postseason and scored eight point, including the series clinching overtime goal of a 4-3 win against the Senators in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series (below). In 2010-11, Dupuis has appeared in 81 games and scored 37 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and scored one goal. During 2011-12, Dupuis appeared in all 81 games and has set career highs in goals (24) and points (58). That season's playoffs, he played in six games and scored six points. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Dupuis played in all 48 games and scored 38 points. That spring, he appeared in 15 postseason games and scored 11 points. Last season, a knee injury limited Dupuis to 39 games and 20 points. This season, Dupuis has been limited to 16 games and 11 points due to blood clots. In 434 regular season games with the Penguins, "Duper" has scored 243 points, 34th-most in franchise history. In 77 postseason games, he has scored 33 points.

-After the Jump: The Sharks' playoff run officially ends.

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Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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For the first time, all six films in the “Star Wars” saga will be available on digital HD starting Friday. That will give moviegoers plenty of time to watch or rewatch before the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
 
Here is part of the press release from the Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilms Ltd. and 20th Century Fox: 
 
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, ‘Star Wars’ has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”
 
“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the ‘Star Wars Saga’ on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. 
 
“These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary ‘Star Wars’ artists -- the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”
 
Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including “Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside” and conversations between key contributors, plus a curated collection of classic “Star Wars” extras from each film. 
 
Digitial bonus offerings may vary by retailer. Here are the details: 
 
STAR WARS EPISODE I: The Phantom Menace
Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
 
STAR WARS EPISODE II:  Attack of the Clones
Conversations: Sounds In Space
Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.
 
STAR WARS EPISODE III: Revenge of the Sith
Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.
 
STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A New Hope (20th Century Fox)
Conversations: Creating A Universe
Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.
 
STAR WARS EPISODE V: The Empire Strikes Back
Conversations: The Lost Interviews
Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.
 
STAR WARS EPISODE VI: Return of the Jedi
Conversations: The Effects
Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.
 
   

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