-A few pregame notes. Rob Klinkhammer will make his Penguins debut today. No word yet on where he'll play in the lineup but it wouldn't be shocking to see him on Evgeni Malkin's line.
-Klinkhammer arrived in Pittsburgh last night. Mike Johnston was asked to describe him:
"He'll bring forward depth right now and we need forward depth. And certainly experience in the league. He's an up and down winger who gets in on the forecheck. He's got some speed so he's got some size. We'll see as we get him into our lineup. From everything I've heard - because I know several people who had him in junior in Portland [of the Western Hockey League] - a lot of good reports from people that sent me notes last night. I'm excited to see him play."
-There is no update on Patric Hornqvist's status. Johnston said the team is still waiting for evaluation on his status. He was struck on a head-on-head hit by Vancouver's Ryan Stanton Thursday.
-Bryan Rust will not play today.
-Following practice at Southpointe yesterday, Rust was holding a media scrum in locker room. Marc-Andre Fleury has the stall next to him and ran over to Brandon Sutter as he talked informally with a reporter. Fleury virtually ripped Sutter's jock strap off of him and snuck to the side of Rust's scrum. As Rust was answering a question about being summoned to the NHL for the first time, Fleury draped Sutter's jock strap over his right shoulder. Rust started snickering as Fleury and Sutter busted out in fits of laughter. You can see it in this interview around the 0:25: mark:
-Afterwards, Fleury shook Rust's hand and thanked him for being a good sport.
-With Senators forward Mark Stone sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, Zack Smith will sub into the lineup.
-Senators coach Paul MacLean was asked how his lines will look today. Deadpanning, he said, "We'll have 12 forwards and use them in groups of three."
-Fans entering the barn:
-It's a good day for No. 10. Ron Francis Whalers:
-Ron Francis Penguins:
-And Dean Youngblood Hamilton Mustangs:
-There are a few Senators fans here. Daniel Alfredsson:
-Sidney Crosby Dartmouth Subways:
-The No. 2 and No. 1 overall picks in the 2005 draft - Bobby Ryan and Crosby:
-Jersey of the Day: For the new No. 20, Rob Klinkhammer, an old No. 20, Colby Armstrong:
-The Penguins' lines were very different in warmups:
Nick Spaling - Sidney Crosby - Steve Downie
Blake Comeau - Brandon Sutter - Evgeni Malkin
Rob Klinkhammer - Marcel Goc - Jayson Megna
Zach Sill - Andrew Ebbett - Craig Adams
-Johnston lauded Downie as being one of the few Penguins players who played well Thursday. Today, he gets a promotion to the first line.
-Their defensive pairings were status quo:
Christian Ehrhoff - Olli Maatta
Paul Martin - Brian Dumoulin
Simon Despres - Rob Scuderi
-The Penguins' starters are Blake Comeau, Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Sutter, Christian Ehrhoff, Olli Maatta and Marc-Andre Fleury.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust.
-The Senators' starters are Erik Condra, Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson.
-Their scratches are Jared Cowen, Colin Greening and Mark Stone.
-Jeff Jimerson handles both anthems:
19:44: The new lines pay of immediately. Malkin take a crossing pass and moves in off the left wing. He goes forehand and is denied by Anderson's right leg.
18:29: Rob Klinkhammer makes a quick impact - literally - as he slams Alex Chiasson to the ice in the right wing corner of the Penguins' zone.
17:52: Malkin heads to the penalty box as he's nabbed for roughing Chris Neil. Off a neutral zone faceoff, Neil lined up next to Malkin and jabbed him with his stick. Malkin responded with a high shove/punch. That was kind of ticky tack. Maatta, Ehrhoff, Sutter and Spaling take the ice take the ice.
16:47: Skating through the neutral zone, Turris is slammed to the ice on a high hit by Sill. Chiasson immediately jumps Sill in the Penguins' slot. They drop gloves and fight. It's not much of a fight as officials step in and separate them. Officials take several moments to sort things out. Turris and Chiasson each head to the dressing room. Chiasson does so with a towel over his face. Sill is sent off as well. Sill gets a fighting major, an interference major and a game misconduct. Megna will serve the interference major. Chiasson a fighting major and an inference minor. Neil will serve the instigator minor. The Senators will get a power play.
16:23: Mika Zibanejad whacks a one-timer from the left circle. Fleury boots it out.
15:43: The Penguins strike first. Zibanejad whacks another one-timer from the left circle. It misses the mark and ends up clearing the offensive zone. Malkin emerges from the penalty box, picks up the puck in the neutral zone. He gets a step on the fleet-footed Karlsson. He attacks the net off the left wing, goes backhand forehand and tucks the puck by Anderson's right skate. Malkin slides into Anderson and dislodges the cage. Referee Wes McCauley does a double pump on his goal call to confirm the score. Anderson is shaken up as the Penguins' celebrate. An athletic trainer attends to him and he takes a few minutes to collect himself. He will remain in the game. The goal is unassisted. Penguins 1-0.
15:27: Skating four-on-four, Crosby takes a feed from Malkin, races into the offensive zone against Cody Ceci and flings a backhander on net. Anderson eats it up.
14:37: As Neil jumps on the ice and the Penguins go on the penalty kill, Crosby moves up the left wing, saunters to the slot and rips a wrister on net. Anderson punches it away. The Senators will have a power play for three minutes.
14:26: Another penalty. The Senators are called for too many men on the ice. Curtis Lazar will serve it. We'll see more four-on-four play. Turris has returned to the bench.
13:51: Chris Phillips whacks a slapper from the leftpoint. Fleury steers it away.
15:29: Comeau fires a wrister from the right circle. Methot blocks it.
11:51: Lazar comes out of the penalty box. The Senators will have a brief power play.
8:43: Downie thumps Methot in front of the penalty box and sends him sprawling to the ice.
8:10: A wrister by Ehrhoff is denied by Anderson.
5:54: Ehrhoff whacks a slapper from the right point. Anderson makes the save. Spaling is there for the rebound but can't get a clean handle on it.
5:31: Malkin and Neil battle some more in the neutral zone off a faceoff.
5:01: Neil tries to run Despres at the red line. Despres chips the puck in to the offensive zone, braces for the hit and knocks Neil down.
4:37: On a delayed penalty, Crosby fakes a slapper, pulls down his stick and lifts a wrister from the left circle. Anderson eats it up. Mark Borowiecki is called for roughing as he power bombed Despres in the Senators' right wing corner. Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Maatta and Martin take the ice.
4:22: Malkin cranks a one-timer from the right circle which misses the net and clears the zone. Sutter, Malkin, Crosby, Maatta and Martin take the ice.
3:50: The Penguins send out a J.V. power play unit of Goc, Downie, Sutter, Despres and Ehrhoff.
2:57: Ehrhoff whacks a slapper from the left point. Anderosn fight sit off despite a heavy screen.
2:37: Borowiecki's minor is killed. The Penguins generated little with that chance.
2:03: Off a feed from Martin, Adams backhands a puck from the left circle. Anderson eats it up.
1:35: Karlsson golfs a slap/pass from the right point which fails to connect with anyone.
1:03: Ehrhoff appears to get away with a hold against Ryan behind the Penguins' net.
0:08: Ehrhoff trips up Ryan behind the Penguins' net. That's two minutes. Sutter, Despres, Goc and xxx take the ice.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Senators 0.
-The Penguins just assigned Bryan Rust to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the first period. He must've had a poor effort finding a seat in the press box.
-Having had few minutes to look at the Sill-Turris hit, we have no idea as to why that was interference. Turris had just released the puck and he was hit. Judge for yourself:
-Klinkhammer threw a few hits including one big one on Chiasson on his first shift. He has 3:46 of ice time on seven shifts and has been credited with three hits.
-Crosby and Malkin each look pretty sharp.
-The Senators really failed to capitalize with some extended power play time. Taking a too many men minor wiped out two minutes of what could have been a three-minute power play.
-The Penguins lead in shots on net, 13-6.
-The Penguins have a 17-10 lead in attempted shots.
-Ehrhoff leads the game with four shots.
-None of the Senators have more the one shot.
-The Senators lead in faceoffs, 12-8 (60 percent).
-Smith is 5 for 7 (71 percent).
-Ebbett is 2 for 2 (100 percent).
-Methot leads the game with two blocked shots.
20:00: The Senators will have 1:52 of power-play time on fresh ice. Goc, Adams, Scuderi and Despres take the ice.
19:56: Off the faceoffs, Clarke MacArthur and Despres are each called for cross checking. Play will remain four-on-four.
19:25: Turris rips a wrister from teh left circle which Scuderi blocks.
18:47: The Senators cash in. Karlsson takes a pass from Ryan at the right point. He calmly controls the puck above the left circle and rips a wobbly wrister. It glances off a stick and deflects behind Fleury. That was play was possible due to a defensive zone giveaway by Scuderi. Michalek gets credit for the goal. Karlsson and Ryan get assists. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
17:07: Ebbett tries to chip and chase ap uck up the right wing and is slammed to the ice by Methot. Oof.
16:41: The Penguins will have a chance to get it back. Megna backhands a pass from the right wing to the slot for Klinkhammer. Klinkhammer tries to race by Milan Michalek but is held up. That's two minutes for holding against Michalek. Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Martin and Maatta take the ice.
16:15: Malkin races up the left wing and leafs a drop pass for Sutter. Sutter backhands a pass to Maatta in the high slot. Maatta steps up and drops the hammer on a one-timer which Anderson boots out.
15:50: A wrister by Martin from the right point is kicked out by Anderson.
15:17: Crosby circles the offensive zone and lifts a backhander from the right circle. Anderson smothers it.
14:46: Short-handed, Lazar moves up the right wing and lifts a wrister. Fleury eats it up.
14:41: The Michalek minor expires with minimal threat from the Penguins.
14:30: Klinkhammer whips a wrister from the right circle as his stick breaks. Anderson steers it away.
14:13: Dumoulin goes wide on the right wing, gets in deep and shuffles a backhander to the crease. Anderson smothers it after a bottle for the rebound. Methot is called for holding Dumoulin. Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Maatta and Martin take the ice.
12:57: Goc plays a puck from the right wing corner. It hits off Grybas stick and JUUUUST deflects wide of the far post.
12:30: Ehrhoff pounds a slapper from the left point. Anderson eats it up. Downie and Eric Gryba mix it up after the whistle.
11:57: Chiasson chops a puck up the right wing past Ehrhoff, attacks the net and his backhander denied by Fleury.
11:43: Michalek re-directs a puck on net from the slot with a backhander. Fleury holds it out as Ehrhoff and Michalek crash into the cage.
11:16: The Senators take a lead. Ryan deals a feed from the left wing to Zibanejad in the slot. Zibanejad fends off a backchecking Ebbett and sweeps the puck through Fleury's five hole. Fleury could have stopped that but Zibanejad simply beat Ebbett in a one-on-one battle there. Ryan and Methot get assists. Senators 2-1.
10:50: A slapper by Despres is off the mark.
9:43: Karlsson chops a spinning shot from the left circle. Fleury kicks it out.
9:13: Karlsson blast s aslapper from the right point. Martin blocks it.
7:43: A wrister by Neil from the right wing is kicked out by Fleury.
6:30: Off a feed from Dumoulin, Comeau chops a one-timer from the left circle wide on the near side.
6:08: Condra re-directs a shot-pass from Karlsson in the slot just wide to the left circle.
5:35: Borowiecki punches a slapper from the left point. Fleury kicks it out. Condra pokes the rebound back on net from the slot. Fleury says no.
4:14: Off a defensive zone turnover by Malkin, Legwand flings a wrister from the slot. Fleury punches it away.
3:42: Hoffman has a chance in tight but can't beat Malkin.
3:07: Dumoulin pounds a slapper from the right point wide on the near side.
2:15: Klinkhammer tries to chase a puck in the attacking zone but is hooked up by Condra. That's the second penalty Klinkhammer has drawn. Crosby, Malkin, Maatta, Sutter and Martin take the ice.
1:57: Brandon Sutter to the rescue. Taking a feed from Martin on the left half wall. Maatta flings a simple wrister at the cage. Sutter leans in front of Anderson and re-directs the puck by Anderson's right shoulder on the near side. Maatta and Martin get assist. Penguins 2, Senators 2.
0:25: Ehrhoff chips and chases a puck into the Ottawa end boards. Anderson leaves his crease to play it. Ehrhoff skates after the puck and trips up Anderson. Malkin flings the loose puck from the right wing wall wide of the open cage but misses as Anderson scrambles back to position. No call.
0:00: End of period. Senators 2, Penguins 2.
-The Penguins were outplayed most of that period. The Senators took the attack to them and earned each of the goals they scored.
-Fortunately for the Penguins, they got something out of their power play and tied the contest late.
-Officials have called a ton of penalties for each team. No one can complain about the Penguins not getting chances with their power play today.
-So far so good for Klinkhammer. He has 7:31 of ice time on 13 shifts, one shot and he's drawn two penalties. He's been pretty eager to throw the body too.
-The Penguins lead in shots on net, 25-20.
-The Penguins lead in attempted shots, 38-32,
-Maatta leads the game with 17:02 of ice time.
-Methot leads the Senators with 14:51 of ice time.
-The Senators lead in faceoffs, 23-18.
-Smith is 6 for 11 (55 percent).
-Goc is 6 for 13 (46 percent).
-Methot leads the game with three blocked shots.
-Martin leads the Penguins with two blocked shots.
19:32: MacArthur flings a backhander from the right wing on net. Fleury fights it off. Fighting for the rebound, Fleury pokes Condra in the face with his stick. That's two minutes for high sticking. You don't see goaltenders getting that penalty too often. Martin, Scuderi, Adams and Goc take the ice.
18:20: Karlsson swipes a one-timer from the right circle which gets blocked wide.
17:45: Zibanejad tries to tuck in a forehand shot from the right of the cage. Fleury kicks it out.
17:35: Phillips whacks a slapper from the right point. It misses the net and clears the offensive zone. That essentially kills off the rest of Fleury's minor.
17:17: Ceci chucks a wrister from the right point. Fleury boots it out.
15:31: Klinkhammer chops a slapper from the right half wall wide to the far side.
14:02: Malkin settles a puck on the left wall and chucks it on net. Anderson says no.
13:48: Off a feed by Hoffman, Ryan uses Dumoulin as a screen in the right circle and rips a tricky wrister on net. Fleury eats it up.
12:37: Maatta chucks a slapper from the left point. Anderson kicks it out.
10:23: Ebbett gets a shift with Malkin and Comeau.
10:03: A one-timer by Zibanejad in the right circle is blocked.
9:10: Crosby challenges Gryba one-on-one down the slot. Gryba holds his ground and knocks the puck away from Crosby
9:03: A wrister by Martin from above the left circle is blocked.
8:20: Malkin whips a wrister from the right circle and it sails over the cage.
8:06: Maatta and Ehrhoff foul up a pass in their defensive zone. Neil is all over it and deals a feed to Smith in the high slot. Smith loads up and rips a wrister which Fleury eats up.
7:40; Hoffman corrals a puck on the right point of the Penguins zone, spins and whips it towards the net. It hits something and bounces on net. Fleury boots it out.
7:10: Backchecking, Ryan drops Downie with a shoulder hit at the Ottawa blue line.
6:42: A wrister by Crosby off the right half wall is wide to the far side.
6:18: Dumoulin takes a pass at the right point and chops a slapper at the cage. Anderson punches it away despite traffic.
4:52: Downie tries to get a little payback and has Ryan in his sights for a hit in front of the Ottaw a bench. Ryan spins away from the hit and Downie crashes into the boards.
4:43: Crosby has a wrister in the right circle blocked.
4:36: Maatta tees up a slapper from the right point which hits something.
3:43: Comeau drops Ceci with a hit on the left wall of the Penguins' zone.
3:28: Comeau streaks his way into the offensive zone and has a look in the slot. He miss-fires on a pass to Malkin who can't get a clean shot off.
2:06: Goc takes a feed off the left wing and rips a wrister from the left cirlce over the cage.
2:59: A one-timer by Goc from the slot is blocked.
2:45: Despres rips a wrister from the right point which hits something in front.
1:56: Adams is out with Crosby and Spaling.
1:50: Ehhroff decides to end this game. Taking a cross-ice feed from Crosby. Ehrhoff has an acre of ice to work with in the right circle. He takes his time, tees up and unloads a fireball of slapper by the glove hand of Anderson on the near side. Wow! What a shot. Crosby and Adams get assists. The Penguins take a late lead. Penguins 3-2.
1:18: Legwand swings behind the net, turns in the left wing corner and snaps off a bad angle wrister. Fleury holds it out. Ryan is there for the rebound and is simply robbed by Fleury's glove hand. Wow!
0:53: The Senators call time out. Anderson is pulled for an extra attacker.
0:15: Stealing a loose puck int eh neutral zone, Crosby air mails a shot to the open cage wide.
0:00: Karlsson flings a last second shot from the right point. Fleury kicks it out. End of game. Penguins 3, Senators 2.
-This was an important win for Penguins. Not so much in the fact they won a game coming off a bad loss Thursday but because they scored some goals with a bare bones lineup. After being limited to one goal by the Devils Tuesday and shut out by the Canucks Thursday, three goals today qualifies as an offensive explosion.
-Christian Ehrhoff stepped up in a big way. Once again with Kris Letang sidelined, Ehrhoff picked up some big minutes in all situations. On the play leading to his winning goal, he an hour and a half to shoot and he came through. Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said Ehrhoff was able to "tickle the rafters" with his stick on the play.
-Ehrhoff has one of the best shots on the team and he was very aggressive with it today.
-The Penguins' power play produced an important goal. That was key after being limited for several games.
-If you didn't see it, the power-play goal has not been credited to Evgeni Malkin. Brandon Sutter and Olli Maatta get assists.
-Maatta rebounded in a big way after two rough games. He looked extremely confident with the puck and pretty assertive when he took the ice. It looked like he just decided to play better.
-Malkin played one whale of a game today while playing primarily on the right wing with Sutter. Outside of a few shifts in the first period where he was getting into it with Chris Neil, Malkin seemed to ovewhelm the Senators at times today.
-Sidney Crosby took a step in the right direction after a rough game Thursday. He can certainly offer more his pass to set up Ehrhoff for the game-winner was fairly impressive.
-Marc-Andre Fleury came through with another outstanding effort. He robbed Bobby Ryan of a rebound goal with less than a minute left to preserve this win. He was a big reason the Penguins won this.
-Rob Klinkhammer contributed in his first game with the Penguins. He had 11:01 of ice time on 18 shifts, one shot and drew two penalties. His second drawn penalty led to a power-play goal.
-Kyle Turris didn't really have much to say about Zach Sill hit on him.
You were tested for a concussion?
“Yeah. There's … whatever they're called … cognitive tests or whatever that you have to pass to be able to come back when there's a head shot involved and the trainers are worried. I had to come into the room and answer brain busters [questions] and get back out.”
Did Sill hit you in the head or did your head hit the ice?
“I don't think my head hit the ice. I haven't seen it it yet but I definitely didn't see anything coming but he definitely got me pretty good. It felt like it was definitely in the head vicinity. I don't know. I haven't seen it.”
-We still feel it was a bad penalty. The officials may have just seen Turris on the ice in distress and decided to avoid any further fights by kicking Sill out of the game.
-We've been told by a league source that Sill's hit was timed well below the 0.5 second limit the league allows for a player to throw a hit after a puck is released.
-Anderson played a pretty good game, especially considering he was struck in the head by Malkin's knee on Malkin's goal. He deserved a better fate.
-The Senators aren't an outstanding team by any means but they played a pretty thorough game. They didn't back down from the Penguins. They had control of this thing in the second period.
-The Penguins led in shots on net, 33-29.
-The Penguins led in attempted shots, 58-50.
-Ehrhoff led the game with seven shots.
-Ryan led the Senators with four shots.
-Maatta led the game with 24:03 of ice time.
-Erik Karlsson led the Senators with 23:27 of ice time.
-The Senators controlled faceoffs, 30-23 (57 percent).
-David Legwand was 7 for 8 (88 percent).
-Marcel Goc was 10 for 19 (53 percent).
-Paul Martin led the game with four blocked shots.
-Marc Methot led the Senators with three blocked shots.
-Craig Adams appeared in his 314th consecutive game and broke the franchise mark he shared with former center Ron Schock of 313.
-The Penguins win plus the Islanders loss moves the Penguins back into first place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division: