-On account of a story we had to file for tomorrow's paper, we'll keep our pregame comments brief.
-This is a VERY meaningless game. The only thing the Penguins can accomplish today is not getting anyone injured. We would expect a very preseason-ish lineup for the Penguins.
-Chuck Kobasew was recalled. He had ripped up the AHL since being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last month. Penguins management routinely makes recalls based on performance. Within that parameter, Kobasew certainly deserves the recall.
-A few sights around the barn. The barn itself:
-And All-American defensive duo. Paul Martin:
-And Brooks Orpik:
-Sidney Crosby Team Canada:
-This young lady is ready for the playoffs:
-Fans entering the barn:
-There are a few Senators fans here. Erik Karlsson:
-If you have a Joel Kwiatkowski practice jersey, you're hardcore:
-Ditto Jock Callendar:
-The original No. 3, Al MacNeil:
-A few former Penguins/Senators. Sergei Gonchar:
-Jersey of the Night: Former penguins/Senators forward Martin Straka:
-The Penguins' startes are Beau Bennett, Brian Gibbons, Lee Stempniak, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi and Jeff Zatkoff.
-Their scratches are Sidney Crosby, Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Marcel Goc, Matt Niskanen and Brandon Sutter.
-The Senators' starters are Clarke MacArthur, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot and Robin Lehner.
-Their scratches are Jared Cowen, Matt Kassian, Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad.
-Jeff Jimerson handles his business:
18:32: Eric Gryba cranks a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff snags it.
16:24: Letang snaps off a wrister from the right point. Kobasew is in the slot and re-directs it on net. Lehner eats it up.
11:49: After a few stagnant minutes, Neal has a chance in tight but cant' bury it.
10:36: Play is halted as Tanner Glass and Chris Neal drop the gloves at the Senators' left point. Neil took exception to Glass hitting Chris Phillips in the right wing corner. They met up near the Senators' bench and went at each other right away. They pump several punches and land a few. The fight ends with Neil falling on top of Neil. Glass heads to the dressing room while Glass heads to the penalty box. Glass has a little blood on the crest of his jersey but it doesn't' appear to be his own. That wasn't a smart fight by Glass. Risking potential injury before the playoffs in a meaningless game wasn't a great decision.
9:37: After Karlsson fumbles a puck in his own right wing corner, Stmpniak has a chance in tight but can't beat Lehner.
5:54: Milan Michalek is called for hooking Olli Maatta. Chris Kunitz, Jussi Jokinen, James Neal, Kris Letang and Paul Martin take the ice.
5:14: The Penguins strike first. Kunitz pushes the puck up the right wing wall and leaves a drop pass for Jokinen at the right half wall. Jokinen directs a pass to the slot for Neal. The pass fails to connect and glances off the skate of Gryba then through the five hole of Lehner. The Penguins get a little lucky there. Kunitz and Letang get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.
3:21: The Senators get a power play as Harry Zolnierczyk is called for hooking. Stempniak, Orpik, Martin and Gibbons take the ice.
1:21: The Blue Jackets get a power play goal just as the clock expires. Turris takes a pass in the left circle, tees up a half slapper and swipes a nice shot by Zatkoff on the near side. Karlsson and Mike Hoffman get assists. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
0:04: After Beau Bennett appears to get away with a possible high stick against Karlsson, Colin Greening is called for roughing Bennett. The Senators protest but officials aren't buying it. Kunitz, Neal, Jokinen, Martin and Letang take the ice.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Senators 1.
-We'd be lying if we said we paid much attention to that period. The NHL released the playoff schedule and we were busy piecing together a post on it. You can read it here.
-The Senators lead in shots on net, 9-6.
-The Senators have a 15-6 lead in attempted shots.
-Gryba and Hoffman each lead the game with two shots on net.
-Karlsson leads the game with 9:33 of ice time.
-Martin leads the Penguins with 7:50.
-Faceoffs are tied, 12-12 (50 percent).
-Jokinen is 6 for 8 (75 percent).
-Spezza is 6 for 9 (67 percent).
-Scuderi leads the game with two blocked shots.
20:00: The Penguins will start the period with 1:56 of power play time on fresh ice. Kunitz, Jokinen, Martin, Letang and Neal take the ice.
19:14: Kunitz has a chance in the left circle on a partial breakaway and rips a wrister over the cage.
18:04: The Greening minor is killed.
16:20: Adams appears to the away wit a trip against Turris behind the Ottawa net.
14:47: A wrister by Bennett from the left circle is denied by Lehner.
14:44: The Penguins regain the lead. After Gibbons wins a faceoff in the Senators' left circle Bennett rips a wrister through traffic. Stempniak is above the blue pain and redirects the puck by Lehner's blocker. What a nifty little set faceoff play. Bennett and Gibbons get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-1.
13:02: Harry Zolnierczyk's rough night continues as he's nabbed for holding the stick of Phillips on a chip-and-chase play up the right wing. Martin, Adams, Orpik and Stempniak take the ice.
12:10: Spezza pounds a slapper from the right circle. Zatkoff kicks it out.
11:48: Mike Hoffman rips a wrister from the right cicle. Zatkoff snags it easily.
11:12: Karlsson chops a slapper from the center point. Zatkoff kicks it out. Neil has a few chances at the rebound but can't beat Zatkoff.
11:02: Zolnierczyk's minor is killed.
10:17: A wrister by Kunitz from in tight is denied by Lehner.
10:12: Erik Condra is called for holding Maatta. Martin, Neal, Jokinen, Kunitz and Letang take the ice.
8:55: A slapper by Martin from center point is snagged by Lehner.
8:12: Condra's minor is killed.
8:04: Maatta stokes a slapper from the right circle. Lehner eats it up.
7:45: A wrister by Karlsson in the high slot is blocked.
7:26: Another penalty. Condra is called for slashing Letang. Neal, Letang, Kunitz, Martin and Jokinen take the ice.
6:11: Letang fumbles a puck in the neutral zone. Jean-Gabriel Pageau tries to push it up ice on a scoring chance in the slot. Letang chases him down and knocks the puck away.
6:00: Attendance is announced as 18,663. It is the team's 327th consecutive sellout.
5:26: The Condra minor is killed.
4:11: A slapper by Letang from the right point is deflected wide.
3:21: Another penalty. Kunitz is called for hooking Hoffman. Kobasew, Adams, Martin and Orpik take the ice.
2:46: The Senators cas in. Patrick Wiercioch chosp a slapper from the center point. Zatkoff Stops it. Mark Stone is all alone in front of the crease between Martin and Orpik and lifts the rebound by Zatkoff's glove hand. Orpik and Martin failed to account for Stone there. Wiercioch gets the only assist.
2:28: Yet another penalty . Despres is called for delay of game after he flipped a puck out of play from his own zone. That's two minutes. Letang, Scuderi, Adams and Glass take the ice.
2:19: Wiercioch chops a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff punches it away.
2:12: During a stoppage, a scrum breaks out at the Penguins' blue line. Nothing comes of it.
0:45: Karlsson rips a wrister from the slot. Zatkoff snags it.
0:28: The Despres minor is killed.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.
-We didn't really concentrate much on that period from a team-wide perspective. It's safe to say the Penguins' special teams haven't been too hot tonight.
-It seems like officials are really calling things tight. It's almost as if they're trying to get in a few more penalties for a quota before the end of the season.
-The Senators have a 22-17 lead in shots on net.
-The Senators have a 32-25 lead in attempted shots.
-Neil leads the game with four shots.
-Kunitz leads the Penguins with three shots.
-Letang leads the game with 17:19 of ice time.
-Karlsson leads the Senators with 15:54.
-The Penguins have a 24-22 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).
-Jokinen is 11 for 15 (73 percent).
-Zack Smith is 9 for 15 (56 percent).
-Scuderi leads the game with three blocked shots.
-None of the Senators has more than one blocked shot.
-Icetime has a very fan-centric cover:
18:45: Kunitz whacks a one-timer from the high slot over the cage.
16:13: Gibons pushes the puck up the left wing and is thumped to the ice by Gryba. Stempniak is able to pick up the loose puck and get a shot on net. Lehner fights it off.
14:22: A re-direction by Hoffman from the slot is denied by Zatkoff.
14:17: A slapper by Methot from the left half wall is fought off by Zatkoff.
14:12: A slapper by Karlsson from the right point breaks the stick of Kobasew.
12:45: A wrister by Glass from above the left circle is blocked.
12:22: BIG save. After Jokine maek a poor turnover from behind his own net, Stone has a big chance in tight but Zatkoff robs him. Jokinen owes Zatkoff a beer.
11:20: A wrister by Michalek from above the left circle sails over the cage.
10:46: Kobas whistles a wrister from the right circle. Lehner has rouble with th epuck and struggles to cover the rebound. He does eventually. A small scrum breaks out but nothing comes of it.
10:35: Hoffman chops a slapper from the left circle over the cage.
9:52: A wrister by Cody Ceci from the right poitn is blocked.
9:43: Another penalty. Adams holds Phillips in the right wing corner of the Ottawa zone. That's an easy two minutes. Glass, Jokinen, Scuderi and Letang take the ice.
7:43: Two minutes later, the Senators did little with that chance.
6:53: A slapper by Scuderi from the left point is eaten up by Lehner.
5:28: Phillips slaps a shot from the right point. Zatkoff snags it. Just as the whistle is blown, Neil gives Maatta a shove from behind to the ice. A small scrum develops. Nothing comes of it.
2:48: Greening lifts a wrister from above the right circle. Zatkoff fight sit off.
0:30: chops a slapper from the right point. Lehner fight sit off despite a few re-directions.
0:03: Off a feed by Jokinen, a wrister by Martin is wide of the cage from the slot.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.
-The Senators have a 31-28 lead in shots on net.
4:11: Clarke MacArthur has a chance in tight but can't beat Zatkoff.
2:02: A slapper by Karlsson from the right point is wide on the near side.
1:36: A wrister by Martin fom above the right circle is wide to the far side.
0:51: MacArthur drops Orpik with a big hit deep in the Penguins' left wing corner.
0:30: A wrister Karlsson ifrom above the right circle is stopped by Zatkoff. He follows up on the rebound but Letang stick checks him and denies the shot.
0:13: In deep on the right wing, Letang centers a pass for Jokinen on the other side of the crease. The timing is off and they fail to connect.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.
-The Senators lead in shtos, 33-28.
-Bennett is up first. He glides down the slot and shoots a forehand shot five hole. Lehner kicks it out.
-Turris races down the slot and lifts wrister by the glove hand of Zatkoff. Senators 1-0.
-Jokinen swings wide on the right wing, levels out and goes five hole. Lehner stops him.
-Spezza can win this. He races down the slot with speed, pulls up at the hashmarks, dekes a few times and lifts backhander by Zatkoff's blocker. End of shootout. Senators 2, Penguins 0. End of game. Senators 3, Penguins 2.
-That was awful to watch. Just awful. The game meant nothing and both teams played like it. And naturally, this dreadful contest had to go to overtime. Thank goodness this stretch of meaningless games have finally come to an end and games of significant consequence can begin.
-We're not going to dissect this too much. Neither team offered much from a collective perspective.
-We liked Kris Letang's game. He was all over the ice. While this game wasn't all that competitive, this was easily Letang's best effort in his comeback.
-Lee Stempniak was sharp while playing with lesser linemates. He will need to be a contributor on the third line.
-Whatever Chuck Kobasew was doing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he didn't do it tonight. He showed little tonight.
-The special teams were not sharp but they were missing a few key players. The Senators scored two power play goals on five chances while the Penguins' power play was limited to one goal on four chances.
-The Senators led in shots on net, 33-28.
-The Senators led in attempted shots, 59-46.
-Mike Hoffman led the game with six shots.
-Stempniak led the game with four shots.
-Kris Letang led the game with 26:52 of ice time.
-Karlsson led the Senators with 26:07.
-The Penguins have a 34-32 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).
-Jokinen was 15 for 22 (68 percent).
-Zack Smith was 12 for 20 (60 percent).
-Rob Scuderi led the game with four blocked shots.
-None of the Sentors had more than one.