A strong third period gives the Penguins a comeback 4-1 win against the Hurricanes.
-Paul Steigerwald mentions that the Staals are brothers.
-Colby Armstrong's hit against Saku Koivu from last season is replayed.
-We feared the worst when we went to get our nachos before the game and saw this:
-A matching set of Milan Kraft jerseys. Why wouldn't you have burned those by now?
-Bob Errey will broadcast the game from in between the benches. We wish they would do that on a more permanent basis. You get a pretty good insight from that perspective.
-The Penguins scratched Kris Beech and Alain Nasreddine.
-Carolina's scratches were Matt Cullen and Dennis Seidenberg.
-Jeff Jimerson, as always, changed many lives with a wonderful rendition of the national anthem.
18:52: Penguins greats Ron Francis and Tom Barrasso, both members of Carolina's management team, are shown in watching the game from a suite. Francis seems nervous as he's chewing on his finger nails. Not surprisingly, Barrasso has a sour look on his face and has his arms crossed while's he's watching. He almost looks like he's the overlord of some evil operation that pours sulfuric acid on needy orphans.
18:34: Paul Steigerwald mentions that Barrasso wasn't cordial when they tried to talk to him today. There's a shocker. Errey sarcastically suggests that Barrasso's mad that Ty Conklin's wearing his No. 35. We suggest when you're born a jerk, you stay a jerk.
18:25: The Staals are brothers.
17:08: Eric Staal shrugs off Darryl Sydor with a nice solid check.
15:20: Erik Cole finally settles an old score. He decides to drop the gloves with Brooks Orpik who broke Cole's neck with a check into the boards two seasons ago. It's not much of a fight. They mainly wrestle around a bunch with Orpik throwing a couple of punches at the end. Cole's jersey comes off but it was tied down. Orpik just happened to wrestle it off of him. Cole leaves to go the locker room to get his equipment fixed. Oprik appears to have a little cut on his chin.
11:33: Ladd tries to drop a pass to the point but it kicks off Maxime Talbot's skate and goes right into the crease. Sergei Samsonov picks it up and fires it home past a helpless Conklin. It's a bit of a garbage goal but it counts nonetheless. Hurricanes 1-0.
8:22: During a commercial break, the Penguins show a lot of class by acknowledging the presence of Barrasso and Francis at the game.
5:27: Trevor Letowski gets his stick up and clips Talbot. It draws blood and Letowski is sent to the penalty box for four minutes.
3:47: Jeff Taffe works the puck in the slot. He slides a pass to Erik Christensen who snaps a hard wrister on net. Ward positions himself well and snags it with a nice glove.
1:53: Sydor slides a pass across the blue line where Kris Letang blasts it for a one-timer. Ward is able to locate and glove it.
1:27: The Hurricane's kill off Letowski's double minor without giving many opportunites to the Penguins.
0:00: End of period. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0, Staals 2.
-The Penguins are getting out-shot 15-8.
-Francis, Barrasso and Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford are all shown looking at a laptop. We bet they're watching the DVD of the third season of "Empty Nest" Barrasso rented at the airport:
17:46: We're reminded Bret Hedican is married to Kristi Yamaguchi. Bret Hedican +1.
17:11: Evgeni Malkin moves the puck into the offensive zone, drives into the Carolina defense and drops a pass for Rob Scuderi. Scuderi throws the puck on net and Ward is able to eat it up.
16:59: Jonathan Filewich slams Trevor Letowski into the boards in the corner. Letowski gets up in pain and lumbers to the bench.
12:31: Barrasso is shown with a smile on his face. A FSN Pittsburgh production truck explodes.
11:25: Sydor throws the puck out of play and is given two minutes for delay of game.
7:40: The Staals are brothers.
7:11: The Staals are brothers.
5:32: During a commercial, perhaps the greatest piece of entertainment every in the history of the Western Hemisphere is played on the Jumbotron. Ever. At first it seems like a lame, "let's make fun of the Hurricanes" skit with a Hurricane's fan "auditioning" on American Idol. He's sings rock you like a Hurricane and is predictably chastised off the stage. But then a life altering swing in the plotline hits us. It's Jeff Jimerson "auditioning" by singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." It's the greatest moment of our lives for sure. If you were there in person, it would have been to. In all seriousness, that might've been the loudest cheer at Mellon Arena to that point of the night.
5:30: The Russian Penguins are reviewed.
3:54: A sergeant from the U.S. Army is acknowledged and the crowd at Mellon Arena gives him a standing ovation. Quality.
3:03: Eric Staal steals the puck in the Penguins zone and a three-on-one almost develops. Scott Walker tries to center a pass back to Eric Staal but Sergei Gonchar is in good position and knocks it away.
0:11: The Staals are brothers.
0:00: Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0, Staals 6.
-The Penguins owned a 10-7 advantage in shots that period.
-That brutal A&L Motors commercial with Malkin, Gonchar, Talbot and Colby Armstrong was shown. Apparently this thing is so bad that it was featured on The Tonight Show.
-Bob Errey interviews Mike Yeo. Excelsior.
19:23: Jordan Staal grabs a loose puck behind the Carolina net and slides it to the other side to Talbot. Talbot centers it into the slot where Christensen one-times it past a helpless Ward. Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" (I.E. the "Hey Song.) is played. Hurricanes 1, Penguins 1, Staals 6.
18:22: The Staals are brothers.
16:06: Talbot dives for a puck in the Carolina zone and takes out Mike Commodore and Glen Wesley. Talbot's stick gets stuck in Commodore's skate and the officials call him for tripping. The Mellon Arena crowd boos but it's pretty hard to argue that one. The evidence is pretty obvious to put it mildly.
14:05: The Staals are brothers.
13:37: Malkin gets tripped up by Bret Hedican and is sent to the box.
12:34: Malkin fires a slapper on net. Ward makes the initial save. The puck pops up into the air and Ryan Malone knocks it out of mid-air. The pucks sneaks between Ward's pads and slides across the goal line. Just as it does, Commodore reaches into the net and pulls it back. The on-ice officials don't really rule anything, but they take a look at it in the replay booth and confirm it is a goal. Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1, Staals 8.
10:27: Errey seemingly takes credit for making sure the officials awarded the goal to the Penguins.
10:18: Malkin a pass from Petr Sykora and flies through the neutral and offensive zones by Hedican and Steve Gleason. He goes to his backhand and beats Ward to the far side. Only 10 players in this league could've scored a goal like that maybe. Carolina calls a time out to get organized. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1, Staals 8.
10:10: Malkin hooks Cole and is sent to the box.
9:10: The Staals are brothers.
8:35: Ray Whitney tries to center the puck but Sydor blocks it. Whitney grabs it back and tries to poke it into net with Conklin out of place. His shot hits the post however.
7:08: Malone brings the puck around the Carolina net and moves it to Kris Letang. Letang takes a shot but Ward is in the right place and makes an easy save.
6:57: On a power play, Gonchar zips a wrister on net. Ward maeks the initial save but gives up a rebound. Sykora is able to control and lift it over a prone Ward. Penguins 4, Hurricanes 1, Staals 9.
5:02: Georges Laraque hammers Commodore into the boards with a nice check.
4:11: Laraque claims he set the record for latest Subway Sandwich of the game.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 4, Hurricanes 1, Staals 9.
-Best jerseys we saw: Mario Lemieux 1991-92, those two Kraft jerseys, Tom Barrasso, Markus Naslund and Kevin Stevens. We also saw a Sidney Crosby jersey in the black and yellow style of the late 1980's/early 1990's style. Very sharp.
-Forgetful YouTube Find of the Day: We meant to use this video yesterday for our "Best Hurricane/Whalers YouTube Video We Could Find" portion of our game preview. We had it bookmarked but forgot to use it. Better late than never we say though. It's a brawl between the Whalers and Penguins in which Markus Naslund gets destroyed by Randy Cunneyworth:
-What in the world was Naslund thinking trying to take on Cunneyworth? And why did Jim Paek try to provoke Cunneyworth more?
-Rob Scuderi played in his 200th career game.
-Was it us or did Conklin look a little too confident at times when he was handling the puck?
-As far as stopping the puck, Conklin was efficient as always stopping 27 shots.
-The Penguins ended out-shooting Carolina, 29-28.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Brooks Orpik is a hitter.
-Ron Cook says this is still Marc-Andre Fleury's team.
-Jordan Staal wants his brother's car.
-Colby Armstrong was interviewed by KDKA last week:
-Despite three third period goals by Mark Ardelan, Tim Brent and Chris Minard, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lost 4-3 to Norfolk.
-Joe Guenther and Kelly Miller each had a goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a 6-3 loss to Charlotte.
-Mike Knuble had a hat trick and Martin Biron made 27 saves for the Flyers in 3-0 shutout of the Ducks.
-The Devils got two points each from Sergei Brylin, David Clarkson John Madden, Colin White and Travis Zajac and doubled-up the Kings, 6-3.
-Islanders forward Blake Comeau hit Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins from behind yesterday:
-Alex Kovalev and Mark Streit each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in a 4-1 road win against the Islanders.
-The Maple Leafs got a goal and an assist each from Jason Blake and former Penguin Dominic Moore in a 4-2 win against the rival Senators.
-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller suffered a knee injury, but it's not expected to be serious.
-Kari Lehtonen made 36 saves and led the Thrashers to a 2-0 shutout of the Capitals. The win put Atlanta in first place of the Southeast Division.
-Tomas Vokoun made 44 saves and helped the Panthers edge the Lightning 3-2.
-Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk did not travel with his team yesterday and stayed home due to his knee injury. He did have a successful on-ice workout.
-Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each scored a goal and an assist as the Red Wings claimed a 3-1 win at Boston.
-Alexander Radulov's overtime goal gave the Predators a 3-2 win against the Coyotes.
-The Blue Jackets had their first sellout of the season.
-Why did the Blue Jackets pick up Dick Tarnstrom?
-Ben Guite and T.J. Hensick each scored two goals for the Avalanche in a 6-4 win at St. Louis.
-Marian Gaborik's two goals helped lead the Wild to a 4-1 win at Columbus.
-Shootout goals by Joe Pavelski and Jeremy Roenick gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks.
-Marty Turco made 31 saves for the Stars in a tight 2-1 win at Calgary.
-Kings defenseman Rob Blake will be out for two weeks due to a stress fracture in his ankle.
-Los Angeles put forward Ladislav Nagy on injured reserve and recalled forward Brian Boyle and defenseman Peter Harrold from Manchester of the AHL. Boyle was the Kings' first round-draft pick in 2003.
-Ducks goon George Parros destroyed Riley Cote of the Flyers last night:
-Don't expect Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to ever tell any of those lame father-in-law jokes.
-One of the reasons we have Center Ice is so we can watch Canadian commercials like these: