Moving on

Feb. 27, 2008

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The day the franchise was changed dramatically, the Penguins continue with their business in a 4-2 road win against the Islanders.

PREGAME

-Tyler Kennedy and his Chief Wiggum nose are interviewed by Dan Potash.

-The Penguins' official scratches were Marian Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, Hal Gill and Dany Sabourin.

-There were no official scratches for the Islanders.

-Ty Conklin gets the call in net.

-Due to the trades earlier today, Connor James and Nathan Smith were recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an emergency basis. As of the drop of the puck, they haven't arrived to the arena.

FIRST PERIOD

19:30: The attendance in New York looks horrendous. Plenty of blue seats.

19:00: Conklin makes a save and freezes play and FSN Pittsburgh shows up the "lines."

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-We didn't know Martin Blank played hockey or could play on two lines. He is a pretty good shooter though.

18:24: Jordan Staal is nabbed for holding Mike Comrie along the wall. This is going to be tough. With Colby Armstrong off to Atlanta, and Staal in the box, the Penguins' penalty kill is depleted tonight.

17:46: Ruslan Fedotenko "trips" Maxime Talbot. By "trip" we mean Talbot lost his footing and Fedotenko just happened to have his stick in his general direction

17:32: What in the heck is going on? Jarkko Ruutu hooks Richard Park behind the Islanders net. Four-on-three.

16:48: Bryan Berard fakes a slapper at the point and slides a pass to the right of the net where Bill Guerin fires a one-timer. Conklin slides over and makes a nice save.

16:20: Off the faceoff, Radek Martinek throws a shot on net from the point. Conklin eats it up.

11:16: Guerin snaps a nice wrister on net and Conklin traps it against his shoulder

10:00: The first period is half over and the Islanders are out shooting the Penguins, 14-0.

9:10: The Penguins first two shots gets them on the boards first. Petr Sykora snaps a wrister on net and the puck scuffles behind the cage. Evgeni Malkin picks it up and swoops around. He fires a laser that beats Rick DiPietro to far side. Penguins 1-0.

8:01: Bob Errey notes Ryan Malone left the bench and went to the locker room with equipment manager Dana Heinze.

7:06: Video of Fleury in practice is shown. He was wearing his white pads.

6:45: Sergei Gonchar is nabbed for holding.

6:19: Ryan Whitney fires the puck out of play and is sent to the box. Ugh. Five-on-three.

5:47: Bill Guerin fires a one-timer on net. The shot gets tipped, but Conklin is there to absorb it.

5:12: Guerin blasts another one-timer one net. It gets tipped again and Conklin is able to glove it.

4:18: Blake Comeau blasts a slapper on net and it hits Rob Scuderi in the hand. He winces in pain.

3:57: Going to commercial, we see Scuderi getting an ice pack on his wrist and going to the locker room. Coming back from commercial, Dr. Errey explains that Scuderi's little finger exploded due to "a pressure thing."

3:54: Right off the faceoff, Richard Park picks up a holding the stick penalty. The officials are calling this game tight.

2:28: Shorthanded, Trent Hunter drives to the net on a two-on-one. He fires a writer far-side that Conklin is forced to kick out.

2:17: Bruno Gervais is called for hooking.

2:08: You can always count on Jeff Taffe to make a team eat it's mistake. Off the faceoff, Kris Letang blasts a slapper. DiPietro kicks it out. The puck kicks around in the crease and Taffe is there to bang it home. Penguins 2-0.

1:52: Errey notes that the Penguins are getting out shot to this point, 21-3, but are winning, 2-0.

0:43: DiPietro plays the puck up the boards and Josef Vasicek takes it. He tries to play it further up the boards but inadvertently plays it into the Islanders team bench and strikes assistant coach Gerald Gallant in the face.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Islanders 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-Despite the score, the Penguins are getting killed 23-6.

-Is it us or does Jeff Taffe kind of look like Dave Matthews?

-Paul Steigerwald announces James and Smith have finally arrived at the arena from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. What tells us they were given some cruddy directions from MapQuest and just told to get to the arena on time.

SECOND PERIOD

19:01: The officials are calling this one tight. Jordan Staal is called for high sticking.

15:56: Errey compares the Islanders difficulties getting shots past Conklin to constipation. Uh...

14:34: Georges Laraque is called for holding.

12:02: Martinek springs Sean Bergenheim on a breakway. Inexplicably he dishes it to Park who slides it back to Bergeneheim. Bergeinehim's shot is stopped by Conklin.

9:34: The Islander's aren't constipated anymore as they unleash their bowels on Conklin. Jeff Tambellini brings the puck into the corner and throws it into slot. Franz Nielsen almost accidentally re-directs it past Conklin. It's an ugly goal but it counts. Some really lame, generic version of the "Hey Song" is played. We're not even going to post a video it. Penguins 2-1.

9:26: James and Smith finally reach the bench.

8:20: Trent Hunter brings the puck from the corner and tries to jam it by Conklin. No dice.

6:40: Laraque accidentally jabs Aaron Johnson in the face with his stick. Two minutes.

3:52: Was it us, or did Marc-Andre Fleury kind of look like he was checking out the Islanders Ice Girls coming back from commercial?

1:26: Kris Letang is sent off for slashing Hunter's stick out of his hands.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Islanders 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-What a weird game. The Islanders are dominating the shot totals, 34-10. They out-shot the Penguins 12-4 that period. Insane.

-On the power play, New York is 0-for-7 while Pittsburgh is 1-for-2.

-James explains how he got word of his call-up to Dan Potash. He was in the grocery store and his cell phone was broken. One of his coaches actually called the store and had him paged over the intercom to report to the Penguins in Long Island. MacGuyver would be very proud of whoever that coach was.

-Mike Yeo's presence comforts us on an odd day.

THIRD PERIOD

18:56: While defending the Marian Hossa trade, Steigerwald explains that the Penguins intend to sign Marian Hossa for a long time. That's fine, but the Thrashers planned on doing the same thing and that didn't work out how they had originally hoped.

18:37: Rob Davison, who the Islanders picked up earlier in the day, almost scored his goal. The puck comes out to the right faceoff circle and Davison moves in from the point to chop at it. The puck flutters at the net, hits Conlkin's mask then off the cross bar and through the crease away from danger.

17:53: Errey announces Scuderi will not return for the night.

16:56: Steigerwald goes on this rant about all the great players have played in Pittsburgh naming Lemieux, Coffey, Trottier, Francis, Jagr, Mullen, Tocchet, Murphy, Sandstrom, Robitaille, Kovalev, Crosby, Malkin and now Hossa. Errey like a spurred child mentions Markus Naslund which is like the Steelers bragging about how they had Len Dawson for 10 minutes.

15:53: Errey announces that Hossa, Pascal Dupuis and Hal Gill will all be at the Penguins' practice tomorrow in Boston.

14:44: Radek Martinek is nabbed for holding.

14:30: As Steigerwald explains that the Islanders are the lowest scoring team in the league, Shakespeare Errey asks who the "first-lowest" is. Bob Errey 1. Grammar 0.

14:07: Ryan Whitney blasts a slapper from the point. Andy Hilbert blocks it and drops in pain.

10:11: Richard Park has an opportunity with a loose puck in the crease. Before he can touch it, Conklin dives and knocks it away.

8:16: Fedotenko brings the puck up ice and is ridden into the corner boards hard by Brooks Oprik.

7:05: Malkin circles with the puck in the corner, spots Staal coming in to the zone and zips a pass across the crease. Staal takes it, steps by Park and rifles a wrister over DiPietro's glove. Penguins 3-1.

5:38: The obligatory smashing of Connor James is brought to you by Davison.

5:08: Malkin slides a puck to Sykora who blasts a one-timer on net. DiPietro makes the save down low.

4:36: Fedotenko is called for tripping.

4:20: Letang slides into the crease then drops the puck for Sykora. Sykora blasts a one-timer that DiPietro eats up.

3:49: Martinek knocks over Sykora along the board. Sykora limps to the bench. Steigerwald mentions it looked like he hurt his ankle. Errey says, "Don't say that."

3:02: Whitney feeds a nice saucer puck into the slot to James. James dekes to the backhand and smoothly slides it by DiPietro. Penguins 4-1.

2:57: Right off the faceoff, Comrie and Kennedy fight. They hold each other by their collars and allow one another to drop their gloves and helmets. It's a pretty good brawl as each of them connect with quite a few right. Kennedy pulls Comrie's jersey over his head and they wrestle to the ice. Steigerwald gives credit to Comrie for fighting a "little tiger."

2:52: Blake Comeau throws a shot on net and Conklin covers it up.

2:38: Martinek throws a slap shot on net. Conklin eats it up.

1:28: Malkin trips Martinek. Two minutes.

1:17: Vasicek fires a shot from the slot. Conklin makes the save but gives up a rebound. Fedotenko is right on his doorstep to bang it home. Penguins 4-2.

1:16: Right at this point, our DVR quit recording so anything that happened from this point on we can't account for.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 4-2.

POSTGAME

-Explain this to us; The Penguins were out-shot 52-21.

-On just about any other day, the choice to start Conklin over Fleury would be the biggest issue to question.

-Give the officials credit, they called this game tight and even.

-We would've like to see the Penguins get someone to help with the faceoffs. They were killed in that area, 41-24.

-The Penguins' special teams came through. The penalty kill was 8-for-9 and the power-play was 2-for-4.

Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice offers us a few more details on the trip James and Smith took to Long Island.

-Dave Molinari's recap.

-Game Summary.

-Event Summary.

-Highlights.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Northeast Division

-Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins, who was mentioned in trade rumors involving Marian Hossa, scored two goals and an assist in a 5-1 rout of the Thrashers.

Southeast Division

-The day the Capitals traded for his potential replacement in Cristobal Huet, Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves in a 4-1 defeat of the Wild. Brooks Laich had two goals and two assists for the Capitals.

-The Penguins got some help from the Hurricanes. Sergei Samsonov scored two goals, including one in overtime and gave Carolina a 2-1 win against the Devils.

Pacific Division

-The Stars got two goals from Loui Eriksson in a 3-1 win at St. Louis.

-Desperate for a second goaltender, the Sharks signed former Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher.

Northwest Division

-Milan Hejduk, Ryan Smyth and Paul Statsny each scored a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 3-2 overtime win at Calgary.

-Robert Nilsson's shootout goal gave the Oilers a 4-3 win against the Red Wings.



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