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-This was the pregame introduction on the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast Saturday night:
-Mike Myers does the honorary opening faceoff. Is it us or could the NHL use Myers in terms of promotions more? Christy Brinkley and Keifer Sutherland get a lot of face-time as hockey fans, but isn't Myers in their stratosphere in terms of being a celebrity?
-Matt Dusk looks like he should be on the cover of GQ instead of singing the national anthems. Jeff Jimerson and his bold "butt-cut" laughs at the antics of this pretty boy.
19:28: Gary Roberts shows that he's come to play as he mauls Simon Gamache in the neutral zone.
18:35: The first real scoring opportunity of the game sees Petr Sykora whip a one-timer on net, but Vesa Toskala is there with a save.
16:38: Colby Armstrong takes a run at Gamache and just misses connecting big time.
15:22: It looks like Michel Therrien has teamed Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal on a line for the time being.
14:51: Wow what a sick goal. Off a face-off win by Adam Hall, Erik Christensen sends a laser to the far side of Toskala who is helpless to make the save. Penguins 1-0.
13:23: Hal Gill throws a puck on net. It hits some bodies and Darcy Tucker is able to punch it in for a goal. Tucker celebrates as if he just slayed someone in "300." Maple Leafs 1, Penguins 1.
12:42: The Maple Leafs and their coaches are wearing pink. Very cool.
11:21: Nikolai Antropov shrugs off Brooks Oprik like a rag doll, charges the net with the puck and basically forces the puck past Sabourin for a goal. Maple Leafs 2-1.
9:37: Wow, the goal Mats Sundin became the all-time leading scorer in Maple Leafs history in was really lame. He basically threw it in the crease and the puck hit off someone's skate.
4:55: Tucker absolutely runs Sabourin over and injures the Penguins goaltender. Orpik gets an interference call, which he deserves, but somehow Tucker escapes without a penalty. Marc-Andre Fleury replaces Sabourin.
2:58: The Penguins get whistled for too many men on the ice.
1:57: Short-handed, Jordan Staal streaks down the right side and unleashes a nice wrist shot that Toskala gloves.
1:28: Maxime Talbot blocks a shot by Frantisek Kaberle and takes the rebound down the ice on a partial breakaway. Toskala makes the save and denies Colby Armstrong. Talbot tries to follow up on another rebound and draws an interference penalty from Antropov.
0:46: Andrew Wozniewski pins Malkin against the glass but avoids an interference call.
0:00: Period ends. Maple Leafs 2, Penguins 1.
-Something tells us Erik Christensen would be the boring guy at a party of funeral home directors. He just seems like a low-key guy.
-Jordan Staal going crazy against Toronto last season is replayed.
-As the next period begins, we see Sabourin has returned to the bench. Fleury will remain in net.
19:26: On the power play, Sykora tries a one-timer but his stick breaks. To add insult to injury, Alexander Steen runs Sykora over.
19:05: Antropov out-plays Sergei Gonchar behind the Penguins net and feeds a pass to Sundin who snaps a one-timer past Fleury. Maple Leafs 3-1.
15:57: A dump-in by Toronto strikes Armstrong and cuts is chin. He leaves the ice for some stitch-work. It's nothing major though. We've had worse cuts shaving, which might explain why we don't shave.
13:29: Sykora and Crosby come down the once on two-on-one give-and-go. Crosby tries to send a pass back to Sykora but it hits off the skate of Pavel Kubina and deflects into the Toronto net. Ugly goal, but it counts. Maple Leafs 3-2.
13:10: Almost right away, Maxime Talbot scores. He takes the puck from Gary Roberts and charges the net. His first shot is stopped, but he's able to sneak the rebound past Toskala's right leg. Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 3.
12:57: Brooks Oprik levels Gamache against the boards but catches the butt-end of Gamache's stick right square in the face. Orpik falls to the ice in pain. A stretcher is brought out but thankfully he's able to leave the ice on his feet with assistance from Malkin, Ryan Malone and Mark Recchi. It's difficult to blame Gamache for hitting Orpik in the face with his stick. By the book, the officials could've called Gamache for high-sticking, but he was simply bracing for the hit. Either way, Michel Therrien looks as if he wants to curb-stomp someone.
10:04: Matt Stajan gets a one time opportunity in the crease but is denied by Fleury. Stajan tries to capitalize on the rebound, but a sprawling Fleury is able to deflect the shot high with a nice save.
4:12: Quality stat by FSN Ittsburgh finding out that Gary Roberts and Tom Fitzgerald played their 1,000th career games on the same night.
4:00: Malkin unleashes a wrister on net. Toskala makes a save, Staal pushes the rebound on net and Malone gets the goal. Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice looks madder than Judge Elihu Smails. Penguins 4-3.
3:33: The Maple Leafs get it right back. Steen swoops from behind the net and feeds Sundin for a one-timer. Fleury makes the save but Jason Blake is able to sneak the rebound in for a goal. Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 4.
3:05: Crosby and Antropov get into a scrum along the boards. With the Maple Leaf forward standing at 6-foot-5 and Sidney Crosby at 5-foot-11, it's a pretty funny sight watching these two scrap. Both go off for two minutes.
2:43: Dan Potash reports that Brooks Oprik will not return for the rest of the night due to a mild concussion
0:00: End of period. Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 4.
-The Penguins are out-shooting Toronto 36-21 at this point. There's certainly no shortage of offense in the game.
-Paul Alexander says, "P-P." Heh, heh. Heh, heh.
12:43: Johnny Bower gets some love.
9:58: On the power play, Bryan McCabe sends a slap shot from the point and Fleury absorbs it. This period has been slow so far.
7:03: Darcy Tucker shoots the puck out of play and takes a delay of game penalty.
6:21: Malkin bombs a slapper from the point and Toskala eats it up.
5:23: Darryl Sydor takes a slap shot. The puck deflects off of McCabe's stick, sneaks by Toskala and Crosby punches the loose puck in net. Not a pretty goal, but it counts. Penguins 5-4.
4:56: Talbot takes a tripping penalty.
4:19: On a delayed call, Staal gets a breakaway, but can't beat Toskala. McCabe goes off for tripping and negates the man advantage for Toronto.
2:48: In a display of puck-handling that would impress Jaromir Jagr, Staal controls the puck for 15 seconds. It doesn't sound like much, but it's a play that must be watched to be truly appreciated.
1:32: Amstrong trips up Antropov and goes off for two minutes. The last minute and a half won't be boring.
1:11: Toskala has Staal's number. The Penguins forward comes in short-handed and whips a nice wrister on net, but he's denied by the Toronto goaltender once again.
0:56: Toronto pulls Toskala for the extra attacker.
0:49: From near the left face-off circle in the Penguins end, Talbot mails a shot towards the Toronto net and it skips in for one of us. Toronto calls a time-out. Penguins 6-4.
0:26: Sundin deflects a pass on net. The puck handcuffs Fleury who makes the save with his chest. Blake literally backhands the puck with his glove into the net. Officials immediately call no goal. Video verifies the call.
0:00: End of game. Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 4.
-Games against the Maple Leafs are almost never boring. You'll see 2-1 or 1-0 games against just every other team in the league, but Penguins-Maple Leafs games are almost always entertaining.
-Unofficially, Penguins trainer Chris Stewart had more time on the ice to deal with injuries than Maple Leafs goon Wade Belak who saw 57 seconds of playing time.
-The line of Armstrong, Roberts and Talbot played well. Lots of physical play.
-As a result of the injury to Orpik, Gonchar was on the ice for an over 32 minutes.
-From the life isn't fair department, Toskala stopped 46 shots and lost.
-The Penguins went 1-for-8 on the power-play. Icky.
-Combined, the teams were 1-for-14 on the power play. That's hard to imagine given it was a 10-goal game.
-Jason Blake is fighting the good fight.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Georges Laraque is tough.
-Even if he's a jerk, Tom Barrasso deserves to be put in the Penguins hall of fame according to Ron Cook.
-The Penguins are getting better at faceoffs.
-Brooks Oprik's status is still up in the air.
-Wheeling beat Johnstown in a preseason game, 4-3, Saturday.
-The Rangers allowed three goals in a 52-second span in the second period and lost to the Senators, 3-1, Saturday.
-Islanders forward Jon Sim, a former Penguin will undergo knee reconstruction and will miss the remainder of the season.
-People are watching Versus. Wednesday's Islanders-Rangers game drew a 1.8 rating in New York, the highest rating for anything on cable in the Big Apple that night.
-The Flyers are looking at Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris.
-With an injury to center Dean McAmmond, the Senators want to sign former Penguins forward Randy Robitaille.
-The Bob Hartley watch is on. Atlanta fell to 0-5-0 after a 6-5 loss to the Devils Saturday.
-The injured shoulder of Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat will not require surgery.
-In a shocking development, the Predators are having trouble drawing fans.
-The Ducks' Stanley Cup rings look more expensive than our car.
-Prior to an entertaining 2-1 win by Boston over San Jose Saturday, the lights at HP Pavilion went out and caused a 25 minute delay.
-Despite stopping 38 shots in his NHL debut, rookie goaltender Tobias Stephan and the Stars lost 2-1 to Chicago Saturday.
-With some issues on offense, the Stars are pursuing Peter Forsberg.
-Former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo scored two goals for Phoenix in a 3-2 loss against the Wild. Only 12,888 souls attended this game in Glendale, Ariz Saturday.
-Avalanche center Joe Sakic scored his 15th career hat trick Saturday in Colorado's 5-1 defeat of Columbus.
-An update on Oilers forward Fernando Pisani who is dealing with ulcerative colitis.
-Faceoff-Factor has a team-by-team suspension tracker. So far the Flyers are comfortably enjoying a 45-0 lead in games.
-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe says the NHL is missing a marketing opportunity with helmets.
First Published October 14, 2007 6:51 pm