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7:23 - Blog is up and pregame is underway...stay tuned Penguins fans!

Lines:

  1. Malkin, Sykora, Malone 
  2. Crosby, Talbot, Dupuis
  3. Staal, Taffe, Kennedy
  4. Minard, Ruutu, Laraque

Fleury in the net

7:39 - puck is dropped - Malkin's line opens the game

--Sid missed an easy opportunity for a goal on his first shift.  Talbot made a great pass and Crosby over shot the open net

7:45 - Gonchar rings one off the crossbar (13:56 to play in the period)

7:51 - Staal appeared to get the wind knocked out of himself - he should be ok, but he was hunched over leaving the ice

7:53 - Malkin made some sweet moves and got robbed on a backhand move - very impressive stickwork though

7:59 - Staal played a shift but went back to the bench hunched over and wincing in pain.  Orpik takes a 2 minute penalty

8:01 - Great save by Fleury on the Powerplay.  He's had some good lateral moves as he was tested by this Lighning penalty.  Penalty over (4:00 remaining)

8:06 - St. Louis rings one off the post with about 1:30 remaining.  Fleury robs Oulette in front of the cage with 1 minute remaining

8:08 - End of the first period - 0-0 shots: TB - 10 Pens - 6

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8:26: Start of the second period - Crosby's line starts the period.  Staal does not come to the bench to start the period.  They are calling it an "unspecified injury"

8:33: Crosby had some fantastic passes on this shift and it doesnt look like his passing is missing a beat

8:37: Report on Jordan Staal - bruised ribs, return doubtful (11:15 to go in period 2)

8:47 - Sykora goes in hard to the boards on a near breakaway.  It appears he's ok, but he's shaking his wrist a bit.  Penalty shot (6:07 remaining)

Sykora not injured and takes penalty shot (career 1 for 3) save made on the backhand on the penalty shot

8:50 - O'Brien misses a wide open cage similar to Crosby's miss in the first period.  5:15 to go

8:56 - Ruutu draws a penalty with 2:31 to go in the period

Malkin, Crosby, Malone, Gonchar, Whitney is the powerplay

The powerplay looks like they haven't practiced much together (they probably haven't) and they look out of sync

Powerplay is over

9:00 - End of the second period: 0-0 shots: TB - 23 Pens - 10 

9:40 - 6:25 to go in the 3rd...still 0-0 (not the most exciting games to do the live game blog)

9:48 - GOAL!!!! Crosby sets up Talbot on the edge of the crease - pens lead 1-0 with 2:47 to go!

 9:53 - Malkin puts in an empty netter (4.9 seconds to go)

Pens 2 - Lightning 0 F.

3 Stars:

1. Fleury  (35 Saves in the Shut out)

2. Crosby (worked hard all night and had a nice play on the game winning goal

3. Mike Smith (21 saves kept the Lightning in the game)

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