Evgeni Malkin's status is 'week to week,' per Mike Sullivan just now. In his lingo, that generally means what it sounds like. As if this whole experience wasn't miserable enough for the Penguins.
Dejan Kovacevic 10:49 PM - March 17, 2019
Sullivan on Malkin's absence: "He's obviously a tough guy to replace. He's an elite player, so that speaks for itself. As far as what we'll do moving forward, we'll probably take it game by game."
Chris Bradford 10:46 PM - March 17, 2019
Rough room in there. Meaning Pittsburgh’s. Philly’s was the polar opposite, as one night expect. Plenty of column material from both, though. Wow.
Dejan Kovacevic 10:44 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Sullivan says Malkin is week to week with upper body injury.
Chris Bradford 10:43 PM - March 17, 2019
• GOAL • Couturier wins it in OT, converting a 2-on-1 that he keeps and fires past Murray with 3.4 left.
Chris Bradford 10:20 PM - March 17, 2019
We're off to overtime in Pittsburgh thanks to this late goal from James van Riemsdyk.
DK Pittsburgh Sports 10:15 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• END REGULATION • Score is tied 1-1. Shots are 35-32 for Penguins, who lead 56-44 CF% (all). In third it was 61-39 Flyers.
Chris Bradford 10:12 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Two forwards way late getting back: Rust and McCann. Unconscionable given the situation. An odd-man break there is ... wow.
Dejan Kovacevic 10:11 PM - March 17, 2019
The too many men the Flyers got away with when pulling Hart felt like it would haunt the Penguins. It did.
Matt Sunday 10:10 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• GOAL • JVR ties it with redirection from the slot with 18.8 left, beat Murray high to the glove side.
Chris Bradford 10:10 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Still can't believe that miss by Couturier. How'd that happen?
Dejan Kovacevic 10:08 PM - March 17, 2019
Hart pulled with 1:38 left. ENG specialist McCann is on the ice.
Chris Bradford 10:06 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
No idea how Couturier missed that.
Chris Bradford 10:05 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Flyers get some power play time after the Penguins take a too many men of their own, their seventh this season.
Chris Bradford 10:01 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Needless to say Sully went with two d-men to start power play. Kessel comes off after turning it over again.
Chris Bradford 9:59 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Nice try by Sullivan there to sneak on PP1 while officials had extended discussion at scorer's bench. Linesmen chased Sid and Phil right back off.
Dejan Kovacevic 9:58 PM - March 17, 2019
Another chance to put the game away as the Flyers ... take their second too many men on the ice penalty. Wondering what the single game record is.
Chris Bradford 9:55 PM - March 17, 2019
Mentioned this in the first period, but the Flyers' line changes have been a disaster. Second too-many-men in the same game is one awful reflection on Scott Gordon and staff.
Dejan Kovacevic 9:55 PM - March 17, 2019
At the TV break just now, referee Pierre Lambert skates over to the Penguins' bench to exchange a few words with Phi Kessell. Undoubtedly letting him know he might have gotten away with one on that power play.
Dejan Kovacevic 9:52 PM - March 17, 2019
Been a while since I shot a Teddy celly. Another epic scream from the kid.
Matt Sunday 9:52 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Just a wonderful, compact, controlled save by Murray on Couturier's point-blank redirect. A shorty there's an absolute killer.
Dejan Kovacevic 9:46 PM - March 17, 2019
Dumoulin appears to be OK at bench after taking Varone slew foot.
Chris Bradford 9:44 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Phil's pass reminded me of some of my drives in golf. Playing the fade.
Chris Bradford 9:41 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Rust is back on now.
Chris Bradford 9:40 PM - March 17, 2019
And here comes the 'SIX-TEEN THOU-SAND!' chant from the upper deck. SinceFlyersLastCup
Dejan Kovacevic 9:39 PM - March 17, 2019
Blueger goal came with Blandisi playing in place of Rust, who is not on bench.
Chris Bradford 9:39 PM - March 17, 2019
And now Penguins with chance to take control on power play because Gudas takes his dumb penalty of the game, a crosscheck on Hornqvist.
Chris Bradford 9:36 PM - March 17, 2019
Someone please, please, please be that first person on the interwebs who declares the Penguins a better team without Malkin. 😉
Dejan Kovacevic 9:35 PM - March 17, 2019
• GOAL • Blueger puts in rebound of Kessel shot. It's 1-0 at 2:07 of the third.
Chris Bradford 9:34 PM - March 17, 2019
Pettersson may have made Penguins' best save with that block.
Chris Bradford 9:32 PM - March 17, 2019
• THIRD PERIOD • The puck has dropped.
Chris Bradford 9:30 PM - March 17, 2019
The third line has been together on the ice for:
14 attempts for, 3 against.
2 high-danger attempts for, none against.
9 shots on goal for, 2 against.
Taylor Haase 9:20 PM - March 17, 2019
Attempted shots are just as lopsided, at 44-25 Penguins.
Taylor Haase 9:17 PM - March 17, 2019
Penguins close out second with shifts of 72/27/7 bookending 17/87/81. Not sure if that’s hinting at a third period shakeup, or just wanting a certain look for final couple minutes there.
Matt Sunday 9:14 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• END SECOND PERIOD • Scoreless through 40. Shots are 26-13 in favor of Penguins as is CF% (all), 65-35. Blueger is 4-0 at the dot.
Chris Bradford 9:14 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins are outshooting the Flyers 26-13. Still scoreless, though.
Taylor Haase 9:12 PM - March 17, 2019
Flyers basically need to win out to have shot at playoffs. They've got 12 shots through 38 1/2 minutes.
Chris Bradford 9:09 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Appears Sullivan has mixed up D pairs with Johnson now with Trotman and Dumoulin with Schultz.
Chris Bradford 9:04 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Murray’s last save stunned him pretty good. Took his time getting up and stayed hunched over for a bit. Examined the old helmet with an official’s help during that icing. Seems good.
Matt Sunday 9:03 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Matt Murray is still awake with his team leading 22-10 in shots. Nice glove stop on Laughton from the slot.
Chris Bradford 8:58 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Don't want to alarm anyone but the third line of Simon/Bjugstad/Hornqvist is having a great game so far. Eye test and fancy stats. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Taylor Haase 8:57 PM - March 17, 2019
That wasn't a power play but it looks like it from the Crosby line. Flyers were bailed out only by a clear that took funky bounce off a stanchion.
Chris Bradford 8:55 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Third line dominating with each shift now. It's OK to say that, right? 😉
Dejan Kovacevic 8:51 PM - March 17, 2019
Pretty sure the double review here still didn't last as long as the review in the Nailers' game yesterday. Unlike the officials in the Nailers game, they got the right call here.
Taylor Haase 8:49 PM - March 17, 2019
Oh, man, from one sizzling rookie goaltender to another the next day: Carter Hall stunts Nick Bjugstad's breakaway, then a point-blank redirect by Patric Hornqvist. Really impressive.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:47 PM - March 17, 2019
Carter Hart with his best save of the game, stopping Hornqvist from the slot. Game starting to open up after slow start.
Chris Bradford 8:47 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Another strong “16,000 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻” from the home crowd.
Matt Sunday 8:44 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
All that's missing is the even-up call for blowing it with Bjugstad. Wait for it.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:40 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Best scoring action in NHL history between whistles.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:39 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• NO GOAL/GOAL/NO GOAL • OK. Well, that was surprising. Now Sullivan will challenge that the play was offsides. Which it appears it was. ... Finally, not goal. Got it? Good.
Chris Bradford 8:39 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
So much drama. This one isn’t going to count after all. Crowd going nuts as they show the play is offsides on the big screen.
Matt Sunday 8:38 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Yep. No interference. That's the right call. But guess what? Video shows the Flyers were offside, so Sullivan challenges, and he'll win his, too.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:38 PM - March 17, 2019
This is the hole the refs dig themselves. They now by now they've completely blown it on the Bjugstad call, so their first inclination is to call no goal. I actually think it'll be overturned. Not seeing interference by Voracek. That's Jack's stick moving Murray.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:36 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• NO GOAL • With Bjugstad off for holding, Giroux's wrister slides under Murray but the goalie had his stick knocked by Voracek coming across the crease. ... Flyers will challenge.
Chris Bradford 8:36 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Bjugstad gets a two-minute minor for getting sticked in the mouth.
Dejan Kovacevic 8:33 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Plenty to like about Pettersson's game. Shot accuracy is not one of them.
Chris Bradford 8:33 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• SECOND PERIOD • Game back on.
Chris Bradford 8:32 PM - March 17, 2019
I feel like Phil is always catching me catching him chirping. And today, he gets to chirp with an extra pigeon on his head.
Matt Sunday 8:20 PM - March 17, 2019
• END FIRST PERIOD • No score. Penguins lead 8-6 in shots, 54-46 in CF% (all) and FO%, 58-42.
Chris Bradford 8:16 PM - March 17, 2019
When I think of agitators, Raffl -- the guy who earned Malkin a one-game suspension -- isn't it. But there he got a shot in on Crosby on the ice and Kessel later slashed him.
Chris Bradford 8:11 PM - March 17, 2019
Some of the worst neutral zone movement I’ve ever seen by Blandisi right now. How does one even choose to do that?
Matt Sunday 8:09 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
That shift from Simon was unreal and I’m becoming increasingly concerned no one notices.
Matt Sunday 8:02 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Crosby apparently doesn't care much for Nolan Patrick. The Flyer had some words for Crosby at the bench.
Chris Bradford 8:02 PM - March 17, 2019
The replay of Schultz being offsides while apparently not being offsides draws some boos from the crowd.
Chris Bradford 7:56 PM - March 17, 2019
Rough power play for Phil. Two touches, two giveaways. I'll also stubbornly maintain that no opponent's PK plays the Penguins smarter than the Flyers. No time/space conceded.
Dejan Kovacevic 7:54 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
With no Malkin, Guentzel moves up to PP1.
Chris Bradford 7:53 PM - March 17, 2019
Flyers caught with too many. Actually the third poor change they've had, just the first time busted.
Dejan Kovacevic 7:52 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
First power play upcoming for Penguins as Flyers called for too many men. Konecny to serve.
Chris Bradford 7:51 PM - March 17, 2019
Every time Joe Blandisi touches the puck, I'm reminded he's still here. And at no other time. Really hasn't had that 'sandpaper' impact in his limited time, has he?
Dejan Kovacevic 7:50 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Nice opening shift for Blueger line. Lots of skating room, though. The Flyers aren't exactly looking airtight here in the early going.
Dejan Kovacevic 7:47 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Some decent O-zone time for new-look second line with Blueger at center.
Chris Bradford 7:46 PM - March 17, 2019
Faceoff, 7:41 p.m.: Sidney Crosby vs. Sean Couturier
Dejan Kovacevic 7:42 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
• FIRST PERIOD • Game on in Pittsburgh.
Chris Bradford 7:41 PM - March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Carter Hart in goal for Flyers tonight. Took the L on Feb. 11 vs. Penguins at WFC, allowing three goals on 27 shots. That was the game that Murray set career-high with 50 saves.
Chris Bradford 1:07 PM - March 17, 2019, Pennsylvania, USA
Giroux is ill but will be game-time decision.
Chris Bradford 12:07 PM - March 17, 2019, Center, PA
Giroux is taking the option for Flyers. All others on the ice.
Chris Bradford 11:49 AM - March 17, 2019, Center, PA
I had a nightmare last night that Keith Urban was playing slow jams again tonight during the first intermission. Thankfully, that experience doesn’t come with the Stadium Series jerseys they’ll be wearing.
Matt Sunday 11:24 AM - March 17, 2019, Canonsburg, PA
For the final time this season and the first since the Feb. 23 Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field, the Penguins and Flyers will renew hostilities. Same uniforms as last time. Same rivalry, too, though it appears Philadelphia will be missing the playoff cut.
I’ve got your coverage today, along with DK, Taylor Haase and Matt Sunday. The Penguins will not hold a morning skate. Mike Sullivan will speak with reporters at 5:30 p.m. After an off-day Saturday, the Flyers will be holding a full morning skate at 11:30 a.m.