The following is live in game, up to the minute coverage of the rookie tournament game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Â Remember to refresh the page for the latest updates. Â Remember also to check out my Twitter for notes and pictures
1:25 PM: Both teams have taken to the ice for warmup. Â I am not breaking any news here, but Jared Cowen is towering in person. Â Also, Eric Tangradi looks like a pro amongst rookies out there.
1:30 PM: Penguins defenseman Reid McNeil, a London Knights player, just tripped on the ice during a drill, drawing a rousing response from teammates. Â Penguins look loose and confident as well.
1:36 PM: Three minutes and change left in warm up. Â Erik Condra wearing the “C” for the Senators. Â Looks like the Penguins went with all “A”‘s. Â Tangradi among those players wearing an “A”.
1:39 PM: Warm up is coming to a close as teams begin to exit the ice surface. Â This is the first time I have gotten a chance to see Senators defenseman Patrick Weircioch in person, and I tell you, I see what the bragging is about. Â Real smooth skater, looks to have a quick, accurate wrist shot as well.
Puck drop at 2 PM
1:52 PM: Game about ten minutes away from beginning. Â Crowd is somewhat small and scattered. Â Not a great turnout, not bad though either. Â Some Senators jerseys in the crowd. Â Lots of Penguins fans, especially young kids.
1:57 PM: Starting goalies are Lehner (Senators) and Theissen (Penguins)
2:03 PM: Anthems done. Â Puck drop time. Â Pens have a unit of Tangradi, Jeffrey, Kuehnhackl, on ice to start game. Â Sneep and Despres are the defense,
Update: Despres takes early penalty. Â Two for slashing. Â Sens have good pressure on powerplay, but Theissen is able to cover up for a whistle. Â Less than a minute into the game.
Update: Sens buzzing pretty good on powerplay. Â Weircioch and Hoffman have good speed on the rushes. Â Penguins have now successfully killed the penalty.
Update: Big collision by the net has a Penguins player down and injured. Â Pushing and shoving going on. Â Looks like Ryan Schnell down. Â Trainer is attending to him on the ice.
Update: The stretcher is being brought out, and I have not seen Schnell move since the collision.
Update: Very scary scene here. Â Not much movement from Schnell, and the EMT’s are being very careful not to move him as they load him onto the stretcher.
Update: I didn’t get a good look at the hit, but I believe Senators forward David Dziurzynski has picked up a five minute major on the play. Â EMT’s still have not moved Schnell much to this point.
Update: As pointed out, my apologies. Â It is Alex Grant down for the Penguins, who still has not been moved by the way. Â Apologies. Â Hard to see the numbers from up here. Â Alex Grant of the Penguins is the player down, and the EMT’s are just now beginning to lift him onto the stretcher
Update: Play has resumed. Â Grant has been taken off via stretcher. Â Will update with information as I receive it.
Update: Dziurzynski for Ottawa also received a game misconduct to go along with his five minute major on that hit.
Update: Hoffman gets a shorthanded breakaway after stealing the puck at the blueline. Â Snaps a quick shot that Theissen quickly snags. Â Just under three minutes left in the 5 minute major.
Update: Despres with a great job to knock the puck down at the line and create the scoring chance on the power play, but the Senators have cleared the zone.
Update: Senators successfully kill of the five minute major. Â Penguins had their chances, but couldn’t sustain much pressure. Â Lehner not sharp for Ottawa as far as rebounds go, but he has been up to the task and in good position so far.
Update: Beauty goal for the Senators makes it 1-0. Â Cross ice pass knocked out of mid by Bobby Butler, who then gets in and slides it five hole past Theissen. Â Just over half of the period remains.
Update: Assists on the goal to Mike Hoffman and Patrick Weircioch. Â 1-0 Senators.
Update: Senators defenseman Eric Gryba goes to the box for delay of game. Â Penguins back to the power play.
Update: Senators kill off yet another penalty. Â Their PK units have bent, but not broke so far.
Update: Five minutes left in the first, still 1-0 Ottawa. Â Senators forward Mike Hoffman has been impressive. Â He has speed to burn.
Update: The Penguins covert on a nice two-on-one to tie the hockey game. Â Looks like Zach Sill converts the pass from Ryan Schnell. Â Game tied 1-1 with four minutes to go in the first.
Update: Sill from Schnell at 15:41 is the official scoring of the goal. Â All tied up here at the John Labatt Centre late in the first.
Update: Big scrum in front of the net as time expires. Â Tangradi involved. Â Looks like there may be a penalty coming. Â We’ll wait and see on that. Â First period is in the books, the score is 1-1. Â The Penguins outshot the Senators 8-5. Â A decent period with some physical play and up and down action. Â Penguins have size in their lineup, and seem content to play the game down low.
Still no update on the injured Penguins player. Â If something comes across, be sure I will pass it along.
Update: Sitting beside a very nice gentleman in the press box who covers the Penguins for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (I believe.) Â He says Pens defenseman Alex Grant has been taken to the hospital for further observation. Â If the team passes anything along to him, I will certainly share the information.
Update: The puck has dropped on the second period. Â Eric Tangradi starts the period in the box for a cross checking penalty he picked up at the conclusion of the first period.
Update: Tangradi has returned to the ice as the Penguins kill of the penalty with little to no Senators pressure.
Update: Almost five minutes gone of the second period. Â Good pace to the period thus far.
Update: For those wondering, it looks like OHL officials calling the games in the tournament, which is a cool experience for them I am sure.
Update: Penguins pick up a slashing minor, and the Senators go to the powerplay.
Update: Penguins make it 2-1 on a nice goal by Dustin Jeffrey. Â Jeffrey uses his speed to beat the Senators defender in a one-on-one and then goes to the backhand to beat Lehner for the goal.
Update: Dustin Jeffrey scores the shorthanded goal, unassisted. Â 2-1 Penguins.
Update: Weircioch was burned a bit on the Jeffrey shorthanded goal. Â Tried to be too fancy killing the penalty, and Jeffrey pressured him to take the puck off his stick and move in.
Update: The Penguin take a 3-1 lead on a goal that was originally deflected in front. Â Looked like Lehner made the first save, but Alex Smigelski banged it home to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Â Shortly after the goal Ryan Schnell of the Penguins and Tim Spencer dropped the mitts. Â Good tussle, both landing a few quality shots each. Â 11 minutes to go in the second.
Update: Scoring on the Penguins third goal reads the goal to Smigelski, assists to Reid McNeil, and Tom Kuehnhackl.
Update: Lehner makes a strong save on a two-on-one which leads to a Senators chance the other way, but Theissen stands tall to keep the Penguins two goal advantage.
Update: A brief update on Alex Grant, the Penguins defenseman who was taken off on a stretcher early in the game. Â A Penguins rep has told the media box that he was conscious when he left for the hospital. Â No other word at this point.
Update: The Penguins take a 4-1 lead on a goal by Zach Sill who converted on a nice fake shot into a pass by Tangradi. Â Walker found himself alone in the slot and beat Lehner through traffic. Â Walker also picks up an assist on the goal.
Update: Senators on the powerplay and they set up immediately, Jared Cowen finds himself unmarked at the point, only to have his stick explode on the shot. Â Theissen has made a few good saves on the penalty kill.
Update: Theissen makes another big save as Weircioch shows great speed jumping into the rush and sliding the puck cross crease to Condra who is robbed on the door step. Â Just under six minutes left in the second.
Update: And the horn sounds to end the second period as more post period pushing and shoving ensues. Â Penguins up 4-1 after two. Â Pens also outshoot the Sens 19-17.
Update: Third period about to get under way. Â Lehner for the Senators has not been spectacular, but his defense have made some bad decisions in this game.
Update: First two minutes of the third are in the books and have gone by with little incident. Â Slow start to the period.
Update: Penguins have taken another penalty, giving Ottawa the powerplay. Â Right before the penalty is called, Pens forward Alex Smigelski tried to hit Jared Cowen. Â It looked like he ran head first into a concrete wall.
Update: Kevin Veilleux gets credit for the third goal. Â Official scoring change.
Update: Word in the press box is that while the Penguins are not officially updating the condition of Alex Grant, team officials seem optimistic about the outcome, which is good news to hear. Â The JLC fell silent upon seeing the hit.
Update: Just 13 minutes left in what has been a pretty tame third period. Â A side note, for a man his size, Jared Cowen has pretty good speed.
Update: Dustin Jeffrey just sends a two-on-one pass from Eric Tangradi over the top corner of the net. Â Tangradi and Jeffrey seem to have some instant chemistry going on. Â 12 minutes remain in the game.
Update: About halfway through the third and the Penguins will go the box again. Â This time it’s Geoff Walker with a hooking penalty 200 feet from his own net.
Update: Bobby Butler with his second of the game for the Senators cuts the Pens lead to 4-2. Â Butler gets in behind the defense on a breakaway and goes five hole on Theissen.
Update: Scoring reads goal by Bobby Butler on the powerplay. Â Assist to Mike Hoffman. Â 8 minutes remain in the game. Â 4-2 Penguins.
Update: Unrelated to this game, but for those in the London area, I will be on FM96 after 4Pm with Sarah Burke talking NHL rookie tournament.
Update: Senators are trying to stage a comeback. Â Couple of close calls in the Penguins zone as the game reaches its final stages. Â Just under six minutes left in regulation.
Update: Senators continue to pressure late in the game. Â For those asking, I think Thiessen has looked good tonight. Â Very positionally sound between the pipes for Pittsburgh.
Update: Three minutes remain in regulation, still 4-2 Penguins. Â Thiessen has made a few big saves this period.
Update: And the Senators make it a one goal game with 1:37 to go. Â I think Gryba got the goal for Ottawa. Â 4-3.
Update: Eric Gryba does indeed get the goal. Â 4-3 Penguins with one minute to play.
Update: The Senators hit the cross bar with 30 seconds left in the game, and the Penguins ice it with an empty netter. Â Dustin Jeffrey with the goal. Â Looks like this one will end as a 5-3 final for Pittsburgh.
Update: And the final buzzer sounds as the Penguins take the game 5-3 in the opener of the rookie tournament. Â Be sure to join me tonight for live coverage of the Leafs/Blackhawks game.