Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins battle the New York Rangers in the Big Apple - Game Updates

By: MF,

Follow all the game action between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers right here!

The Penguins lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary
Rust - Malkin - Kessel
Hagelin - McKegg - Hornqvist 
Kuhnhackl - Rowney - Reaves

Defense
Dumoulin - Letang
Cole - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel


Murray in the net!

A big welcome back to Ian Cole as he is back in the lineup after being out since October 7th after taking a slap shot to the face from Roman Josi. 

Play by Play
PENS 5 Rangers 4 OT

Overtime
The Pens get the 5-4 win in overtime. They had some struggles, but they came out with the win in the end. Pens find a way to get the win. 

4:00 - MALKIN SCORES! Malkin and Kessel confront McDonagh behind the net. He losses the puck and Kessel picks it up at the side of the net. He goes across to Malkin at the side of the net. Malkin puts it in the open net. 5-4 Pens

4:09 - Rangers ice the puck.

5:00 - Here we go! Overtime hockey. The Pens need to finish this one with a win. Lets Go Pens!


3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime!

0:55 - CROSBY SCORES AN UNREAL GOAL! Hornqvist bats down the puck towards Crosby. Crosby waits for Shattenkirk to touch the puck and then backhands the puck to the net from behind the goal line. The puck goes off the back leg of Lundqvist and into the net! An unreal goal! 4-4 tie game.

2:06 - Murray heads to the bench and the Pens have an empty net.

2:57 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens. Ruhwedel blocked a shot towards the end of the penalty kill and was slow to get up. He was in some discomfort as he headed to the bench.

4:57 - Ruhwedel will be making a visit to the box as he is called for high-sticking. The Rangers will bring out their power play unit. These penalties by the Pens are ridiculous.

6:45 - Beautiful save by Murray on Zibanejad. Very entertaining period. A battle for ice in this period, but the Pens are still down by one. They need to kick things into another gear.

8:48 - Both teams are back to full strength.

10:48 - Rust and Shattenkirk get roughing minors and there will be some more four-on-four hockey.

11:59 - Malkin is back on the bench.

12:00 - Grabner scores. Another two-on-one chance for the Rangers. Grabner goes to Desharnais who passes it right back. He puts it in an open net. No chance for Murray. 4-3 Rangers

14:15 - Sheary replaces Malkin in the box. Malkin heads to the locker room. Most likely to have his hands checked out.

14:17 - Scramble in front of the Pens' net with bodies everywhere. Looked like a football pile up. Luckily Murray makes the save and the puck doesn't cross the line.

14:25 - What a save by Lundqvist on Letang. Wow! Crosby found Letang wide open. Now the Rangers are off on an odd-man rush!

15:08 - Malkin and Shattenkirk exchange some words and end up going at it. Before it turned into a full-blown fight, the referees jump in to break things up. Both receive roughing minors, which means four-on-four hockey.

15:59 - Pens are weathering a storm right now. Rangers with some good looks on net.

16:32 - The Pens clear the puck, which allows Murray to pick his stick back up.

17:06 - Murray robs Grabner in front. He losses his stick in the process and the Rangers pressure.

19:15 - Power play time is up for the Pens. Hornqvist had the best chance, but he was denied by Lundqvist in front.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens have a power play to start for 46 seconds. A quick power play goal will be a great start to the period. Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and things are tied 3-3.

1:15 - Penguins will get back to work on the power play. Desharnais heads over to the sin bin for slashing. Not a great call once again, but at least they are being consistent.

1:59 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel finds Hornqvist in front of the net and makes a hard pass to him. Hornqvist directs it past Lundqvist. 3-3 tie game.

3:25 - Now with Hagelin set free, the Pens get a power play for 1:44.

3:28 - Crosby is released. Four-on-four hockey for seven seconds.

3:41 - Dumoulin draws a cross-checking penalty on Kreider. Four-on-three Ranger power play now.

5:25 - Not good for the Pens. Hagelin with a clear slashing penalty on Nash, even breaking the stick. Rangers get a five-on-three power play for 1:58.

5:28 - Back to the penalty kill for the Pens as Crosby is called for slashing. The slashing rule is still out of whack, but it's what it is at this point. Huge penalty kill.

6:42 - All Rangers right now as the momentum is in their favor. They ring a shot off the goal post. The Pens need to collect themselves and push back.

8:02 - Nash is wide open in the slot and stickhandles around a downed Murray. Letang picks his pocket and gets the puck out the way. Great moves.

9:15 - The crowd at MSG has woken up just like their team. The Pens penalty troubles catch up to them once again.

11:28 - Miller scores on the power play. Kreider screens Murray in front. Miller is able to fire a rocket shot from the blue line past the screened netminder. 3-2 Rangers

12:27 - The Rangers still have two minutes on the power play as they scored in the first half of Crosby's double-minor penalty.

12:28 - Pavel Buchnevich scores on the power play. Zibanejad makes a back pass to the slot where Buchnevich is wide open. He quickly releases the puck and beats the glove of Murray. Not anything Murray could do on that one. 2-2 tie game.

13:29 - Rangers will head onto the power play as Crosby takes a seat for high-sticking. He draws blood, so that means the Pens will have to kill off a four-minute penalty. He caught Vesey up high on a follow through. Accidental, but one must still keep his stick in control.

13:58 - Desharnais scores. Miller chips the puck up into the zone for Desharnais who is flying down the wing. He draws in the puck and rips a perfect shot that beats Murray up high (glove side). 2-1 Pens

15:47 - Power play time for the Pens comes to an end. The Rangers hold them off to keep things 2-0.

17:47 - Now the Pens get a chance on the power play. Chris Kreider will head to the box for high-sticking.

19:15 - Guentzel with some chances at the side of the net. Lundqvist is able to hold strong to deny him. Good pressure by the top line of the Pens.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to keep putting the pressure on the struggling Rangers. They can't allow them to have any hope. Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - That will be it for the first period! The Pens hold the 2-0 lead over the Rangers!

0:14 - Murray robs Mika Zibanejad! What a great save. He was in perfect position to make that save.

4:07 - Silence. The usually robust crowd of MSG is very quiet. Are any Ranger fans attending this game?

6:30 - HAGELIN SCORES! Maatta chips the puck up to open ice in the neutral zone. Hagelin gets the puck and a two-on-one develops with Hornqvist. Hagelin holds and wrist one top shelf past the glove of Lundqvist. 2-0 Pens

8:45 - That will mark a successful penalty kill for the Pens. Now they need to stay out of the box for the rest of the night.

10:45 - The first power play of the game will go to the Rangers as McKegg takes a seat for holding. The Pens need to fix their penalty troubles, they have been taken too many of them.

11:15 - Some good sequences by the Rangers, but Murray answers them all. Rangers are starting to push back.

12:58 - The Rangers get a three-on-one chance. Jimmy Vesey enters the offensive zone and makes a cross-ice pass over to Jesper Fast. Murray gets a piece of Fast's shot to deny the goal.

13:59 - One can see how fragile the Rangers look. They don't exude confidence. The Pens need to take advantage of this and keep pressuring them.

16:55 - Ryan McDonagh turns over the puck right in front of his own net. Crosby gets to the puck, but Lundqvist is alert and makes the necessary save.

19:17 - KESSEL SCORES! Kessel is in flight down the wing and rips a shot to the top far corner of the net. He beats Henrik Lundqvist to put the Pens up. 1-0 Pens

20:00 - Time for puck drop at MSG! Ian Cole is back in the lineup tonight! The Pens need to come out with speed and take it to the Rangers! Lets Go Pens! 

Penguins fly into Madison Square Garden

The Pittsburgh Penguins are at Madison Square Garden to faceoff against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are off to a rough start this season with a 1-5 record to start. They have dropped the last three straight games. Things won’t be easy for them as the Penguins are coming off a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers. Sidney Crosby has been on fire as he has tallied at least one goal in six of his last seven games.

Also, Matt Murray has been a horn in the sides of the Rangers. He is 6-0 in his career against them with a 4-0 record at Madison Square Garden. During that time his goals-against average is 1.64 and has a .940 save percentage.

Tonight’s game will be a great chance for the Penguins to put some wins together and show consistency.

On the injury front, Ian Cole will be a game-time decision. He hasn’t played since October 7th. Unfortunately, Matt Hunwick has been placed on Injured Reserved. Looks like we are replacing one injured player for a healed one.

Stay tuned for game updates and play-by-play analysis. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

First meeting between Pittsburgh and Washington for the 2017-18 season - Game Updates

By: MF,

Follow all the game action between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals right here!

The Penguins lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Guentzel - Crosby - Rust
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Sheary - McKegg - Hornqvist (first game of the season)
Kuhnhackl - Rowney - Reaves

Defense
Dumoulin - Letang
Hunwick - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

A big welcome to Patric Hornqvist as he is back in the lineup after missing the first three games of the season due to a hand injury. 
Play by Play
PENS 3 Capitals 2

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS GET THE 3-2 WIN OVER THE CAPITALS IN WASHINGTON! GREAT OVERALL GAME FOR THE PENS! NEXT UP IS TAMPA TOMORROW NIGHT! 

0:17 - This is nerve racking! Capitals call a timeout.

1:33 - Empty net for the Capitals.

2:10 - Rust gets behind the defense for a slight breakaway chance, but Holtby denies him with a pad save.

2:32 - The intensity level has been raised.

5:11 - The Capitals have life in them. The Pens need to be careful and not get caught up in the emotional side. Keep playing smart and put the pressure back on the Capitals.

7:09 - Ovechkin scores. Backstrom finds Djoos all alone in the slot. Djoos stick handles around Schultz's stick to get a pass to Ovechkin in front. Ovechkin puts it past Murray. 3-2 Pens

9:31 - Good pressure by the Pens to keep the Capitals from entering the offensive zone. They are not letting up.

12:04 - The penalty kill for the Pens sets up to kill off another Capitals' power play.

14:04 - McKegg makes a second trip to the box this time for high-sticking on Brooks Orpik. Another chance for the lethal power play of the Capitals. The Pens are playing with fire.

16:22 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. They have been on it tonight.

17:07 - Hagelin gets the puck and engages his boosters. He flies down the ice and gets in all alone. Holtby denies his breakaway shot.

18:22 - The Capitals get a chance to bring out their power play as McKegg is called for slashing.

19:21 - SHEARY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Schultz finds the stick of Sheary stationed in front of Holtby. Sheary is able to redirect Schultz's pass into the net. 3-1 Pens

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens start with 1:56 left on their power play from the second period. They need to capitalize on it and put this game in the books. Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The second period comes to an end. The Pens hold the 2-1 lead.

0:04 - A late penalty by the Capitals. Alex Chaisson sits for holding on Dumoulin and the Pens get a power play.

0:52 - Djoos scores his first NHL goal in his NHL debut. The Pens have a sloppy change. Lars Eller dishes a pass over to Djoos who is drifting along the blue line to the outer faceoff circle. He fires a laser shot that beats Murray short side. 2-1 Pens

2:36 - Even with the lead, the Pens need to continue to play smart. The Capitals have been good, they just don't have an answer for getting one past Murray right now.

4:02 - Sheary finds some space down the side of the net and McKegg outlets a pass to him. His shot rings off the crossbar.

6:40 - Power play time comes to an end. The Capitals are made whole again.

8:40 - Once again the Capitals find themselves on the penalty kill. Niskanen sits for interference on Guentzel and the Pens get a power play opportunity.

9:33 - Malkin is robbed by Holtby in front! What a save.

10:21 - Murray comes up with a huge save on Burakovsky in front. He has been solid in the net tonight. The Capitals have had their chances, but luck hasn't been on their side.

11:40 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Hunwick jumps up in the play to keep the puck alive and starts the passing sequence over again. Crosby gets the puck at the side and passes to the center. His pass goes off a body and bounces around in front of Holtby. Kuhnhackl ties up Carlson's stick in front and this allows for Hornqvist to put in the loose puck. 2-0 Pens

11:55 - Letang and Sheary with shots on net. Holtby holding strong on the penalty kill.

12:13 - Guentzel with a chance at the side of the net, but Holtby closes him off.

13:32 - Everyone is getting some power plays in this one. Hornqvist draws another tripping penalty this time on Djoos. Pens to the power play.

16:03 - The Pens hold the Capitals lethal power play to only one shot once again. Hornqvist is finally set free.

18:03 - Another slashing penalty and this time it's Hornqvist. Power play time for the Capitals. Some of these slashing penalties are jokes. They need to review the rule. Anyways that is a story for another time.

18:53 - Carlson with a quick shot that is steered away by Murray.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to keep pressuring and play smart. They cannot give the Capitals any room or they will take advantage. Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first-period horn sounds and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead over the Capitals!

0:17 - Power play time expires. Phil Kessel had the best chance, but Holtby denies him.

2:17 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Hornqvist draws a tripping penalty on John Carlson.

3:38 - A very close call for the Pens. Ovechkin fires a shot off that Murray gets a piece of and the puck ends up loose in front. It bounces around but stays out and Murray is finally able to cover it for a whistle. Good work to the defense to help Murray out there.

4:50 - The Pens hold the Capitals to one shot on the power play. It was a shot from Ovechkin, but Murray made the necessary pad save. Ruhwedel is set free from his penalty box.

6:50 - Now time for the Capitals to get a power play chance. Ruhwedel heads to the box for slashing.

7:27 - That will bring an end to the Pens power play. A solid penalty kill by the Capitals.

9:27 - Holtby comes out of the net, almost to the blue line to deny Hagelin a breakaway chance. He will get penalized for delay of game for an illegal play by the goalie. Now the Pens will head onto the power play again.

12:34 - A fast-paced tempo right now. Up and down hockey plays. The Penguins defense has shown some solid plays to break up Capital rushes. They will need to stay on their toes.  

14:38 - LETANG SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Hornqvist battles in front of the net and is able to get the loose puck into the blue paint. Hornqvist and Rust battle for the puck, while Letang sneaks into the open side of the net. He finds the loose puck and puts it past Brandon Holtby. 1-0 Pens

16:23 - Some odd man rushes for the Capitals on the penalty kill. Murray makes a solid save on the first rush and the Pens are able to break up the second.

16:33 - First power play of the game will go to the Pens as Matt Niskanen heads to the box for slashing.

17:01 - Solid shift by the Pens fourth line. They were able to get two shots off and some offensive zone time.

17:50 - The Capitals have some jump in their step to start this one.

18:43 - Evgeny Kuznetsov is able to find Alex Ovechkin in the offensive zone. Ovechkin stops to get a handle on the puck and fires a shot that just goes wide of the net.

19:50 - Christian Djoos will make his NHL debut for the Capitals.

20:00 - The puck has dropped in Washington! The Pens need to build off their first victory on Saturday and keep things rolling. Lets Go Pens! 

The Penguins find themselves behind enemy lines

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:30 pm. This is the first of a tough back-to-back situation for the Penguins as they will faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night.

Tonight’s contest is the first time the two teams are meeting since the Penguins won a 2-0 decisive Game Seven in Washington in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As we all know the Penguins went on to win the ultimate prize for the second year in a row.

It’s the same old narrative for the Capitals and Penguins. Tonight the Capitals will be looking to get some payback, some sort of revenge. With a great start to the season, the Capitals have a 2-0-1 record. Their only loss was in overtime on Monday to the Lightning. Alex Ovechkin leads the way for them with seven goals in their first two games, recording back-to-back hat tricks. It will be critical for the Penguins to isolate him and keep his shooting lanes closed. This will keep Ovechkin at bay and make the Capitals use other means to get on the scoreboard.

However, even if the Penguins are able to stop Ovechkin, the Capitals are full of firepower. Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie are among them. The Penguins need to keep an eye out for them, but not lose sight of Ovechkin. He is known to sneak around and get open. The defense of the Penguins will have to vigilant and help support Matt Murray in the net.

Phil Kessel celebrates a goal / MF (screenshot)
As for the Penguins, their start to the season was a little rougher. They finally got their first win on Saturday against the Nashville Predators. The 4-0 victory was a physical battle for the Penguins, but they rose to the occasion. Matt Murray led the defense and posted his first shutout of the season. Now the Penguins need to build on that win and get some momentum going. The first line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel have been clicking and the Capitals will be sure to put their top defensive pair on them. That will leave Evgeni Malkin’s line a little more open to get work down.

In addition, the Penguins will have to keep their heads in the game. The Capitals have been known to try and throw them off their game with physical attacks. They will need to weather that storm just like in their game against the Nashville Predators earlier this season. The atmosphere will surely be that of playoff hockey.

On the injury front, Patric Hornqvist is close to returning to the lineup after suffering a hand injury. He participated in contact practice on Monday and line rushes this morning. Also, Ian Cole joins the list with a mouth injury. I will keep you updated on his progress.

A side note, Kris Letang is only one point away from earning his 300 career points. He would join Paul Coffey as the only second blueliner in Penguins history.

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Stay tuned for play-by-play updates for tonight’s game. Also, follow on Twitter and Facebook!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Off-day news (10/10/17)

By: MF,

It was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jim Rutherford that the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Chris Summers (defenseman) from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

In addition, the Penguins visited the White House for the second straight year as Stanley Cup Champions. The Penguins have been hosted by three United States Presidents including George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump for their five championship wins (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, and 2017). The 19 players who remained on the team from the 2016-17 championship season attended the event.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A message to my readers

(L-R) Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel celebrate / MF2017

It’s that time of year again! Hockey season is back!

We are only a few short days away from the Pittsburgh Penguins season opener where they will raise another Stanley Cup Champion banner for the second year in a row.



I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for following this website by reading my stories, game updates, Twitter and Facebook posts, and taking part in the trivia game. I have been on a rather long hiatus this summer and I do apologize for not updating. I went through a bit of a rough patch in my life and everything caught up to me at once. Finishing college and starting my career has been a dream of mine for years. It has been rougher than I expected. I won’t go into great detail, but I was discouraged and couldn’t find my drive or passion for this industry.

PPG Paints Arena / MF2017
However, thanks to this site and all those that have supported me over the years, I found my passion once again. I am very happy to say that I have a renewed sense of determination and passion for this industry. So I hope you all will once again join me for the 2017-18 Penguins season. I am excited to get things underway and back up to usual. There will some new aspects to the site, which will help engage everyone over the season, besides trivia.

On that note, trivia will once again be back and we will kick off a new season during the Penguins first regular season game. Huge congratulations to @MyTanger58 for defending her title as Trivia Champion. Also, congratulations to @PirateNation22 for coming close to claiming the championship. I must also mention @Vinnied73 who came in late to the season but made a huge effort to take third place. I will have your trivia prizes sent out soon, so be looking for that message. Now it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start a new season! I look forward to it!

Once again thank you. I value all those that follow me whether you agree with some of my opinions/observations or not. You guys help me strive to become better and try to make my own way in this world. Please continue to follow and spread the word to help this little blog that I started seven years in high school become even bigger.

As always,

LETS GO PENS! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back in the Burgh for Game Five

PPG Paints Arena
By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Burgh to face-off against the Nashville Predators in Game Five on the Stanley Cup Finals.

The series is currently tied 2-2 with each team winning all their home games. The Penguins have the chance to take a 3-2 lead going back to Nashville for Game Six.

Pittsburgh / MF
The Penguins need to come out tonight with speed, use the crowd's energy to their advantage, and make sure to handle the momentum swings better. Lets Go Pens

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary
Wilson - Malkin - Kessel
Kunitz - Cullen - Rust
Hagelin - Rowney - Hornqvist

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 6 Predators 0

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS TAKE GAME FIVE 6-0 AND THE 3-2 SERIES LEAD! A SHUTOUT FOR MURRAY! THE PENS ARE ONLY ONE GAME AWAY FROM RECLAIMING THE STANLEY CUP! 

0:33 - Maatta takes a stick/hit up high from Scissons and is bleeding. Tempers flare and a scrum erupts again. Penalties are dished out. Pens will finish this one on the PP.

1:23 - The crowd is standing, waving their towels, and chanting "we want the cup!"

2:27 - The Pens have shortened up their bench. They don't need to risk the big guns getting hurt.

5:20 - Power play time comes to an end.

6:28 - Now a regular power play for a little over a minute.

7:03 - Also, Malkin earned himself a Gowdie Howe Hat Trick!

7:20 - Watson will take a seat for charging on Schultz. Five-on-three power play for the Pens for 52 seconds.

8:28 - A scrum erupts in the Predators' zone. Malkin, Hagelin, and Hornqvist in the mix. Gloves, sticks, and helmets littered the ice. Penalties are dished out and the Pens end up with a power play. Subban receives the extra minor.

10:29 - Power play expires for the Pens.

12:29 - Now Neal will take a seat in the box for cross-checking. Power play time for the Pens.

13:18 - Murray shows he is still awake and alert with a tremendous save.

14:15 - The penalty killing effort by the Pens is successful.

16:15 - The penalty killing unit for the Pens comes out to kill off Rust's tripping minor.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and continue to wear down the Predators! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - That will bring an end to the second period and the Pens have extended their lead to 6-0!

3:20 - HAINSEY SCORES! Malkin makes a perfect pass through the legs of Subban to Hainsey driving center! Hainsey directs the puck past Rinne! 6-0 Pens

4:58 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

6:58 - Forsberg is off to the sin bin for goalie interference, which sends the Pens onto the power play.

11:58 - KESSEL SCORES! Crosby finds Maatta up ice! He breaks into the zone and finds Kessel in the slot! Kessel fires a rocket shot past Saros! 5-0 Pens

12:50 - Kunitz is a one-man wrecking ball.

15:57 - Ellis collides with Hornqvist and goes down awkwardly. He slowly makes his way to the bench. He is in pain on the bench as he talks to the trainer.

18:41 - SHEARY SCORES! Crosby circles the offensive zone with possession and without! He gets the puck and backhands a feed to Sheary in front! Sheary roofs it blocker side! 4-0 Pens

19:32 - Subban and Crosby are out of their respective penalty boxes.

19:59 - Saros has replaced Rinne.

20:00 - Time for the second period! Still, a little to go on the four-on-four action! The Pens need to keep the pressure up and not let up! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first-period horn sounds and the Pens have the 3-0 lead!

0:10 - MALKIN SCORES! Kessel gains the zone and holds the puck as Malkin makes his way into the zone! Kessel finds Malkin and he beats Rinne high glove! 3-0 Pens

1:32 - Crosby and Subban wrestle behind the Pens' net for quite some time with the referee standing over them. He finally blows the whistle. Both get holding minors. Four-on-four hockey.

3:09 - Wilson fires a shot that goes off the side of the net! Spin around shot and he was so close.

5:53 - Rinne fights off a high shot from Hainsey.

7:54 - The Pens successfully kill off their bench minor. A great effort by all the penalty killers. Hainsey was on point.

9:54 - The Predators are getting a power play chance as the Pens are caught with too many men on the ice. They need a solid penalty killing effort, so momentum stays in their favor.

11:52 - The Predators finally get a quality chance in front. Murray holds strong to deny their chances in front.

13:17 - RUST SCORES! Kunitz gains the zone and stops! He finds Rust driving center and puts a pass right on his stick! Rust turns the puck over to his backhand to lift the puck past the glove of Rinne! 2-0 Pens

14:22 - Rinne mishandles the puck behind the net. This sets them up for an extended shift in the offensive zone. The crowd erupts in cheers.

16:04 - Some great energy to the Pens gameplay.

18:29 - SCHULTZ SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Crosby puts the puck right in the wheelhouse of Schultz at the point! Schultz fires a rocket shot through the five-hole of Rinne! 1-0 Pens

19:10 - A great start for the Pens. Crosby fights his way between two defenders to get a shot off while falling. Amazing effort. Ellis ends up getting a holding penalty and the Pens are headed onto the power play.

20:00 -  It's a Playoff Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! Time for Game Five! The Pens need to come out with speed, pressure, and play a full 60-minute game! Lets Go Pens! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Penguins look to bounce back in Game Four - 2017 Stanley Cup Final

Sidney Crosby / MF
By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in action tonight to battle the Nashville Predators in Game Four of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Penguins are coming off a hard 4-1 loss in Game Three, which was the home opener for Nashville in these Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins now have the chance to bounce back and take this series back to Pittsburgh to close it out. However, to accomplish that goal the Penguins will have to put on the pressure early and keep it up throughout the game. Momentum has proven to be a game-changer throughout the playoffs and that hasn't changed. The Predators took control of the momentum surge and ended up with the win in Game Three. The Penguins now must learn to combat that and capitalize on their own surges, including the power play where they have struggled. The lack of power play production by the Penguins in Game Three was a difference maker. They need to fix that tonight.

This is also a chance for Matt Murray to bounce back after a lackluster performance. This is a crucial game for the Penguins. They need to response with speed, resilience, and show the Predators that they are not easily put away. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Guentzel - Crosby - Rust
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Kunitz - Cullen - Kessel
Sheary - Rowney - Archibald

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 1 Predators 4

3rd Period
0:00 - That brings an end to this game as the Predators tie up the series 2-0 with a 4-1 win over the Pens. Back to the Burgh.

0:24 - Another Predator penalty. Five-on-four for the rest of this one.

1:39 - Pens with a power play chance.

3:09 - Faceoffs are critical and the Pens haven't been winning a bunch of them in this series. That last one was vital, but the Predators get the win, which resulted in the empty net goal.

3:23 - Forsberg scores an empty netter. 4-1 Predators 

3:31 - Empty net for the Pens.

6:26 - Subban is back on the bench for the Predators.

7:08 - Subban is down on the ice in pain. He hobbles to the bench and goes to the locker room. This occurred after blocking a shot.

8:12 - Sheary is robbed by Rinne.

10:05 - The Predators check the Pens changing and Fisher gets in all alone. Murray robs him!

11:22 - Murray with a huge save and he stretches out to deny the rebound chance. Remember that save, if the Pens are able to come back.

14:20 - Malkin with a wrap-around chance that ends up going across blue paint area.

16:25 - Would like to see some more from Malkin's line. They need to kick things into gear.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to put on the pressure and Murray must hold strong! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - That will do it for the second period and the Predators have the 3-1 lead.

0:30 - Predators with the momentum and pressure.

2:56 - Rinne fights off a shot from Archibald.

4:21 - Murray has to stop that breakaway there. He didn't and it hurt. Rinne has stepped up for the Predators. The Pens need the same from Murray.

6:52 - Arvidsson scores. Arvidsson gets a breakaway and beats Murray glove side. 3-1 Predators

11:02 - Crosby gets a breakaway and both his attempts are stopped. The loose puck is found and directed to the open net. Rinne dives back to the goal to stop it. Crazy sequence.

11:45 - A successful penalty killing effort for the Pens.

13:45 - The Predators are getting a power play chance. Hainsey is guilty of a high stick.

16:15 - Gaudreau scores. Gaudreau wraps the puck around and Murray is unable to get there in time. 2-1 Predators.

16:31 - Kunitz gets a breakaway and goes five-hole, but Rinne closes the door.

17:27 - Crosby out works Josi to get the puck and feeds it to the front of the net for Guentzel. His one-timer is stopped by Rinne.

18:41 - That brings an end to the power play.

18:58 - Some quality chances on the power play. Much improved.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens start with a 1:19 power play and they need to capitalize on it! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period ends and this one is tied 1-1.

0:41 - A late power play for the Pens. Neal is off to the box for interference.

1:05 - Schultz with a strong stick to deny a cross pass in front. Murray follows it up with a save.

4:03 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby gets behind the defense and is all alone when he receives a chip pass up to him! Crosby fakes the shot, holds the puck while stickhandling and puts the puck off the post then Rinne's skate into the net! 1-1 tie game

5:09 - Jarnkrok scores. The puck ends up loose in front after Murray makes a save. Jarnkrok puts the puck in the open net. 1-0 Predators

5:55 - Crosby sends the puck across the blue paint, but Guentzel is unable to get a stick on it.

6:38 - Neal had two quality chance in front at point blank range. Murray denies him both with the left pad.

10:45 - A solid and aggressive penalty kill by the Pens.

12:45 - Hornqvist will go to the box for tripping. The first power play of the game will go to the Predators.

13:04 - Huge save by Murray as Dumoulin turns over the puck in front.

14:55 - There have been a ton of faceoffs to start this game. No flow to the game. Cole finally gets the first shot of the game.

15:28 - A great defensive play by Kunitz who broke his stick on a previous Predators' shot. He was able to box out a Predator, which resulted in the puck going out of the zone.

17:41 - Archibald with some great fore-checking to get the Pens some time in the offensive zone. He has some jump in his play.

20:00 - Time for Game Four! The Pens need to come out with speed, fire, and bounce back after Game Three! Take 3-1 lead back to Pittsburgh! Lets Go Pens!