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!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to silence the Music City

By: MF,
PPG Paint Arena / MF

The Pittsburgh Penguins are up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final series against the Nashville Predators as the series shifts to the city of Nashville.

I could sit here and talk statistics with you and who has deserved to win games, but that hasn't seemed to sway these playoffs results. Throw the stats out the window. They won't help in predicting the winner, score, or what will happen. It has been an interesting series and Game Three will not be any different.

Game Three is a critical game for the Predators as a win will give him some life and a loss will back them into a corner. Everyone has talked about the 7th man for the Predators in reference to the home crowd and how loud they will be. This will feed the Predators, but it won't hinder the Penguins. They are used to coming into buildings and playing for keeps. Whether the 7th man will become a factor, well that is up for debate when the home team faces the Penguins.

As for injury updates, Nick Bonino was seen using crutches and had a boot on his foot. He will not be in the lineup tonight and Carl Hagelin will slot into the lineup.

Sidney Crosby / MF
The Penguins could put the Predators on the brink of losing and be one game closer to winning the Stanley Cup. They have to come out with speed, quiet the crowd early and put the pressure on Rinne from the start. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Cole - Daley
Maatta - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play

3rd Period
0:00 - Game Three goes to the Predators with a 5-1 win over the Pens. The Pens need to move on and look forward to bouncing back in Game Four.

0:59 - The penalty kill for the Pens is successful.

2:59 - Kessel goes after Irwin who took a run at Cullen from behind. Kessel goes to the box to join Daley and Cole. More players hit the showers early. Kunitz and Cullen among them. Predators will get a power play.

4:22 - Ekholm and Hornqvist are kicked by the referees and he is off to the locker room early. Both get 10-minute misconduct penalties.

4:44 - Murray has not lost back-to-back playoff games. We will see how he bounces back.

6:50 - Ekholm scores on the power play. Ekholm uses Dumoulin as a screen and beats Murray blocker side. 5-1 Predators

7:17 - Hagelin and Ekholm are released. They will be replaced. Malkin and Crosby take a seat for the Pens and Forsberg for the Predators. The Predators end up with a power play.

9:17 - Hagelin and Ekholm each get roughing minors. Four-on-four hockey time.

9:54 - Rinne has improved from Games One and Two. Murray is the struggling goalie right now.

15:06 - Smith scores. Kunitz turns over the puck in the neutral zone, which sends Smith on a breakaway. Smith beats Murray glove side. 4-1 Predators

17:29 - Gaudreau gets a breakaway chance and ends up missing the net.

18:00 - Rinne denies Sheary. The Pens need to pressure.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens are no stranger to being down, but they are not out! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Preds hold the 3-1 lead.

0:22 - Neal scores. The puck takes a weird bounce and is at the side of the net. Neal gets to it first to bank it off Murray's back into the net. 3-1 Predators

1:23 - That will bring an end to that power play chance for the Pens. If the Pens can get their power play together and clicking, this series would be over.

3:23 - A huge chance for the Pens to turn things around on this power play chance. Ellis will take a seat for boarding.

3:34 - The Pens need to apply more pressure and put some shots on Rinne.

5:50 - Some good up and down, fast hockey being played. Few whistles.

7:47 - The Predators get a three-on-one rush. Neal gets a shot off in front, but Murray robs him!

The television is back up! 

Gaudreau scores. 2-1 Predators

Josi scores on the power play. Josi slaps one that changes direction and fouls Murray. 1-1 tie game.

Dealing with some severe weather and it has knocked my television out. Follow the action on Twitter @PensHockeyShow. 

18:35 - Murray active to start this period.

20:00 - It's time for the second period! The Pens need to come out like period one and get another on the board early! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead!

3:07 - The Predators have the momentum right now. They are doing a good job of pressuring the Pens. The Pens have to adjust and get the puck down to Rinne.

5:16 - That will be the end of that power play effort. Murray with the best play as he denies a two-on-one shorthanded chance for the Predators. That particular power play was a mess.

7:16 - The Pens are getting another power play chance as the Predators are guilty of having too many men on the ice.

8:33 - Some solid chances for the Predators in the last few shifts. The crowd is loud once again.

10:04 - Neal charges in and the loose puck is up for grabs in the blue paint with an open net. Plenty of Pens around and they clear the puck.

10:20 - Murray dives out to cover up the puck. He is bumped into a bit but is good to go.

11:58 - Composed play by the Pens to start this game. One can tell that they have done this before.

13:10 - Time on the power play expires. Some good movement by the Pens, but they need to get more shots through.

14:29 - Kessel throws the puck in front of the net, but Rinne makes the stop. He finds the loose puck and covers for a whistle.

15:10 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens. Subban heads to the box for holding on Hagelin.

17:14 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Cole fires from the blue line through traffic and his shot is stopped by Rinne! Guentzel finds the rebound in front and slides it five-hole on Rinne! 1-0 Pens

19:40 - Dumoulin receives a hard hit from behind courtesy of Neal. He is slow to get up but remains on the bench.

20:00 - Game Three is underway in Nashville! The Pens need to come out with speed, take control, and pressure Rinne early on! Lets Go Pens! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Not the time to sit back - Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF,


It's another night of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in Pittsburgh! The Penguins currently lead the Stanley Cup Final series 1-0 over the Nashville Predators.

Kessel celebrates a Penguin goal
Even with a win in Game One for the Penguins, there are many things they need to improve on for Game Two. The Penguins were held without a shot for 37:09 in Game One. The next shot, fortunately, was a goal by Jake Guentzel. They were outshot and outplayed by the Predators in Game One. This has to change moving forward if they want to capture the Cup for the second year in a row.

The Penguins need to come out with speed, play smart defensively, stay out of the box, and play a full 60-minute game. They are very much capable of this as they have done it in the previous games. This is the time for them to kick things into gear and not let the Predators take control. Momentum is everything in the playoffs, they need to take control and not let up. That will be critical for the Penguins. This is not the time to seat back. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Predators 1

3rd Period
0:00 - THAT WILL DO IT! THE PENS TAKE A 2-0 SERIES LEAD AFTER TAKING GAME TWO WITH A 4-1 WIN OVER THE PREDATORS! MURRAY WAS SOLID IN NET ONCE AGAIN! THE PENS ARE ONLY TWO WINS AWAY! 

1:31 - Kunitz now takes a seat. Four-on-four hockey for 1:32.

1:59 - Power play time for the Pens as McLeod goes to the box. Then Hornqvist and Ellers exchange shoves and words. Things are heated.

2:18 - Some extended zone time for the Pens. They held the Predators in their own zone for quite some time until Saros makes a save and holds for a whistle.

5:46 - Another successful penalty killing effort for the Pens.

7:46 - Subban and Malkin dropped the gloves, but it was aggressive hugging was taking place, not a fight. Malkin gets an extra minor and the Predators get a power play chance.

8:40 - A successful penalty killing effort by the Pens. Rowney had a huge block on a play. The bench shows their appreciation.

10:40 - Crosby heads to the box for interference. A bit of a weak call.

13:09 - Power play time ends for the Pens.

13:12 - Hornqvist redirects a pass from Cullen past Saros, but the Predators challenge for offsides. It's ruled a no goal.

15:09 - Aberg to the box and the Pens get a power play chance.

16:31 - Saros will replace Rinne.

16:32 - MALKIN SCORES! The Pens gets a rush up ice! Malkin fires a rocket shot past the glove of Rinne! 4-1 Pens

16:47 - WILSON SCORES! Kessel throws the puck to the front of the net from the wing! It goes off the stick on Wilson, then off a Predator, and past Rinne! 3-1 Pens

19:50 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Hainsey gets to the puck and gets it up to Rust! Rust gains the zone and fires a shot to the far left pad of Rinne! Rinne kicked it out and Guentzel puts it in the open net! 2-1 Pens

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to put on the pressure and kick it into another gear! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the second period and things are still tied 1-1.

0:35 - The power play comes to an end for the Pens. No shots.

2:35 - Another power play chance for the Pens. McLeod gets a high-sticking minor.

2:55 - Crosby is a man on a mission. He has been all over the ice and has been laying some solid hits.

5:06 - Cullen lays a hard and clean hit on Ekholm. Probably a little payback there for the pad hit Ekholm laid on Cullen earlier in the game.

6:12 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

8:12 - The Pens are getting a power play after some sustained pressure in the zone. Watson will take a seat for interference.

10:00 - McLeod runs right over Murray in the goal. He seems to be okay afterward. No penalty.

11:31 - Josi fires a hard shot from the blue line that is gloved up by Murray.

14:07 - Forsberg takes the puck into the Pens' zone on a two-on-one rush. Cole takes away the passing lane, forcing Forsberg to shoot. Murray flashed the glove to make the save.

16:24 - A good start to the period for the Predators. The Pens are doing a good job of getting the puck into the zone without Rinne being able to play the puck.

19:59 - Bonino is back on the bench to start the second.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to come out with speed and keep pressuring the Predators! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to a close and this one is tied 1-1.

0:18 - Murray robs Forsberg. A great save.

3:24 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Sheary fires the puck on net and Rinne makes the stop at the post! Guentzel takes a whack at the loose puck at the side of the net and it finds a crack in Rinne's equipment into the net! 1-1 tie game

3:28 - Power play time expires.

5:28 - A huge power play chance coming up for the Pens as Josi heads to the box for cross-checking on Sheary.

6:01 - Solid push for the Predators. The Pens get lucky as Murray was down and the net was open.

7:03 - Aberg scores. Aberg stick handles around Maatta to the front of the net. He holds as he goes across the front of the goal and finally releases a shot past Murray. 1-0 Predators

7:36 - Full strength action now.

8:24 - Now a power play chance for the Pens for about a minute.

9:36 - Cole draws an interference penalty on Fisher. Now a four-on-three Predators' power play for 58 seconds. Bonino also blocked a Subban shot on the play. He needs help getting up and off the ice. He heads to the locker room.

10:24 - Kunitz to the box for cross-checking and Malkin for hooking. Five-on-three power play for the Preds.

11:55 - A better start for Rinne. He seems to be a bit more comfortable compared to Game One.

13:01 - Cullen is back on the bench and the crowd roars alive for him.

14:42 - Ekholm hits Cullen into the boards hard from behind. No call is made. Cullen is helped up by the Pens' trainer and heads to the locker room.

15:25 - Some great offensive pressure by the Pens. Rinne with a huge save up front. The crowd is loud after that effort.

15:56 - That will be the end of that power play chance. The Pens got one shot through to Rinne.

17:56 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Smith takes a seat for cross-checking.

20:00 - Game Two is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed and take control of this game right off the bat! They cannot afford to sit back tonight! Lets Go Pens! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals - A chance to make history

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF, 


Downtown Pittsburgh / MF
The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it for the second year in a row to the Stanley Cup Finals! This year the Finals start in Pittsburgh and the whole city is electrified!

The Penguins are only four games away from repeating as Stanley Cup Champions and this year the Nashville Predators are the last team in the way of the Penguins.

Tonight Game One starts and this is the perfect chance for the Penguins to get off to the right start in front of their home crowd. They need to come out with speed, put the puck on the net, and put the Predators on their heels early. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 5 Predators 3

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS HAVE TAKEN GAME ONE WITH A 5-3 WIN OVER THE PREDATORS! WHAT A BIZARRE GAME, BUT THEY GOT THE WIN IN THE END! THREE TO GO! 

0:36 - The Predators empty their net once again.

1:02 - BONINO SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER! The Pens are able to gain control and Bonino takes the puck to center! He fires one that goes into the empty net! 5-3 Pens

1:33 - Empty net for the Predators.

3:09 - That was the Pens first shot in 37:09 of gameplay.

3:10 - GUENZTEL SCORES! Cullen puts the puck right on Guentzel stick as he enters the zone! Guentzel fires a sniper shot that beats Rinne glove side! 4-3 Pens

4:00 - The Pens have been outplayed and worked for two periods. They seriously need to wake up.

6:31 - Gaudreau scores. Watson out works two Pens behind the net to come out with the puck. He finds Gaudreau driving to the net. Gaudreau puts it five-hole on Murray. 3-3 tie game

6:38 - That power play ends. Zero shots. This is ridiculous.

8:36 - A power play chance for the Pens as Subban takes a seat for delay of game. A huge chance for the Pens to turn things around.

9:54 - Sissons scores on the power play. Josi is left wide open at the half circle and fires. The puck is redirected in front by Sissons and past Murray. 3-2 Pens

10:24 - Malkin heads to the box for slashing and the Predators being out their power play unit. Penalty killing time.

11:50 - The Pens have passed up shot chances. They instead go for the perfect play at times. That is frustrating many on Twitter. A better period for them regardless.

14:14 - The Pens look better than in the second period. A bit more drive and battling effort.

16:56 - Sheary whacks the puck up to Crosby who has speed going into the zone. Ellis right on him and Crosby ends up going down. He crashed into the net, but everyone seems to be alright after that.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to come out and put on the pressure! They cannot sit back like they did in the second! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period and the Pens still hold a 3-1 lead!

0:13 - It has been all Predators.

1:26 - The Pens just avoid danger there. The Predators had an extended period of time in the offensive zone. Murray also lost his stick during a scramble in front. The Pens are lucky to come out without giving up a goal.

3:47 - Shots are 8-0 in this second period in favor of the Predators.

5:51 - Crosby with some great work on the boards. The Pens are stilling looking for their first shot of the period.

7:24 - Jarnkork gets to the front of the net, but he is denied by a sliding Daley.

10:30 - The Pens are still looking for their first shot in this second period. The penalties haven't helped, but the Pens cannot nurse this lead. They need to push back.

11:39 - Ellis scores on the power play. Ellis fires from the top of the circle and his shot gets past Murray who was heavily screened on the play. 3-1 Pens

13:21 - Cole heads to the box for roughing. Preds power play unit once again. A big kill for the Pens. they cannot give any more chances to the Preds. A little spark could ignite them.

14:17 - A successful penalty killing effort by the Pens.

16:17 - A huge penalty kill effort ahead for the Pens as the Predators get a power play as Maatta takes a seat for interference.

17:11 - Hornqvist comes flying through the neutral zone to gain the zone and finds Cullen. Cullen's shot just goes high and over the net.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to build on their momentum and keep the Predators from gaining confidence! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 3-0 lead!

0:16 - BONINO SCORES! Bonino whacks the puck to the net with one hand! Rinne gets a stick to direct the puck out, but it hits the leg of Ekholm into the open net! 3-0 Pens

1:01 - Complete turn around by the Pens. They flipped the switch.

3:23 - SHEARY SCORES! Dumoulin drives into the zone to keep the puck alive and gets it to Crosby who outlets from behind the goal line to Kunitz! Kunitz finds Sheary at the side of the net all alone! Sheary buries the puck in the wide open net! 2-0 Pens

4:10 - The Pens power play time ends.

4:28 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Daley holds and switches position at the point with Malkin! He hands off the puck to Malkin who glides backward before unleashing a rocket shot, which beats Rinne's glove! 1-0 Pens

6:10 - The Pens are getting the first power-play of the game and it will be a five-on-three power play. Jarnkrok for interference and an extra two to Neal for cross-checking.

8:08 - The Pens have had the Preds pinned in their own zone for an extended period of time. Murray has finally gotten up. He stays in the net.

9:27 - Subban drives to the net and creates a scramble. Murray is down after the play and is still down as the Pens carry the puck to the offensive zone.

11:32 - Some offensive zone pressure by the Malkin line. Solid shift.

12:47 - Hainsey turns over the puck and this leads to Subban getting the puck by the top of the circle. He fires a hard shot past the blocker of Murray and scores. Pens challenge for offsides and it's ruled a no goal.

13:01 - The Pens weathering another first-period storm.

14:43 - Shots are 5-1 in favor of the Predators. The Pens need to turn things around in their favor.

16:20 - Smith stick handles to the front of the net with speed. Murray stands strong to deny him.

16:57 - The Predators have a slight edge in possession time.

20:00 - It's time for Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals! How lucky we are to be here again! The Pens need to come out with speed and show the Predators why they are the defending Champions! Lets Go Pens! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Stanley Cup Final awaits the victor

By: MF, 
PPG Paints Arena / MF

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in a familiar situation as the Ottawa Senators forced a Game Seven showdown in Pittsburgh with a 2-1 victory in Game Six on Tuesday.

Tonight's game is do or die for both teams. The Penguins will have to focus on playing smart, handling momentum shifts, putting pucks on net whenever they can, and getting traffic in front. Craig Anderson has been great for the Senators with an expectation during Game Five. He will bring his 'A' game once again and the Penguins need to disrupt his focus as they did in Game Five.

The Penguins must put it all on the line tonight as the Stanley Cup Final awaits the victor. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 3 Sens 2 2OT
PENGUINS ADVANCE

3rd Period
THE PENS WIN 3-2 IN 2OT AND ELIMINATE THE SENS! THE PENS ARE GOING TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL TO FACE OFF AGAINST THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS! 

14:54 - KUNITZ SCORES! Crosby finds Kunitz at the blue line! Kunitz blows one past Anderson! 3-2 Pens

16:27 - Solid start for the Pens.

20:00 - The second overtime has begun! The Pens need to finish the Sens off! They deserve this win! Lets Go Pens!


Overtime
0:00 - The first overtime ends and things are still tied 2-2.

1:03 - Chance after chance for the Pens. It's just unreal how one hasn't gone in.

5:20 - Just nerve-racking, to be honest.

8:33 - Chaos in the offensive zone. The Pens with a flurry of chances. Somehow the puck doesn't go in.

10:29 - Wilson's drive goes wide.

12:31 - Just chaos!

15:09 - Kessel with a breakaway and his shot goes wide.

15:24 - Just mayhem.

18:03 - Neither team has control of the overtime.

20:00 - It has started! The Pens need to come out with speed, fire, and finish this series with a win! Lets Go Pens!


3rd Period
0:00 - We are going to overtime with things tied 2-2.

1:25 - Wilson with a bad angle shot and Anderson is able to hug the post to deny him.

4:37 - The puck ends up bouncing off Malkin in front and Anderson falls back to fling the puck out of the way.

5:19 - Dzingel scores. A shot beats Murray, but not the post. Dzingel is left alone at the side of the net and gets to the puck first to put it in the open net. 2-2 tie game

6:32 - Friendly fire as Wilson tries to clear the puck and it goes off the stick of Kessel. The puck ends up hitting Kessel in the ear area. He seems to be okay.

8:16 - SCHULTZ SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Schultz with his head up fires one from the blue line, center area! Kunitz gets the screen in front! The puck rings off the post and into the net! 2-1 Pens

8:41 - Finally the Pens are getting a power play chance! Phaneuf skates to the box for interference.

8:52 - A flurry of chances for the Pens, but Anderson has come up big for the Sens.

11:41 - Stone is hit hard and heads to the locker room.

14:40 - Rust gets a semi-breakaway. Anderson stands strong. That could come back to haunt the Pens.

15:52 - A good start for the Sens. The Pens are on their heels a bit.

19:10 - Scramble in front of Murray. He makes a save, but the puck is loose in front. Kessel is able to take control and clear the puck.

20:00 - It all comes down to this! Third period time! The Pens have to put on the pressure, play smart, and fight for the win! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - Second period time expires and this one is tied up 1-1.

0:20 - Murray with a huge save on Pageau. Malkin also solid to tie up his stick.

1:34 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens.

3:34 - Another power play chance for the Sens. Maatta to the box for high-sticking.

4:44 - Murray makes a pad save through a screen in front.

7:01 - Crosby passes to Sheary diving center. Anderson stops his first shot and Sheary is unable to get a stick on the loose puck.

9:45 - Stone scores. Karlsson enters the zone and goes to Stone. Stone holds for a second and then fires one glove side on Murray. 1-1 tie game

10:05 - KUNITZ SCORES! Sheary chips the puck over the stick of Brassard up to Kunitz! Kunitz gains the zone, goes to Sheary who gives it back, and Kunitz beats Anderson! 1-0 Pens

10:50 - Daley breaks free and gets behind the net. He outlets a pass to Hagelin diving to the net. Anderson makes the save.

11:22 - Both goalies are locked in and trading saves right now.

14:39 - Kunitz is denied in front by Anderson. The netminder for the Sens is locked in. The Pens will have to get to the dirty areas to get one past him.

16:08 - Smith is robbed by Murray!

16:51 - Things are picking up where the first period ended. Both teams getting some quality chances.

18:08 - Murray makes two solid saves in front. Two quality chances for the Sens.

20:00 - It's time for the second period! The Pens need to get traffic in front of Anderson and pepper the net with shots! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period ends and things are scoreless.

1:55 - Anderson denies Guentzel on the doorstep.

2:18 - Kessel's chance in front is blocked by the stick of Methot.

3:02 - That will be an end to the penalty time and the penalty kill for the Pens is successful.

5:02 - The Sens will get the first power play of the game as Wilson is penalized for slashing. The Pens bring out their penalty killing unit.

5:13 - What an effort by the Pens' third line. They did everything to keep the puck in the offensive zone. No shots though during that time.

7:37 - Shots are 4-2 in favor of the Sens. Plenty of chances, but not a lot getting through to the netminder, Anderson.

11:26 - Great offensive zone pressure by the Pens' first line. Both teams getting chances.

13:54 - Crosby had two shots in front that were denied then Murray makes a huge save at the other end. The first goal could determine who will end up winning.

15:19 - The Pens have responded well to the Sens start.

18:37 - Solid start for the Sens. Murray with a big save on Karlsson.

20:00 - Game Seven action is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed, play smart, and leave it all out on the ice tonight! Lets Go Pens! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Penguins look to finish things in Ottawa

Sidney Crosby / MF
By: MF, 

Just one more win for the Pittsburgh Penguins and they will be making a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

If the same Penguins from Game Five come out to play tonight, the Ottawa Senators will be dusting off their golf bags. The Penguins came alive in Game Five and looked refreshed. It was as if they had woken up and were ready to go.

The time to finish things is now. The Nashville Predators have dispatched with the Anaheim Ducks and now the Penguins need to dispatch of the Senators. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Kunitz - Crosby - Guentzel
Wilson - Malkin - Kessel
Rust - Bonino - Rowney
Hagelin - Cullen - Archibald

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Streit - Cole

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 1 Sens 2

3rd Period
0:00 - The Sens get the 2-1 win to force a Game Seven in Pittsburgh.

0:36 - Pens call a timeout.

1:44 - Empty net for the Pens.

2:05 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

4:05 - Sens to the power play. The Pens called for too many men on the ice.

5:06 - The Pens have had some great scoring chances, but the difference maker has been Anderson for the Sens.

6:45 - Four-on-four hockey is up.

8:45 - A scrum erupts after Anderson covers the puck. Rust and Karlsson will each take a seat for roughing. Four-on-four hockey.

10:33 - Guentzel outlets to Crosby in front. He is robbed by Anderson.

12:34 - Malkin with a great shift. He created a few turnovers and chances in the offensive zone.

14:25 - The Pens are a bit flat footed and the Sens have them back on their heels a bit. One solid shift and goal would change that for them.

18:26 - Hoffman scores. Hoffman blasts one from the top of the circle and past the glove of Murray. Murray was screened, but he was also a bit out of position. 2-1 Sens

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens must continue to dig deep, put the pressure on Anderson, and not let up! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The second period comes to an end and things are tied up 1-1.

2:56 - The Pens are unable to take advantage during the power play. Methot is released from the box.

4:56 - Crosby is held up my Methot and it results in a penalty. The Pens are headed onto the power play.

5:37 - The Pens are able to kill off the remaining penalty time.

6:44 - 1:06 left on the Sens power play.

6:45 - Ryan scores on the power play. Ryan drifts to get space at the top of the faceoff circle and fires one that beats Murray blocker side. 1-1 tie game.

7:39 - Now Cole will join Hainsey for high-sticking, which gives the Sens a five-on-three power play for 1:24.

8:15 - The Sens will get their first power play of the game as Hainsey takes a seat for interference.

9:40 - Shots are 16-3 this period in favor of the Pens.

12:27 - Maatta with a bad turnover in front of Murray, but the Sens are unable to handle the puck. Lucky break for Maatta.

12:44 - Crosby with two chances in front of Anderson, but he is denied by the netminder's pads.

15:09 - MALKIN SCORES! Malkin outworks Smith on the boards to come out to the front of the net with the puck! Anderson stops his first shot, but Malkin buries the rebound chance! 1-0 Pens

16:13 - Malkin and Hoffman are set free.

16:56 - Daley looks to have scored a goal after Anderson bobbles the puck and it's loose in the blue paint. The Sens challenged for goalie interference and the goal is reversed. Terrible call as Daley had every right to battle for the puck in the blue paint.

18:13 - Four-on-four hockey will now be played as Malkin and Hoffman will each take a seat for roughing.

19:15 - Guentzel with a great back-checking effort to strip Pageau of the puck in the slot area.

20:00 - The second period is underway! The Pens need to put the pressure on Anderson and keep putting pucks on the net! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The horn sounds bringing an end to the first period with things scoreless.

1:18 - Turris with a wide open lane to the net is robbed by Murray.

2:27 - Power play time for the Pens expires. Anderson came up big on the penalty kill for the Sens.

4:27 - Ryan runs right over Murray and will head to the box for goalie interference. The Pens get a power play chance as a result. Murray is fine after taking the hit from Ryan.

5:22 - Stone bats the puck out of the air and it goes off the goal post. Lucky break for the Pens.

6:32 - The Pens are unable to capitalize on their power play chance. Stone is set free.

8:32 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Stone takes a seat for cross-checking.

9:46 - Murray denies Karlsson in front!

10:31 - Turris turns over the puck behind the red line and Bonino takes the puck to the front of the net. Anderson bails out his teammate.

11:25 - Quite a few icings in a row by the Sens.

13:14 - Anderson robs Kessel with the pad. Solid save for the Senator netminder. A good pace to this game to start.

15:22 - The Sens are putting their shots glove side on Murray.

17:45 - Stone has speed down the wing, but his shot goes wide.

18:27 - A turnover by the Sens gives the Pens a scoring chance. Dumoulin's point shot is gloved up by Anderson.

20:00 - The Pens look to finish this series in Ottawa tonight! They need to build on their performance in Game Five and they will come out with the win! Lets Go Pens! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Series lead is up for grabs in Game Five

By: MF,
PPG Paints Arena / MF

Back in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to take on the Ottawa Senators in Game Five. The Penguins were able to tie up the series 2-2 with a 3-2 win in Ottawa in Game Four.

Finally, some offensive action for the Penguins as they were held to only one goal in each of the first three games. The offense was lead by Sidney Crosby, who played his best game since coming back from his concussion during the series against the Washington Capitals.

For Game Five, the Penguins need to build on their offensive momentum from Game Four and they must keep the pressure on the Senators. They cannot afford to sit back on their heels or else the Senators will take advantage like they did in Game One and Game Three. Lets Go Pens!

On the injury front: Bryan Rust will be returning to the lineup for Game Five! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Forwards
Kunitz - Crosby - Guentzel
Wilson - Malkin - Kessel
Rust - Bonino - Rowney
Hagelin - Cullen - Archibald

Defense
Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Streit - Cole

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 7 Sens 0

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS TAKE A 3-2 SERIES LEAD OVER THE SENS WITH A 7-0 WIN IN GAME FIVE! IF THEY BRING THAT SAME EFFORT TO GAME 6 THEN WE ARE HEADED TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL! 

0:05 - Wingels with a hard hit to the head on Wilson. Very dirty hit. Wilson heads straight to the locker room.

2:22 - Stone finds Hoffman diving to the net, but Murray denies him.

5:56 - The Sens have pretty much given up on this one. They are looking to the next game and not really trying to build on something. Could prove to benefit the Pens more in the end.

8:08 - Another successful penalty kill.

10:08 - Now a power play will be awarded to the Sens as Cole takes a seat.

11:11 - DALEY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Daley fires from the point and has traffic in front! His shot beats Condon! 7-0 Pens

11:57 - Kunitz and Pageau now visit the sin bin. Their penalties cancel out and the Pens are still on the power play.

12:35 - Power play for the Pens for 1:56.

12:39 - Four-on-four play for four seconds.

14:35 - Rust will head to the sin bin for slashing and the Sens get a power play opportunity.

19:10 - KESSEL SCORES! Malkin goes to Crosby at the side of the net! Crosby makes a backward pass across the front of the net to Kessel! Kessel puts the puck past Condon! 6-0 Pens

19:59 - Karlsson is not on the bench for the Sens.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens need to finish this game and not let the Sens get any kind of hope that they can carry to Game Six! Lets Go Pens!


2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens have extended their lead to 5-0!

1:00 - Power play chance for the Pens as Wingels takes a seat for roughing.

3:43 - Now Karlsson heads to the locker room.

4:01 - Guentzel with a great feed down low to Crosby in front. Crosby's shot goes off the goal post.

5:59 - Brassard will head to the locker room. His last two shifts were hard for him. Karlsson is also laboring to get off the ice. The Pens wearing down the Sens.

9:59 - A successful penalty killing effort for the Pens. Bonino is set free from the sin bin.

11:59 - Now the Sens will get a power play chance as Bonino is penalized for high-sticking.

14:21 - This is a complete offensive game for the Pens right now. This is a return of form from their Stanley Cup run last year.

18:06 - CULLEN SCORES! Rowney holds the puck and circles the zone and puts the puck into the corner for Wilson! Wilson finds Cullen crossing in front of the net and he directs one past Condon! 5-0 Pens

18:45 - Murray with an alert save as he picks up the trailing Senator on a rush.

19:59 - Condon is back in the net for the Sens. Also a scoring chance has been made. Rust has been credited with the Pens third goal with Bonino and Rowney picking up the assists.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to build on their first-period momentum and keep up the pressure! No time to sit back! Lets Go Pens!


1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 4-0 lead!

1:43 - WILSON SCORES! Rowney gets the puck to the side of the net and Wilson backhands one into the net! Anderson had lost his position and Wilson took advantage! 4-0 Pens

2:10 - Anderson is back in the net for the Sens. Very odd decision.

3:55 - Condon will replace Anderson in net for the Sens.

3:56 - BONINO SCORES! Pure domination by the Pens as they keep the Sens pinned in their own zone for an extended period of time! They keep up the pressure and eventually, Bonino fires a shot that beats Anderson short side! 3-0 Pens

4:47 - This one is all Pens right now. They are dominating the Sens in their own zone.

7:55 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin with some stick work to keep the puck in the zone! The puck ends up on the stick of Daley at the point! He fires and Crosby redirects the puck in front off the blocker of Anderson and into the back of the net! 2-0 Pens

8:50 - A 57-second power play for the Pens as Cullen is released from the box.

9:52 - Four-on-four hockey for 1:02 as Stone takes a seat for slashing.

10:29 - Bonino springs Hagelin who gets in all alone with Anderson. The netminder robs Hagelin.

10:50 - The first power play of the game will go to the Sens as Cullen heads to the box for tripping.

11:46 - MAATTA SCORES! Hoffman turns over the puck in the offensive zone and Rust ends up with the puck! He finds Maatta at the point and puts the puck right in his wheelhouse! Maatta snipes one short side past Anderson! 1-0 Pens

14:28 - Rust has had a great start. He doesn't appear to have missed a beat.

15:46 - The Sens end up with too many men on the ice, but the referees miss the call. Sullivan is not happy as one would expect, especially since the Pens had two of those calls go against them in Game Four.

17:37 - Rust and Rowney go right to the front of the net and try to whack the loose puck past Anderson. Solid start for the Pens.

20:00 - Game Five is underway in Pittsburgh! The Pens look to take a series lead for the first time over the Sens! Lets Go Pens!