Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pens @ Rangers Play by Play Analysis

Final Score: Pens 5 Rangers 2

Third Period

0:00- PENS WIN! That is the game! Pens beat the Rangers 5-2 in regulation to move within 4 points of the division lead. Pens extend their streak to 10 games! How amazing is that? Great game all around.

0:22- Flower shuts the door on the Rangers once again.

3:40- Geno comes charging in on Ranger D and picks his pocket. Too funny! Amazing player.

6:13- Flower on a roll. Making a huge save while on the ground building a fence with his pads. Amazing goalie.

6:27- Flower makes another huge save with both his pad and glove combined.

7:08- Flower making another alert save.

9:08- Biron with a nice pad save. Tanger has looked great in this game along with Sid. Nice to have them back in the lineup. Tanger has a +5 rating, one the ice for every Pens goal.

12:25- DUPER SCORES! Sid wins a huge face-off in Rangers zone. Martin gives it to Tanger, who takes a shot from the blue line and Biron makes the save. Duper picks up the rebound and nets one. Tanger and Martin with assist. 5-2 Pens

12:34- Sid goes diving for a loose puck and gets a whack at it.

15:03- Pens cluster again in front of Flower, but they are able to avoid anything serious.

16:59- KUNI SCORES! Sid picks up the puck from behind the net and backhands a nice pass to Kuni. He drives the puck top shelf on Ranger Biron to put the Pens up 4-2.

17:04- Pens PP ends. Pens firing the puck like crazy.

18:14- Pens on the PP.

18:44- Niskanen with a diving play to stop Rangers Gaborik from a breakaway chance.

20:00- Third period time! 4 on 4 hockey for 1:36 and then Pens get PP. Time to wrap up this game!

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends! Pens lead 3-2 over the Rangers. 4 on 4 hockey will continue for 1:36 to start the third.

22.2- Kuni takes a seat for slashing. 4 on 4 hockey for 2 minutes and then a Pens PP.

1:05- Staal gets a high stick to the face and is bleeding. Pens with 4 minute PP.

2:04- Sid, Cooke, and TK with a nice chance. Good puck movement on that shift all around. Rangers take control and tire down that line. Cooke ices the puck and timeout is called.

5:28- RANGERS SCORE! Gaborik comes flying into the Pens zone with tons of space to work with. He puts one pass Flower and the Pens lead is cut down to one. 3-2 Pens.

7:08- Flower gets a piece of the puck to make a huge save. He comes up with another big save. Solid in the net. Sid back on a line with Cooke and TK.

9:18- Flower flashes a wicked glove save on a shot by Rangers Gaborik. Beast in the net and don't you forget it.

11:47- Sid is on a line with Staal and Sullivan. Sid is on the wing.

12:22- Geno lays out a Ranger and gets the puck. Amazing all around.

14:16- Sid is playing on a line with Sullivan and Duper.

17:29- COOKE SCORES! Staal steps Cooke who puts it pass the Rangers Biron. Nice work.

18:41- GENO SCORES! Neal passes to Geno who is right in front of the Rangers Biron. Biron makes the first save, it was a nice save. However Geno gets his own rebound and puts it into the net. He doesn't give up easily. 2-0 Pens

20:00- Second period is underway! Rangers have a 28 second PP to work with.

First Period

0:00- First period ends! Tie game 1-1 between both teams. Rangers will have a PP to work with for 28 second to start the second!

1:32- Orpik goes to the box for tripping and Rangers get PP. Wouldn't say that was a trip, but I am not the ref.

4:17- Flower makes an alert save!

6:24- RANGERS SCORE! Huge cluster of Pens in front of Flower. Everyone laying all over the goal. Rangers Hagelin gets the puck and roofs it to tie the game 1-1.

7:26- Pens PP ends. It was a really good PP. Biron had to make some big saves for the Rangers.

9:18- Pens get PP. Biron with a nice glove save on Kuni.

10:00- Geno is mowed down by Rangers Boyle. Boyle just misses a huge hip check from Geno. After the whistle tempers flare. Neal comes to aid Geno.

12:15- Pens PP ends. Sid had a nice shot from the blue line. He looks good and is not hesitating in battle for the puck below the goal line. Good sign!

14:16- Rangers Staal takes interference penalty. PP for Pens

15:06- Rangers get a 2 on 1 after Martin is caught up ice. Shot goes wide of the net. Pens get a lucky break!

17:06- COOKE SCORES! Cooke shots the puck and it goes over Biron's head. Ranger D tries to keep it out with his glove, but it goes in anyways. 1-0 Pens TK with assist.

17:59- Sid is on the ice for his return shift! HE IS BACK!

18:15- Flower makes a nice save.

20:00- Puck drops and it officially the return of our captain Sidney Crosby! Lets not forget Tanger also! Pens look to extend their winning streak to ten games! Lets Go Pens!

Flower in the net!

Line combinations as follows:

Kuni, Geno, Neal
Cooke, Crosby, TK
Sullivan, Staal, Duper
Asham, Vitale, Adams

D pairings
Martin, Tanger
Orpik, Z
Niskanen, Engo

Jeffery, Park, Tango, Lovejoy, and Johnson are scratches for the Pens tonight!

It is almost time! Lets Go Pens!

Sid got a big ovation when he hit the ice for warm ups! Good to have him and Tanger back in the lineup!

Pens take on the Rangers in about 20 minutes.

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