Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pens Ready to take on Islanders! 3/30/13

The Pens are ready to take on the New York Islanders! Not only that the Pens will welcome Jarome Iginla to their lineup today! This should be an exciting game for all Pens fans to see how Iginla fits into the lineup. He will be playing on Geno's line along with Neal, so this should be interesting. On the injury front, Flower will be backing up Vokoun in the net today. Martin is out with an upper-body injury, per Bylsma it's a broken bone and he will be out through April and possibly the first round of the playoffs, so this is a big loss. Lastly Tanger is still on IR. Today's game should prove to be an entertaining one and hopefully the Pens can extend their streak to a whopping 15! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Duper, Sid, Kuni
Iginla, Geno, Neal 
Morrow, Sutter, Cooke
Glass, Adams, TK

Orpik, Niskanen
Despres, Engo
Murray, Eaton

Vokoun will start between the pipes!

Play By Play
Pens 2 Islanders 0

3rd Period

0:11- Nabokov has to come back into the net for faceoff.

1:21- Vokoun dives a makes a save while on his stomach!

1:41- Iginla with a chance at the empty net, but Isles break it up!

2:36- Isles call a timeout.

2:40- Isles empty their net and Vokoun comes up with another huge save. No rebound.

3:22- Vokoun makes a save on Isles shot from the point and makes sure there is no rebound.

6:56- NEAL SCORES!!! Geno passes up to Neal, who carries the puck up into the Isles zone. Neal whips a wicked, wrist shot pass Nabokov! Murray gets his first point/assist as a Penguin! 2-0 Pens

7:46- Hamonic goes down like a sack of potatoes trying to lay a hit on Neal. Not going to happen.

8:55- Geno gets into the physical play with a huge, punishing hit on Moulson!

11:00- Isles Martin and Cooke exchange words at the faceoff. Both Adams and Cooke lay Martin out on their shift. Don't mess with the grinders!

11:50- COOKE SCORES!!! TK wins the faceoff and Cooke drives to the net. He gets the bouncing puck in front and beats Nabokov five hole! Pens take the lead 1-0!

12:27- Great offensive zone time with Geno's line. Grabner gets a breakaway chance, but Vokoun shuts the door standing strong to the make the save. SAVE OF THE GAME!

14:07- Glass working hard and battling in the Isles zone. Really impressive work he has done this entire game, working hard.

18:00- Vokoun with an amazing pad save and there is no rebound. Holding down the fort.

18:32- Pens back to full strength. What an amazing PK effort by the Pens. Cooke, Adams, and Eaton kicking butt on that PK.

18:37- Pens kill off the 5 on 3 PP chance for Isles.

20:00- Third period time and Pens have a 5 on 3 Isles PP to kill for another 1:23! Pens get new team record recording a shutout for 188:24! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and it's still scoreless. Cooke was a beast on the PK and Vokoun stood strong in the net. Amazing PK effort by the Pens.

0:32- Orpik is caught for tripping and Isles get a 5 on 3 PP for 1:50!

2:30- Cooke with some great PK work. Dogging Isles in their own zone, amazing. He is in beast mode.

3:37- Kuni checks Bailey into the boards and he goes down. Isles get a five minute PP and Kuni gets a game misconduct, he is done for the game.

4:50- Glass and Cooke with speed and get another 2 on 1 chance. Glass tries to go five hole, but Nabokov makes the save.

5:19- Isles kill off the Pens PP. Had some good looks, but nothing. Vokoun with some good plays to hurry up the play to keep the Isles from changing. Still scoreless.

7:19- Pens will get another PP chance as Cooke is hooked up by Visnovsky on a 2 on 1 chance with Glass. Great chance for Pens on that play.

8:06- Isles push the puck forward on an faceoff in the Pens zone. Vokoun with the pad save to stop scoring chance.

10:35- Morrow takes a shot from the side of the net and Nabokov makes the save. Morrow picks up the rebound and tries a wrap around shot, but Nabokov stops his attempt.

11:46- Isles ice the puck on the play.

13:12- Iginla sets up Neal right at the side of the net, but Neal just pushes the puck wide of the net. Such a great chance for Pens there.

14:48- Pens kill off the Isles PP chance. Still scoreless.

15:29- Isles with a short PP chance.

15:50- Geno gets speed down the wing, but his shot is directed high over the net by Hamonic.

16:48- Kuni is sent to the box for hooking and some 4 on 4 hockey for 1:19. Just found out Sid will not return to the game.

17:29- Pens will finally get a PP chance as McDonald brings down Geno.

18:40- Pens with a great PK effort and kill off the Isles PP. Vokoun with big save as the PP expired. Engo gets a chance down the wing and Nabokov gets a piece of it.

20:00- Second period is underway! Pens have to kill off Isles PP for another 1:20! Sid hasn't returned. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and it's a scoreless period. Hopefully Sid is back for the start of the second period.

0:40- Isles will get the first PP of the game as Engo is sent to the box for hooking.

2:07- Shots are 10-5 in favor of Isles. Pens shaking up the lines with no true centerman, Sid is still out. Players bouncing around and taking double shifts.

7:07- Geno passes to Neal and he takes a sharp angle shot. Nabokov comes up with the pad save, but gives up a big rebound. Iginla doesn't get enough on the rebound. Nice chance.

8:53- Shots are 9-1 in favor of the Isles.

13:03- Eaton with some great defensive work, getting a stick in the passing lane to break up Isles play.

15:58- Vokoun makes a great initial pad save, but the rebound chance in loose in the paint. Vokoun with quick reaction to make the second save. So far he looks sharp to start.

18:32- Sid takes puck to the face off an Orpik slap shot. Right on the chin, nothing he could do to avoid that one. He is bleeding, but he skates off on his own power. Always happens to him when they play the Isles, making that three now.

20:00- The puck has dropped and here we go! Welcome Jarome Iginla to the Pens, now show us what you got! Lets Go Pens! 

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