Monday, April 22, 2013

Pens Enter Hostile Territory! 4/22/2013

The Pens are set to take on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa! This should be an interesting game not only for the Pens, but especially Cooke. Cooke has had an interesting few days. First in the game against the Bruins, their play-by-play analysis Jack Edwards said an horrendous thing about Cooke.

Then after the intermission he was confronted by Pens General Manager, Ray Shero. Who was said to be visibly enraged after learning about Jack Edward's comments. After the first intermission, Jack Edwards apologized both on television and Twitter.

Now Cooke has to deal with this more haters as the Senators fans hosting a "Matt Cooke Hatefest" for tonight's game. Senators fans and their owner Eugene Melnyk believe that Cooke injured Karlsson on purpose. However this is an unfair and untrue statement, that no one should be accused of. I hope goes into Ottawa and puts some points on the scoreboard.

Injury updates: Sid, Neal, and Martin have been skating with the strength and conditioning coach. The Pens will be without the services of Geno, Bennett, Tanger, and Flower. Geno is still ruled out with an injury along with Bennett with upper body injury, the other guys are being rested. Since the Pens are already locked into the playoffs.

Flower's wife isn't in labor, but is close to giving birth to their first child. He doesn't really need to be here tonight anyways.

Pens need to continue to win and getting all the possible points as they are in the hunt of the President's Trophy, but in the end the Stanley Cup is what truly matters.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Jokinen, Iginla 
Morrow, Jeffrey, Duper 
Cooke, Sutter, TK
MacIntyre, Adams, Glass

Orpik, Engo
Murray, Niskanen
Bortuzzo, Despres

Vokoun between the pipes.

Play By Play
Pens 3 Sens 1

3rd Period

0:30- The Sens pull their net-minder and have an empty goal.

2:34- TK SCORES!!! Cooke rushes into the Sens zone and battles for the puck on the boards. He wins the puck battle and feeds a pass out to TK at the side of the net. TK shoots one pass Anderson. 3-1 Pens

6:00- Things are getting really physical on the ice.

7:55- Great kick save by Vokoun! He kicked the puck right off of the Sens stick.

9:03- The Pens PP comes to an end. Sens did a good job on the PK, keeping the Pens from getting offensive zone time. Pens only had a couple of chances on net.

11:03- The Sens will get yet another penalty as Michalek is sent to the sin bin for high sticking on Duper. Two minute PP for the Pens.

12:44- SENS WIERCIOCH SCORES ON THE PP! Sens win the offensive zone faceoff and pull the puck back to the point. Wiercioch is center of the blue line and fires a shot through traffic. It finds its way into the net. Sens pull within one. 2-1 Pens

12:47- Pens with some great chances on the PP. Morrow gets a tripping penalty as the Pens PP is coming to an end. 4 on 4 hockey for 3 seconds and then the Sens will have a PP for 1:57.

13:13- Kuni and Iginla letting go of rockets and the only reason the Pens haven't scored is because of the Sens goalie Anderson!

14:30- Duper in the slot, rips one that rings off the goal post!

14:44- The Pens will head to the PP as Turris is sent to take a seat for hooking.

15:02- Vokoun has been solid in the net, but the Pens defensive has been there to help by collapsing around Vokoun.

17:45- Cooke with a hard drive that is stopped by the pad of Anderson.

20:00- Third period is underway! 1:16 left on the 4 on 4 hockey play! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens hold their 2-0 lead over the Sens.

0:44- Pens were going to get a PP chance as Phillips gets sent to the sin bin for holding, but the Pens are called for too many men on the ice, as Duper jumps on the ice for the extra attacker before Vokoun crosses the red line. Some 4 on 4 hockey for two minutes.

2:00- The Pens playing very physical and Vokoun playing quietly, but doing a great job.

4:35- Jeffrey takes a high stick to the face behind the Pens net. Jeffrey goes down and stays down till the whistles blows. He heads down the tunnel to the locker room.

6:06- Sens are back to full strength and the Pens almost made it 3-0!

6:38- Pens now have a normal 5 on 4 PP. Pens putting some big pressure on the Sens in the offensive zone and getting some amazing chances.

7:29- Pens with a 5 on 3 PP for another 55 seconds.

8:06- Michalek gets a interference penalty and the Pens have a 4 on 3 PP for 37 seconds.

8:41- Phillips gets a high sticking penalty. Some 4 on 4 hockey for 1:12.

9:29- Neil comes in with speed and just lays out Despres right behind the Pens net. Looked like a nasty hit, but Despres gets up smiling. He seems to be ok. Neil gets a two minute charging penalty and Adams gets four minutes for roughing. Sens with their 5th PP chance of the night.

11:36- The Pens are able to make the Sens 0 for 4 on the PP. Great shot blocking by the Pens on the PK and Vokoun making the necessary saves. PK really doing well.

13:36- The Sens will have another chance at the PP as Niskanen is caught for hooking. Pens calling upon the PK unit once again for a big kill.

14:40- The Pens are getting some great offensive zone time and really working hard on the boards.

18:06- Pens working hard on the PP and getting to the dirty areas to kill off the Sens PP.

20:00- Second period time! Pens have to kill off a Sens PP for another 1:54 to start the second period. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the 2-0 lead.

0:06- Fights break out on the ice. Neil goes after Orpik and he wants nothing to do with him. MacIntyre comes to Orpik's aid and starts talking to Neil. Bortuzzo and Smith drop the gloves and go at it. Even fight, but Simth just missed a huge punch from Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo and Smith get fighting majors. Orpik and Neil with roughing penalties. MacIntyre gets roughing and (instigator) misconduct - 10 min

1:42- Both teams back to full strength. Sutter got a mini breakaway, but was robbed by the pads of Anderson.

3:42- We will get some 4 on 4 hockey action as Alfredsson and Bortuzzo go off for cross-checking.

4:20- The Pens are able to kill off another Sens PP. Another great PK effort by the Pens. Michalek tries a spinning shot, but Vokoun reaches out and tips the puck with his glove. Amazing save by the netminder.

6:20- The Pens get a too many men on the ice penalty and will have to kill off another Sens PP.

6:44- Bortuzzo makes an amazing defensive play as he pushes the puck away from Michalek, while he was turning to the backhand to put it in the wide open net. Pens get lucky.

9:32- IGINLA SCORES!!! Morrow goes in to get the puck from behind the Sens net and he puts a pass short side, right to a sneaking in Iginla. Iginla tips one in behind Anderson. Pens make it 2-0!

10:18- Pens with a great, pressuring PK effort. Sens PP comes to an end.

12:18- Vokoun makes a huge pad save, but gives up a big rebound. Pens avoid any danger, but Jokinen is sent to the box for holding. Sens get a chance at the PP.

13:45- JEFFREY SCORES!!! The Pens get speed and start a rush into the Sens zone. Duper gets a pass to Morrow, who corrals the puck. He makes a great pass right into Jeffrey's wheelhouse in the slot area. Jeffrey fires a slap shot and it blows pass Anderson. Pens take the early lead 1-0 over the Sens!

14:06- Smith and Neil create a chance right in front of the Pens net, but Vokoun shuts them down with a quick pad save.

15:59- The Sens are able to kill off the Pens PP. Duper had a great chance right on the doorstep, but was robbed by Anderson.

17:59- Sens Neil already starts by going after Cooke. Cooke draws an interference penalty on Gryba and the Pens get the first PP chance of the game.

20:00- The puck has dropped and this game is underway! Come on Pens, lets show them how a Stanley Cup team gets it done! Lets Go Pens! 

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