Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pens Host Sabres! 4/2/13

After a perfect March the Pens look to continue into a April with their current fifteen game win streak, as they host the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center. On the injury front: Sid is out with a broken jaw, Martin had a success hand surgery, Tanger has skated on his own, and Flower will backup Vokoun tonight again. Iginla finally praticed with the team and looks to be fitting right in, which is great. The Pens are down three key players, but they have depth in their lineup that will be tested tonight. Lets see if they can answer the call. Lets Go Pens!

The starting lineup is as follows:

Kuni, TK, Duper
Neal, Geno, Iginla

Morrow, Sutter, Cooke
Glass, Jeffrey, Adams

Orpik, Eaton
Murray, Niskanen
Despres, Engo

Vokoun will start in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 1 Sabres 4

3rd Period
0:00- SABRES WIN 4-1! The Pens fifteen game winning streak has come to an end, but what an amazing streak it was. Pens still the best and the Cup is what truly matters! Go Pens!

2:35- Flower comes up with a huge save on Portor. Amazing work by the Flower in the net.

2:50- Pens PP ends.

4:50- Pens getting some good offensive zone time and they draw a penalty to head to the PP as Hodgson gets two for hooking.

9:11- Time is whining down and the Pens still trail the Sabres 4-1!

11:38- Pens kill off yet another Sabres PP. Time to get some offensive going!

13:48- Kuni is in the box for tripping and Sabres get fifth PP in a row.

13:51- Neal gets a shot in the slot that is deflected into the netting.

14:45- Pens kill off the Sabres PP and are back to full strength.

16:45- Sabres get fourth PP as Neal is sent to the sin bin for interference.

20:00- Third period is underway! Pens have to crash the Sabres net if they want to comeback in this game! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Sabres lead 4-1! Pens better come out better and ready next period!

3:28- Pens are able to kill off the Sabres PP! Flower was strong in the net for the Pens.

5:28- Sabres will get their third PP as Morrow is called for cross-checking.

6:00- Pens getting a few chances on net, really need a goal to cut Sabres lead in half before the period ends.

7:36- Pens kill off the Sabres PP. Flower makes two quick left pad saves that keep the Pens in this game. Holding down the fort.

9:36- Sabres shot rings off the goal post, but Pens are able to kill the PP. Despres is called for boarding and the Sabres will head right back onto the PP. Huge PK for Pens.

11:38- Sabres get a PP as Engo goes to the box for roughing. Pens bring out the PK!

16:32- SABRES PORTOR SCORES. Portor really making a pass instead of a shot, but it goes off Engo's skate then off the back of Vokoun's leg and into the net. Flower replaces Vokoun. Sabres now lead 4-1!

17:39- SABRES HODGSON SCORES! Hodgson is able to put one behind Vokoun on a wraparound attempt. Sabres increase their lead to two goals over the Pens. 3-1 Sabres.

20:00- Second period time! Pens need to take back control of this game and the lead! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends. Iggy has his first goal as a Penguin, but the Sabres have the lead 2-1 heading into the locker room.

1:50- SABRES OTT SCORES! Ott comes into the Pens zone late and gets space. He blast one from the top of the faceoff circle and it blows pass the blocker of Vokoun. Sabres with the goal ahead goal, 2-1 Sabres.

6:33- IGINLA SCORES!!! HIS FIRST AS A PENGUIN!!! Kuni throws the puck to the front of the net as Iginla is crashing the net. He pushes the puck right pass Miller and in to the back of the net! 1-1 game time! It was a PP goal! Welcome to Pittsburgh and the Penguins Iggy!

9:36- SABRES PORTER SCORES SH GOAL! Iginla breaks his stick, but is able to kick the puck to Niskanen in the defensive zone. Niskanen makes a backward pass, but it finds Porter instead of Geno. Porter fires one right pass an unsuspecting Vokoun. The long shutout streak ends. Sabres up 1-0!

10:21- Pens will get another PP as Weber is called for boarding and gets an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Four minute PP for Pens.

10:45- Sabres are back to full strength. Pens didn't get much on that PP and the game is still scoreless.

12:45- The Pens will get a PP chance as Stafford is sent to the box for slashing.

13:36- Sabres haven't gotten any real offensive zone time, but the Pens have had a few good chances to start. Mostly back and forth hockey going on.

16:48- Geno does work behind the Sabres net and feeds a pass right in Iginla in the slot! Iginla gets a piece of it, but Miller makes the save.

20:00- The puck has dropped and the game is underway! Time for the Pens to light the lamp up early and often! It's Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! Lets Go Pens! 

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