Friday, May 3, 2013

Sid Returns!!! Pens vs Islanders Game 2! 5/3/13

Well the moment Penguin fans have been waiting for, aside from winning the Cup, has arrived! The return of our captain, number 87, Sidney Crosby! The doctors have cleared him and he is ready to go. He will play tonight against the Islanders in game 2. The Islanders thought they had enough to deal with and maybe that wouldn't be so bad, since the Pens will be without the services of Neal and Orpik tonight. However they get to add the best player in the world on that list. It should be a great game and a loud one, since it will be at Consol Energy Center. There are no updates on Neal or Orpik, but they didn't practice with the team today. The Pens look to take a 2-0 series lead tonight! Lets do it!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Duper
Bennett, Geno, Iginla
Morrow, Sutter, Cooke
Glass, Jokinen, Adams

Eaton, Tanger
Murray, Niskanen
Martin, Engo 

Flower between the pipes!

Play By Play
Pens 3 Islanders 4

3rd Period
0:00- The Isles take game two 4-3 over the Pens. Remember there are 7 games in a series and the Pens can recover...this should humble them, which sometimes is what they need.

0:45- The Pens empty their net.

2:32- The Isles ice the puck for the second time.

5:00- Pens getting a few chances. They look to be playing with more energy.

7:37- OKPOSO SCORES! Okposo shoots one that bounces off the boards. It goes off the back pad of Flower and into the net. 4-3 Isles.

10:44- Both teams getting some chances on net. Flower and Nabokov making big saves.

13:13- Kuni and Sid get a rush up ice. Sid snaps the puck, trying to go over the glove hand of Nabokov. Nabokov flashes the glove to make the save.

14:21- Morrow comes up with a huge block. Really great play by him there.

17:35- Flower comes up with another huge save. This time with the paddle down to deny Moulson!

19:29- Tavares is released and the Pens PP is over. Flower comes up with a huge save on Tavares!

20:00- Third period is underway! The Pens have 31 seconds left on their PP, they really need a goal to start his period off right! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the game is tied up 3-3!

1:00- Sid lets a sniper shot fly and Nabokov makes the save. Geno gets a crack at it! The Pens have had some amazing chances on net, the best they have had for the whole period, but Nabokov holds down the fort.

3:29- The Pens will get a PP for 4 minutes as Tavares high sticks Morrow and draws blood. This is a huge chance for the Pens to take back the lead and momentum of this game.

4:28- Glass lays a huge, punishing hit on MacDonald. That hit rocked the entire arena.

4:43- The Pens got two good shifts in the Isles zone. They need more of that and less of the Isles in their zone.

7:32- Flower comes up with a huge pad save. The Pens need to give him a break and put some pressure on Nabokov instead.

9:23- MATT MARTIN SCORES! The puck bounces off the back boards and Matt Martin beats Tanger to the puck. He roofs one into the net, tying up this game 3-3. Pens need to pick up their game.

9:43- The Pens kill off the Isles PP!

11:09- Now the Isles will have a PP.

11:45- Strati cross-checks Sid and Iginla doesn't like it. He goes for Strait and gets a boarding penalty. 4 on 4 hockey for 34 seconds.

13:10- The Pens will get a much needed PP as Visnovsky takes a boarding penalty.

13:30- The Pens have to tighten up their defensive play. Flower is seeing way to many pucks and they need to keep the puck down in the Isles zone more.

14:48- MACDONALD SCORES! MacDonald gets in behind the Pens defense and is able to backhand a shot at a bad angle behind Flower. 3-2 Pens

15:53- Niskanen and Moulson collide in the neutral zone. Okposo takes exception and drops the gloves to take on Niskanen. Niskanen takes a few hits and is bleeding from the left cheek. However, he keeps on battling. He did a great job to recover.

17:20- MacDonald takes a hard shot and Flower makes the save. He has been sharp in the net and kept the Isles at bay.

18:27- The penalties expire and both teams are back to full strength.

20:00- Second period time! Some 4 on 4 hockey for another 1:30! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the lead 3-1 over the Isles!

0:25- We will have some 4 on 4 hockey and Hamonic gets a roughing penalty and Cooke gets a slashing penalty.

2:35- The Isles PP comes to an end and the Pens had a great PK effort. Flower was solid in the net.

4:35- Isles will get yet another PP as Murray is sent to the sin bin for interference.

4:53- The Pens may have the lead, but they need to tighten it up defensively.

7:22- The Pens kill off the Isles PP. Flower really stepping up to the challenge and making some really good saves.

9:22- The Isles will get another PP chance as Engo goes back to the box, this time for interference.

12:30- SID SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT!!! Sid comes into the Isles zone and fires one right pass Nabokov! The Isles didn't get anytime to savor that goal as Sid turned around scored. 3-1 Pens!

12:50- BOYES SCORES ON THE PP! Moulson puts a pass across the blue paint and Boyes is ready to jam one pass the pad of Flower. 2-1 Pens

13:30- Now Engo will head to the box for cross-checking and Isles get their first PP chance.

14:00- Flower coming with some amazing saves, even one without his stick handy!

16:41- SID SCORES ON THE PP!!! Iginla stationed in front of the net, sets up Sid at the side of the net. Sid puts one behind Nabokov, who had no chance. Great PP goal! Pens lead 2-0!

17:37- The Pens will get the first PP of the game as MacDonald gets a slashing penalty.

19:17- GENO SCORES!!! The Pens battle on the boards for the pucks and Iginla wins the battle. He puts the puck in front of the Isles net and Geno gets a shot off that is saved by Nabokov. Geno doesn't give up and sticks one into the net! Pens take the lead 1-0 43 seconds into game 2!

20:00- The puck drops and game 2 is on! Welcome back Sid! Lets Go Pens!

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