Friday, November 1, 2013

Pens Welcome the Blue Jackets!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are coming off a intense game against Boston and look to keep that momentum going tonight as the Columbus Blue Jackets are at Consol Energy Center. This is a situation of back-to-back games for the teams, as they will face each other tomorrow night in Columbus. On another note, The NHL announced their three stars of the game and the second star was our Captain Sidney Crosby. They highlighted on how the two games that the Penguins lost in a row were games in which he did not record a point. Sid has been, as always, a huge part of this Penguins team and it will be nice to see the other getting more involved. The past few games, Geno has looked hungry for more goals and points. I look to him to start racking up the points along with Sid. The Penguins still need to stick to their game tonight and tomorrow, it's time for the Penguins to do what they do best! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Duper
Jokinen, Geno, Megna
Glass, Sutter, Adams
Jeffrey, Vitale, Engo

Orpik, Martin
Niskanen, Tanger
Maatta, Bortuzzo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
Pens 4 Blue Jackets 2

3rd Period

0:25- Tanger gets a delay of game penalty and the Blue Jackets now have a 2-man advantage.

0:40- The Blue Jackets have a empty net!

0:45- JOHNANSEN SCORES! Johnansen puts one short side and it finds its way to the back of the net. The Pens still lead 4-2!

3:40- Sid with a great chance in the slot area, but the Blue Jackets are able to block it. The Pens bringing the pressure to the Blue Jackets as time whines down.

5:36- The Pens with a solid defensive effort and they are not letting the Blue Jackets engage them in after-the-whistle battles.

8:02- Flower stands up to make a save and holds the puck. The Pens playing more of a defensive game, but doing a good job of boxing out the Blue Jackets in the front of the net.

10:32- The Blue Jackets get some time in the offensive zone, but Flower keeps shutting them down.

13:34- The Pens PP ends and the Blue Jackets are back to full strength.

15:34- Johnson is called for high-sticking on Geno and he heads to the box. The Pens get another crack at the PP.

17:34- The Pens PP comes to an end. Geno cannot seem to catch a break, but it's only a matter of time.

18:25- Looks like Geno scored on the PP, but it doesn't cross the line completely. Called a goal, but it's called back.  

19:34- The Pens will get another PP as Dubinsky is sent to the box for holding.

20:00- Time for the third period! The Pens need to put the Blue Jackets back on their heels and finish this game strong, so they can take that momentum to Columbus for the game tomorrow night! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens have extended their lead 4-1 over the Blue Jackets. Flower has stopped 26 of 27. Niskanen and Comeau drop the gloves! Great scrap by Nisky!

2:00- The Pens have had a better time of keeping the Blue Jackets at bay. The Pens need to put their foot back on the pedal or the Blue Jackets will capitalize once again.

6:42- Flower has been peppered with shots throughout this game. The Pens are looking to spend a lot more time in the Blue Jackets zone.

10:04- MACKENZIE SCORES! Foligno backhands one into the blue paint from the side of the net. Mackenzie is there to elevate the puck over the outstretched pad of Flower. (Flower had no chance) The Blue Jackets get on the board, but Pens have the lead 4-1!

11:18- The Pens with another great PK effort. Flower was solid once again, like a brick wall. Blue Jackets cannot capitalize.

13:18- Jeffrey takes a tripping penalty. Blue Jackets with another PP and a chance. They will try to shift the momentum their way.

14:26- MEGNA SCORES!!!! Geno makes amazing moves around Blue Jacket, getting the puck to Jokinen. He puts the puck into the blue paint and Megna drills it into the back of the net. 4-0 Pens

16:58- Bobrovsky has been pulled from the net. McElhinney will replace him.

16:59- TANGER SCORES ON THE PP!!! Niskanen puts the put right in the wheel-house of Tanger. He fires the shot and it squeezes pass Bobrovsky! 3-0 Pens

17:48- The Pens will get a second PP chance. Wisniewski with a delay of game penalty.

18:50- SUTTER SCORES!! Sutter makes a move around a Blue Jacket and creates a 2 on 1 chance. He holds the puck and puts it five-hole on Bobrovsky! Sutter makes it a 2-0 game!

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens need to keep the puck in the Blue Jackets zone more often, give the Flower a break, and put more goals behind Bobrovsky. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the 1-0 lead over the Blue Jackets! Flower was the star in that period. He shut down the Blue Jackets and kept the Pens in the lead.

0:37- The Pens kill off another Blue Jackets PP. Flower was absolutely phenomenal on that PK. He was making jaw dropping saves.

2:37- The Blue Jackets will get another chance at the PP. Adams is called for cross-checking.

2:44- Sutter takes the puck from behind the net, making his way to the front. Bobrovsky is able to make the pad save.

4:30- The Pens with some good pressure in the Blue Jackets zone after killing off the Jackets PP. Megna gets a great chance on net, thanks to a pass from Sid.

5:23- The Blue Jackets are unable to capitalize on their PP chance. The Pens had a solid PK effort and made it look easy.

7:23- The Blue Jackets will now get a chance on the PP as Tanger is sent to the box for cross-checking.

8:40- Geno is having another great game. He is getting to the puck first and driving to the front of the net, it's only a matter of time until the flood gates open.

12:49- KUNI SCORES ON THE PP! Martin snaps one from the point and Kuni redirects it passed Bobrovsky into the back of the net! Sid gets an assist on the goal and makes it his 22nd point! Pens take the lead 1-0!

12:54- The Pens will get a PP chance as Savard is sent to the sin bin!

15:19- Both teams have had some great chances on net. Flower and Bobrovsky have been solid early in this game. Neither team has had a clear dominance over the other, some back and forth hockey. The first goal is going to mean a lot in this one.

20:00- The puck has dropped at center ice! The Pens host the Blue Jackets at Consol Energy Center! Lets Go Pens! 

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