Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rivalry Night!!!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show
It's Rivalry Night on NBC and the Penguins are in Washington to take on the Capitals! The Capitals have been on a roll of late, but they are missing some key defensemen in their lineup. The Penguins are coming off a hard fought win against the Anaheim Ducks. This will be a battle for the Metropolitan Division as the Penguins only lead the Capitals by one point. If the Capitals win they can overtake the Penguins for the lead, but the Penguins could put more space between the games. The Penguins have been shaking up the lines to get a spark for the team and they found one at the end of their game against the Ducks. The Penguins are still looking for Geno to light the lamp, which may happen tonight, but he has been huge with making plays and creating chances. The Penguins look to keep the momentum going and beating a big time rival! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Bennett
Duper, Geno, Neal
Jokinen, Sutter, Gibbons
Glass, Vitale, Adams

Orpik, Martin
Maatta, Tanger
Niskanen, Engo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Caps 0

3rd Period

2:00- The Pens are still controlling this game as time whines down.

6:41- Flower has been solid in the net and making a huge difference. Geno is also on his game tonight. He is making plays, passes, blocking shots, and just working all over the ice.

9:40- Geno gets speed down the wing and backhands one to the. Holtby makes the pad save and directs the puck to the corner.

12:20- Sutter is being attended to on the bench and looks to be in some pain.

12:44- NEAL SCORES!!!! Martin lays up the puck to Neal. He enters the zone with speed and Duper driving to the net. Neal with a sniper shot that sails pass Holtby! 4-0 Pens

14:42- Jokinen works hard behind the Caps net, but Caps win the battle. They get a rush up ice, but Flower and the defense send them back out.

16:44- Ovechkin gets a shot off at the doorstep of Flower, but Flower denies him entry!

17:27- Vitale gets a rush up the wing and fires a shot. Holtby makes the save, but gobbles up the puck. His defense is there to clear the puck out of harms way.

20:00- Third period time! The Pens have the momentum and control! They need to keep it going and not get sloppy! Keep pressuring the Caps! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens are now up 3-0!!!

0:29- SID SCORES ON THE PP!!! Geno on the boards passed to Kuni, in front of the net, who passed to Neal, beside the net, and he passed to Sid through the blue paint! Sid let go of a one timer and put that puck right in the corner! Amazing passing play and unbelievable shot by Sid! Pens up 3-0!

1:43- The Pens will get a PP as the Caps are caught with too many men on the ice.

1:48- Orpik with a great defensive play. Keeping his stick on the ice and breaks up a 3-on-1 chance.

3:19- Kuni wins the puck battle behind the net and brings the puck to the front of the net. Holtby is able to make a pad save.

6:06- Geno carries the puck into the Caps zone then is hit and falls, but still passes the puck on his back to Duper in the slot! Holtby makes the save on Duper's shot!

6:36- Flower comes up with a huge shoulder save! Amazing shot, but a better save by the Flower!

8:11- This game has opened up and both teams are exchanging chances on either end of the ice. Crazy pace and things tend to get sloppy at this pace. The Pens need to stick to their game and keep it tight.

10:45- Sid gets a rebound in the slot area. He fires a shot that is saved by Holtby!

11:28- Flower has made some amazing saves! Solid goal tending by Flower for the Pens.

12:22- The Caps do a great job on the PK and kept the puck in the Pens zone for quite some time. Pens PP ends and Caps have some momentum after the kill.

14:22- The Pens will get a chance on the PP as Erat is headed to the sin bin for holding.

14:39- Sid gets a pass and has some space on the wing. He wrist one up high over the net!

16:09- The Pens are getting to the dirty areas, getting traffic in front of the net, and putting the puck towards the net. They are dominating the puck possession right now. Great to see!

18:20- Neal shoots the puck, which Holtby makes a save. Geno whacks at the rebound, but it just goes wide of the net!

19:20- The Pens kill off Caps PP!

20:00- The puck has been dropped for the second period! The Pens need to kill off the Caps PP for another 35 seconds and get the puck down in the Caps zone! Lets Go Pens!

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

1:25- The Pens are bringing out the PK unit again, as Glass sits for hooking. Giving the Caps chances like this is not good, these things could come back to haunt a team.

4:03- The Pens are able to kill off another Caps PP and Kuni rejoins the team on the ice.

5:13- Caps will now have a PP for 1:09.

6:04- Kuni is called for tripping. 4 on 4 hockey for 51 seconds.

7:13- The Pens will now get a PP to work with as Oleksy takes a seat for cross-checking.

8:03- BENNETT SCORES!! Geno makes a beautiful backhanded pass from the neutral zone to Bennett. He flies pass the Caps D and lets go of a wrister that beats Holtby, blocker side! His first goal this season! The Pens lead 2-0! 

9:18- The Pens have had some great shots on Holtby and pressure in the Caps Zone.

13:22- MARTIN SCORES! Sid wins the faceoff and Geno ties up his man. Sid gets the puck back to Martin and he wrists one from the point. It blows right pass Holtby into the net! 1-0 Pens

14:37- Adams is released from the box as the Pens are successful on the PK. Doing a great job of getting to the puck first and keeping it out of the zone. Flower with a huge save on a Ovechkin shot.

16:37- The Caps will get the first PP of the game as Adams heads to the box for tripping.

17:53- Vitale directs the puck towards the net as he flies through the blue paint!

20:00- It's Rivalry Night! The Pens are taking on the Caps and this game is going to be a playoff atmosphere! It's game time! Lets Go Pens! 

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