Friday, December 27, 2013

Hurricanes are No Match for the Penguins

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are visiting the Carolina Hurricanes for tonight's game. The Penguins had a hard loss to the Senators Monday, but look to bounce back tonight. The Penguins will have to do so without the services of Pascal Dupuis who went down during the first period of the Senators game. He will have to undergo ACL surgery and could be out for the season. Here is to hoping that he has a speedy recovery and that this injury will not be a season ending one. On another note, Flower will be making his 500th NHL career start tongiht! Anyways, the Penguins will have the services of Engelland since his suspend has ended. The Penguins could have Orpik back on the blueline, which will be a huge gain for the defense. The Penguins have ressigned Philip Sammuelsson to WBS. The Penguins may have more players returning, but it looks like it may only be Engelland and Orpik (maybe Tanner Glass). Either way the Penguins should come out with speed and get on the board early against the Hurricanes! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Vitale
Conner, Jokinen, Neal
Zolnierczyk, Sutter, Kobasew
Glass, Sill, Adams

Orpik, Engo
Maatta, Niskanen
Despres, Bortuzzo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Canes 3

OT Period
3:57- NEAL SCORES!!!! Flower makes a save up high in the throat area, but is ok. The Pens take it up ice and Neal finishes it! PENS WIN 4-3! LETS GO PENS!

5:00- This is OT! Lets finish this one early Pens and put the puck behind Peters! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- We are tied 3-3 and going to OT!

2:29- BOWMAN SCORES! The Canes get great time in the Pens zone and pressure. They are able to capitalize and tie this game up 3-3!

2:56- The Canes have started to pressure the Pens more and getting some time in the offensive zone. The Pens are looking to clear.

6:45- ENGO SCORES!!! Orpik makes a quick pass to Engo who is open. Engo fires a shot from the blue line and it goes right pass Murphy and Vitale fighting/screening Peters and into the back of the net. 3-2 Pens!

7:46- Bortuzzo lets go off a hard shot on the rush, but Peters makes the save! Bortuzzo elimantes Semin in front of the net.

11:14- The speed of the game has slowed down a bit. Boychuk fires a sneaky shot, but Flower is there to make the stop and covers for a faceoff.

14:06- The Pens really needed that goal. They have more jump to their step and starting to pressure the Canes and Peters more.

18:02- CONNER SCORES!! The Pens were changing behind the play and Conner takes the puck into the Canes zone. He has a one-on-one with Murphy and sticks handles around him. He backhands one and it goes five-hole! It's a tie game 2-2!

20:00- Time for the third (maybe final period)! The Pens need to kick things into gear and make clean passes/plays if they want to win this one! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Canes still have the lead. 2-1 Canes.

0:30- Maatta is able to whack the puck away from J.Staal and keeps him from getting a breakaway chance.

2:20- The Pens have a couple of good shifts. Kuni, Sid, and Neal starting to few it more and getting chances on net.

5:30- Sid finds Neal crosses in front of the net all alone, but Peters makes the save!

7:00- Jokinen gets a quality shot off and Peters makes the save, no rebound available.

9:30- Engo goes crashing into the boards and it's a scary moment, but he gets up and looks to be ok.

11:27- There hasn't been any whistles in awhile. The Pens have been a bit sloppy and turning over the puck. Despres does hit a hard shot off, but it sails wide of the net.

15:53- The Pens ice the puck and the Canes win the offensive zone faceoff. Skinner gets a quick shot off by the side of the net, but Flower hugs the post and covers the puck.

19:30- GERBE SCORES! The Canes put the puck on net and Flower makes the save. Gerbe fights in front of the net to get a piece of the puck, Flower ends up falling from being bumped and Gerber puts the puck in. Canes answer the Pens and take the lead back. 2-1 Canes

19:44- SID SCORES! Maatta pinches down on the play and the puck ends up bouncing over Neal's stick. Sid skates to the open ice and whacks at the puck on his backhand. Peters isn't ready and it finds its way to the back of the net! 1-1 tie game!

20:00- The second period is underway! Time for the Pens to pick it up and put more pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:01- SEKERA SCORES! The Pens do a terrible job in their own defensive area. Sekera fires a shot over the shoulder of Flower and the Canes take the lead 1-0.

1:05- The Pens are unable to capitalize on the PP. Conner, Sutter, and Kobasew crash the net trying to find the loose puck. Peters with help from his teammates are able to keep the loose puck from going over the goal line.

3:05- The Pens are getting their first PP of the game as Bowman is sent to the sin bin for hooking.

3:53- Flower doing some acrobats to glove up the puck after it bounced off the glass behind the net! Great move by the Flower!

4:30- E.Staal tries to take the puck further into the Pens zone, but Despres pokes the puck away and then dumps E.Staal onto the ice!

6:46- Sid gets a chance, but his shot goes off the side of the net and the Canes are finally able to clear.

8:40- Shots are 9-3 in favor of the Canes.

10:03- The Pens are able to avoid trouble after a few sloppy turnovers and moves in their own zone. Flower has been sharp to start this game.

12:48- The Pens come up with a huge kill on the Canes PP. Kobasew is released from the box and the Pens come at the Canes!

14:48- The Pens will bring out their PK unit as Kobasew is called for hooking. Canes to the PP.

15:00- Sutter recovers the puck at the side of the net, but Peters hugs the post to make the save.

16:40- Conner gets a couple of chances while crashing the net. The Pens with some good chances early.

20:00- Time to get this game underway! A huge welcome back to Glass, Engo, and Orpik! The Pens need to get on the board early and keep taking it to the Canes! Lets Go Pens! 

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