Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pens Visit the Blue Jackets!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are in Columbus to face the Blue Jackets! The Penguins are coming off an overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes and have seen some of their injured players return. Brooks Orpik and Tanner Glass both were able to play and Derek Engelland's suspension had ended. The Penguins have released Rob Scuderi from IR and placed Evgeni Malkin on IR retroactively. Rob Scuderi is skating in the Penguins pregame warmup and has expressed that he wants to play! Fingers crossed! Now the Penguins need to keep it going and moving forward! Keeping up the hard work so the rest of their injured players nothing to worry about until they are better!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Orpik, Engo
Maatta, Niskanen
Scuderi, Bortuzzo

Zatkoff in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 5 Blue Jackets 3

3rd Period:

0:32- Neal takes a seat for tripping. Blue Jackets PP!

1:02- Blue Jackets have an empty net!

1:29- NIKITIN SCORES! Nikitin fires one from the point and it goes off the hand of Glass pass Zatkoff! Pens lead 5-3.

2:27- NEAL SCORES AND GETS A HAT-TRICK!!!!! Vitale, Sutter, and Neal crash the net for the loose puck and Neal is able to backhand the puck between the pads of McElhinney! The Pens now lead 5-2!

2:13- The Pens PP ends.

4:13- Folingo is caught tripping up Sid and heads to the box. The Pens are going back on the PP!

5:44- Vitale gets some space and has a backhands one that goes off the pad of McElhinney then off the crossbar! It was so close!

7:02- KUNI SCORES ON THE PP!!!! Sid makes a great pass to Kuni and he buries it! The Pens are up 4-2 over the Blue Jackets!

7:35- The Pens getting yet another PP as MacKenzie is called for high sticking!

9:09- SID SCORES!!! Sid whacks at a bouncing puck to enter the Blue Jackets zone! He passes over to Kuni, who returns the puck! Sid fires a shot that goes under McElhinney, but he is mowed over by his own player, which puts the puck over the line! Goal is reviewed and it's good! Pens lead 3-2!

11:21- The Blue Jackets pressure the Pens on their PP. The PP doesn't look very good and the Blue Jackets are back to full strength.

13:21- The Pens will now get a PP as Comeau is called for tripping.

15:12- The Pens do a good job of killing off the Blue Jackets penalty. Neal gets a chance coming out of the box, but McElhinney makes the save!

17:12- Neal heads to the sin bin for hooking and the Pens will have to kill off a Blue Jackets PP.

18:17- Neal passes the puck to the middle for Jokinen, who has a little space from a blue jacket defender, but McElhinney pokes the puck away from Jokinen's reach!

20:00- The Pens need to get this game going in their favor and take back the lead! Third period time! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:12- The Pens are able to kill off the Blue Jackets PP before the period ends!

2:12- The Blue Jackets will get their first PP of the game as Vitale takes a seat for tripping.

4:07- Zatkoff comes up with two big saves on Dubinsky!

6:18- TROPP SCORES! Tropp stick handles around a flat footed Maatta and puts the puck under the outstretched pad of Zatkoff. The Blue Jackets tie it up 2-2.

8:25- Zatkoff hugs the post to make a stop. He has been sharp for the Pens and is a huge part of why they are in the lead and not behind.

11:26- NEAL SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT!! Sid makes a beautiful pass to Neal and he fires a rocket shot in the slot. It flies high over the glove of McElhinney into the net! Pens lead 2-1!!

12:23- Vitale heads to the locker room after taking a hard hit on a previous play.

14:35- Comeau is wide open in the slot, but Zatkoff robs him and then robs Johansen's rebound chance! He has been really good in the net for the Pens right now!

16:10- The Blue Jackets get some great pressure in the Pens zone, but Zatkoff has been strong in the net for the Pens. They ice the puck and have to call a timeout to rest their tired players.

18:30- The Blue Jackets are able to kill off another Pens PP.

20:00- The puck drops for the second period! The Pens have a PP to work with for about 1:30! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and we are tied up 1-1!

0:29- The Pens are getting another PP chance! Jenner sits for tripping!

1:19- The Blue Jackets get some sustain pressure in the Pens zone, but the Pens avoid danger to clear the puck.

4:40- Conner drives to the net, but McElhinney denies Conner! Jokinen crashes the net, but McElhinney covers for a whistle!

6:34- The Pens are getting some more offensive zone time. Pressuring the Blue Jackets more it seems, but will it last? That's the question.

8:03- Engo fires a shot from the point, but McElhinney is able to make the save. Orpik's shot goes just wide of the net.

11:01- The Blue Jackets do a better job and kill off the Pens PP. Zatkoff made a huge pad save and then blocker save on Dubinsky to keep him from getting a short-handed goal.

13:01- Letestu hooks up Neal and gets caught. He heads to the box and the Pens head back onto the PP!

15:05- NEAL SCORES ON THE PP! Kuni passes across the ice to Niskanen who finds Neal in the slot area. He rifles one into the back of the net! 1-1 tie game!

15:33- Tropp goes to the box for tripping and the Pens get the first PP of the game!

16:01- DUBINSKY SCORES! Bortuzzo lays a hip check on an incoming Blue Jacket, but Dubinsky picks up the puck and works his way around Scuderi. He puts the first shot behind Zatkoff. The Blue Jackets strike first 1-0.

16:19- The Blue Jackets get a chance, but the puck goes wide.

20:00- Time to get this game underway! The Pens welcome back Rob Scuderi to the defense! Lets Go Pens! 

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