Monday, December 23, 2013

The Penguins are in Ottawa!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show
Consol / MF

The Penguins are in Ottawa to face the Senators tonight! This is their last game before the Christmas break and they are on a hot streak! I was lucky enough to attend their last three home games and it was amazing. They were doing great for a team that has numerous injuries to key players. The depth of the Penguins farm system in Wilkes Barre/Scranton is amazing. It has been great to see the young guys being called up producing and giving it their all. Hopefully the Penguins can get another win and keep their streak rolling. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Niskanen, Maatta
Despres, Sammuelsson
Dumoulin, Bortuzzo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
Pens 0 Sens 5

3rd Period
0:00- The Sens get the win 5-0 and shutout the Pens in their win! At least the Pens have a break to get healthy and get ready to bring it after their holiday rest!

0:40- Bortuzzo heads to the box along with Ryan. 4 on 4 hockey for the rest of the game.

1:09- Kuni is set free and Pens are back to full strength.

1:12- Sens with a short PP.

2:19- 4 on 4 hockey now for 58 seconds as Spezza is released from the box.

3:09- Kuni is headed off to the sin bin for slashing. 50 seconds of a 4 on 3 PP for the Pens.

3:31- The Pens will get a 5 on 3 PP for 1:12 as Gryba gets a holding penalty!

4:19- The Pens are getting their 5th PP of the game as Spezza is called for tripping.

5:58- CONACHER SCORES! The Sens get a rush and shuffle the puck to the net. Conacher crashes the net. First the puck goes off his skate then he jams at Flower's pad to push the puck into the net with his stick. 5-0 Sens

7:18- TURRIS SCORES! Karlsson holds the puck at the side of the net and Flower has to respect his shot. Turris receives a pass from across ice and puts it into the open net. 4-0 Sens

8:50- Jokinen gets behind the Sens defense, but Anderson pulls out the poke check.

10:10- Neal puts the puck right in the blue paint, but the Sens are able to clear it easily enough. The Pens look to be out of sorts tonight. Still haven't been able to find their first goal.

15:22- The Pens have 11 injured players out of the lineup and down one man tonight. It's showing in tonight's game.

18:24- KARLSSON SCORES! Karlsson stick handles around Maatta, in a one-on-one coverage, and rifles one over the shoulder of Flower. The Sens increase their lead to 3-0.

18:33- Despres fires a shot from the point, but Anderson is able to get a piece of it with his blocker to put it just wide of the net.

20:00- Time for the Pens to start getting to the dirty areas more in front of Anderson! Third period time! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Sens increase their lead to 2-0 over the Pens.

0:28- Flower pulls out the poke check and stacks the pads to make an amazing save!

1:10- The Pens are unable to capitalize on the PP once again. Cowen is set free from the box.

3:10- The Sens get in trouble again. The Pens get their 4th PP of the night. Cowen for interference.

4:31- The Pens cannot capitalize yet again on the PP. Maatta makes a great defensive effort and gets a nice shot on the PP. Impressive for a guy who is only 19 years old.

6:31- The Pens are headed back on the PP! Spezza is called for tripping and takes a seat!

7:10- Kuni gets somewhat behind the Sens defense, but Anderson is strong with a pad save. Kuni was also bear hugged a bit.

7:54- Neal gets a mini breakaway, but has pressuring from Clarkson. Anderson is able to hold off Neal's shot!

10:27- The Sens are able to kill off another Pens PP. The PP looked better in the beginning and had some good chances, but couldn't put it behind Anderson.

12:27- The Pens will head back onto the PP as Smith heads off to the box for hooking.

14:14- RYAN SCORES ON THE PP! Ryan stations himself right in front of Flower and is able to redirect a shot from the point between the pads of Flower. Sens now up 2-0 over the Pens.

14:53- Sutter gets a rush up ice and gets a shot off on the rush. Anderson his up to the challenge as he makes the glove save on Sutter's quick shot.

15:05- Kuni will take a seat for high sticking and the Pens will have to kill off another Sens PP!

16:16- Conner lets go of a quick shot off a offensive faceoff win, but Anderson makes the pad save.

17:17- Neil is released from the box and the Pens PP ends. Conner had the best chance as he was right on the doorstep.

19:17- The Pens will get their second PP of the night as Neil heads to the box for holding.

20:00- The second period has started! The Pens need to pick up their game and get this one back in their favor! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period has ended with the Sens leading the Pens 1-0!

2:44- The Sens have out-shot the Pens 10-5, so far this period.

4:33- The Pens PP expires and to combat the Sens targeting of Sid, Bylsma has put the Bortuzzo pairing out on the ice with the top line (Kuni, Sid, Neal).

6:33- Phillips gets a hooking penalty and the Pens get a PP!

8:00- The Pens kill off the Sens PP. Flower makes a great save as Neal is released from the box.

8:18- Flower makes a quick glove save, showing the Sens he is on his game despite the Sens getting an early one.

10:00- The Sens will put their PP to work as the Pens receive a too many men on the ice penalty.

10:30- Jokinen puts the puck on net and Anderson makes the save. Zolnierczyk whacks at the rebound, but couldn't get enough of the puck. It goes wide of the net.

11:52- Sid is back on the bench! However Niskanen has headed back down the runway to repair a skate issue!

13:06- SMITH SCORES! The Sens take advantage of an offensive zone faceoff and get body position. Flower makes the first save, but Smith is there to put in the rebound. 1-0 Sens

13:10- Niskanen is back on the bench. Even the ref is getting hurt as he is hit in the back with a puck. He gets up and skates under his own power off the ice.

13:34- Niskanen is also missing from the bench at this time.

15:28- Sid headed to the locker room. No sure if an injury is the reason or an equipment issue.

16:25- Sid tries to run the gauntlet between Sens defense, but Methot lays a hard hip checks Sid. Sid goes flying into Duper and he does down hard. Duper is helped off the right and to the locker room. It looked liked his right knee, couldn't put any weight on it.

20:00- The puck has dropped and this game is on! The Pens need to come out strong and fast against the Sens! Lets Go Pens! 

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