Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Day of Returns!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are looking to keep 2014 going strong with their second win of the new year, this time against the Winnipeg Jets! This game will be a big one for the Penguins, because it's a night of returns for the team. It has been confirmed that Kris Letang is ready to return to the lineup today! Not only will the Penguins be getting a top defensemen back, but it looks like center Evgeni Malkin will be making his return. Bylsma ruled him a game time decision, but it seems to be almost certain he will be playing! It's great to see that the Penguins are starting to get healthy once again! Time to get this afternoon game underway! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Gibbons
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Pyatt, Sutter, Vitale

Glass, Sill, Adams

Orpik, Engo
Scuderi, Tanger
Maatta, Niskanen

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 6 Jets 5

3rd Period
0:00- PENS WIN 6-5 AGAINST THE JETS! WHAT A GAME AND WHAT A WIN! Dan Bylsma is now tied with Eddie Johnston for the all-time Penguins franchise record of 232 career-wins!

0:22- Pens ice the puck.

1:27- Jets with an empty net!

2:25- Marc-Andre Fleury! Made a huge pad save on a point blank shot! Amazing!

2:48- The Pens have made some good exits out of their own zone. They just have to play smart defensively.

7:20- NISK-CANNON SCORES!!!!!! Sid looses the faceoff in the offensive zone, but Kuni fights to put the puck to the point while falling down! Maatta goes to Niskanen and he rips a hard shot right between the pads of Montoya! 6-3 Pens!

7:26- The Jets turn over the puck once again and Geno gets speed. He gets a one on one, but Montoya is able to close the pads to make a save!

11:31- GENO SCORES HIS 2ND!!!!! Byfuglien turns over the puck in the Jets zone and Neal fires a shot! Montoya makes the pad save and Geno picks up the loose puck! He buries it! 5-5 tie game!

13:44- Jokinen picks the puck of a Jet and puts the pass to Geno behind the net. Geno outlets to Jokinen busting into the slot area. Montoya with a huge pad save!

15:30- Gibbons gets behind the Jets defense and stops up looking for a trailer, but no one is there. Sid outlets to the front of the net and Gibbons gets a shot off! Montoya with the save and Niskanen fires on wide! Great pressure by the Pens!

20:00- The Pens need to clean up their game and play the full 60 minutes! Time to get this game back in the third period! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Jets have the lead 5-4!

0:17- KANE SCORES AGAIN! Pyatt turns over the puck in the defensive zone and the Pens fall apart in their own zone. Kane is left alone at the side of the net and players crash the net. Kane backhands one up high. 5-4 Jets.

2:29- KANE SCORES! Orpik falls and turns over the puck at the Jets blue line. Kane takes the puck and puts on the after burners. Scuderi can't caught him and Kane puts it over the glove shoulder of Flower. 4-4 tie game.

3:54- The Pens have a great PK effort and Geno is released from the box.

5:54- The Jets will be getting a PP opportunity as Geno is called for hooking.

8:22- JOKINEN SCORES!!!! Jokinen, Geno, Neal, Orpik, and Engo get some great offensive zone time and keep the puck in! Geno finds Jokinen in the slot. Jokinen rips a shot, which is deflected by a Jet and pass the glove of Montoya! The Pens retake the lead 4-3!

10:00- The Jets get some time in the Pens zone, but Flower makes a great save though traffic.

13:58- WHEELER SCORES! The Pens turn over the puck and Wheeler pounces on it. He fires a shot that is deflected by Orpik and it goes pass Flower. It was a rocket shot. 3-3 tie game!

15:01- NEAL SCORES HIS 2ND!!! The Jets cough up the puck on the boards! Neal is there and turns to shoot the puck! It goes off the stick of a Jet, but Montoya is caught sleeping! 3-2 Pens!

15:35- NEAL SCORES ON THE PP!! Tanger and Neal exchange shots on the PP blue line. Tanger draws two Jets and passes over to an open Neal! Neal wrist a rocket shot over the blocker shoulder of Montoya! What a shot! 2-2 tie game!

15:48- Jokinen feeds to Geno in front of the net! Geno falls down, but battles on the ice with Montoya! Geno draws a tripping penalty on Wheeler and the Pens head to the PP!

16:26- Little gets a hard shot off in the slot area, but it goes high and wide!

18:54- GENO SCORES! Byfuglien turns over in his own zone and Geno is back with one other Jet player! He blast one under the blocker of Montoya! 2-1 Jets!

20:00- The Pens need to wake up and get their game going! They need to shut down the Jets and get pucks on net! Second period difference! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Jets lead 2-0!

0:03- SCHEIFELE SCORES! The Pens give up a late goal to the Jets. Scheifele puts one behind Flower and the Pens have an uphill battle to start the second. 2-0 Jets

1:08- The Pens and Jets are back to full strength.

1:53- Maatta gets a chance in the blue paint, bu Montoya makes the pad save.

3:08- Sid gets a breakaway shot, but Montoya makes the save. Byfuglien hooks up Sid on the play and gets a penalty shot! Sid shoots wide of the net! 4 on 4 hockey now as Byfuglien and Engo receive minor penalties.

3:34- Jets PP comes to an end!

5:19- Jets PP for 1:36. The Pens have to kill.

5:43- Niskanen gets an interference penalty and it will be 4 on 4 hockey for 24 seconds.

7:19- Byfuglien takes an interference penalty on Geno and the Pens head back onto the PP!

7:35- Sid sets up Gibbons, but Montoya makes the pad save. Sid's line start to pressure the net, but Montoya stands strong in the net.

8:46- The Pens have a great PK effort and the Jets PP comes to an end.

10:46- The Jets will now have a PP chance. Adams is sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

11:43- The Pens PP comes to an end. Kuni had one good look at the net, but the Jets were very aggressive on the PP to keep the Pens at bay.

13:43- The Pens will get the first PP of the game as Sutter draws a tripping penalty on Pardy!

15:13- The Jets have been playing physical on Geno, but Geno is taking it well and even laying his own hits.

18:13- TROUBA SCORES! The Jets come with speed to start this game and get some great chances on net. Trouba is alone in the slot and puts it in an open net. The Jets strike first and are up 1-0.

19:28- Kane gets speed and gets a breakaway! Flower commits highway robbery with his glove on Kane!

20:00- The Pens welcome back Tanger and Geno today! Time to take it to the Jets and keep 2014 going strong! Lets Go Pens! 

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