Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rivalry Game in Pittsburgh!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

It's hockey night in Pittsburgh and the Penguins will be facing their rivals the Washington Capitals! The Penguins and Capitals have a great rivalry and it has been boosted since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin entered the league. Since that time the Penguins lead the series and still lead it over both teams history. On the injury front, James Neal has been out for a lower-body injury for the past two days, but was at the morning skate. Neal however is not on the ice currently for the warm-up. The Penguins have called up Pierre-Luc Letoumeau-Leblond (fantastic name) from WBS after Brian Gibbons left the game against Calgary with a lower-body injury. It looks like Brandon Sutter may play on Sid's line tonight, but the lineups will be a game time decision. The Penguins have to come out with speed and energy to start this game. They cannot let the Capitals get any momentum going and need to keep them pinned down in their own end. Also the Penguins have to play a full 60 minutes to come out with a win tonight. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Sutter
Jokinen, Geno, Pyatt
Glass, Drazenovic, Adams
Leblond, Sill, Engo

Orpik, Bortuzzo
Scuderi, Tanger
Maatta, Niskanen

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Caps 3

3rd Period

1:08- Caps empty net.

1:54- MAATTA SCORES!!!! Geno takes a tour of the Caps zone and drops it off to Maatta at the point! Maatta fakes a shot and shuts down Ward! Maatta then first a shot through traffic into the five-hole! 4-3 Pens!

2:47- Time is ticking away and both teams are dumping in pucks trying to set up offensive zone time.

7:55- Caps short PP is over.

8:25- JOKINEN SCORES!!! Sutter passes a backhander across the front of the Caps zone and through the skates of a Caps defender! Jokinen rifles on into the net! 3-3 tie.

9:58- Geno is now back in the box this time for interference. 4 on 4 for 1:39.

10:19- Green is back in the box for tripping up Geno. Pens to the PP once again.

10:55- Geno and Eriskine are released from the box.

11:25- OVECHKIN SCORES! Ovechkin is left alone and puts it top shelf. 3-2 Caps.

12:55- Geno goes to the sin bin for high sticking and Erskine goes for roughing. 4 on 4 hockey.

13:50- Ovechkin slashes Geno right on the hand/wrist and Geno looks to be in pain. He is attended to by the medical staff, but comes back onto the ice looking ready to play.

15:55- Sid and Kuni get a 2 on 1 chance, but a Caps player is coming up fast. Sid puts a pass over to Kuni and he just can't get a good shot off as the puck hit is skate first.

17:28- The Pens PP ends. Sid did some great battling for the puck behind the net and sent a Caps player flying to meet the ice after a battle. Great stuff on the PP, but still tied at 2-2.

19:28- Geno is tripped up on the play by Green and the Pens will get a PP chance.

20:00- Third period is underway! The Pens have to keep taking it to the Caps and keep them pinned down in their zone! Also to make clean, tape to tape passes! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and we are tied 2-2!

0:10- The Caps get a 2 on 1, but it turns into a 1 on 1 chance. However Flower sweeps the puck away before the Caps player can reach it. Flower makes some good saves at the end of the second period.

0:52- Geno makes a great stick move to get the puck free and puts one on net. Neurvirth is able to make the save.

3:52- PYATT SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL AS A PENGUIN!! Jokinen turns in the Caps zone and passes across to Maatta coming in late on the play! Maatta holds and passes to Pyatt! He puts it over the glove shoulder of Neurvirth! 2-2 tie!

4:16- Kuni fires a shot from the boards towards the net and Sutter is able to redirect right in front of the net. Neurvirth makes the pad save.

5:29- CHIMERA SCORES! Orlov passes from the point to Johansson at the side of the net. Without hesitation he passes across the goal mouth to Chimera who wrist one in an open net. 2-1 Caps.

10:07- TANGER SCORES! The Pens get a 4 on 2 chance. Sid drives the center and makes a sick backwards pass to Tanger coming in later! Tanger fires, it goes off a Caps stick and into the net! Kuni with a great exit out of the Pens zone to get the chance up ice on the Tanger goal! 1-1 tie game!

10:41- The Pens are having trouble making clean tape to tape passes to exit their zone and get into the Caps zone. Really killing them right now.

15:19- Flower has been solid in the net and made quality saves.

17:25- The second period has started with some speed and both teams have had some great chances on net.

20:00- Time for the second period! The Pens need to pick it up and get this game going their way! Lets Go Pens!

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

2:33- The Pens have a successful PK. Flower made some solid saves and the PKers did a great job of getting in passing and shooting lanes.

4:33- The Caps are now getting a PP change as Drazenovic is called for tripping up Ovechkin. The Pens bring out their PK unit.

7:08- The Pens PP comes to an end. The Pens had some great chances towards the end, but Neurvirth was up to the task. The Pens missed the net at times also.

6:51- LAICH SCORES SHORTHANDED! Tanger makes a bad pass up ice, but Laich takes the puck for a 2 on 1 chance in the Pens zone. Liach holds and moves around a fallen Tanger trying to block and puts one in the net. Caps strike first 1-0.

7:08- The Pens will get the first PP of the game and Ward will sit for tripping.

8:40- Sid gets the puck after the Caps turn it over. Sid gets it up to Kuni who has some space, but Neurvirth makes the shoulder save on his shot!

10:50- The Pens get some great offensive zone time and moving the puck around. It goes to the piont and is shot! Neurvirth makes the save, but the puck trickles through to the right before the goal line! The ref had already blown the whistle and play stopped when it trickled through.

11:36- Huge ovation for Dan Bylsma after a tribute video congratulating him on becoming the Pens winningest coach in franchise history!

14:22- Sutter gets caught in the throat area by Bortuzzo's stick and is shaking up on the play. He is still on the bench.

19:16- Sid carries the puck into the Caps zone and does a spin-o-rama! He backhands one and Neurvirth flashes the pad to make the save!

20:00- The puck has dropped in Pittsburgh! The Pens are ready to put the Caps away in this game! Lets Do It Pens! Lets Go Pens! 

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