Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Penguins in a Late Night Vancouver Battle!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are starting out their Western road trip in Vancouver against the Canucks tonight in a late 10pm game! The Penguins are coming off a two game winning streak to start 2014 and look to start strong on the road! Also some Olympic news came out today!

Our Captain Sidney Crosby and his winger Chris Kunitz were named to Team Canada, but James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Kris Letang were snubbed for spots! It's great to see that Kunitz has been recognized for accomplishments this season and the spot was well earned by the veteran winger. It's sad to see that Neal, Fleury, and Letang were snubbed when they have tremendous talent, but this could motivate them for the 2018 Olympics!

Also to no one's surprise, Evgeni Malkin was named to Team Russia!

Team Finland also announced their roster and two Penguins earned a spot! Jussi Jokinen and our very own Olli Maatta!

Team USA will be with the services of Orpik and Martin on defense!

It's a great story for both Maatta and Kunitz! It's great to see the Penguin players getting recognized for their hard work and they will all do a great job representing their respected countries! Well the Olympics are approaching, but the Penguins will be thinking about the Canucks tonight and push their Olympic thoughts aside! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Gibbons
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Pyatt, Sutter, Glass
Adams, Vitale, Engo

Orpik, Despres
Maatta, Niskanen
Scuderi, Tanger

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 5 Canucks 4


Flower makes the stop!

Sid puts it five hole! Awesome!

Santorelli hits the post!

Jokinen is stopped by the glove of Lack!

Flower poke checks Kassian!

OT Period
0:00- We are headed to a shootout! 4-4 tie!

0:35- Neal gets a chance up ice with Geno, but Lack makes the pad save. Neal was out of gas on that play.

2:08- Geno and Neal make a sick give and go play in the Canucks zone. Neal gets open and rips a wrist shot towards the net, Lack makes the glove save.

3:08- Jokinen feeds a pass to a trailing Tanger coming into the slot area! He fires a rocket shot that Lack saves with the blocker!

5:00- The Pens have battle to tie the game back up after going down by two! Now time to finish this game up! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- We are headed to OT!

0:54- SID SCORES!!!! The Pens empty their net again! Jokinen fires a shot, Kuni directs it from the front of the net to the side. Sid kicks it to his stick and puts it under the pad of Lack! 4-4 tie game!

1:11- TANGER SCORES!!! The Pens win an offensive zone faceoff and Jokinen puts it to Tanger. He fires one from the blue line and it blows pass the glove of Lack! 4-3 Canucks!

1:30- The Pens have an empty net.

4:13- The Canucks doing a good job of being in a defensive stance to defend their two goal lead over the Pens.

6:36- KASSIAN SCORES! There is a loose, bouncing puck in the Pens zone and Kassan gets to it first. He bats at the bouncing puck and it goes in. 4-2 Canucks.

6:53- HIGGINS SCORES! Hanson makes a sauer pass over the stick of Niskanen to Higgins. He is left alone and puts it through the pads of Flower. 3-2 Canucks have the lead.

9:03- The Canucks kill off the Pens second PP of the game.

9:27- Tanger is back on the ice for the Pens PP.

11:03- Sestito takes a charging penalty and the Pens going onto the PP. Tanger heads down the runway to the locker room after taking a hard hit from Sestito.

12:21- TANEV SCORES! Tanev whips a hard shot and Flower is screened. The puck goes off the skate of Maatta and into the net. The Canucks have tied it up 2-2.

12:28- Flower makes a huge pad save on Tanev after the Canucks were passing it like crazy while entering the Pens zone.

15:08- Sestito sticks handles around Despres and tries to use his long reach to put the puck around the outstretch pad of Flower. Flower is up to the challenge.

19:32- Canucks PP comes to an end and Despres is let free from his prison.

20:00- Time for the third period! The Pens have to kill off the Canucks PP for another 28 seconds and then take it to the Canucks! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens are up 2-1 over the Canucks after two!

1:33- Despres is sent to the sin bin for tripping and Canucks will get their second PP of this game.

4:25- GARRISON SCORES! Sid gets the puck off a board battle and tries an outlet pass down the middle to Gibbons. Gibbons can't reach it and Garrison ends up with it. He fires one over the blocker shoulder of Flower. 2-1 Pens.

5:12- The Pens are really playing at a top level. Canucks are lucky to have Lack in the net and playing well, as the Canucks could be down by more than two.

6:08- Tanger comes busting into the Canucks zone and picks up the loose puck in the slot! Lack stops Tanger's point blank shot again!

7:01- Geno outlets to a wide open Tanger in the slot area! He wrist one, but Lack is able to make the save!

9:13- Sutter fires a shot, but it's blocked by a leg and the Canucks clear up ice.

12:12- Gibbons drops the puck to Tanger in the Canucks zone! Tanger rings one off the goal post!

14:35- GENO SCORES!! Neal puts the puck to the slot area and a Canuck gets some of it, but Geno is able to get the puck and rip it pass Lack! 2-0 Pens!

14:51- Hanson gets speed and a breakaway chance! Flower stays with him and makes the pad save! Huge stop by the Flower!

17:34- The Canucks crash the net after winning a faceoff in the Pens zone, but Flower covers the puck with his glove for the whistle.

20:00- The second period is underway! The Pens need to keep pressuring the Canucks and put pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

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

1:01- The puck is turned over behind the Pens net and D.Sedin gets a chance on net! Flower holds strong to the post to make the save!

2:45- The Pens get some good looks on the PP, but the Canucks kill off the PP opportunity for the Pens.

4:45- The Pens will now have a PP chance as Tanger is held up on a breakaway chance!

6:45- GIBBONS SCORES! Gibbons gets speed and gets the puck off the boards in the neutral zone! He flies pass the Canucks and puts one five-hole on Lack! 1-0 Pens!

7:25- The Pens come up with a huge PK and Pyatt is released from the box. Flower made some solid saves during the PK and after.

9:25- The Canucks will get a crack at the first PP of the game as Pyatt is called for interference.

10:41- The Pens lead the Canucks in shots 5-2, but it's still scoreless.

14:40- Flower gets a piece of a backhanded shot by Higgins!

16:22- The Pens have had some good chances on net, but Lack has made the necessary saves to get them at bay.

20:00- Puck drop! The Pens need to play a clean game, limit turnovers, and pressure the Canucks in their own end to win this game! Lets Go Pens! 

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