Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rematch Against the Chicago Blackhawks!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are back in Pittsburgh to battle the Chicago Blackhawks at Consol Energy Center! The last time these teams meet the Blackhawks where the victorious ones. The Penguins will now look to change that and get the win this time. The Penguins are battling a lot of injuries, but they played a good game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and hopefully bring that momentum into this game. It will be a battle of the Captains between our Captain Sidney Crosby and the Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews. The Penguins need to play a clean game and limit the mistakes as the Blackhawks will make a team pay for them. The Penguins need to come out strong and keep pressuring the Blackhawks. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Stempniak
Bennett, Jokinen, Neal
Pyatt, Sutter, Gibbons
Glass, Adams, Megna

Orpik, Bortuzzo
Niskanen, Maatta
Scuderi, Engo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Blackhawks 1

3rd Period

1:16- SID SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER!!!! The Hawks turn over the puck and Sid gets the puck. He shoots from the red line and doesn't miss! 4-1 Pens!

1:47- Hawks empty their net!

4:51- SID SCORES!!! Kuni puts a saucer pass up to Sid who gets a 2 on 1 with Stempniak! Sid lets go of a snap shot that blows right over the shoulder of Crawford into the net! What a sick release by Sid! A clothes dryer goal by our Captain! That will be Sid's first goal against the Hawks! No team will be safe! The Pens add to their lead 3-1!

7:44- Sid gets two shots off, but Crawford comes up with the save. Sid had a great chance, but just couldn't get it pass the Hawks netminder.

9:18- The Pens are turning over the puck way to much and getting pinned in their own zone for a long time. The Hawks are bringing it and the Pens are sitting back. They need to get the puck in the offensive zone and set up some time. Flower has been phenomenal for the Pens tonight.

11:14- Sharp takes a Pens turnover and comes down the center all alone. Flower comes out to challenge and makes the save with his shoulder! Great save!

13:30- Jonathan Toews will not return for the rest of the game tonight.

14:19- Flower has done an outstanding job in the net, keeping the Hawks at bay. Good back and forth hockey right now, but the Pens need to get more sustain pressure in the offensive zone.

17:50- Huge save by Flower as he looses his stick in the process! The Pens are able to clear the puck up ice.

20:00- Puck drop on the third period! The Pens need to keep their foot on the gas this period to get the win! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- The second period has ended and the Pens still have the lead 2-1 over the Hawks!

2:21- The Pens are laying some heavy hits and the Hawks are trying to answer the call with their own hits.

3:47- The Pens ice the puck and the Hawks with a offensive zone face-off with tired Pens players.

6:24- Orpik just obliterates Toews into the boards! A huge hit by Orpik, but just a clean, hard hit.

7:10- The Pens crash the net, but Crawford and the Hawks somehow keep the puck out of the net! Sid had a amazing shot in the slot zone, but Crawford gets a piece of it with his glove!

8:50- BROOKBANK SCORES! Brookbank drifts to the side at the blue line and rifles a shot through traffic. Flower is heavily screened on the play doesn't even see the puck as it goes pass his glove. The Hawks cut the Pens lead in half. 2-1 Pens.

10:58- The Hawks are able to kill off the Pens PP. Sid was giving a lot of space on the PP and had some great chances, but Crawford made the necessary saves in the end.

12:54- The Pens now have a regular PP once again to work with.

12:58- Hossa is called slashing on Megna and the Pens will have a 5 on 3 PP for four seconds. Then a regular PP for the rest of the time.

14:54- The Pens will now have a PP chance as Sharp high sticks Sid on a play.

15:12- The Toews line gets some sustained pressure in the Pens zone as they battle down low. Flower shuts the door on their chances!

19:34- The Pens are able to kill off the Hawks PP and Engo is set free. The Pens had a great PK effort and didn't get the Hawks a chance to set up.

20:00- Time for the second period! The Pens have to kill off a Hawks PP for 1:26! They need to keep up the good work! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the lead 2-0 over the Hawks!

0:34- Engo takes a seat for slashing and the Hawks get a PP chance.

1:39- The Hawks ice the puck and the Pens get a offensive zone face-off.

3:28- Sid outlets a pass from behind the net to Bennett in the slot. Crawford makes a huge pad save on Bennett's point blank shot! Great pass by Sid!

6:17- Flower makes a shoulder save on Kruger's shot. Hossa and Kruger crash the net, but Flower holds strong to keep the puck out of the net.

9:55- STEMPNIAK SCORES!! Niskanen puts the puck on Stempniak's stick! Stempniak takes the puck into the Hawks zone and power moves pass a defender! Stempniak beats Crawford five-hole! Just like that it is 2-0 Pens!

10:16- NEAL SCORES! Jokinen passes the puck up to Neal who has Bennett on the wing. They have a 2 on 1 chance! Neal holds and puts it over the pad of Crawford! Rocket shot by Neal! 1-0 Pens

12:05- Flower makes a huge save as the Hawks get a chance at the side of the net. The Pens are able to carry out the loose puck.

12:13- The Pens are matching up the Sutter line against the Hawks Toews line.

18:16- Shaw just runs right over Flower, but Flower looks to be ok after the hit.

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol! It's Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to come out with speed and pressure the Hawks early on! Lets Go Pens! 

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