Saturday, March 1, 2014

Solider Field Showdown!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Pittsburgh Penguins are at Solider Field to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game! This will be the first time that our Captain Sidney Crosby and Blackhawks Captain Johnathan Toews will match-up against each other! It should be an exciting game between a potential Stanley Cup final series layout! The Penguins are beat up on the defense as Paul Martin had surgery today on his broken hand, his timeline is still the same. Kris Letang skated during the family skate, but it was light. The Penguins are going to rely heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury as the Blackhawks have a lethal offense and will look to hammer a lot of shots on the net. The Penguins will have to keep sustained pressure on the Blackhawks in the offensive zone and make sure to take shots on net whenever they can. It will be a tough game, but if the Penguins play their game and play a clean/smart game they will come out with the win! LETS DO THIS PENGUINS! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Niskanen, Maatta
Orpik, Scuderi
Bortuzzo, Despres

Flower in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 1 Blackhawks 5

3rd Period
0:00- The Pens fall 5-1 to the Hawks at Solider Field. The Pens are 0-2 after the Olympic break. They need to wake up and fast. This is ridiculous.

2:01- TOEWS SCORES KIND OF! Toews takes a shot and Flower makes the pad save, but Despres isn't able to handle the rebound. He directs it into the open net. Hawks take a even more commanding lead 5-1 over the Pens.

3:12- The Pens have been getting more pucks towards Crawford, but time is the enemy of the Pens right now.

6:03- BICKELL SCORES! The Hawks get a 2 on 1 chance once again. Bickell receives a pass, Flower makes a pad save on the first try, but can't keep it out on the second try. 4-1 Hawks.

7:31- The Pens are unable to capitalize on yet another PP chance.

9:31- Kruger takes a seat for delay of game penalty. Pens PP time! Perfect time for the Pens to finally get one on the PP!

10:00- The Pens and Hawks will now switch sides.

10:28- Sharp makes a play below the goal line to Kane out front, but Flower was there to put a stop to that play!

13:05- Due to wind the Pens and Hawks will change ends halfway through the third period.

13:39- NEAL SCORES! Neal backhands the puck towards the blue paint and Seabrook puts the puck in his own net! The Pens break the ice! 3-1 Hawks!

14:13- Versteeg gets a breakaway after splitting the defense, but Flower denies him!

19:07-The Pens PP comes to an end. The Pens have to score early in the third.

20:00- Third period is underway! The Pens have a PP for 42 seconds and need to capitalize on it! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Hawks have the lead 3-0.

1:18- Rozsival will sit for tripping and the Pens get a PP!

3:10- VERSTEEG SCORES! Kuni turns over the puck and Kane takes the puck up ice for a 3 on 1 rush. Kane passes to Versteeg who is able to direct one into the net. 3-0 Hawks.

6:22- The Pens fail to take advantage of the PP opportunity as Keith is released from his prison.

8:22- Keith is called for high sticking on Gibbons and the Pens will get a much needed PP chance. The Pens need to take advantage of this PP!

9:13- TOEWS SCORES! Toews takes the puck into the Pens zone and makes a sick move around Orpik. Flower closes the pads, but it sneaks through and over the goal line. 2-0 Hawks.

11:10- Flower snaps the puck out of the air on a shot by Toews!

12:04- 4 on 4 hockey now for 54 seconds.

12:51- Oduya interferes with Sid on a breakaway chance and the Pens will get a 4 on 3 PP for 48 seconds.

13:10- 4 on 4 hockey for 1:07 as Kuni is off to the box for cross-checking.

14:04- Keith is called for delay of game for putting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone. Time for a Pens PP!

15:57- The Pens avoid danger as they kill off another Hawks PP! They rang two shots off the post during that PP.

17:57- Despres will now have a chance to visit the sin bin once again this time for high sticking. The Hawks with their third PP of the game.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens need to step it up and get the puck deep in the Hawks zone! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period ends and the Hawks have the lone goal in this game.

0:14- The Pens PP comes to an end.

2:14- Oduya will take a seat for holding and the Pens will get their first PP of the game!

4:25- SHARP SCORES! Toews sets up behind the net and outlets a pass to Sharp. Sharp roofs one over Flower's shoulders. The Hawks strike first 1-0 over the Pens.

6:12- The Pens stand strong and kill off another Hawks PP! Way to go Pens!

8:00- Flower shuts the door big time on the PK!

8:12- Glass will head off to the sin bin for boarding. The Hawks will get another PP chance.

9:10- Sid gets a backhanded chance at the back side of the net! Great chance, but Crawford makes the save!

12:24- Flower makes an amazing save and looks to be handling the downpour of snow well!

13:48- The Pens have a great PK and Despres is released from the box. Hawks are unable to capitalize on the PP.

15:48- Despres takes a seat in the box for tripping and the Hawks will have the first PP of the game.

18:01- It's coming down at Solider Field and it's making it hard for the players to control the puck. The snow is slowing things down and making it harder to make plays.

20:00- The Pens need to get the puck deep and keep the Hawks pinned in their own zone tonight! LETS DO THIS! Lets Go Pens!  

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