Friday, March 28, 2014

Possible First Round Playoff Match-Up!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins will be in Columbus to battle the Blue Jackets! The Penguins are in need of a win and a win would will get them back on track. They played a hard fought game last night against the Los Angeles Kings, but fell 3-2. The Penguins lead the NHL in man lost games and will be adding another name to that list. Marcel Goc is out with a lower-body injury for a few weeks. He will join Evgeni Malkin who is out 2-3 weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot. However the Penguins have some good news on the injury front. Kris Letang has been cleared for games, but it will be up to him when he wants to join the Penguins back on the ice for game time. It's great to see Letang doing better and I want him to be 100% ready when he returns, whenever he thinks that is. The Penguins have recalled Beau Bennett from Wilkes-Barre Scranton and has been praised for his hard work in the minors. He is a hard working player and will be a great addition for the Penguins with their lineup falling to injuries. The Penguins need to come out and put pucks on the net. They will have to dump in the puck and battle for it. The Penguins will have to get to the dirty areas and battle for a good shot on net.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Stempniak

Bennett, Jokinen, Neal
Pyatt, Sutter, Gibbons
Glass, Adams, Megna

Bortuzzo, Orpik
Niskanen, Scuderi
Despres, Engo

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 2 Blue Jackets 1

3rd Period

0:56- Blue Jackets have an empty net.

1:25- The Blue Jackets call a timeout.

3:06- WISNIEWSKI SCORES ON THE PP! With only six seconds left Wisniewski blast one from the point and it goes pass the blocker of Flower, who was being heavily screened. Bad penalty for Kuni to take and it gives the Blue Jackets life. 2-1 Pens.

4:59- Kuni skates off to the sin bin for tripping and the Blue Jackets get a PP opportunity.

8:38- BENNETT SCORES!! Bortuzzo makes a diving play to sweep the puck away and gets up to pass the puck up to Bennett! Bennett carries the puck up the ice and into the offensive zone! Bennett rifles one pass the blocker of McElhinney! 2-0 Pens!

9:25- KUNI SCORES! Sid makes a path into the center of the Blue Jackets zone, stick handling like no one else! Sid puts the puck right on Kuni's stick and Kuni fires one pass McElhinney! The Pens break the ice! 1-0 Pens

11:00- Flower slams the door in Anisimov's face! Great stop by the Flower!

11:56- Neal fires one off the boards, but McElhinney makes the pad save and the Blue Jackets clear.

15:13- Sid is flying in this third period! Time is ticking away on this scoreless game.

20:00- The puck has dropped to start the third period! The Pens need to keep putting pucks on net and make their presences known in front! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:55- Flower has been strong in the net for the Pens.

3:05- The Blue Jackets come up with a huge kill and the Pens PP ends. We are still scoreless.

5:01- The Pens now have a regular PP.

5:05- Bennett draws a penalty and the Pens will have a 5 on 3 PP for 4 seconds. After that a regular PP.

7:02- The Pens will now be getting another crack at the PP as Wisniewski sits for high sticking.

7:26- The officiating is very inconsistent tonight, I must say.

11:56- The Blue Jackets kill off the Pens PP. They had some good chances on the net, but McElhinney making the saves. Bennett has been impressive tonight as every time he is on the ice, he makes plays happen.

13:56- The Pens are heading onto the PP as Sid draws a penalty. He looks in pain on the bench and is getting his left knee looked at. Sid had a long chat with trainer, but looks to be ok.

15:03- Bennett getting chances, but McElhinney makes the save. The Pens are getting more chances on net, but McElhinney stepping up to the far.

16:00- The Pens ice the puck and the puck comes down to the defensive zone for a face-off.

18:52- Flower makes another good glove save. He looks calm and collected, but the Pens need to get more time in the offensive zone.

20:00- The Pens are back out for the second period! They need to stay out of the box and put pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and this game is scoreless even after the Blue Jackets getting four PP chances.

1:13- Pyatt lays a punishing hit behind the Blue Jackets goal!

3:31- The Pens are able to kill off yet another Blue Jackets PP.

5:31- David Savard goes crashing into Flower and Engo had shoved him, but Savard didn't try to avoid the Flower. Engo ends up being the only one in the box for interference. Blue Jackets PP to come.

7:20- A roughing match ensues after the play with Kuni, Sid, and Neal along with Blue Jacket players. Kuni is sent to sit for roughing along with Jack Johnson for the Blue Jackets.

8:38- Stempniak gets a scoring chance, but it goes wide. Stempniak ends up drawing a penalty as MacKenzie is caught for tripping. The Pens will get a crack at their first PP.

8:55- Despres is set free and the Pens PK comes up with another great PK!

10:55- The Blue Jackets will head back onto the PP as Despres is called for holding.

11:17- Bortuzzo and Foligno drop the gloves! DING! DING! Great fight by Bortuzzo and punched off Foligno's helmet!

11:32- The Pens have a great PK as Adams is released from the box. Orpik with a veteran move to get the puck clear!

13:32- Adams will have to sit in the box for hooking giving the Blue Jackets the first PP of the game.

14:15- Neal with a great sniper shot, but McElhinney gets a piece of the puck to make the save!

16:14- Flower makes a good glove save to stop play for a face-off. Neither team has an advantage right now to start his game.

20:00- The Pens need to come out ready to battle and get some dirty goals! Time to fight the Blue Jackets! Lets Go Pens! 

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