Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Penguins Could Clinch a Playoff Spot!

By MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are ready to take it to the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center! The Penguins are still battling injuries and a new member has been added to that list and his is a big star. Evgeni Malkin will be out 2-3 weeks due to a foot injury per Coach Dan Bylsma. Malkin suffered the injury during his first shift against the St.Louis Blues. The doctors have not indicated that Malkin would need surgery on the foot, but it doesn't seem like he will. The Penguins have recalled Jayson Megna from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It's hard to see Malkin go down with such an injury and this late in the season. We won't be seeing Malkin play till the playoffs start. However Megna is a tough and hard working player who will definitely put his heart into this game. Tonight the Penguins can clinch a playoff berth for the eighth consecutive time. The Penguins need to pull it together and play a tight game. They need to limit the turnovers, put the puck behind the Coyotes and battle! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Orpik, Bortuzzo
Niskanen, Maatta
Despres, Scuderi

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
Pens 2 Coyotes 3

3rd Period
0:00- The Coyotes get the win 3-2 over the Pens. The Pens just couldn't get pass the Coyotes and penalties hurt them. The Pens needed to forecheck and ware down the Coyotes, but didn't do that in the beginning.

0:45- Coyotes will be a PP as Neal is called for slashing.

1:22- Neal snipes one on net, but Greiss and Stone get a piece of it to make the saves.

1:38- The Pens have an empty net.

1:39- Sid fires a shot, but the puck is on edge and it goes wide of the net.

3:11- Time is becoming an enemy of the Pens as they are still down by a goal.

7:08- Greiss robs Neal of a chance as he was able to get open right at the side of the net.

9:03- The Pens end up with a huge PK and Bortuzzo is set free. They need to take the momentum from the PK and turn it into a goal.

11:03- The Coyotes will be able to bring their #3 ranked PP out as Bortuzzo takes a seat for hooking. The Pens are playing with fire.

11:35- Glass just bulldozes Michalek with a had hit!

12:10- The Pens third and fourth line get it. Dump the puck and forecheck. The rest of the lines are starting to get it also.

16:18- The Pens come up with a successful kill and Sid is released from the sin bin.

18:18- Sid will go to the box for high sticking and the Coyotes get a PP. It's a lethal PP.

20:00- The third period is underway! The Pens have to come out with speed, dump in the puck, and forecheck! Ware down the tired Coyotes! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens are down 3-2 to the Coyotes.

3:13- Stempniak gets two shots on net and one was his own rebound. Great chance and words are exchanged after the play.

4:35- Neal with a great back checking effort to get the puck and get a shot on net. Greiss makes the pad save and holds the puck.

6:42- BOEDKER SCORES! Just as the penalty expires Boedker puts the puck up over the glove of Flower. It was a bad angle shot and the Coyotes retake the lead 3-2.

8:42- Jokinen takes a slashing penalty and the Coyotes deadly PP will come out.

10:31- The Pens have had some good looks, but having been able to get a lot of offensive zone time.

15:02- Glass has returned to the ice.

16:01- Glass has left the ice.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens need to keep battling for the puck and getting it towards the Coyotes net! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have tied things up 2-2!

0:04- PYATT SCORES!! Pyatt goes to work battling for the puck in the Coyotes zone and puts the puck to the point! Scuderi fires a shot and Pyatt redirects it right in front pass Griess! The Pens tie it up 2-2!

1:00- Coyotes are getting players free in front of the net and the Pens defense isn't picking them up. Need to fix that.

2:32- The Coyotes are getting some good chances on net, but the Pens are weather the storm for now.

5:13- VERMETTE SCORES ON THE PP! Flower makes the first save, but Vermette is able to poke the puck between Flower's pads into the net. The Coyotes retake the lead 2-1.

5:53- The Coyotes will not get a crack at a PP as Niskanen is called for cross-checking.

6:32- Erat pulls away from the Pens defense getting a breakaway chance, but Flower shuts the door on his chance!

8:09- JOKINEN SCORES ON THE PP! The refs review Jokinen's shot after a stoppage in play! It's ruled a good goal! Neal make a great pass to Jokinen at the side of the net and Jokinen puts it right over the glove of Griess! The Pens tie the game up 1-1! Time has been added back to the clock!

7:32- The Pens PP comes to an end. They had a chance at a wide open net, but it somehow stays out!

9:32- Summers heads off to the box for interference and the Pens will get the first PP of the game.

10:54- MOSS SCORES! Niskanen and Maatta have a tough shift. Moss comes out of nowhere to pick up the loose puck right in front of the net. He doesn't miss and the Coyotes take the lead 1-0.

11:21- The Pens still the puck on a great forecheck effort. Sutter feeds the puck to an open Neal in the slot, but Griess makes a quick pad save.

14:13- The Coyotes get a quality chance as Flower is unable to freeze the puck. Stempniak is there to get the rebound chance and take it up ice.

18:02- The Pens have had some good chances to start this game. Coyotes have turned over the puck a few times, which has lead to chances on net.

20:00- It's Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to limit turnovers and keep the puck behind the Coyotes zone! Lets Go Pens! 

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