Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Stars are in Pittsburgh!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are ready to get back on track tonight at Consol against the Dallas Stars! The Penguins are battling injuries, which they are no stranger to. However some good news on the injury front is that Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, and James Neal have returned to practice. It's great news to hear that those guys are getting back to playing condition and huge relief that Kris Letang has been cleared. He is a great player and it's great to see him doing well after suffering a stroke, which is unthinkable for someone at such a young age. Flower will be getting a rest tonight after playing back to back games against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins need to bounce back after the two losses to the Flyers! They need to play a clean game and outwork the other team! Lets do this Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Stempniak
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Glass, Goc, Vitale

Gibbons, Sutter, Adams

Orpik, Niskanen
Scuderi, Maatta
Despres, Bortuzzo

Zatkoff in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 5 Stars 1

3rd Period

1:44- Roussel gets a game misconduct and heads to the locker room early.

4:27- The Stars are able to kill off the Pens PP chance.

6:04- Neal gets a one on one breakaway chance and tries to go five hole on Lehtonen, but he makes the save.

6:27- The Pens will now have their opportunity at a PP as Garbutt is sent to timeout for goalie interference.

7:08- Geno is set free and the Pens with a very successful PK.

7:13- SUTTER SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL!!!!! The Pens clear the puck and Sutter is able to get behind the Stars defense to get a one on one chance! He backhands one and it sneaks through the five-hole of Lehtonen over the goal line! 5-1 Pens!

9:08- Geno is in the box for tripping and the Stars get another PP opportunity.

11:00- Stars get a huge breakaway, but Zatkoff robs him! Just been amazing in the net tonight!

13:34- Gibbons is back on the ice.

14:14- Gibbons comes up with a huge shot blocker, but he heads down the runway in pain.

15:50- The Pens PP comes to an end and the Stars are back to full strength.

17:22- The Stars get a 2 on 1 chance and Zatkoff makes the save. Eakin runs right over Zatkoff and the Pens go after him. Kuni is sent to the box along with Eakin and other Stars player. Still Pens PP.

17:50- Garbutt goes to the sin bin for hooking up Kuni on the previous play. The Pens will bring out their PP unit.

18:04- SID SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT!!! Niskanen fires one from the blue line and Stempniak redirects it right in front of the net! Sid gets the redirect with his skate and puts it to his stick! Sid jams it in the open net! 4-1 Pens!

18:28- The Pens have a successful penalty kill as Vitale is released from the box.

20:00- Time for the third period! The Pens have to kill off a Stars PP for 1:32 to start! Huge kill for the Pens as this will set the tone for the third period! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Horn sounds on the second period and the Pens have extended their lead to 3-1 over the Stars!

0:28- Vitale heads off to take a seat for slashing and the Stars get a late PP.

2:26- Stempniak gets another chance in the slot area, but Lehtonen is able to glove up the shot this time.

2:41- Zatkoff has been playing like a beast in the net tonight! Great glove saves!

6:39- STEMPNIAK SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL AS A PENGUIN!! Sid makes with a cross ice pass to Kuni! Stempniak battles to the front of the net and recieves Kuni's pass on his backhand! He quickly turns it to his forehand and snipes it between the glove and pad of Lehtonen! 3-1 Pens!

9:22- The Pens are playing much better along with Despres. He is having a great night and playing like a whole new player after having a few bad games.

12:23- Eakin wrist the puck towards the net and Zatkoff makes a sick glove save! It was across the body glove save as Eakin tried to use a Pens defender as a screen.

13:04- Sid gains a huge amount of speed to get behind the Stars defense and Lehtonen was just able to make the pad save!

16:07- The Pens forecheck is creating problems for the Stars and forcing turnovers.

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens need to keep taking it to the Stars and not take their foot off the gas pedal! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:09- The Pens kill off the Stars PP! Great PK work.

2:09- The Stars now get a PP chance as Kuni heads to the sin bin for slashing.

4:35- KUNI SCORES! The Pens forecheck and get the puck! Kuni outlets to Stempniak in the slot. Lehtonen makes the save, but Kuni buries the rebound! 2-1 Pens!

7:30- SEGUIN SCORES! The Stars fire a shot from the blue line and Seguin deflects the shot right in front of the net. It goes into the net and this game is tied up 1-1.

8:55- Sid is just feeling it tonight. He looks like he is on a mission and might I say his backhand is sick!

13:49- The Pens look much better to start this game. They are making the Stars turnover the puck and getting chances on net!

15:43- SID SCORES! Sid creates a turnover in the offensive zone and Adams helps by making a diving play to get the puck back to Sid! Sid holds the puck across the front of the net and backhands one in the open net! 1-0 Pens!

16:38- The Pens PP comes to an end and we are still scoreless, but the PP looked great. Much better then the last two games!

18:38- Eakin goes to the box for high sticking! The Pens will get the first PP of the game!

20:00- The puck has dropped and the Stars are in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to get to work right away and play a clean game! Lets Go Pens! 

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