Monday, April 21, 2014

The Penguins are in Columbus!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins traveled to Columbus on Easter Sunday as they are getting ready to take on the Blue Jackets tonight at 7pm. The Penguins recalled Chris Conner from Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins as Gibbons is unlikely to play due to an undisclosed injury he suffered in game two. There have been some more changes to the Penguins as Blysma has decided to change up the power play configuration. Instead of four forwards and one defender, but has changed to three forwards and two defenders. The Penguins played another hard fought game and lost in overtime to the Blue Jackets. The Penguins had some major issues on the special teams as their power play was only able to capitalize once. Hopefully the new change up will give the Penguins power play a much needed boost. Marc-Andre Fleury was amazing in the net, but the Penguins need to manage the puck better and play a more complete defensive game. The Penguins will have to battle in a loud and excited arena tonight. Lets make the arena go silent! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Bennett
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Megna, Sutter, Stempniak

Glass, Vitale, Adams

Orpik, Martin
Maatta, Niskanen
Scuderi, Tanger

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Blue Jackets 3

3rd Period

1:00- Blue Jackets have an empty net.

1:58- The Pens PP is killed off by the Blue Jackets.

3:58- Wisniewski heads to the sin bin for slashing Geno and the Pens get a big PP.

5:07- The Pens come up with a huge kill and Flower stands strong in the net.

7:07- Tanger is sent to the box for hooking and the Blue Jackets get a huge PP chance.

11:45- MAATTA SCORES!!!! The Pens dump in the puck and battle with simple hockey! Maatta gets the puck in the slot area and fires a rocket shot! It goes off a Blue Jacket and into the net! The Pens lead 4-3!

12:56- STEMPNIAK SCORES!!! Kuni enters the zone and passes the puck up to Stempniak flying towards the net! He snaps one past the blocker of Bobrovsky! The Pens tie it up 3-3 and Stempniak scores his first playoff goal!

14:07- SUTTER SCORES!! The Pens stay with the play and Bennett puts the puck to Martin at the blue line! The Pens create traffic and Sutter is able to direct Martin's shot past Bobrovsky! 3-2 Blue Jackets.

15:54- Martin falls on a defensive play, but Flower comes out with a huge poke check to bat the puck away.

18:56- ATKINSON SCORES! Dubinsky beats Tanger and puts the puck to a Atkinson who is left all alone. He puts it pass Flower. Blue Jackets take back their two goal lead 3-1.

20:00- Third period time and this is going to be wild! The Pens have to manage the puck and get pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens cut the Blue Jackets lead in half 2-1.

0:00.7- ORPIK SCORES! The Pens battle for the puck and get it out to the slot area to Orpik! Orpk holds and turns to fire a shot right pass Bobrovsky! The Pens cut the lead in half! 2-1 Blue Jackets

2:16- Neal is released and we are back to full strength.

2:43- 25 second Blue Jackets PP.

4:17- 4 on 4 hockey for 1:30 as Neal takes a stupid penalty.

4:43- The Pens are getting a PP chance as Foligno is headed off to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

5:05- The Pens lost some of their momentum after the Blue Jackets got a PP. They are turning over the puck way too much.

9:09- The Pens come up with a huge PK and Flower made a great save.

11:09- Scuderi takes a stupid penalty for interference and the Blue Jackets get another crack at the PP.

11:57- The Pens are starting to push it! Neal fires a shot, but Bobrovsky robs him with a glove save.

13:01- The Pens come up with a huge PK on the Blue Jackets PP.

15:01- The Blue Jackets are going onto the PP as Niskanen takes a seat for cross-checking.

16:03- The Blue Jackets kill off another Pens PP.

18:03- Jenner is off to the box for goalie interference. Another Pens PP.

19:52- The Pens PP has ended.

20:00- Time for the second period! The Pens have a short PP for 8 seconds to start! Lets set the tone early Pens! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Blue Jackets have the lead 2-0 over the Pens.

0:27- The Pens have had four shots, but Blue Jackets blocking chances and Bobrovsky with the saves.

1:52- The Pens are going right back onto the PP as Johansen sits for holding.

2:20- The PP for the Pens comes to an end.

4:20- Anisimov heads to the sin bin for a delay of game penalty and the Pens get a PP chance. Time to capitalize Pens!

5:18- The Pens crash the Blue Jackets net and Bobrovsky is able to hold down the fort. Then Flower makes a huge point blank at the other end of the ice!

9:15- Sid's line had some good time in the offensive zone, but Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets defense holds them off.

12:05- Neal gets a bouncing puck behind the Blue Jackets defense, but Bobrovsky comes up with the pad save.

13:38- The Pens PP comes to an end. Had some good chances, but Bobrovsky makes the saves.

15:38- The Pens will get a huge PP chance as Savard is called for hooking. They need to capitalize and get back in this game!

16:42- JOHNSON SCORES! The Pens are unable to get the puck out of their zone. Johnson is able to get space and puts one home. 2-0 Blue Jackets.

18:22- JENNER SCORES! The Pens turn over the puck and Flower makes the first save, but Jenner gets the juicy rebound. He puts it into the net. 1-0 Blue Jackets. The Pens have to wake up!

20:00- Time for the Pens to quiet this Columbus arena! Time for great puck management and fore-check! Lets Go Pens! 

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