Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time for Simple Hockey!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are ready to take on the Blue Jackets in Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Columbus! This series has been an interesting one as the team that gets a 3-1 lead ends up losing in the end. Last game Columbus took a commanding lead of 3-1 over the Penguins, but the Penguins push back and had a great comeback. The Penguins have not had any chances except that Brain Gibbons skated with the team yesterday, but not today. The rest of the lineup looks to be the same as Game 3. The Penguins need to play simple hockey, use good puck management skills, and keep the pressure on the Blue Jackets. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Stempniak
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Megna, Sutter, Bennett
Glass, Vitale, Adams

Orpik, Martin
Maatta, Niskanen
Scuderi, Tanger

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
Pens 3 Blue Jackets 4 OT

OT Period
0:00- Blue Jackets score and they win 4-3 in overtime. The series is tied up 2-2. The Pens got the lead and play a lazy game. Flower made a huge mistake, but the Pens did nothing to pick it back up. The Pens have to do some searching and bring it in Pittsburgh.

19:21- The Blue Jackets have a strong start and Flower holds down the fort!

20:00- Overtime has started! The Pens have to put pressure on the Blue Jackets and score early! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- We are headed to OT as the Blue Jackets have tied it up 3-3.

0:22- DUBINSKY SCORES! The Blue Jackets dump in the puck and Flower goes behind the net to play the puck. He miss plays the puck and Dubinsky puts it in the wide open net. 3-3 tie game.

1:00- Blue Jackets with an empty net!

5:09- The Blue Jackets are pushing, but Flower is standing strong in the net as the Pens are holding onto their 3-2 lead.

7:46- The Pens PP comes to an end.

9:46- Glass is tripped up by Wisniewski and the Pens get a huge PP chance.

10:00- Calvert gets behind the Pens defense and Calvert's shot rings off the crossbar. That was a close one.

10:38- The Pens are playing a more defensive game as the Blue Jackets are looking to tie this one up.

14:52- Jokinen snaps one from a snap angle and Bobrovsky has some trouble with the save.

18:53- The Blue Jackets have come out with speed to start the third. The Pens need to match it and step it up.

20:00- Time for the Pens to put this game away as the third period starts! They have to get to their game and suffocate the Blue Jackets in their own zone! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- The Pens kill off another Blue Jackets PP as the second period ends. Pens still lead 3-2 over the Blue Jackets.

2:00- Niskanen skates to the box and it will be the fourth consecutive Pens penalty. Blue Jackets right back to the PP.

2:23- The Blue Jackets get a 3 on 2 chance, but Flower makes the pad save!

4:10- The Pens kill off the rest of the Blue Jackets PP and Sutter is set free.

5:40- JOHANSEN SCORES ON THE 5 ON 3 PP! Dubinsky passes across the goal mouth to a wide open Johansen who puts it in the open net. 3-2 Pens.

6:34- Sutter receives a delay of game penalty and the Blue Jackets get a 5 on 3 PP for 2 minutes.

8:07- Stempniak heads off for high sticking and the Blue Jackets get a four minute PP as blood was drawn on the high stick.

9:18- Blue Jackets kill off the Pens PP and Prout is released from his prison.

11:18- The Pens are getting a PP chance! Prout is sent to timeout for high sticking.

14:39- The Blue Jackets are starting to create more pressure in the offensive zone. The Pens need to limit the turnovers, which are giving the Blue Jackets some good scoring chances.

16:37- Geno starts the play up the ice and passes the puck off to Neal flying down the middle along with Vitale. Bobrovsky is able to make the save on Neal's wrister.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens have to stay focus and not let up on the Blue Jackets! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the lead 3-1 over the Blue Jackets!

0:42- Flower makes a huge pad save!

3:21- JENNER SCORES ON THE PP! The puck is fired from the slot area and Jenner is screening Flower. It goes off the body of Jenner and up over Flower into the net. Pens still lead 3-1.

4:10- The Blue Jackets now have a PP for 1:30.

4:45- Neal heads off to the box now for interference and some 4 on 4 hockey for 35 seconds.

5:12- Now the Pens will have a extended PP as Savard goes for slashing and Kuni for embellishment.

6:10- The Pens will get another PP chance as Anisimov takes a seat for hooking.

8:50- NEAL SCORES!!! Jokinen wins a battle in the slot area of the offensive zone! He puts it up to Neal at the side of the net and he rifles one pass Bobrovsky! 3-0 Pens!

9:21- KUNI SCORES ON THE PP!! The Pens win the faceoff in the offensive zone back to Niskanen at the blue line! He fires the Nisk-Cannon and Kuni redirects it right in front of Bobrovsky! 2-0 Pens!

9:55- MacKenzie takes a tripping penalty and the Pens get their first PP opportunity of the game.

10:01- Geno makes his way through three checks on the boards to gain the offensive zone creating a 2 on 1 chance. No one can stop him!

12:02- The Pens with a successful kill of the Blue Jackets PP and Jokinen is released.

13:51- ADAMS SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL! The Pens get a 2 on 1 chance with Sutter and Adams on the penalty kill! Sutter backhands one over to Adams who rockets a shot pass the shoulder of Bobrovsky! The Pens open up the scoring! 1-0 Pens!

14:02- Jokinen heads to the box for hooking on Jenner and the Blue Jackets get the first PP of the game.

14:42- The Pens have had a better start to this game then the last one. Cycling through the lines and getting some pucks on net.

20:00- The puck has dropped and Game 4 is on! The Pens have to get to their game and play simple hockey! Lets Go Pens! 

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