Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Skating into the Rangers Zone!

By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show

The Penguins are ready to take on the Rangers in Game Four and lead the series 2-1! The Penguins have been playing a more complete game and Marc-Andre Fleury has earned two shutouts in the past two games. It was a full 60 minute game for the Penguins and were able to handle the times when the Rangers pressure them in the defensive zone. Fleury stood tall in the net and really stepped up his game. Sidney Crosby also had a great night as he broke through getting his first goal of the 2014 NHL playoffs. The only one that seems to having a problem was Olli Maatta. He has been struggling through this round and it seems to be due to his young age. Hopefully he takes it as a learning experience and learns from it. On the injury front, Brooks Orpik did skate with the team today. The Penguins have to keep this type of play up and not let up on the Rangers. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Stempniak
Jokinen, Geno, Neal
Bennett, Sutter, Vitale
Gibbons, Goc, Adams

Martin, Tanger
Niskanen, Maatta
Orpik, Scuderi

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Rangers 2

3rd Period

2:24- The Rangers have an empty net!

2:59- Time is becoming the enemy of the Rangers who are down by two goals.

5:56- KUNI SCORES!!!! Sid dumps the puck in the corner for Geno! Geno takes it behind the net and puts a pass to Kuni in the slot! Kuni snaps one past Lundqvist's shoulder and post into the goal! 4-2 Pens!

6:53- ZUCCARELLO SCORES! Zuccarello carries the puck into the Pens zone. He holds it to put a backhander between the shoulder and pad of Flower. 3-2 Pens.

7:14- Rangers kill the Pens PP, but they had some good chances on net. Lundqvist was solid.

9:14- The Rangers continue to fall apart as the Pens will head onto the PP. Kreider is called for high sticking.

10:25- The Pens ice the puck. Rangers call a timeout.

12:55- JOKINEN SCORES!!! Jokinen holds the puck and circles behind the net! He emerges and makes a spin shot! It goes off M.Staal's skate past Lundqvist! 3-1 Pens!

14:58- The frustrated crowd at MSG is booing the Rangers and certain Ranger players.

16:47- Flower makes a stick save and gives the Pens a rush up ice with the Geno, Sid, Kuni line.

20:00- The third period is underway! The Pens need to keep up the pressure in the offensive zone and not let up on the Rangers! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens retake the lead 2-1 over the Rangers!

0:41- The Pens kill it!

1:33- SUTTER SCORES A SHORTY!! Tanger makes a great pass up to Gibbons who gets a breakway! He stick hndles in front of Lundqvist, but mishandles it! Sutter gets the rebound to put it into the net! 2-1 Pens!

2:41- Geno is called for tripping and Rangers get a PP.

4:55- The Rangers get a 2 on 1, but Flower comes up with a huge save to keep things tied up 1-1!

8:30- Shots are 14-10 still in favor of the Pens.

10:05- Lundqvist playing a solid game, but the Pens are getting chances.

13:04- Sid makes a sick pass to Geno in front. Geno goes down to one knee, gut Lundqvist there to stop it.

14:27- HAGELIN SCORES! Hagelin rushes through the neutral zone and splits Niskanen and Scuderi. He rips one pass the glove shoulder of Flower. 1-1 tie game.

14:45- The Pens are working with 5 D and should of waited to play Orpik. He wasn't 100%.

17:41- The Pens are a man short as Orpik isn't on the bench to start this period.

19:08- The Pens kill off the Rangers PP.

20:00- Second period starts and the Pens have to kill off a 52 second Ranger PP! The Pens have to kill it and get back to their forechecking game! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens lead the Rangers 1-0!

1:06- Kuni takes a dumb slashing penalty and the Rangers get a late PP.

3:07- The Rangers are able to kill off another Pens PP.

5:07- M.Staal takes a slashing penalty ans the Pens head onto the PP.

5:25- The Pens are able to hold the Rangers at bay as they have some sustained pressure in the Pens zone.

6:59- Shots are 6-3 in favor of the Pens.

10:01- Bennett is robbed by Lundqvist!

10:23- The Pens PP comes to an end.

12:23- The Pens will get the first PP of the game as Hagelin takes a seat for hooking.

15:28- The Pens are crashing the net, but Lundqvist makes the necessary saves.

17:29- GENO SCORES! Geno steals the puck and starts the rush up ice with Sid and Kuni! He passes across to Sid and he decides to pass to the slot! It bangs off a few Rangers and Geno gets it at the side of the net! Geno does a spin-o-rama, backhanding one under the pad of Lundqvist! 1-0 Pens!

18:24- Orpik lays a hard hit on Richards to show his presence in this game.

18:58- The Rangers have some jump in their step to start. Flower is tested early.

20:00- Game Four puck has dropped! The Pens have to come out ready to play and play a complete game! Lets Go Pens! 

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