Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Rivalry That Runs Deep!

By: MF, 

This is the start of back to back games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and they will not be easy ones. The first game is in Pittsburgh against the cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers! The Penguins are coming off a great win against the New York Islanders, thanks in large part to the number one ranked power play in the NHL. Along with a great win, Sidney Crosby became the sixth fastest NHL player to reach 500 career assists.

Now the Penguins have rested since that game and should be refreshed for this game against the Flyers. They will have to be on their game and ready for a fight. The Penguins will have to use that first ranked power play (47.1%) as these games are known for penalties.

Their are also great stats for players against the Flyers. First of all Sid has 30 career goals against the Flyers, which happens to be the most he has against any team. Evgeni Malkin has 58 career points when it comes to the Flyers, which is the most against any other team. Lastly Kris Letang is riding a three game assist streak with all the assist coming on the power play.

The morning skate went well as the only players missing where the Penguins recent call-ups Harrington and Ebbett, who happened to play last night for WBS. Bortuzzo participated in the skate. Mike Johnston commented on his condition saying that if Bortuzzo had a solid practice on Friday he will be close to coming back.

Tonight's game will be the first time the Penguins will put on their third jerseys, which pay homage to the 1990s. The Penguins will have to come out to start this game with speed and not let up. They have to keep their tempers in check against this Flyers team. They cannot let the Flyers derail their game. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kuni, Sid, Hornqvist
Duper, Sutter, Geno
Comeau, Goc, Downie
Adams, Spaling, Sill

Maatta, Tanger
Ehrhoff, Martin
Scuderi, Despres

Flower in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 3 FLYERS 5

3rd Period
0:00- Unfortunately the Flyers come out with the win 5-3 over the Pens. They will have to step up their game, big time, tomorrow against the Red Wings!

0:26- Couturier Scores! Couturier is able to back hand one into the empty net. 5-3 Flyers

0:48- The Pens are peppering the Flyers net!

1:22- Flyers ice the puck and the Pens empty their net.

2:57- GOC SCORES!!! Downie keeps the puck alive at the Flyers blue line and gets to Spaling! Spaling passes to Goc going to the net! Goc puts it in! 4-3 Flyers.

4:45- The Flyers are doing a good job of intercepting every pass the Pens try to make while trying to enter the offensive zone.

11:07- Read Scores! Despres tries to take the puck into the Flyers zone, but falls down and losses the puck. The Flyers with a quick transition to the Pens zone. Couturier makes a cross ice pass to Read who is able to backhand one up high. Flyers make it 4-2.

13:06- Umberger Scores! Giroux is able to stick handle through the Pens who are solely focused on him as Umberger comes sneaking in the back door. Umberger  receives Giroux's pass and puts it in the net. Completely wide open. 3-2 Flyers.

13:47- Geno gets a chance on Hornqvist's wrap around chance, but Emery makes a pad/toe save! The refs review and the puck doesn't cross the goal line. No goal.

15:21- Fantastic saves by both goalies. Back and forth game right now. Flower is coming up big for the Pens. Hopefully they can pay him back with getting a goal and the win!

18:20- Both teams are back to full strength.

20:00- We will start the third period with some 4 on 4 hockey for 1:40! The Pens need to clean up their play and take it to the Flyers! This is no time to let up! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and this game is tied up 2-2!

0:20- We will get some 4 on 4 hockey for the rest of the second period. Schultz hooks up Kuni, but Kuni is called for embellishment.

1:12- Flower shows off his fast reflexes as Geno's pass ends up in the Pens blue paint! Flower makes the save and the Pens finally clear.

5:07- The Flyers are crashing the Pens zone, but Flower is making unreal saves!

7:32- Flower is standing strong in the net and keeping the Pens in this game!

11:00- DUPER SCORES!! The Flyers ice the puck and the Pens get an offensive zone face! Geno wins the faceoff back to Martin who fires a hard shot from the point! It's redirected by Duper pass Emery! 2-2 tie game!  

11:40- The Pens with another successful PK! Flower made some solid saves and good clearing by the PK unit.

13:40- Dupuis is found guilty of holding and this gives the Flyers another PP chance.

16:52- The Flyers crash the Pens net with tried players. Flower makes a quick glove save to get the whistle.

19:13- The Pens kill off the Flyers PP! Flower was sharp on that PK.

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens have to kill off a Flyers PP for another 47 seconds! Time to kill it and put the Flyers in their place! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period comes to an end with the Flyers leading the Pens 2-1.

1:13- Despres lays a hard hit on Couturier, which leads to Umberger coming at Despres. DING! DING! Umberger and Despres drop the gloves! Despres ends up with an interference minor on top of the fight. Flyers PP.

3:19- Emery comes flopping out the net to cover the puck, but Geno is able to backhand it back to the net. It goes right along the goal line and out to the other side...the Pens were so close!

5:33- Geno gets a shot at the side of the net, but it goes high and wide!

6:42- Bellemare Scores! The Pens overload their PP and it leaves them with only one defender, Letang. Couturier enters the offensive zone and makes a pass up to Bellemare who is in the slot area. Bellemare redirects the puck pass the glove of Flower. 2-1 Flyers.

6:56- The Flyers kill the Pens PP and hold the Pens to zero shots on that PP.

8:56- Sid draws a hooking penalty on Couturier and the Pens deadly PP comes onto the ice.

10:40- Giroux Scores! Streit slaps one from the point and the puck is redirect twice on its way to the goal. Giroux is the last one to touch redirect it and it ends up beating Flower. 1-1 tie game.

11:55- The Pens have a great shift in the Flyers zone and their passing is unreal. Emery is able to finally glove up the puck for a whistle.

16:10- SPALING SCORES! Ehrhoff keeps the puck alive on the boards to get it to the front of the net! The Pens have bodies in front and Spaling turns to fire on the blocker side of Emery into the net! His first in a Penguin uniform! 1-0 Pens!

16:17- The Flyers kill off the Pens PP.

18:17- The NHL's first ranked PP will come out as Vandevelde goes to the box for hooking.

18:42- The Pens come out flying! Sid snaps one that is gloved up by Emery!

20:00- It's a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! The Pens have to crush the Flyers early and keep them down for the count! Lets Go Pens! 

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