Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bounce Back Time!

By: MF, 

It's time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to bounce back after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars Thursday night. The Penguins took an early lead 2-0 over the Stars in the first period, but let the game slip away from them as the Stars scored with 2.9 seconds left in the game to get the win. It was the first loss of the season for the Penguins under the new coach Mike Johnston. Now we will see what kind of bounce back they have as they face the 4-0 New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center. A loss wasn't the only bad news for the Penguins as Pascal Dupuis went down during the game. Dupuis ended up being carried off the ice on a stretcher. It was a scary moment for the Penguins and fans alike. Dupuis did skate yesterday before practice and skated with the team today, which is great news! I speak for all Penguin fans when I say how happy I am to hear of Dupuis skating and having no severe injuries. Mike Johnston said that Dupuis would be a game time decision. Otherwise the lineup looks to be the same as previous games and I hope the Penguins will come out flying tonight against a hot Islanders team. The Penguins need to stay focus for the full 60 minutes of the game. Hopefully with the good news about Dupuis the Penguins can focus better. 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 Islanders 1

3rd Period

0:14- Maatta to the box. Islanders PP.

1:20- HORNQVIST SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER!!! Sid passes the puck up to Kuni who gives it to Hornqvist who is all alone in the offensive zone! He puts it in the empty net! 3-1 Pens!

1:45- Islanders have an empty net!

1:58- The Pens kill it!

3:00- The Pens are doing a good job in the neutral zone, keeping the Islanders from getting into the zone to set up.

3:58- Islanders PP still has a chance to capitalize tonight as Downie is headed back to the box this time for tripping.

4:32- Halak bobbles the puck in front of the net and Sutter goes for it, but can't get the puck! So close!

6:35- The Pens PK comes up big once again tonight!

7:35- Flower comes up with a save and Goc blocks a shot on a wide open net. The Pens were in desperation mode with the loose puck in the blue paint.

8:24- Despres is now getting some time in the box for high sticking. The Islanders will try to capitalize on the PP.

11:08- Geno is having an unreal game tonight! Flower comes up with a huge save to keep the Pens up in this one!

15:37- Downie comes in a nails Nielsen like a freight train! Downie and Hamonic go at it and Downie ends up bringing him down! DOWNIE TIME!

16:45- The Pens kill off another Islanders PP! PK working hard tonight.

18:45- The Islanders will go to work on the PP as Letang sits for hooking.

20:00- It's time for the Pens to wrap this game up with a win! This should be an interesting period since the second period ended on a friendly note! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period comes to an end and they have the lead 2-1! The Pens PP is on fire tonight!

2:06- Geno makes a great defensive play to stop the Islanders from getting a breakaway! Both teams are back to full strength.

4:06- Letang now is in the box along with Conacher. 4 on 4 hockey.

5:16- HORNQVIST SCORES THE PP! Letang makes a cross ice pass to Geno. Hornqvist was in the blue paint screening Halak and tips Geno's shot right pass Halak! 2-1 Pens!

6:10- Now a regular Pens PP for 1:44.

6:11- GENO SCORES ON THE PP! The Pens move the puck well and they find Geno who has time! He whips one pass the blocker of Halak into the net! 1-1 tie game!

6:26- The Pens will now get a 5 on 3 PP for 1:22 as the Islanders get a too many men on the ice penalty.

7:04- Sid ends up drawing a penalty as he tries to split the Islanders defense. Conacher will head off for hooking.

8:29- Islanders PP comes to an end. The Pens PK gives a boost to the Pens and the crowd at Consol Energy Center!

10:29- It seems the Pens will have to bring out their PK unit again as Sid is found guilty of hooking.

11:16- The Pens come up with a huge kill and are back to full strength.

11:39- Stome trips up Downie and will go to the box, but so will Downie (embellishment). Islanders still have PP.

11:49- Downie is released from the box. The Islanders have a regular PP now for another 32 seconds.

13:16- Martin will now join Downie for tripping. The Islanders get a 5 on 3 PP for 1:26.

13:50- Now it's time for the Islanders to get their first PP opportunity as Downie is caught for high sticking.

13:58- Islanders kill off the Pens PP. The Pens had some good looks and shots, but had a case of too many passes. They needed to focus on crashing the net and not on perimeter passing.

15:58- The Pens are heading back onto the PP as Boychuk is sent to the sin bin for delay of game, he flipped the puck over the glass in the defensive zone.

18:28- Geno works his way around the Islanders zone with the puck bringing it out to the slot area. He fires one on net, but Halak puts down the pads to stop the puck.

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens need to keep throwing pucks on net and not let up on Halak! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period ends and the Islanders have the lead 1-0. The Pens had some great chances, but haven't been able to put one pass Halak...yet.

0:14- Despres backhands one to Hornqvist on the doorstep, but his shot goes off the post and Halak covers.

1:55- Both teams have their defense jumping up in offensive plays. The Pens have to stay on their heels even when attacking.

4:13- Geno has the puck at the side of the net and puts the puck into the blue paint, but the Halak covers it.

5:44- The Islanders are playing a very good game and Halak is sharp in the net tonight. The Pens will have to get a dirty goal.

8:29- The Islanders are able to kill off the Pens PP. Great one touch passing and scoring chances. Hornqvist had a chance on the doorstep, but Halak denied him.

10:29- The Pens will bring out their #1 ranked PP unit to go against the #29th ranked PK! Cizikas sits for tripping.

11:02- Boychuk comes flying into the Pens zone getting a great shot at the side of the net. Flower is able to get over and make the save!

14:14- Hickey Scores! Hickey sneaks in up high on an Islanders break in play. Hickey recieves the puck and wrist one pass Flower. The first time the Pens have allowed the game's first goal. 1-0 Islanders

15:34- Flower stretches his toe out to make an amazing pad save on Okposo! Flower shutting them down.

16:00- Sid makes an unreal pass while being covered to Hornqvist who rips a shot on net. Halak makes the save.

17:17- Both teams have come out with speed. Fast pace to start this game.

20:00- The puck has been dropped in Pittsburgh! Dupuis is in the lineup! Lets give the Islanders their first taste of losing this season! Lets Go Pens!  

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