Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Start of Something New!

By: MF

It's finally here! The start of the Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-15 hockey season! It has been a long summer with many changes and new faces coming to the Penguins. We have a new General Manager, Head Coach, new trades, new players. This hasn't been an easy summer for Penguin fans as we have been unsure about the future of the Penguins. Penguin fans have seen many old faces leave the team and it has made the team look strange. It has taken some getting use to and will continue to be through the beginning of the season. Hopefully the Penguins new foundation is a solid one, which will continue onto a Stanley Cup. However we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves...I am just glad to have Penguins hockey back! Some small updates before the game, Evgeni Malkin will be in the lineup tonight after missing all of training camp due to an undisclosed injury. He will skate on Brandon Sutter's line on the right wing with Pascal Dupuis (who hasn't played since December 23rd, 2013) on the left. Also Olli Maatta will be in the lineup after having shoulder surgery in May. Lets start out this new season with a dominating win!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Ehrhoff, Tanger
Maatta, Martin
Scuderi, Despres

Flower in the cage!

Play By Play
PENS 6 Ducks 4

3rd Period

1:42- The Pens will now get a chance at the PP as Etem heads to the sin bin for goalie interference.

3:13- Perry scores a hat trick on the PP. Perry gets enough of the puck in the slot to put it up into the net passed a screened Flower. 6-4 Pens

3:44- Geno heads off to the box for hooking and Ducks to the PP.

4:43- Sid and his line are fighting for another goal! Great shift by Sid's line!

5:10- Sill and Stoner drop the gloves for the first fight of the season! Great fight!

8:26- Flower stands his ground against Thompson in front of the net! Amazing!

9:07- The Ducks PP comes to an end and the Pens still leads 6-3!

11:07- Comeau comes to Tanger's rescue as Kesler laid out Tanger. Ducks to PP, but worth it!

14:22- The Pens are still playing a strong game even with have a three goal lead over the Ducks.

17:41- The Pens with a very successful penalty kill!

18:58- SUTTER SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL!!!!! Duper has the puck and looks like he will take it into the offensive zone, but passes it off to Sutter! Sutter doesn't miss! Pens now up 6-3!

19:41- Kesler draws a hooking penalty on Geno and the Pens go down a man.

20:00- The third period is underway! Time for the Pens to finish this game up with a win against the Ducks! Don't let up on them! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens have the lead 5-3 over the Ducks!

1:32- COMEAU SCORES!!!!! Maatta puts the puck right in the wheel house for Comeau at the side of the net! Comeau rings one off the post into the net! 5-3 Pens!

2:26- SID SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT ON THE PP!!!! The Pens have three players breaking to the net with Sid holding the puck! Sid decides to wrist one right under the blocker of Gibson! 4-3 Pens retake the lead!

3:36- Despre draws a peanlty as Beleskey heads to timeout for high sticking. Pens PP time!

4:20- The penalty comes to an end and the Pens are back to full strength.

6:20- The Ducks will head right back onto the PP as Spaling is called for hooking. Looked liked he was tripped up, but I guess not.

7:43- Perry Scores on the PP! The Ducks make the Pens dizzy with one touch passes and no one picks up Perry in the slot. He puts his second of the night in the net. This game is tied up 3-3!

8:47- The Pens will find themselves down a man as they get a too many men on the ice penalty. Ducks to the PP.

8:46- Thompson gets a penalty shot chance and Flower shuts him down!

11:05- It looked like Duper had scored his second of the night, but the refs rule goalie interference due to Geno's skate hitting him.

12:08- Perry Scores! Tanger, Flower, and Ehrhoff communicate in the back. Flower comes out to play and has to get rid of the puck. Perry ends up with the puck in front of an empty net. 3-2 Pens

13:35- The Pens get some great chances and Hornqvist continues to go to the net. Great net front presence. The PP comes to an end.

15:35- Maatta pinches down and draws a interference penalty on Stoner. The Pens will get a PP chance.

16:21- Did anyone else hear Steiggy's comment on Bruce Boudreau? haha If you missed it..."Dairy Queen. Fan food, not fast food." Stieggy. Bruce comes on the screen and Stieggy says "speaking of fast food." hahaha

20:00- Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep up their speed and not give the Ducks any breathing room! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period ends and the Pens have the lead 3-1 over the Ducks!

3:33- Downie shows his presence as he has some choice words for Kesler as he was yelling at the Pens bench.

5:38- Kesler Scores on the PP! Ehrhoff breaks his stick and Duper gives his to him. Kesler chooses to shoot Duper's way and puts it in. 3-1 Pens.

5:48- The Ducks now have a PP chance as Kuni takes a seat for cross checking.

6:46- DUPER SCORES!!! Just unreal passing play by the Pens once again! Geno goes to Maatta to Duper! Duper finishes things off! First goal in his first game back since December! 3-0 Pens!

7:47- Flower makes a huge save on a hard shot by Perry!

8:06- The PP comes to an end. The Pens had some good passing by their first unit.

10:06- The Pens will get a crack at their first PP of the new season. Getzlaf is sent off to the box for tripping.

12:38- SID SCORES!! The Pens execute a perfect breakout play! Maatta makes a no look pass up to Kuni at the blue line who dishes the puck off to a fast skating Sid! Sid keeps his speed to overtake Lovejoy and puts the puck right under the glove arm of Gibson! 2-0 Pens!

13:33- Flower makes a quick save on a slot shot by Kelser!

14:44- HORNQVIST SCORES! THE FIRST PENS GOAL OF THE 2014-15 SEASON! Sid tries to win a faceoff in the offensive zone and the Pens battle for the loose puck! Hornqvist gets a stick on it and catches Gibson off guard! The Pens have the lead 1-0!

16:43- This game has a lot of speed to it. The Pens are doing a good job of getting the Ducks to turnover the puck. The Pens need to keep this up.

19:02- The Pens come out with speed to start the game. Sid gets two great scoring chances on Gibson!

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol Energy Center and the Pens 2014-15 season has started! Hockey night in Pittsburgh! Lets Go Pens! 

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