Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time to Light Up the Stars in Pittsburgh!

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a long break to start the season and will face the Dallas Stars at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins have had a great start to the season under their new head coach Mike Johnston with a 2-0 record. Their PP is coming in at 44.4% and looks like it will continue to go up. The Penguins have been known to have a sluggish start to their game after a long game, but tonight could be different. It will interesting to see how the Penguins come out to start this game after having such a long break. The last ten games against the Dallas Stars have been in the Penguins favor with a 8-2 record. The Penguins have been having good practices and things seem to be going well. The only players that were missing from practice have been Robert Bortuzzo and Beau Bennett (lower body injuries). The new players are falling into their roles with little effort and the team seems to be clicking. I hope the Penguins can keep the momentum rolling in their favor and we will have no trouble getting to the playoffs this season. However we will just look to get a victory against Dallas to start and take it one game at a time. No need for any of us to get ahead of ourselves. The Penguins may have had a great start, but it's about keeping up the work and not letting anything get in their way. 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 2 STARS 3

3rd Period
0:00- The Stars come back to win 3-2 over the Pens. The first loss for the Pens this season and a tough loss.

0:02- Seguin Scores on the PP! Seguin whips one from the side of the net right pass Flower. 3-2 Stars

0:09- Sid is called for tripping on Benn with nine seconds left.

2:57- Benn Scores! The Stars come at the Pens with huge emotion and put the Pens on their heels. Flower gets tied up with Ehrhoff and Benn is left alone to put it into the net. Horrible sequence by the Pens after the waved off goal. 2-2 tie game.

3:33- Flower makes a huge save on Seguin who goes flying into the Flower. Flower can't get back up as Spezza puts one in the wide open net. However the ref waves off the goal for goalie interference.

4:53- The Pens call a timeout.

6:23- Flower has stopped 22 of 23 shots so far tonight.

8:26- The Pens have gotten back some of their speed after killing off a huge Stars PP chance.

10:03- The Pens kill off the PP. They did a great job of keeping the Stars from entering the zone and breaking up their set up.

12:03- The Stars get a PP at a critical moment as Geno is found guilty of holding.

13:00- Sid gets a wrap around chance, but Lehtonen makes the save.

13:30- Geno has had a great all around game tonight. His defensive efforts have been fantastic.

16:59- The Pens come out a bit sluggish to start the third period, but Flower has made the necessary saves to keep the Pens up by one.

20:00- It's time for the Pens to wrap this game up with a win over the Stars! Lets finish the Stars off Pens! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens still have the lead 2-1 over the Stars! Thoughts and prays are with Dupuis right now.

3:11- Kuni, Hornqivst, and Sid get a 3 on 1 chance, but Lehtonen makes the save. They passed the puck one too many times on that play.

6:58- Duper goes down after a cross-check and a puck hit him in the back of the neck. He is being helped by the trainers/doctors and looks to be in serious pain. Duper is taken off on a stretcher. He raises his thumb to the crowd.

9:48- Geno strips the puck and puts it in the slot area with Lehtonen caught behind the net. Duper tries to fling one in, but the Stars come up with a huge defensive play.

11:50- The Stars have seem to found their game and giving the Pens trouble. The Stars are getting some good rushes and chances in the Pens zone.

13:52- Roussel Scores! The Pens have a sloppy shift and Roussel is able to take advantage. He puts one pass Flower and the Stars put one on the board. 2-1 Pens.

15:18- Letang comes flying up the win into the Stars zone, but his shot is block. He gets his own rebound and forces Lehtonen to make a pad save!

16:06- The Pens have start this period with some speed and this period has less whistle stoppages then the first. Lets see if that continues.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens need to keep up the hard work and not let the Stars gain any momentum! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period comes to an end with a 2-0 lead over the Stars! The Pens PP is clicking tonight and they are not letting up!

0:15- The Stars kill off the Pens PP.

1:30- The Pens PP is just bombarding the Stars net on the PP!

2:15- The Stars haven't learned their lesson as Spezza is sent off for tripping. The Pens to the PP.

3:44- Spezza makes a sneaky toe drag shot, but Flower isn't fooled as he makes the pad save!

5:34- Stars PP is killed off by the Pens. The Pens PK seems to be stepping it up.

5:38- Flower makes a great save on Goligoski's shot!

7:03-  Stars now with a PP for 1:27.

7:34- Hornqvist takes a seat for tripping and that means 4 on 4 hockey for 31 seconds.

9:03- The Stars are in trouble once again as Roussel is sent off to the sin bin for high sticking. The Pens bring out their lethal PP as they are 2 for 2 tonight.

12:14- KUNI SCORES ON THE PP!! Tanger blasts one from the blue line, but Lehtonen makes the pad save! Lehtonen gives up a juicy rebound and Kuni slams it to the back on the net! 2-0 Pens!

13:02- Despres is set free and the Pens are now on the PP!

13:10- Fiddler is found guilty of hooking and now we will have 4 on 4 hockey for eight seconds. After that the Pens will have a PP.

15:02- Despres is called for interference on Cole and the Stars will bring out their PP unit. The Pens PK is ranked 30th in the league.

17:32- SID SCORES ON THE PP! Sid tries to make a pass to Kuni at the side of the net, but a Star gets a piece of the puck! It ends up deflecting pass Lehtonen! 1-0 Pens!

18:31- Sid breaks between the Stars defense with speed and hits the crossbar. Dillon trips up Sid on the play and will take a seat in the sin bin. The Pens get a PP chance.

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol Energy Center! The Pens take on the Stars! The Pens need to come out with speed and take over this game early! Lets Go Pens! 

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