Friday, November 14, 2014

Time to Rake the Leafs!

By: MF, 

The last of the five game road series for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. The Penguins winning streak came to an end Tuesday night as the New York Rangers delivered an huge loss to the Penguins. The Penguins had a horrible game Tuesday night and didn't look like the team from the earlier games. It could be in part of the road series getting to them, but they have a chance to bounce back tonight. The Penguins will face the Maple Leafs tonight and then turn around to head home to take on the New York Rangers, once again, Saturday night.

On the injury front, Olli Maatta has skated with the team the last two days. It was announced he could start in the next 5-6 days at the earliest. Maatta also commented that the tumor removed from his neck was cancerous. Lucky, the surgery went well and Maatta is back on the ice with the Penguins. We all wish him a speedy recovery! We miss Maatta!

The Penguins are still dominating as a team and individuals all over the NHL right now. The Penguins have a +22 NHL-leading goal differential, which is six more than the next closest team (the Tampa Bay Lightning at +16). Not only that, the team is ranked second with a 12.2% team shooting percentage. This is only behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who have a 12.3% team shooting percentage. As for the Penguins numbers against the Maple Leafs are also good. The Penguins have won five of their last six games against the Maple Leafs.

As for the individual numbers, Sidney Crosby has a NHL leading (among forwards) ten road assists. Also, Craig Adams has surpassed Jordan Staal, after Tuesday night's game, with 302 consecutive games played in a Penguins uniform. Adams is second now behind Ron Schock, who holds the franchise record at 313 games.

Now against the Maple Leafs, Kris Letang has notched nine points in his last six games versus the Maple Leafs. Not to mention that Evgeni Malkin has 47 points (13 goals and 34 assists) in 25 career games against the Maple Leafs.

Tonight the Penguins will have the services of Thomas Greiss between the pipes. The Penguins will have to come out with speed and determination to get the win. A total 180 will have to happen after the horrible game against the New York Rangers. The numbers look good, but the Penguins will have to come out and prove them! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Martin, Letang
Ehrhoff, Bortuzzo
Scuderi, Despres

Greiss in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 2 Maple Leafs 1

3rd Period

0:45- Greiss makes a unreal stick save to bat away the puck!

2:14- Hornqvist is leveled by Phaneuf and Geno isn't having it! Geno gets in the face of Phaneuf and they drop the gloves! Geno and Phaneuf are in the box. Downie go to the box giving Leafs the PP. Leafs have an empty net.

2:17- Sid is just unreal tonight!

2:50- Sid powers his way to the front of the net, with some sick stick handling, Bernier makes the save!

6:22- Make that another successful kill for the Pens!

8:22- Dupuis now has his chance in the penalty box for slashing. Leafs with huge PP chance.

9:55- The Leafs kill off the Pens PP. It wasn't a great looking PP for the Pens.

10:03- Sutter goes down after taking a slap shot to the face. Looks to be his left ear area and he goes to the locker room.

11:55- Letang is upended by Kadri. He is called for tripping, giving the Pens a huge PP chance to extend their lead.

13:28- Franson Scores! Franson slaps a shot after the puck, bounces off the boards, from the point. His shot curves and goes high to the left corner. The Leafs cut the Pens lead in half. 2-1 Pens.

14:10- Despres steps up to get a shot off, which Bernier steers away with his goal stick.

16:35- Team spirit is looking way better tonight then when they played the Rangers. The Pens are clicking and battling with determination.

19:45- DUPUIS SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT!! Sid backhands a pass right off the boards to the wheelhouse of Duper! Duper snipes one past Bernier! 2-0 Pens!

20:00- We are back for the third period! The Pens have to keep taking it to the Leafs and just pepper the net with shots! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- That is it for two periods and the Pens finally break through to take the 1-0 lead!

1:52- Kuni and Geno get a 2 on 1 chance! Kuni passes over to Geno who is wide open! Geno goes up high and Bernier just robs Geno with the glove!

2:42- DUPUIS SCORES! Ehrhoff fires a shot from the point and Dupuis redirects the puck as he is screening Bernier! 1-0 Pens!

2:53- The Pens come up with a huge PK with amazing defensive work by Martin!

4:53- Bortuzzo will now head over to the sin bin for roughing as the Leafs go on yet another PP.

5:33- Geno uses some fancy stick work behind the Leafs net and keeping the puck from the Leafs. Unreal work by Geno on that shift.

7:54- Kessel moves his way to the front of the Pens net, but Greiss stands strong to make the save! Amazing save on Kessel's backhander!

10:30- That is another successful PK as the Leafs kill the Pens PP. This game is still 0-0!

12:30- A gush of wind hits us even from the TV as Sid comes flying down the center of the Leafs zone! Sid ends up drawing a penalty to give the Pens a chance on the PP!

13:30- Kuni is back on the ice and the Pens come up with another successful PK. Greiss came up big in the net and Martin worked really hard on that PK.

15:30- Now Kuni will have a seat in the box for holding. The Pens PK comes right back on the ice as the Leafs bring out their PP.

16:24- Another successful kill by the Pens and Greiss did a great job. He looks sharp in the net. Geno is let out of the box.

17:13- Goc and Adams get a 2 on 1 chance. Goc holds and Bernier makes the save up high!

18:24- PK time for the Pens as Geno is called for hooking.

19:32- Dupuis takes a hard hit from Phaneuf and slowly makes his way back to the bench.

20:00- Now it's time for the second period! If the Pens keep up with the shooting they are bound to put some behind Bernier! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period horn sounds to end this period at 0-0! The Pens lead in shots 13-5.

0:34- A unsuccessful PP for the Pens as Phaneuf is set free. The Leafs did a good job of pressuring and blocking the Pens shots.

2:34- Sutter draws a slashing penalty on Phaneuf. The Pens will get a chance at a PP now!

2:58- Bernier makes a big save on Duper. Kuni comes into the face of Bernier taking a whack at the puck under the pad of Bernier. Leafs don't like it and a scram ensues.

4:50- That is a successful PK for the Pens as Downie is released from the sin bin.

5:10- The puck bounces off the post and lands right by the goal line. Griess has to fall down to protect the goal and the Pens luckily clear it.

6:50- The Pens finally touch the puck on a delayed penalty situation. Downie will go off for hooking and the Leafs will get the first PP of the game.

9:08- Greiss makes a save up high on Van Riemsdyk's shot. The Pens get to the rebound to clear.

9:55- There have been 15 face-offs in the first 10 minutes of this game.

11:14- Sid picks the Leafs clearing attempt and feeds Kuni, for a one timer, in the slot. Kuni's shot is steered wide of the net by Bernier.

13:23- Bortuzzo was shaken up on a play after taking a hit from a Leaf, in front of the Pens net. He looks to be in discomfort on the bench, as a trainer talks to him.

14:16- The Maple Leafs are still looking for their first shot on net. They look to be playing a cautious game against the Pens to start.

15:10- On a side note, Simon Despres is playing in his 100th NHL career game tonight!

17:50- The Pens start off with a great opening shift by the Kuni, Sid, Dupuis line. Much better start to this game then last Tuesday's game.

20:00- The puck has dropped at Air Canada Centre! The Pens need to come out with speed and determination against the Maple Leafs! Lets Go Pens! 

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