Monday, November 24, 2014

The Penguins are at TD Garden!

By: MF, 

We are in Boston to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Boston Bruins, at TD Garden! The Penguins are coming off a home-and-home loss against the New York Islanders. They are coming off two hard losses and will be looking for some redemption tonight against the Bruins.

As a team, the Penguins have a record of 5-0-1 against the Atlantic Division this season. In addition, Pittsburgh has five wins at TD Garden over the last five years, which is the most in the National Hockey League (NHL). These numbers are favorably for the Penguins, but it's all about what one brings onto the ice during the game.

On an player to player statistic basis, the Penguins are also showing favorably numbers. To start, Chris Kunitz has nine points (four goals and five assists) during a nine-game point streak against the Bruins, which dates back to February 4th, 2012. As for the team's netminder, Marc-Andre Fleury is still looking for his 300th NHL career win. It could happen tonight as Fleury is, 5-2-2 at TD Garden, has a 2.20 goals against average (GAA), a .927 save percentage (SVP), and one shutout. Not to mention the Hart effort by the Captain Sidney Crosby, who continues to dominate the league.

However, with the team struggling, as of late, Mike Johnston has been switching up the lines. The Penguins second line of Nick Spaling, Evgeni Malkin, and Patric Hornqvist has accounted for 14 of Pittsburgh's 36 points during a five game stretch (39%). The line has combined for four goals (Spaling with one, Malkin with two, and Hornqvist with one) and ten assists (Spaling with two, Malkin with four, and Hornqvist with four). This line is pulling out all the stops and racking up the points on the score sheet.

Now when it comes to injuries, the Penguins have, lucky, not had anyone get hurt in the past few days. The Penguins are only missing Pascal Dupuis in the lineup, but he is still helping the team anyway he can, in his current condition. As for the Bruins, they are without their Captain, Zdeno Chara. Chara suffered from ligament damage in his right knee, which happened back in October.

Hopefully, the Penguins make a 180 tonight against the Bruins after their losses to the Islanders. They will have to come out of the gate with speed and be ready to battle. The Bruins are a tough and rough team, with an explosive offense. The Penguins will have to be prepared and play a smart hockey game. If anyone can take down the Bruins, it's the Penguins! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Spaling, Sid, Hornqvist
Kuni, Geno, Comeau
Bennett, Sutter, Downie
Adams, Goc, Megna

Martin, Tanger
Maatta, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Despres

Play By Play
PENS 3 Bruins 2 OT

OT Period

4:30- GENO SCORES!!! Malkin, Sid, and Letang charge down the offensive zone and Malkin fakes a pass! He rips a shot instead and Rask has no chance! 3-2 Pens!

5:00- OT time! Lets get this one done early Pens! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- Regulation wasn't enough and we are headed to OT! 2-2 tie.

0:31- The Pens PP is killed off by the Bruins.

2:31- Huge PP opportunity for the Pens late in this game! The Bruins are caught with too many men on the ice!

3:11- Rask makes a pad save and Sutter picks up the rebound. He spins around to fire a shot just wide of the net!

4:33- This a spirited back and forth game between the Pens and Bruins.

6:48- Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak pin the Pens in their own zone. Fleury comes up with two huge saves to keep this game tied! Unreal moves by the Flower!

10:24- Sutter battles at the blue line against two Bruins. He eventually backhands the puck into the offensive zone.

14:45- This game is getting chippy. The refs have let this game go a little too far without making calls. They will get to point were they won't be able to pull things back together, if they are not careful.

17:03- Letang fires a hard shot from the blue line, which Rask only gets a piece of!

17:44- Good news as Bennett is back on the ice. He snaps a bad angle shot on net, in which Rask has to make a pad save.

20:00- 20 minutes more of hockey to go! The Pens need to stand strong and not let the Bruins have any room! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period comes to an end with a tie 2-2.

2:03- The Pens come up with a huge PK! Fleury made some big saves and the defense was on it!

2:29- Despres and Lucic are set free. Bruins with only 26 seconds left on a 5 on 4 PP.

4:03- 4 on 3 PP for Bruins as Martin is called for interference.

4:29- Lucic and Despres are both in the box. 4 on 4 hockey.

5:30- Bennett headed to the locker room.

6:43- This game is starting to get rough and Fleury comes up with a big save as the Bruins are pressuring the Pens.

7:22- Bennett takes a vicious hit to make a play in the defensive zone. He is slow to get up and make his way to the bench.

8:45- The puck ends up in  the net after Lucic and Soderberg crash the net. Fleury is mowed over and the net is knocked off. The ref waves the goal off and they review. The call stands as the ref says Soderberg knocked the puck in on purpose. Maybe with his hand, it's hard to tell in the replay.

10:18- GENO SCORES ON THE PP!! Sid, Letang, and Malkin pass the puck up high! Malkin takes the puck in and lets go of a wicked wrist shot, which blows right past Rask! 2-2 tie game!

11:11- Another PP opportunity for the Pens as Bergeron is called for hooking.

12:29- The Pens work well down low and Downie passes across the ice to Despres. He rips a shot on net, but Rask robs him with the flash of his glove.

16:25- The Bruins call a timeout.

17:49- Morrow Scores! Morrow fires from the blue line past Fleury. 2-1 Bruins.

18:00- Lucic Scores! The Bruins get a mini two on one chance. Lucic is left all alone at the side to slam dunk the puck into the open net. Fleury was left out to dry on that play. 1-1 tie game

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens need to keep getting traffic to the front of the net and pepper Rask with shots! Not to mention, keeping up the good defensive work! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- That is it for the first period as the Pens have the lead 1-0 over the Bruins!

1:28- Lucic and Despres have no love loss. They are battling each other on every shift.

2:39- PP time is over for the Pens. They had a few chances, but Rask was up to the task.

3:25- The Pens start with their 2nd PP unit to rest the top unit. Now time for the big boys.

4:39- Finally the Pens will get their first PP in this game as Smith is called for goalie interference.

5:39- The Pens lead in faceoffs 10-3, with Bergeron being 0 and 4.

6:01- Letang and Martin are playing well along with the rest of the Pens defense. They will have to remain strong against these Bruins.

7:41- The Bruins are doing a well with puck control and possession, but the Pens are holding their own. The 4th line battles down low in the defensive zone.

10:00- Bergeron whacks the puck out of the air and over the shoulder of Fleury into the net. The refs review the play and it's ruled a no goal. Bergeron's stick went above the crossbar! Wake up call there!

10:24- Fleury makes a quick glove save on a shot from the point. He saw right through the traffic.

12:43- Martin is set free as the Pens have a successful kill! The Bruins got some shots off and had a net front presence, but Fleury along with the Pens held down the fort.

14:43- The Bruins get the first PP of the game as Martin is called for holding.

16:27- SID SCORES! The play starts down low with Letang! Adams fires a shot, which is saved by Rask! Hornqvist kicks the rebound to Sid, who spins to put a sick backhander in the open net! 1-0 Pens!

18:05- The Bruins have started with speed and are able to get some pressure on the Pens.

20:00- The puck has dropped at TD Garden! The Pens will have to take on the always troubling Bruins! Time to take down the Bruins! Lets Go Pens! 

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