Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Penguins Jet off to Winnipeg!

By: MF, 

Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal / Pittsburgh Penguins
The second game of the Pittsburgh Penguins road trips lands them in Winnipeg to take on the Jets. The Penguins are currently riding a five game winning streak and the team has been on fire. The Penguins are 3-0-1 on the road, so far this season, without losing in regulation with the only other team in the National Hockey League (NHL) is the Florida Panthers (2-0-4).

Some quick player/team news, Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a contract extension with the Penguins for four years for $23 million. Many people are excited and then there are many who are not. Personally, I think it's a well deserved contract for the "Flower." He has been a great goalie and has had his up and downs, which every goalie goes through. I believe he will continue to be an asset for the Penguins organization.

On the injury front, Olli Maatta had a successful surgery to remove a tumor from his neck area. His recovery is expected to be about four weeks.

Greiss makes a save against Wild / Pittsburgh Penguins
When it comes to the Jets the Penguins have won seven out of the last nine games against them and has outscored the Jets 40-24. The NHL's leading offense is on a roll with the Penguins power play still leading the NHL at 41.3%. Not to be outdone the Penguins penalty kill has killed 30 straight! This is a huge drop for the penalty kill, which started out at the bottom of the NHL standings.

On an individual player front, Evgeni Malkin is still riding a point streak and has reach 11 games. He has been on fire and contributing a great deal to the Penguins power play. Rob Scuderi has achieved his seventh multi-point game Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild (two assists). Tonight Craig Adams will play in his 300th consecutive game in a Penguin uniform, which is only two shy of the second longest in team history held by Jordan Staal. Lastly, Flower still holds a shutout streak at 154:46 and will try to add to that against the Jets.

The Penguins held an optional skate today, which only 10 players showed up to. Those who skated were: Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres, Steve Downie, Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau, Zach Sill, Marc-Andre Fleury, Craig Adams, Thomas Greiss, and Scott Harrington.

The Penguins and Wild crash the net / Pittsburgh Penguins
Tonight's game should prove to be an interesting game for the Penguins. Hopefully they can stay focus and play a full 60 minute game. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Martin, Letang
Ehrhoff, Bortuzzo
Scuderi, Despres

Flower in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Jets 3 SO


Flower poke checks to stop Kane!

Sid stuffs one under the pad of Pavelec!

Flower denies Ladd!

Geno rips one past Pavelec!

Wheeler scores.

OT Period
0:00- We are going to a shootout! Martin did amazing on the PK and Flower was great!

1:06- Despres takes a tripping penalty and the Jets get a huge PP chance.

1:27- Flower has made some great saves with the Jets pressuring the Pens in the offensive zone.

2:16- Kuni is able to snap a shot to the net, which Pavelec saves. Sid was waiting at the back for any rebound chance.

3:56- Sid dogs two Jet players in the corner and ends up winning the puck. He turns out to the net and passes to Kuni. Pavelec makes the pad save. Great chance and hard work by Sid.

5:00- Regulation wasn't enough for these two teams! The Pens need to take it to the Jets and end this one early! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- We are headed to OT as the Pens and Jets are tied at 3-3!

0:29- The Pens kill it!

1:13- The puck bounces around in the blue paint, but Flower makes unreal saves! Quick and acrobatic saving moves by the Flower!

2:30- Spaling heads to the sin bin for hooking. Jets PP and a huge one.

2:53- Jets once again kill the Pens PP.

4:53- The Pens get a huge PP chance and need to capitalize. Perreault is called for cross-checking.

5:42- This game has been getting more physical as the time whines down. The Jets seem to be at an advantage having some momentum from the PKs and the crowd.

7:31- Adams and Lowry drop the gloves! Huge height difference, but Adams ends up with a mowing him over like a truck before the fight.

8:15- The Pens PP doesn't look right and that gives the Jets the chance to easily kill it.

10:15- Sill bumps into Pavelec and Trouba instigates a fight with Sill. The Pens get a PP as Trouba gets the extra penalty.

12:25- Flower comes up with an amazing save on Kane's wrap around attempt! Just unreal! He is keeping the Pens in this game.

13:02- Both teams are back to strength.

15:02- 4 on 4 hockey after a scrum in front of the bench. Scuderi gets a slashing penalty and Downie a 10 minute game misconduct again. Perreault gets a slashing to offset.

16:03- Kane Scores! The Pens shot is blocked and Kane gets behind Letang to receive a up ice pass. He gets a one on one chance and puts it past the blocker side of Fleury. 3-3 tie game.

16:15- Flower has been coming up with some huge saves! The Pens are giving the Jets too much time and space.

17:30- Geno goes down hard and looks like he was clipped by the stick of Scuderi. He seems to be ok.

19:40- Downie and Byfuglien both end up in the box. They both end up with 10 minute misconduct penalties.

20:00- Now it's time for the third period! The Pens need to keep their focus on the game and make sure the Jets have no room to play! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- The second period comes to a close and the Pens have the lead 3-2 over the Jets!

1:29- Trouba Scores! Trouba fires a hard and fast shot that ends up in the back of the net. The Jets pull within a goal. 3-2 Pens.

2:12- Bogosian sneaks pass Letang to get a breakaway chance, but Flower makes an amazing glove save to shut the door in Bogosian's face!

2:56- DOWNIE SCORES!!! Downie comes flying out of the net and gets a piece of a stretch pass, but ends up getting the bouncing puck off the boards! He puts it past Pavelec! 3-1 Pens! Byfuglien nails Downie into the boards after the goal and Downie jumps him as a result. Both end up penalties. Dirty play after the goal by Byfuglien. 4 on 4 hockey.

2:58- The Pens kill it and Downie, serving the extra penalty, is released.

4:58- Comeau ends up taking two penalties, which gives the Jets a PP. Bogosian in the box for roughing.

8:39- Jets kill the first PP, but Pens still have a regular PP for 1:32.

9:07- The Pens will get a 5 on 3 PP opportunity! Frolik is called for hooking.

10:39- Clitsome takes an interference penalty. The Pens PP gets another crack at it!

11:54- Scheifele takes a whack at Flower and he dishes one back! Then a scum ensues! Despres and Kane drop the gloves, but Despres ends up being taken down. Despres and Kane both get misconduct penalties on top of fighting. Flower and Scheifele both end up with slashing penalties.

13:10- SUTTER SCORES!! Bortuzzo pokes the puck away from a Jet in the neutral zone, which sends Sutter flying down the center! Sutter snipes one past Pavelec! 2-1 Pens!

15:49- Pens kill their 31st straight penalty! Letang is set free and the Pens get back to work. Flower was doing an amazing job on the PK with a huge screening effort by the Jets on their PP.

17:49- The Jets will now get their first PP of the game as Tanger is sent to the box for holding.

17:48- Kane goes to the net with great speed, but he is poked checked by the Flower! What a poke check!

18:24- The Pens start the second period being way more physical and this game has gotten a bit chippy.

19:48- The Pens PP comes to an end and this game is still tied at one.

20:00- The second period has started! The Pens need to bring it to the Jets and not play a purely defensive game! The Pens have a 13 second PP! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and this game is tied up 1-1!

1:48- Downie starts messing with Byfuglien, which draws a too many men on the ice penalty. #1 PP in the NHL time!

2:15- Byfuglien fires a rocket shot and Flower comes up with a huge save to stop the goal! Just unreal!

4:03- Ring the bell! Bortuzzo and Wheeler go at it! It was a good, spirited battle. Bortuzzo ends up with the take down.

6:46- The Jets are creating some chances, but Flower denies them once again.

8:44- DESPRES SCORES! The Pens win the corner battles in the offensive zone! Despres fires a shot from the point and it flies past a screened Pavelec! His first in 71 games! 1-1 tie game!

10:24- Ladd Scores! The Pens give the Jets way too much time in their own zone. Ladd is able to redirect the puck at the front between the legs of Flower. 1-0 Jets

13:14- Kuni lays a pass up to Sid, who is flying down the slot and gets a piece of the puck to direct it to the net. Pavelec just makes the save with his left pad!

14:30- Shots are 5-2 in favor of the Jets. Flower makes three back to back saves on some tough shots and covers for a faceoff.

17:11- The Jets do a nice job of pinning the Pens in the defensive zone. The tired Pens finally clear the puck for a change. Jets are trying bad angle shots to start against the Flower.

19:07- Flower stops an early shot by Kane! Flower had to fight off that shot.

20:00- The puck has dropped in Winnipeg! The Pens need to stay focus and bring it to the Jets for the full 60 minutes! Lets Go Pens! 

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