Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Penguins Seek Revenge in Carolina!

By: MF, 

The Penguins find themselves in Carolina after a devastating loss, last night, in Pittsburgh to the Hurricanes. The team that played last night, didn't look like the Penguins team we have been watching. They were sloppy and didn't look like they were ready to work hard to get the win, at least through most of the games. It was a horrible game for the Penguins, but hopefully they take this game and learn from it. Tonight, they can prove they are a hard working team and play a smart game.

When it comes to the Hurricanes, In their last 11 contest versus the Hurricanes, they have earned eight wins since December 3rd, 2011. Now, Chris Kunitz has 16 goals against metropolitan division teams since 2013-2014, which is the most in the National Hockey League (NHL) during that span. Likewise, Sidney Crosby. Crosby has 19 points during 12 games point streak versus the Hurricanes that dates back to December 7th, 2009.

As for their numbers, they show a different team than the one that showed up last night. They also have the league best road points, percentage at .773% (8-2-1) in their last 11.

In addition, the Penguins are getting contributions from everyone, which is leading to some career high numbers. Nick Spaling has six points, two goals, and 4 assists in his last 12 starts. Where as, Patric Hornqvist is on pace for many career highs. He is on pace for 39 goals, 54 assists, 93 points, 16 power play goals (PPG), 297 shots, 90 hits, and TOI/G of 18:09. Even our top players are lighting the NHL on fire. Crosby is tied for first, along with Jakub Voracek and Tyler Seguin, in the NHL with 10 multi-point games.

While on defense, Simon Despres is leading the team in hits at 68, through the first 21 games, which is only four shy of tying his career high that was set during the 2013-2014 season. Whereas, Kris Letang has a .83 point per game average, which is second among NHL defensemen behind Erik Karlsson with a .87.

Now for an injury update, the Penguins are down another forward after last night's game. Marcel Goc was hit with a puck on his foot during the game last night and he ended up not finishing the game. He was announced today that he didn't travel with the team. Mike Johnston said, "looks like no break, just a bruise." As a result, the Penguins recalled Andrew Ebbett from Wilkes-Barre Scanton (WBS) Penguins.

The game tonight will not prove to be an easy one. If the Penguins can clean up their game and put some passion into this game, the end result will be a win. Lets Go Pens!

Breaking News: Kris Letang is out of the lineup after suffering an injury during last night's game. A Hurricane player fell on the back on his leg/ankle. Mike Johnston will give an update after the game or tomorrow.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Spaling, Sid, Hornqvist
Kuni, Geno, Comeau
Megna, Sutter, Downie
Sill, Ebbett, Adams

Martin, Bortuzzo
Maatta, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Despres

Greiss in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 3 Canes 2

3rd Period

0:11- Rask scores on the PP. He fires from the blue line and it's deflected past Greiss. 3-2 Pens

1:29- Spaling is called for goalie interference. The Canes pull their goalie, which gives the Canes a 6 on 4 PP.

2:00- The penalties expire and we are back to regular 5 on 5 hockey.

4:00- Comeau and Gerbe are in their respective boxes for roughing. 4 on 4 hockey time.

4:33- EHRHOFF SCORES HIS FIRST AS A PENGUIN!!! Ehrhoff takes the puck into the zone and backhands a shot! Khudobin makes the save, but Ehrhoff puts in the rebound! 3-1 Pens!

6:12- Sid had a 2 on 1 chance and decided to pass the puck, but the Canes are able to intercept the pass. Sid has an amazing shot and should be a bit more selfish.

10:42- The Canes are getting some good time in the Pens zone and handling the puck well. It would be great if the Pens could get a goal to help buffer their lead.

13:30- The Pens end up icing the puck with a tired group on the ice.

16:59- Comeau sneaks a backhanded shot, but Khudobin flips out the pad for the save.

19:02- Sid and Hornqvist get quality shots off on their first shift of the period. Khudobin makes the necessary stops.

20:00- Only 20 minutes left to go in regulation! The Pens have a 15 second PP to start this period! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- That is it for 40 minutes of hockey as the Pens still lead the Canes 2-1!

0:49- The Pens now have a PP for 1:06 as Comeau is set free.

1:38- 4 on 4 hockey as Lindholm heads to the penalty box.

2:51- Once again the Canes will get a PP chance as Comeau sits for boarding.

6:27- Greiss has been the best PKer for the Pens tonight. Sid is released and balance is restored.

8:27- 4th PP chance for the Canes as Sid is called for hooking. Not a good call by the ref there, didn't look to be a hooking penalty on the play.

7:23- Greiss comes up with a huge save on Staal to keep the Pens in the lead!

7:54- The Canes are able to hold off the Pens PP.

10:54- The Pens get a PP as Harrison is called for delay of game, after knocking the net off.

12:31- Malkin is released and the Pens are 2 for 3 on the PK. Greiss was strong in the net and the Pens did a good job of blocking shots.

14:17- The Pens get a shorthanded chance as Sutter and Adams get a 2 on 1. Sutter's shot is just saved by Khudobin!

14:31- Malkin heads to the box for hooking. The Canes with their 3rd PP of the night.

14:42- Lots of whistles in this period. It's making it hard for either team to get a flow going to this game.

15:29- Greiss makes a solid save with traffic in front. He covers for the whistle.

18:18- Spaling and Hornqvist get a 2 on 1 chance. Spaling passes up to Hornqvist, who steers the puck towards the net and Khudobin makes the save.

19:10- Maatta fills in on the PP for Letang. Kunitz tries to jam in the puck in front, but Khudobin makes the pad save. The Pens PP comes to an end.

20:00- Lets get the second period started! The Pens have 47 seconds remaining on a PP to start! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- That is it for the first period! The Pens have the lead 2-1 over the Canes!

1:13- Sid gets behind the Canes defense, but is slashed before he can get a shot off. The Pens get a late PP chance as Liles sits for slashing.

3:14- Comeau was denied a beautiful goal once again...this time by a defensemen's stick!

4:05- Skinner with his fast skating makes his way around Bortuzzo, but Greiss bails him out with a huge pad save!

7:13- Mark that down as a successful PK for the Pens.

9:13- Gerbe lays Despres into the boards and Despres goes down hard. Megna isn't having any of that and he tussles with Gerbe. The Canes end up with a PP as Downie gets a charging penatly, Megna with a roughing. Gerbe with just a roughing.

11:31- The Pens look like a totally different team to start this game, from the team that played last night.

14:28- BORTUZZO SCORES!! Bortuzzo carries the puck into the Canes zone and the defense splits to allow him entry! Bortuzzo doesn't miss and redeems himself! The Pens take the 2-1 lead!

16:04- KUNITZ SCORES! Malkin retrieves the dumped in puck and comes flying out from behind the net! Malkin passes to Kunitz and he snipes one! The Pens answer to tie it 1-1!

16:21- Faulk scores on the PP. Faulk fires a shot from the blue line and beats Greiss on his short side. 1-0 Canes

16:43- PK time for the Pens as Bortuzzo is called for roughing, giving the Canes the first PP of the game. 

17:14- A couple of shots for the Pens to start and they look more engaged to start. Bortuzzo will fill in for Letang and Ebbett for Goc. 

20:00- The Pens are in Carolina to face the Canes once more! Time to take some revenge after last night's game! Lets Go Pens! 

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