Friday, November 21, 2014

The Pittsburgh Penguins Battle the New York Islanders!

By: MF, 

It's time for a home-and-home series as the Pittsburgh Penguins play the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center to start off the series. The Penguins are riding a season high four game winning streak at home and will look to make it five! The Penguins are coming off a huge 4-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.

Not all news is good news though. After visiting the doctor, the Penguins announced, Pascal Dupuis will be out for at least six months due to a blood cut, which was found in his lung. It is a scary thing and Dupuis was lucky to have it found without any issues. Due to being on blood thinners to help treat the blood clot, which means he cannot participate in any type of contact sport. He could still do workouts and conditioning. The Penguins held a press conference, which was attended by Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The team only received a text message 15 minutes before the conference or more players would of come to show their support. Dupuis commented that his family was his top concern and hockey came second. It's sad to see such a wonderful person and player suffer like this. All of Pittsburgh nation, wishes Dupuis a healthy and speedy recovery.

The Penguins want to continue their success this season and proving it to their current league numbers. So far this season, the Penguins have allowed only 32 goals in 17 games, which happens to be the fewest in the National Hockey League (NHL). Not to mention, they have an NHL best +27 goal differential. This is a seven better than the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are holding second place now.

Some of the Penguins are approaching new career highs and history making milestones! Craig Adams appeared in his 400th career game, in a Penguins uniform, Tuesday night against the Canadiens. He will look to continue towards becoming the all-time player in Penguins history to play in consecutive Penguins games. As for our net-minder, Marc-Andre Fleury is at 299 NHL career wins and tonight will hope to become the 31st goalie in NHL history to reach 300 wins! Not only that Fleury added to his shutout record, with his 4th shutout of the season on Tuesday.

The Penguins will have to play a smart and focused hockey game. If they continue to work at the same level as their last two games, there should be no problem! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Martin, Tanger
Maatta, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Bortuzzo

Play By Play
Pens 4 New York Islanders 5 SO

The Islanders end up with the 5-4 shootout win. The Pens shouldn't of taken a nap in the first period and they could of ended this with a win. We will see them tomorrow in their domain.

Okposo avoids Fleury's poke check to score.

Johnson denies Sutter.

Nielson scores.

Sid scores a backhander!

Fleury denies Tavares with the pad!

Malkin fires a shot wide!

OT Period
0:00- Well shootout time!

1:22- Islanders get a 2 on 1 chance, but Martin breaks up the play.

1:59- The Pens are looking for the perfect play, but they need to shoot the puck!

3:15- Letang gets the rebound off the back boards and tries to stuff the puck into the net, but Boychuk's stick denies him!

3:49- The Islanders are camping out in front of Fleury and the Pens need to clear them out!

5:00- Overtime is underway! The Pens need to take it to the Islanders and put this game away early! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- That is it for regulation as we are headed to OT with a 4-4 tie game.

0:47- Boychuk goes for Malkin's knee with a knee to knee hit. Malkin goes down and the trainer comes out to see him. He skates back to the bench on his own.

1:06- Downie is back on the ice.

3:44- Downie looks to be in some discomfort after getting hit hard on the boards.

4:46- The Islanders get a huge chance on net as the Pens make a lack lesser effort, but the post makes the save.

7:00- HORNQVIST SCORES!!!! Malkin starts from the Pens zone and carries the puck all the way down the ice into the Islanders' zone! Malkin passes to Hornqvist, who whips on into the net! 4-4 tie game!

7:53- Some back and forth hockey. The Pens have had chances and then they have to deal with a sudden storm from the Islanders. Time ticking away.

17:36- Maatta with an unreal play to get around Hamonic, but his shot hits the goal post!

20:00- Time for the third period! The Pens need keep putting shots on net and not give the Islanders any time or space! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- That is it for two periods and the Pens have pulled within one. 4-3 Islanders.

1:30- Johnson makes a save on a sick Malkin backhander!

1:51- Letang is robbed by Johnson! Letang let go of a quick shot after the puck came bouncing off the back boards!

4:54- Bennett passes to Downie at the side of the net! He is robbed by the pad of Johnson!

5:37- Downie and Hickey are set free.

6:02- Sid gets a mini breakaway. He ends up making a spinning, backhanded pass to Malkin across the ice! Johnson with the pad save on Malkin's shot.

7:37- Some 4 on 4 hockey time as Downie heads to the box with Hickey.

9:25- This is a weird game. The Pens look sloppy and unorganized at times then they battle and score. The Islanders look to be in control then they are not. Not consistent.

11:08- SPALING SCORES!!! Spaling receives a stretch pass to bring the puck into the Islanders' zone! The Pens cycle the puck and Hornqvist fires a shot in the slot! Spaling whacks at the rebound and jams it in! 4-3 Islanders.

11:54- Sid snaps a shot in the slot, but it's blocked! That had to hurt.

14:01- Bortuzzo and Matt Martin drop the gloves. A spirit fight and the refs break it up.

14:15- Leddy Scores! The Pens are unable to clear the puck and Spaling losses sight of his man. Leddy is left wide open and blows one past the glove of Fleury. 4-2 Islanders.

15:10- Goc passes to a open Adams. His shot goes high and wide of the net!

16:40- The Islanders get a 3 on 1 chance with only Maatta back! They fan on the shot after the Pens defense pinched.

20:00- The second period is underway! The Pens have to control the puck and put a lot more shots on net! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first period ends and the Pens have pulled within one. 3-2 Islanders.

0:12- Bailey gets a break away chance, but Fleury comes out with the poke check and makes a pad save!

1:22- The Pens ice the puck.

3:26- COMEAU SCORES!! Sid puts the puck up to Comeau, who controls the puck and flies around the back on the net for a wrap around attempt! The puck goes off Matt Martin and into the net! 3-2 Islanders.

4:15- The Pens are getting beat to every puck by the Islanders and cannot clear it out of their zone. They finally get some control and head down the ice.

7:18- Malkin finally gets a shot on net, which is saved by Johnson. That was the second shot for the Pens as their first (and only) shot went in.

10:07- Strome Scores! The Pens try to clear the puck, but the Islanders don't allow it. Hickey fires a shot from the point, which is deflected by Strome (right on Fleury's doorstep) into the net. 3-1 Islanders.

11:13- Kulemin Scores! The Islanders win the face-off in the neutral zone and Kulemin enters the Pens zone. He dances around Kulemin Letang and puts one past Fleury. 2-1 Islanders.

11:42- Matt Martin Scores! The Islanders catch the Pens changing and Matt Martin gets a chance all alone. He beats Fleury, short side. 1-1 tie game.

12:01- The Pens are successful on the PK and Letang is set free. Two great saves by Fleury on Boychck's slap shots!

14:01- Letang is called for hooking and the Islanders bring out their PK unit!

15:07- Fleury makes a nice pad/glove save on Strome's shot!

18:47- SUTTER SCORES! Martin blasts a shot from the point, which is redirected under the crossbar by Sutter! 1-0 Pens!

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol! Time for the Pens to take it to the Islanders and show them no mercy! Lets Go Pens! 

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