Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Time to Burn the Leafs!

By: MF, 

The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins raked the Leafs, now it's time to burn them. When the Toronto Maple Leafs previously played the Penguins, they were handed a 2-1 loss. Now, the Penguins have a chance to sweep the Leafs, for the regular season tonight in Pittsburgh.

To start off a long home game stand tonight, the Penguins will play five of their next six games at Consol Energy Center. Currently, they are riding a five game unbeaten stretch at Consol (4-0-1). Not only are they dominating at home, but also against the Atlantic Division. They hold a 6-0-1 record when they face an Atlantic Division opponent. In addition, the Penguins average 4.00 goals per game at Consol, which leads the Eastern Conference.

On Monday, a huge milestone was achieved by Marc-Andre Fleury in the net. Fleury earned his 300th National Hockey League (NHL), which makes him the third fastest goaltender to achieve this feat. A well deserved record for an outstanding netminder, who is unappreciated. Congrats to the "Flower!"

As for the other individual efforts, Craig Adams notched his 100th career assist on Monday, against the Boston Bruins. A career first was achieved by Patric Hornqvist, who is has an assist in five straight games. On defense, Kris Letang has recorded eight assists in the month of November. This puts him in second among defensemen in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the league.

Now for the two headed monster, they are lighting the NHL on fire! Evgeni Malkin is on track for a career high in goals this season. The Maple Leafs should be wary of the Russian machine, as he has recorded 47 points in 26 games against the Maple Leafs. As for the other half of the monster, Sidney Crosby has been called for Mr. November! He currently leads the league with 12 assists. Not only that, but Crosby has a league leading 14 points on the PP. Malkin is close behind in second with 13.

On the injury front, the Penguins will be without the services of Beau Bennett. Mike Johnston said, he would be out for a "couple of weeks" due to a lower body injury. It's sad to see Bennett dealing with yet another injury. Bennett has been plagued by injuries, but hopefully this will be the last of it.

This game tonight will be a good test for the Penguins and they will have to stay focused. If they come out with speed and drive to the net, they will make tonight a success. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Martin, Tanger
Maatta, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Despres

Play By Play
PENS 4 Maple Leafs 3 OT


1:31- COMEAU SCORES A HAT TRICK!!!! Crosby comes flying into the zone and withstands Phaneufs knocking him down! Comeau fires a sick shot from the point, which flies past the glove of Bernier!

2:47- Maatta with a backhanded shot and Bernier just gets a piece of it with his glove!

4:30- The refs mess up on a icing call and decide to drop the puck at center, to make up for the mess up.

5:00- Extra hockey has started! The Pens need to crash the Leafs net and end this early! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- Regulation is not enough...once again...the Pens and Leafs are headed to overtime!

1:13- The Pens are crashing the net and looking for the loose puck! Bernier is flopping around the ice. I don't know how that puck didn't go in!

5:22- Malkin steals the puck and passes to Kunitz, right at the Leafs' blue line. Stick handling in a phone booth, just unreal.

7:11- Lupul makes a sneaky shot, which is saved by the outstretched pad of Fleury. Despres takes care of the second chance.

10:32- One can see the fire in Malkin's prepared for something special to come from him tonight.

12:47- Leafs withstand the Pens PP to earn a successful kill.

13:27- Now a regular 5 on 4 PP for the Pens for another 46 seconds.

14:47- Malkin draws a hooking penalty on Reilly. The Pens will get a 4 on 3 PP for 1:14!

15:27- 4 on 4 hockey as Hornqvist and Phaneuf take a seat in their respective boxes.

15:33- Sid goes right to the net and just taps a pass from Hornqvist, in front of the goal, but Bernier makes the pad save.

16:25- Malkin is locked in beast mode right now!

18:45- The Pens come out with some pressure to start this period and get a couple of good chances. The crowd at Consol comes alive!

20:00- Third period is underway! The Pens have to come back and battle this one out! Take it to the Leafs! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period horn sounds and this contest is all tied up 3-3.

1:20- The play of the Pens is getting a little sloppy at the end of this period.

2:26- The Pens PP comes to an end.

3:36- Bozak Scores a shorthanded goal! The Leafs read the Pens play and Bozak is able to box out Letang, as he gets a breakaway. His shot finds the back of the net. 3-3 tie game.

4:36- Another deadly Pens PP will come out onto the ice!

6:41- COMEAU SCORES AGAIN!!! Kunitz fires a shot on net and Comeau gets a stick on it, to deflect it under the glove of Bernier! 3-2 Pens!

7:45- The Leafs are coming with more force, as they have a spark now.

9:24- Komarov Scores again! Komarov deflects a shot, right in front of Fleury, from the point. Just like that, things are tied up 2-2.

11:49- Komarov Scores! The Maple Leafs turn the puck around after a Kuni and Malkin's 2 on 1 chance is broken up. Komarov makes the Pens pay. 2-1 Pens.

14:24- That kill will make the Pens PK 3 for 3 tonight!

16:24- Sutter is penalized for slashing and the Leafs will get their 3rd PP chance of the game.

17:30- Downie and Megna get a 2 on 1 chance. Downie gets a good shot off, but Bernier is able to make the save!

20:00- Let's start the second period! The Pens just need to keep up the good work and not let up on the Leafs! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- That will end the first period and the Pens have a 2-0 lead over the Maple Leafs!

1:22- The Pens defense is doing a great job of boxing the Leafs out and not letting them get second chances on their shots.

3:30- Megna is playing a strong game as he is filling in the role of Bennett, on the third line.

7:20- GENO SCORES ON THE PP! At the top, Sid passes to Letang! Letang steps Malkin up for a sick one timer in the center! Malkin's rocket shot blows past the glove of Bernier! 2-0 Pens!

8:44- Spaling is released and the Pens have a PP for 1:56!

8:49- 4 on 4 hockey for four seconds as Clarkson is caught for holding.

10:45- Now Spaling will head off to the box, but for slashing. The Leafs with their second PP opportunity.

11:27- The Pens are doing a good job of pressuring the Leafs and driving to the net, every chance they get.

14:15- The two headed monster is on the ice and they get a great chance on net. Bernier is just able to freeze the loose puck.

14:33- Mark that down as a successful kill for the Pens, as Malkin is released from the box.

16:33- Malkin will be the first to sit in the sin bin tonight, for hooking, giving the Leafs the first PP chance of this contest.

19:34- COMEAU SCORES! Kunitz keeps the puck alive on the boards! Malkin tries to bank the puck in off Bernier, but Comeau is able to backhand the loose puck in! 1-0 Pens!

20:00- It's hockey night in Pittsburgh! Fleury brings back the yellow pads to flash them at the Maple Leafs! Lets do this Pens! Lets Go Pens! 

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