Monday, December 8, 2014

Plant the Rangers in the Garden!

By: MF, 

Welcome to Madison Square Garden (MSG), where the Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the New York Rangers! They will be wearing the 'Pittsburgh Gold' third jerseys. The Penguins are coming off a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When these two teams, the numbers seem to favor the Penguins. They have won 10 of their last 15 visits to MSG. The Penguins have won an all time 116 times against the Rangers, which is the most against any one team. In addition, four of the last seven meetings have gone to a shootout, which the Penguins have won three out of four.

Not to mention, the Penguins have also tallied the first goal in 19 games this season. This is the most in the National Hockey League (NHL). They have .791 road points percentage, the highest figure in the league.

Good things happen when Evgeni Malkin is on his game. The Penguins are 11-1 when he records a goal and Malkin has eight power play goals on the season, which is the best number in the NHL. In net, Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his first win in the yellow pads (Toronto game) since December 5, 2007. While on defense, Christian Ehrhoff has scored the game winning goal (GWG) in the last three games. This puts him in first, with 15 GWGs, among defenseman since the 2009-2010 season.

On the injury front, Olli Maatta didn't travel with the team. He stayed back in Pittsburgh to have an injury re-evaluated. While Patric Hornqvist is still out of the lineup and a full update will be given tomorrow. Kris Letang is moving along and even skated with the team today, but his timeline hasn't changed. Also, the same for Beau Bennett, who is progressing along his set out timeline.

The Penguins have to play a smart game and stay disciplined. Especially with the injuries piling up. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Spaling, Sid, Hornqvist
Malkin, Sutter, Comeau
Klinkhammer, Goc, Megna
Sill, Ebbett , Adams

Dumoulin, Martin
Ehrhoff, Bortuzzo
Scuderi, Despres

Fleury in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 3 Rangers 4 OT

1:15- Klein scores. Klein fires from a long range with lots of traffic in front of Fleury. It may have been deflect. The Rangers get the overtime win 4-3 over the Pens. Hard loss for the Pens after working hard to get back in the game.

1:41- Martin waits for traffic to take a shot from the point. Lundqvist covers for the whistle.

2:33- Despres dives out to get a pass up to Crosby. It just goes a little to far up for Crosby.

3:06- Timeout for the Pens.

3:53- The Pens get a great chance on net and even made Lundqvist look to see where the puck was.

5:00- Time for some overtime, 4 on 4 hockey! Lets do this Pens! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- Regulation wasn't enough as we are headed to a overtime!

0:52- Time is whining down. This is a critical time.

2:09- The Pens defense is activating every chance they get.

4:19- DOWNIE SCORES!!! Spaling goes crashing for the net, which leaves Downie to pick up the bouncing puck! He throws the puck at the net and Lundqvist has no chance! 3-3 tie game!

4:43- MALKIN SCORES!! Sutter makes a falling shot on net, which Lundqvist saves! Sutter keeps up the play and gets the loose puck! He passes to Malkin in the slot! Malkin elevates the puck past Lundqvist! 3-2 Rangers

7:02- Hayes scores. Hayes comes flying in the Pens zone and gets space. Fleury makes the first save, but Hayes is able to get the rebound. He puts it in. 3-1 Rangers.

8:22- Crosby comes to the goal after turning a Ranger defender inside out. Lundqvist gets a piece of it with his glove.

9:15- The Pens pressure and crash the net. The puck ends up ringing one off the goal post. Sutter, Malkin, and Comeau had an amazing shift.

9:34- The Pens could really use a power play, but they haven't had many of those in the last few games.

11:12- Malkin sets up in the slot, but fires a hard shot wide of the net.

13:27- Malkin slaps a shot from the point, which Lundqvist gobbles up.

14:15- The Rangers are doing a good job of clogging up the neutral zone. The Pens will have to dump in the puck and win battles on the boards to get offensive zone time.

16:05- Sill battles to hold the puck and passes up to Adams in the slot. Adams gets a nice chance, but Lundqvist makes a solid save.

19:01- Comeau finds the puck behind the Rangers' net and outlets to an open Malkin. His shot is blocked by Boyle!

20:00- Now it's time for the third period! The Pens have to kill off five seconds of a Rangers power play! After that they need to pounce on the Rangers! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- That is it for the second period. The Rangers take the lead 2-1 over the Pens.

0:34- The Pens get a 3 on 2 short handed chance. Spaling makes a center drive, which opens up Bortuzzo on the right wing. However, Lundqvist was there to rob Bortuzzo!

1:55- Well now, Crosby will head to the box for interference. Rangers back to the power play.

2:51- Another successful penalty kill for the Pens! Really solid defensive play by the penalty killers and Fleury was fundamental in the net.

3:35- Sill fires a shorthanded chance, high over the goal!

4:51- Just as Crosby is unleashing the beast on a breakaway chance, Spaling is called for interference. The Rangers get another power play opportunity.

7:09- Great volume of shots on net and towards the net during that power play. The Pens are unable to score, but get some good looks on net anyways.

9:09- The Pens will finally get a power play chance as Hayes gets a delay of game penalty. This is a result of him covering the puck with his glove in his own defensive zone.

11:20- Nash scores. Dumoulin has a bouncing puck go through his legs, which gives Nash a breakaway chance. Fleury stretches out the pad to make the first save on Nash's shot, but Nash puts the second attempt in. 2-1 Rangers.

13:27- The Rangers have life in this game again. The Rangers end up crashing the net. Both teams scramble to find the loose puck, the Rangers find it first. However Fleury denies with a flash of the yellow pad!

16:10- J.T. Miller scores. Martin has his head down in the neutral zone and turns over the puck. Results in a 2 on 1. St.Louis passes up to J.T. Miller, who puts one in the net. 1-1 tie game.

18:41- Mark that down as a successful, double minor penalty kill for the Pens. Sill is released from the sin bin.

19:26- Goc gets a shorthanded breakaway chance, but he gets pressured from the left side. He still gets a decent shot off, but Lundqvist is ready with a pad save.

20:00- The second period is here! The Pens have to kill off Sill's double minor penalty for another 1:09 and then get back to pressuring Lundqvist! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the lead 1-0 over the Rangers!

0:33- Sutter blocks a shot, which stung him, but he gets up to clear the puck down the ice.

1:52- Fleury makes a great pad save on McDonagh's shot, which was through traffic.

2:41- Sill gets a double minor, high sticking call in the offensive zone. The Rangers will get the first power play in the game and it will be a four minute one. Huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens.

4:24- The Rangers get some pressure in the Pens' zone, but the defense does a good job of boxing them out. They clear the puck without giving up a shot to the Rangers.

7:25- SPALING SCORES! Downie chips the puck up to Crosby, who enters the zone and draws the defense to him! He puts the puck right on Spaling's stick! Spaling rips one past Lundqvist! 1-0 Pens!

9:12- Crosby and Malkin are flying in this game. Well played defensive plays by both teams during the first period.

10:23- The Pens will have to win the battles on the boards with the Rangers flying around on the ice. Shots are now 5-4 in favor of the Rangers.

13:53- Lundqvist is solid to start this game and the Rangers are flying. Shots are 3-2 in favor of the Pens.

17:11- Crosby puts a pass on a silver patter for Spaling, but Lundqvist robs him!

17:56- Megna comes flying into the offensive zone and is just ahead of the defense. He backhands one through the goal mouth.

20:00- The puck has dropped at Madison Square Garden! The Pens need to come out with speed and put the Rangers on their heels! Lets Go Pens! 

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