Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Due to weather Jets flight canceled in Pittsburgh! Pens vs Jets!

By: MF,

Welcome back! The All-Star break is over and now it's time to get back to business and that starts with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the Winnipeg Jets. All the Penguns, except for lone Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury, had a chance to rest up during the little break in the season. However, there is some bad news coming after the break, Evgeni Malkin has been placed on the injured reserve list. I hope he can recover quickly and get back on the ice, so he can keep dominating.

Now lets move on to the game against the Jets. The Penguins have won 20 of their last 23 games against the Jets, going back to March 2, 2008. Not to mention, the Penguins had all 18 dressed skaters record a point during the Chicago Blackhawks game, on January 21st, which was a first for this season.  The Penguins have some impressive numbers when they face the Jets. Fleury has won 16 of this last 18 games versus the Jets. He has not lost a home game since a 4-2 loss, when the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers, on December 27, 2006.

A career milestone for Rob Scuderi will happen tonight, as he will play in his 400th career game with the Penguins. Scuderi will be the 8th defenseman in team history to achieve such a feat. Scuderi has skated 20 plus minutes in four of his last five games. This puts him at 13 games of 46, this season, in which he has logged 20 or more minutes.

The Penguins are getting contributions and big numbers from a lot of guys. Zach Sill got his first career goal, during the Blackhawks' game, and recorded a career high seven hits. While on defense, Paul Martin is only one point away from having 100 career points with the Penguins (16 goals and 83 assists). Some of the team leaders before the All-Star break include: Malkin with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby with 36 assists, Chris Kunitz with 4 game-winning-goals (GWG), Christian Ehrhoff with at a plus 13, and Simon Despres with 135 hits.

Hopefully, the numbers stay in favor of the Penguins, who are have lost their last four games. Some good news was that all healthy Penguin players were at the morning skate. Even Crosby (lower body), Patric Hornqvist (lower body), and Kris Letang (concussion) skated with the team. Mike Johnston gave an update on those possible for tonight's game and there will be quite a few game-time decisions. Hornqvist, Letang, and David Perron (illness) will all be game-time decisions. He confirmed though that Thomas Greiss will start in the net.

Now there has been talk about Crosby missing the All-Star game and the National Hockey League's (NHL) attendance rule. The rule doesn't allow last minute withdrawals from the All-Star weekend, play in their next team game, even if it's due to an injury. Though Crosby did comment on the attendance rule, "They don't want guys skipping out on the All-Star Game and going to Florida for four days while other guys commit their time to do it. I understand the thought process behind it, but my case isn't the case there. All things considered I wouldn't be playing tonight anyway." (quote from Penguins.NHL.com)

The Penguins will be without the services of Crosby and Malkin, that much is for sure. They may be missing more, but they must move forward. This team has dealt with numerous injuries and illness and they can play their system still. They just have to stay focus and stay disciplined. Time to get back to work! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Spaling, Perron 
Bennet, Sutter, Hornqvist
Arcobello, Goc, Downie
Sill, Ebbett, Adams

Martin, Letang
Ehrhoff, Bortuzzo
Scuderi, Despres

Greiss in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 5 Jets 3

3rd Period

0:22- HORNQVIST SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER! Letang goes to Martin who puts the puck into the Jets zone! Hornqvist gets there first and puts the puck in! 5-3 Pens!

0:44- Jets empty net again.

0:53- Jets ice the puck and Pavelec is back in the net.

1:08- Ehrhoff tires for the empty net, but it goes wide. Pens with icing.

1:30- Jets empty their net.

2:32- Perron pressures at the blue line and gets a breakaway chance. Perrons lets go of a slapper and Pavelec with the save.

4:22- Goal changed now to Sutter, from Martin and Letang.

8:21- Hornqvist battles to get a shot and Pavelec makes the save.

10:12- Downie is back on the Pens bench.

12:06- HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY!!!! Sutter sets up Hornqvist up front! The puck bounces over the blocker shoulder of Pavelec and Hornqvist was whacking at it! 4-3 Pens!

12:10- Pens will get a power play as Lowry is called for charging on Downie. Downie to the locker room.

12:59- Letang has notched an assist on all three Penguin goals!

15:37- PERRON SCORES!!! Letang fires a shot at center and Pavelec makes a pad save! Perron drives to the net and jams the puck between the pads of Pavelec! 3-3 tie game!

17:06- Wheeler sits for slashing and the Pens get a power play chance!

19:01- Lowry Scores. Thorburn jumps up to bring the puck down and into the zone of the Pens. Lowry picks up the puck and blows it past the blocker of Greiss.

20:00- 20 more minutes of regulation to go! The Pens need to take control and the lead! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period horn sounds and this game is tied at two!

0:04- DOWNIE SCORES!! 4.6 seconds left and Downie ties it up! Letang is fresh off the bench and rips a shot! Pavelec with the save, but Downie jams the rebound home! 2-2 tie game!

1:02- Now the Pens are the ones bottled up in their own zone!

3:06- The Pens get sustained pressure from the fourth line. They crash the net, but can't put the puck in! Jets ice the puck.

5:31- 4 on 4 hockey ends as both guys are out of the box.

7:13- Trouba Scores. Trouba rips a shot from the point, through a screen, and past the glove of Griess. Jets lead 2-1.

7:34- Letang is over it as he has been targeted multiple times during this game. He gets in Thorburn's face and both head to the sin bin. 4 on 4 hockey.

7:41- Jets are pinning the Pens in their own zone and Greiss is stepping up.

11:06- Harrison is bulldozed by Downie near the Penguin bench.

14:57- Jets ring one off the crossbar. Everyone crashes the net as the puck is loose in the blue paint.

16:33- Sill and Chiarot drop the gloves. Sill taking up for Letang after Chiarot hit him into the boards.

17:47- Thorburn Scores. Thorburn is released from the box and puts a shot up into the corner. 1-1 tie game.

18:11- The Pens power play is killed. The Jets come out aggressive and look like they have more fire.

20:00- Second period is underway! The Pens start with a power play for another 1:49! Make it 2-0 Pens! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period comes to an end and the Pens have the 1-0 lead!

0:11- The Pens get a late power play as Thorburn is called for hooking.

0:52- Ehrhoff fires a shot high and wide.

1:35- The Jets only have four shots.

2:00- The Jets get some pressure due to turnovers by the Pens, but the Pens regroup and clear.

3:02- The Pens are dominating the puck control in this game. The Jets have had tons of trouble exiting their zone and stepping up plays.

8:53- Greiss holds strong as Lowry takes a few whacks, after Greiss had made a shoulder save on Kane's shot. All result of a turnover by Despres.

9:19- Downie and Byfuglien show their love for one another...or lack there of that is.

10:59- Letang picks up an assist and it's his 200th career assist! Congrats to Letang!

12:38- SPALING SCORES! Perron goes flying towards Pavelec and pulls him to the side of the net! He makes a beautiful pass to the slot with both Spaling and Bennett driving down the center! Spaling puts the puck in the open net! 1-0 Pens!

13:05- Byfuglien has been stepping up into offensive plays. Greiss making the saves. Could be a chance for the Pens to take advantage!

15:48- Letang steps up to take the puck in. Pavelec makes the save, but gives up a huge rebound in front. Perron goes driving for the puck, but is canceled out by a Jet.

17:43- The Pens start off with some speed and look fresh. Good puck movement.

20:00- Puck drop at Consol and it's official Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! Welcome back after a little break! Time for the Pens to get back on track! Lets Go Pens!

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