Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Cross-State War Continues!

By: MF,

The Pennsylvania cross-state war will continue tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. There is no love loss between these two teams with a National Hockey League (NHL) historic rivalry. This game will be a physical game, as they usually end up being. Let's take a look at the match-up numbers.

To start off, the Penguins are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is the home of the Flyers. They also have been tied for the fewest road regulation losses in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets at five. The Penguins' road numbers continue to look fantastic. The last 10 Evgeni Malkin's last 11 points have been on the road (six goals and seven assists).

In addition, Malkin has 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists) in 23 games at the Wells Fargo Center. Not to mention, 30 of his 59 points against the Flyers have come on the road. The other half of the two-headed monster is putting up great numbers this month. Sidney Crosby has scored in three straight games (four goals). Crosby currently has 13 points in the month of January, which places him third in the NHL. The two of them are ranked first and second in points in the Eastern Conference, Malkin with 40 points and Crosby at 39 points. While on defense, Kris Letang has a four game point streak consisting of one goal and seven assists.  

The Penguins are getting contributions from new member, David Perron. Perron has fit right into the lineup and is getting to work. In his six games Perron has scored five goals, two assists, and seven points. He is on track to surpass his numbers during his 38 games with the Edmonton Oilers. His has made the Penguins top line even more lethal.

On to the morning skate, the only missing player was Simon Despres, who wasn't feeling well this morning. Also, Bobby Farnham was called up and in the rotating lines. On the injury front, Mike Johnston gave an update on Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist.

He stated, "Both of them are getting X-rays this week, so we’ll know from those X-rays exactly what the timeline is for them...But the anticipation was, as far as our trainers go with them skating, was for both of them to start skating in the next 4-5 days. I know it’s at the All-Star break, so there won’t be much skating going on at that time. But certainly as soon as we come out of the All-Star break, we anticipate they’ll both be on the ice in some form or fashion -- whether it’s in the morning before we get on or it’s starting to get on with us."

The Penguins have gone through a tough stretch, but it's now time to bounce back.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Crosby, Perron
Spaling, Malkin, Bennett
Arcobello, Sutter, Downie
Farnham, Adams, Sill

Martin, Letang
Harrington, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Bortuzzo

Greiss in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 2 Flyers 3 OT

1:32- Giroux Scores. Greiss comes up with a huge save and no whistle. Giroux gets to the loose puck and jams it home. 3-2 Flyers win in overtime. Such a horrible game.

2:56- Flyers back onto the power play as the Pens are called for too many men on the ice.

3:00- The Pens kill it! Martin and Greiss were fantastic!

5:00- Overtime is underway! Sill is in the box for cross-checking to start! Pens with big kill ahead! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00- We are headed to overtime!

1:30- Kunitz fires a shot that is waved off. It looked like it crossed the line, but they didn't review it.

3:04- The Pens power play ends.

5:04- Bortuzzo is down on the ice and Brayden Schenn heads to the box for interference.

5:54- Mark that as a successful kill for the Flyers.

7:54- Del Zotto is called for delay of game and the Pens get a power play opportunity.

8:08- The Pens kill it and Greiss was huge in net! He is the reason this game is tied and the Pens still have a chance.

10:36- Greiss makes a huge save with his left shoulder!

11:08- Bortuzzo sits for tripping. The Pens have to kill a huge Flyers power play chance.

13:03- The Flyers pressure the Pens in their own zone, but Malkin gets the puck and goes up ice. He gets two great chances on net, but Emery makes the saves.

15:58- Vandevelde Scores. Del Zotto fires from the point and Vandevelde redirects the shot past Greiss. 2-2 tie game.

17:59- BENNETT SCORES!! Bennett and Malkin get a 2 on 1 chance! Bennett passes to Malkin, he holds and goes around a sprawling Del Zotto! Malkin goes back to Bennett, who puts the puck in a wide open net! 2-1 Pens!

18:24- Downie is back and takes his first shift.

20:00- The third is underway! This will be interesting! The Pens have to stay focus and crash the net! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period finally comes to an end. Things are tied up at one.

2:28- Farnham and Bellemare drop them. Farnham shows class as he doesn't light Bellemare up while he was down.

3:56- Ehrhoff drives center with Crosby and Perron on the wings. Crosby goes across ice to Perron, his shot is saved by Emery!

5:59- Malkin in back on the bench!

6:16- It's a successful Pens penalty kill!

6:24- Flyers now have a 8 second power play.

7:32- Greiss makes a sick glove save on Giroux!

8:24- 4 on 4 for two minutes as Del Zotto launches himself into Bortuzzo. Refs call him for charging.

9:59- Now 3:54 power play for the Flyers as he received two minor penalties. Downie's slash on Del Zotto and then grabbing Schenn's face shield during the fight.

10:06- Downie and Luke Schenn drop them. Downie ends up cutting his knuckles and goes to the locker room. 4 on 4 for six seconds.

11:45- Vorcek gets an extra instigator penalty. Pens power play and by the way Malkin went to the locker room.

12:15- Vorcek mugs Scuderi. Both sit for fighting.

12:22- The Pens power play is killed.

14:22- Emery punches Perron in the side of the head and he will get a roughing penalty. The Pens get a power play chance.

14:57- Scuderi goes to the locker room. Hit in the eye by Couturier's glove.

16:05- The Pens kill it!

17:01- KUNITZ SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL! Kunitz flies into the Flyers zone and snipes one past Emery! 1-1 tie game!

18:05- Adams goes for cross-checking. Sill and Michael Raffl ring the bell. Sill dominates that fight!

19:22- The Pens are unable to capitalize.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens have a 36 second power play left over to start this period! Time to capitalize! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Flyers have the 1-0 lead.

2:15- The Pens fire one off the goal post!

4:24- Letang is hit hard by Rinaldo and it was an ugly hit. The Pens come to his defense and Letang is attended to by trainers. Rinaldo is tossed and Letang goes to the locker room. The Pens get a five minute power play.

5:13- Now they Flyers have life and follow up with pressuring the Pens in their own zone. Momentum shift.

6:49- Luke Schenn Scores. Bennett feeds a pass right in Luke Schenn. Schenn rifles one past Greiss, screened by Ehrhoff and Harrington. It was the Flyers second shot of the game. 1-0 Flyers.

8:06- Greiss gets a chance to touch the puck and he holds for the whistle. That is the Flyers first shot of the game.

10:02- Letang has been doing a great job of getting involved in offensive zone plays. It feels like he will get a goal tonight or at the least an assist.

12:26- The Pens power play is killed off by the Flyers. They had some great chances, but couldn't put on the finishing touches. Shots are now 10-0 in favor of the Pens.

14:26- Ehrhoff draws a cross-checking penalty on Rinaldo. The Pens deadly power play comes onto ice.

15:24- Spaling was right on the doorstep, but can't jam in the loose puck. Shots are now 6-0 in favor of the Pens.

17:20- Letang has gotten two good shots off from the point. Emery makes the necessary saves.

18:32- The Pens start off with the Crosby line and they get the puck deep. Great opening shift.

20:00- The puck had dropped at the Wells Fargo Center! Time for the Pens to bounce back! Lets Go Pens!

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