Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Super Sunday Game!

By: MF,
Bortuzzo absorbs a hit / Pittsburgh Penguins

It's Super Sunday today! The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators in a rare afternoon game. This game comes before the Penguins take a four game road trip to the Western Canada.

The Penguins practiced yesterday afternoon and were joined by Evgeni Malkin. Malkin has been placed on the injured reserve and has missed four games with a lower-body injury. Yesterday, was his first practice back since the injury. Malkin joined some of the drills and centered a line. He won't return today, but may return doing the Western Canada road trip.

More injury updates, Ehrhoff was the only missing player during yesterday's practice. He still has more test ahead to determine if he has a concussion, he has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
Sill backchecks on Jagr / Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike Johnston commented, “He still has some symptoms...With these things, whether it’s a concussion or it’s symptoms, they’re trying to determine sort of where he’s at and it takes a few days. It doesn't just happen in 24 hours.”

Now the Pens need a good win before heading onto the road. Time to start Super Sunday off right! Lets Go Pens!

Fleury gloves a shot / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Crosby, Perron
Spaling, Sutter, Hornqvist
Bennett, Arcobello, Downie
Lapierre, Sill, Adams

Despres, Letang
Martin, Scuderi
Bortuzzo, Pouliot

Fleury in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 0 Predators 4

3rd Period
0:00- The Pens continue to statistically suck in afternoon games with a 4-0 loss to the Preds. They have a four game road trip to get things squared away and get back to winning games. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday...if you can after this horrible loss.

2:00- Hutton is close to getting his 2nd career shutout.

4:27- Despres rings one off the goal post. Yet another goal post.

8:40- Pens look disjointed and don't look synced. Passes are not as crisp and they are turning over the puck at horrible times/places. Different team then New Jersey game.

11:40- Fisher Scores on the power play. Fleury is double screened by Neal and Bortuzzo. Fisher snipes one at center. 4-0 Preds.

12:38- Crosby takes a slashing penalty and Preds get a power play.

15:43- A successful Pens penalty kill.

17:53- Sutter to the box for goalie interference even though he was pushed into Hutton. Preds power play.

18:10- Despres is back on the ice with Letang.

20:00- Third period time! The Pens have to get in sync with one another and stop turning over the puck! Time for some Pens goals! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Preds take a 3-0 lead as the second period horn sounds.

0:40- Nystrom Scores. The Pens try a center play, but turn over the puck. Nystrom gets the puck and is behind the Pens defense. He stick handles around Fleury's poke check. 3-0 Preds.

3:33- Despres hasn't been on the ice and isn't on the bench. I am not sure what happened to him, but will find out.

6:17- Perron and Jarnkrok are released. Balance is restored to both teams.

8:04- Spaling gets a breakaway and rips a shot off the goal post!

8:17- 4 on 4 hockey time. Matching penalties. Perron for hooking and Jarnkrok for embellishment.

8:26- The Pens had a couple of chances, but couldn't bury the puck home. Preds with a successful kill.

10:26- Jarnkrok skates to the box for holding. Third power play for the Pens.

12:13- Mark that as another successful kill for the Pens.

13:11- 58 second power play for the Preds.

14:13- Perron now to the box for hooking. Horrible call after a bad turn over. 4 on 4 for 1:02.

15:11- Another Pens power play as Volchenkov takes a seat for interference.

15:13- Smith gets a breakaway, but Fleury with the pad save!

18:09- Now it's time for a Pens power play as Beck sits for hooking.

19:04- Perron puts on some fancy stick moves to get the puck on net. Hutton with the save and Perron gets hit hard once he releases the puck.

20:00- Second period time! The Pens have to get in Hutton's face and get shots through! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period comes to an end and the Preds lead 2-0.

0:26- Bennett is back on the bench. 

1:31- The Pens kill off the Preds power play.

2:36- Weber snipes one from the point, but Fleury makes the pad save. 

3:31- The Pens are called for too-many-men on the ice and the Preds get the first power play of the game. 

3:36- Bennett collides with Lapierre into the boards. Bennett goes down and slowly makes his way to the bench. He goes to the locker room bent over. 

4:04- No whistles in the last few minutes. Line changes on time are key.

6:23- Lapierre comes flying down the wing and fires one off the goal post!

8:12- The Preds are defending well in their own zone, making it hard on the Pens to get shots through to Hutton. 

10:01- Crosby's line has been working hard to create opportunities in the offensive zone. 

13:22- Bourque Scores. Despres tries for Spaling with a center pass, but it goes off a Preds skate. The puck finds Bourque all alone in the slot and he doesn't miss. 2-0 Preds.

15:55- Josi Scores. Josi slaps one from the point and the shots is redirect right in front of Fleury. Looks like it went off Despres stick, possbile. 1-0 Preds.

17:21- Smith is denied by Fleury right on the doorstep!

18:30-Hornqvist is playing in his 400th game!

19:50- Good start for the Pens as Spaling gets an early chance, but Weber blocks it! 

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol! Pens host the Preds! Lets Go Pens! 

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