Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Penguins are ready to Shutout Western Canada!

By: MF,

Will the Pittsburgh Penguins' Western Canada trip end on a high note? Tonight we shall see as the Penguins take on the Vancouver Canucks. The Penguins are going into this game winning two games in a row and also shutting them out (Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames). Their record is now 11-3-1 against Western Conference teams this season. This ties them with the Detroit Red Wings for the most wins against the West among Eastern Conference teams.

Going into this game the Penguins are 10-0-1 when Brandon Sutter scores. It would be good to get the third line producing, like they did during the Calgary Flames game last night. In addition, the Penguins' first line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, and David Perron have been having success in Western Canada this road trip. In two games, the line has combined for a total of four goals, six assists, 10 points, and is a plus 12. They have accounted for four of the Penguins' six goals during this road trip. Not mention how well David Perron has been fitting into the top unit. He has seven goals in his last 11 games and he is third in the league among goal leaders since January 13. That puts him only three behind Alex Ovechkin with 10. Also Perron has amassed eight points (three goals and five assists) in his last six games versus the Canucks. His only career hat trick occurred on January 27, 2014 against the Canucks, when he was with the Edmonton Oilers. While Crosby notched his 14th multi-point games last night against the Flames, which ties him with Malkin for first among the team.

The Penguins' offense isn't the only ones on fire! Their defense is stepping up their game also. Kris Letang achieved his 11th multi-point game last night, which ties him with the Washington Capitals' Mike Green for the most among National Hockey League (NHL) defensemen. While in net Marc-Andre Fleury surpassed Tom Barrasso last night for the franchise record for the most single-season shutouts with eight. He also leads the NHL in that category. Fleury is in tied for third in the NHL for single-season shutout leaders since 2011-12, only Brain Elliott (nine) and Jonathan Quick (10) have more. However, tonight the Penguins will be starting Thomas Greiss in net. He has three starts against Western Conference teams this season. He has a .920 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average against the West.

The Penguins have finally been able to put together some wins getting them both on the road. They have played a full 60 minute game and playing a smart defensive game in both contests. They have been clicking on offense and working hard for their wins. They have been well deserved wins and the Penguins need to continue their hard work to end this trip on a high note! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Martin, Letang
Scuderi, Despres
Pouliot, Bortuzzo

Greiss in the net!

Play By Play
Pens 0 Canucks 5

3rd Period
0:00- Canucks get 5-0 win over the Pens. The Pens get shutout for the sixth time this season. They will have to get back on track in Pittsburgh!

1:47- Adams gets a 10 minute misconduct penalty along with Sbisa.  

2:37- Some games you are not going to score and the goalie has no effect on it. Miller has been tested a little, but the Pens haven't look energized since taking all the penalties early on.

3:55- The Pens power play comes to an end.

5:51- Another power play chance for the Pens as Weber goes off for interference.

6:55- That is all she wrote for the Pens power play.

7:49- Pens power play for 51 seconds.

9:01- Sutter is robbed by the pad of Miller and tripped up on the play. 4 on 4 hockey for 1:10.

9:49- Canucks will get another power play.

13:20- Both teams are made whole again.

15:20- 4 on 4 hockey as Hornqvist and Dorsett sit for two minutes.

17:55- D. Sedin Scores on the power play. Burrows draws all the attention at the side of the net and ends up going across to D. Sedin. He puts it in a open net. 5-0 Canucks.  

18:33- Canucks power play for 1:45.

18:47- Letang is called for slashing. 4 on 4 for 14 seconds then Canucks power play.

19:24- Malkin turns over the puck right in front of the Penguins' net, but no harm is done. Not a great night for him.

20:00- One more period of regulation to go! The Pens have a power play for 1:27 to start this period! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Canucks extend their lead to 4-0 over the Pens.

0:33- Malkin draws a holding penalty on Dorset. The Pens get a late power play.

0:39- The Pens are able to kill it.

2:39- Letang ends up in the box and the Canucks get another power play opportunity.

2:39- Kassian Scores. Greiss goes to play the puck behind the net and fans on play. Vey goes to Kassian alone who puts it in the wide open net. 4-0 Canucks.

4:58- Matthias Scores. Malkin is tripped up in the offensive zone, which leads to the Canucks getting a chance the other way. Matthias snipes one past Greiss. 3-0 Canucks.

5:48- Perron tries to get the puck into position with one hand while being hounded, but it just wonders off his stick.

7:56- Greiss makes a tough save on a redirected shot up front.

10:47- The biggest struggle for the Pens has been getting through the neutral zone as the Canucks defense is standing up on them.

12:55- A successful kill for the Canucks.

14:55- The Pens get a much needed power play. Dorsett for handling the puck with his hand.

15:31- Pouliot fires a rocket shot that hits the post and goes off the back on Miller's leg. As the puck trickles over the goal line, a Canuck knocks the goal off. The refs review and say the play is inconclusive, so no goal.

16:14- Arcobello takes a fist to the face as Burrows was looking to punch the puck out of the air, but found a Penguin instead.

17:11- Miller comes out to make a save on Lapierre. He tries for a wrap around as Miller was flopping around. Weber denies his chance.

18:31- Greiss starts this period with two tough saves.

20:00- The second period is underway! The Pens need to come out with some jump, better puck control, and get ready to pepper the net! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- The first horn sounds with the Pens down by against the Canucks.

1:30- Hopefully the Pens come out with more jump to start the second period as the time is whining down in the first.

3:26- Not a great first period for the Pens.

5:58- DING! DING! Bortuzzo and Kassian drop the gloves. Bortuzzo ends up taking Kassian down.

8:11- The Pens have only registered three shots, so far. Not good and not the way you get back into a game when you are down by two.

9:14- Horvat Scores. Malkin coughs up the puck at the blue line. Dorsett and Horvat exchange the puck. Greiss makes the first save on Dorsett's shot, but Horvat bats in the rebound. 2-0 Canucks.

10:42- The Pens have yet to register a shot. They need to get some offensive zone time and shots on net. The penalties set them back and not it's to climb back up.

12:47- Burrows Scores on the power play. Vrbata fires from half boards and Burrows redirects the puck in front past Greiss. 1-0 Canucks.

13:31- The Canucks will head right back onto the power play as Crosby will sit in the sin bin for holding.

13:41- Huge penalty kill by the Pens, which is ranked third in the league on the road. Greiss was making some incredible saves at the end of the kill.

15:41- The Canucks will get the first power play of the game as Letang is called for holding.

18:28- Bortuzzo fires a shot in the slot, but bangs it wide.

20:00- Puck drop in Vancouver! Time for the Pens to finish this trip on a high note! Lets Go Pens!

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