Friday, February 6, 2015

The Penguins look to Extinguish the Flames!

By: MF, 

The Western Canada trip continues for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they take on the Calgary Flames tonight! The Penguins have started their trip off successfully, they achieved a win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. The Penguins need to tie some wins together, so this game will be a major one for the team.

The Penguins come into this game with an eight game winning streak against the Flames, which happens to be the longest active streak for the team. The team also has a record of 10-3-1, this season against Western Conference teams. This is the perfect time for the Penguins to start putting some wins together, since they have had some trouble with doing this lately.

In addition, Robert Bortuzzo has at least one point in every career game when he faces the Flames (three goals and four assists). Also, Simon Despres have recorded an assist in both career games against the Flames. Furtermore, Kris Letang has a league leading 15 points since January 10. While in net, Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his seventh shutout of the season against the Oilers. Fleury leads the National Hockey League (NHL) in that category and is now tied for the franchise record for single-season shutouts. He ties Tom Barrasso, who earned seven shutouts in 1997-98 in 63 games played, Fleury has seven with only 41 games played so far.

Onto the Penguins offensive power, which usually centers around the two-headed monster of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby comes into this game having recorded six points (four goals and two assists) in his last three games against the Flames. Now Malkin scored the game winning goal against the Oilers, which was his 43rd of his career. Thus, he surpassed Jean Pronovost for third on the team's all-time game-winning-goal list! While he also tied Kevin Stevens for sixth place on the Penguin's all-time goal scoring list at 260! It was a big night for Malkin as he made is return after suffering a groin injury in January.

The Penguins held an optional skate today, which 14 players attended. Mike Johnston said that Fleury would start in net tonight and that Thomas Greiss will start tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Penguins will have to come out with speed and be ready to work for a full 60 minute game. It would be great for the team to get some wins together on this road trip. 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

Fleury in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Flames 0

3rd Period

0:13- Penalty is over.

2:13- Perron is called for hooking and the Flames get a late power play chance.

2:40- Fleury comes up with an unreal save on a point blank shot.

5:25- Crosby dishes out the puck, from behind the net, to Perron in the slot. He slaps one, but Ramo flashes the glove to make the save.

7:25- The Pens are still pressuring the Flames in the offensive zone and not just focusing on defending their lead.

13:36- Hudler has a chance on a wide open net, but Fleury dives back to get his glove on the puck! Unreal save!

14:40- The Flames pull Hiller and replace him with Ramo.

14:41- CROSBY SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT! Crosby finds a gap in the Flames defense and blows past them! Kunitz passes up to the flying Crosby! Crosby snips one stick side! 4-0 Pens!

17:05- The Pens power play comes to an end.

19:03- Perron pulls the trigger, but Hiller makes the save.

20:00- 20 minutes of regulation left to go! The Pens have a power play for another 2:55 to start this one! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens extend their lead to 3-0!

1:05- Jones catches Martin up high and will sit. The Pens head onto the power play! It's a double minor.

2:49- Make that another successful kill by the Pens. Fleury has had to make some tough saves during the penalty kill.

4:49- Another Pens penalty as Malkin sits for high sticking. The Flames get their third power play of the night.

6:10- Letang is back on the bench.

8:02- CROSBY SCORES! Kunitz feeds the puck to a flying Crosby! Crosby makes an amazing one-handed deflection past Hiller! 3-0 Pens!

8:36- The Pens kill it! Great job by Fleury who was working on his snow angles!

10:37- It't penalty kill time for Pens now as Bortuzzo is called for a delay of game.

11:36- The Flames are made whole again as they kill off the Pens power play.

13:36- Now it's the Pens turn on the power play as Diaz takes a seat for holding.

15:41- Crosby bats the puck out of the air, but it goes off the crossbar.

16:55- Martin tries to set Letang up for a scoring chance, but the puck is deflected right into the face of Letang. He was bleeding and went right to the locker room.

20:00- The second period is underway! The Pens need to keep up the hard work and not let up on the Flames! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period comes to an end with the Pens leading 2-0.

1:50- SUTTER SCORES! Sutter wins the faceoff back to Scuderi who passes over to Despres! Despres makes a slap past to Sutter. who directs it past Hiller! 2-0 Pens!

1:54- The first period is coming to a close and it has been pretty much a Pens controlled period.

2:38- Pouliot does a great job of carrying the puck to the neutral zone. He was being absolutely hounded, but kept his cool and got the puck out.

5:06- Little whistles in this game and the Pens are doing a good job of rotating all four lines.

7:26- The Flames have had some chances on net, but Fleury has been the difference there. Hiller looks solid in net as the Pens hassle the Flames defense.

8:51- Crosby is putting on a show. He is just everywhere on the ice and stepping up great chances. Amazing to see.

10:34- The Pens are successful with the kill and Downie is set free. Great job by the team on that kill.

12:34- The Flames will get the first power play of the game as Downie is called for tripping. The Pens bring out their penalty killers.

13:21- Fleury and Bortuzzo combine efforts to keep the puck out of the Pens' net.

13:47- PERRON SCORES! Crosby hounds Giordano and he ends up turning over the puck! Kunitz goes to Crosby who dishes it Perron! Perron snips one past Hiller! 1-0 Pens!

15:21- The Pens have come out strong to start this one. Malkin and Crosby are flying.

18:54- Two early quality saves by Fleury to start this game.

20:00- Puck drop in Calgary! Time for the Pens to extinguish the Flames! Lets Go Pens!

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