Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time to clip some Wings!

By: MF, 

Welcome back! It was a nice few days of relaxing and not stressing about the Pittsburgh Penguins bouncing back, especially after a horrible loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Not writing, talking, and arguing about their horrible game and effort. Now they have had a few days rest and time to gather their thoughts as they will face the Detroit Red Wings at Consol Energy Center!

The Penguins come into this game having with only one loss against the Red Wings at Consol, which came on December 13, 2011. While Evgeni Malkin is currently riding a six game point streak against the Red Wings with four goals and five assists. In his career, Malkin has points in seven of eight games against the Red Wings. On top of this, the Penguins have only 15 losses in regulation, which is the fewest in the Metropolitan Division and puts them fourth in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Penguins home point leaders include Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Kris Letang. Malkin is ranked fourth in the NHL with 30 points, Crosby 13th with 27 points, and Letang is second among defensemen in the NHL with 21 points. Crosby will also appear in his 600th career game tonight! Congrats to out Captain!

Another big guy for the Penguins is their netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. He has 10 wins against Atlantic Division teams, which ties him for the most in the NHL with Tampa Bay Lightning's goaltender Ben Bishop. Fleury is also riding a shutout sequence of 131:40. He goes into this game with a 10-1-2 record, 1.99 goals-against-average (GAA), .930 save percentage (SVP), and two shutouts against the Atlantic Division this season.

However, part of Fleury's success is the defenders supporting him like Simon Despres. Despres leads the team with 159 hits, which ranks him fourth in the NHL among defensemen. In addition, he tied a career high with two assists in the Penguins' only meeting with the Red Wings this season.

Onto the morning skate, Chirstian Ehrhoff (concussion symptoms) and Mark Acrobello (waivers) were the only ones absent. Blake Comeau was among the players and doing line rushes. He has been out with a upper body injury. Comeau says he is ready to go and hopes to play tonight. UPDATE: Looks like he is back in the lineup!

The Penguins have to come out with speed and shut down the Red Wings early! They can't allow them to breath! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Crosby, Perron
Comeau, Geno, Hornqvist
Spaling, Sutter, Bennett
Adams, Lapierre, Downie

Martin, Letang
Scuderi, Despres
Pouliot, Bortuzzo

Fleury in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Red Wings 1

3rd Period

2:27- Time is whining down, but the Red Wings are deadly late in a game. They always seem to score late.

6:54- Crosby and Perron get a 2 on 1 chance! Crosby holds and fires a shot, which is stopped by the pad of Howard.

7:41- The Pens have started to come back on after weathering the Red Wings' storm.

9:27- The Pens defense has stepped up this period.

12:03- The Red Wings have come on more offensively this period, but Fleury is making the tough saves. The Pens have to weather this storm and push back!

14:42- Fleury is having to take tougher saves this period, but holding strong.

16:00- Kunitz and Abdelkader tussle and each team dumps in. No penalties.

19:31- Howard has replaced Mrazek.

20:00- 20 minutes of regulation left in this game! The Pens just need to keep up the pace and do what they been doing! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- The second period horn sounds and the Pens extend their lead to 4-1!

1:55- That power play is killed off by the Red Wings.

3:55- Ericsson will have a seat for hooking and the Pens get their second power play chance of the night.

6:30- Fleury's shutout streak comes to an end. He did achieve a new personal best shutout streak of 165:06 minutes!

6:34- Weiss Scores on the power play. The Red Wings pass it around and put the puck on net. It goes under Fleury's pad and Weiss jams the puck past the goal line. 4-1 Pens!

6:58- Now it's the Red Wings turn to have a power play chance as Downie will go for hooking.

8:08- Perron just fires a shot wide of the net!

12:05- SPALING SCORES! The Pens keep the puck in the Red Wings' zone! Scuderi fires from the point and Spaling redirects it past Mrazek! 4-0 Pens!

14:48- Fleury makes an amazing sliding pad save with someone right on the doorstep! ON POINT!

16:56- PERRON SCORES! Lapierre takes puck from Smith and his shot is saved by Mrazek! Perron skates by and puts in the rebound! 3-0 Pens!

17:14- Fleury making tough saves at the start of this period.

20:00- The second period is underway! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and continue where the left off in the first period! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- First period ends and the Pens have the 2-0 lead!

1:37- The whole team is flying out there including the two-headed monster!

3:41- Fleury gets a piece of the puck with his pad to send it to the corner.

4:25- Fast paced game to start. The Pens have come out with speed and fire. I hope they can keep this pace up!

7:45- COMEAU SCORES! WELCOME BACK! Hornqvist battles behind the net and outlets to Comeau in the slot! Comeau snipes one past the blocker of Mrazek! 2-0 Pens!

9:57- The Pens have held the Red Wings to one shot.

12:57- Letang backchecks and flings Tatar away from him! What a hit by Letang.

14:50- The Pens power play is killed off. They moved the puck well, but had trouble getting shots to the net.

16:50- Smith sits for holding and the Pens get the first power play of the game.

18:03- HORNQVIST SCORES! Letang fires a shot/pass off the backboards and Hornqvist takes the rebound to stuffs it home! 1-0 Pens!

20:00- The puck has dropped at Consol! The Pens have to come out with speed and take it to the Red Wings early! Lets Go Pens!

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