Saturday, April 18, 2015

Let's take Game Two!

By: MF, 

Are you ready for Game Two of the Pittsburgh Penguins versus New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden! The Rangers won the first game, but the Penguins showed a great effort in the last game and it looked promising. Now it's time to tie this series up and come back home to take the lead! The Penguins have an all-time record of 33-24 in the second games of playoffs.

As for the Penguins on offense, they showed promising after the first period. They led in shots and dominated the play. Blake Comeau scored his first career goal during Game One against the New York Rangers, last Thursday. The Penguins were great in the faceoff circle, Maxim Lapierre won 9 out of 15 faceoffs and recorded 5:07 shorthanded time-on-ice, which was second among Penguin forwards. Also, Sidney Crosby had a 75% faceoff percentage. On another note, Nick Spaling earned his tenth career point in last Thursday's game.

On to the defense side of things. Ian Cole led the Penguins in ice time with 26:06 during Game One. He also led the team with six shot attempts. Brian Dumoulin and Taylor Chorney made their playoff debuts. Dumoulin had one shot, one blocked shot and 10:20 time-on-ice. Chorney had two shots and 12:51 time-out-ice.

Now it's time for the Penguins to get things going and tie this series up at one! They have to come out with speed and passion to get the win! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz, Crosby, Hornqvist
Winnik, Malkin, Perron
Bennett, Sutter, Downie
Spaling, Lapierre, Comeau

Martin, Lovejoy
Scuderi, Cole
Dumoulin, Chorney

Fleury in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 4 Rangers 3

3rd Period

0:05- Nash Scores. Nash puts the puck over the glove of Fleury. 4-3 Pens.

0:23- Pens power play is over.

1:12- Empty net for Rangers again.

2:23- Kreider to the box for tripping and the Pens get a late power-play.

2:31- Empty net for Rangers.

5:13- The Pens have to keep the pressure on the Rangers.

7:58- A good penalty kill for the Rangers on this Pens power-play.

9:56- Comeau is cross-checked by Yandle is slowly gets up. The Pens will get a power-play as a result.

10:19- KUNITZ SCORES ON THE POWER-PLAY! Sutter brings the puck to the front and is denied by the stick of Lundqvist! Kunitz drives to the net to put in the rebound! 4-2 Pens!

11:25- Hagelin interferes with Crosby on his way to the bench. Crosby goes down and is slow to get up, but appears to be ok. No call.

12:04- The Pens will have another power-play chance. Hayes takes a seat for hooking.

12:14- Successful kill for the Pens! Now stay out of the box guys!

14:14- UN-FREAKING-REAL! Sutter goes to the sin bin for hooking.

14:22- The Rangers have a new fire after the goal, craziness going on.

16:44- Bassard Scores on the power-play. Fleury is holding strong and making unreal saves, but you can only ask so much. Bassard puts in the rebound chance. 3-2 Pens.

18:15- Sadly the Pens get another penalty. Comeau takes a seat for slashing.

20:00- Time for the third period! The Pens have to sustain the pressure and keep the Rangers on their heels! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period ends and the Pens take over the lead 3-1!

1:13- CROSBY SCORES AGAIN! Kunitz makes a perfect pass to Crosby crossing the center area! Crosby holds strong and puts the puck in the right spot! 3-1 Pens!

1:56- Another great kill.

3:56- This penalty situation is unreal. Cole now heads to the box for hooking. The Pens bring out their PKers.

5:50- CROSBY SCORES! Cole sets up Hornqvist coming into the zone. Hornqvist gets the puck to the net and Crosby drives to the net! Crosby puts the puck in the wide open net! 2-1 Pens!

7:07- Another successful kill!

9:11- Penalty kill time for the Pens again as Spaling takes a seat for boarding.

9:59- SUTTER SCORES ON THE POWER-PLAY! The puck bounces up and the guys look for it! The puck bounces in front of Sutter and it whacks it into the open net! 1-1 tie game!

11:48- Now the Pens will get a power-play chance as Hagelin goes for tripping.

12:31- The Pens kill it!

12:53- Fleury holds strong in the net. Sutter goes flying down the ice and fires one off the goal post!

14:31- Now Hornqvist will head to the sin bin for slashing and the Rangers bring up their power-play unit.

15:28- Martin holds a strong stick to deny Brassard a shot attempt.

16:40- Downie finds Lovejoy at the point! Lovejoy fires and Lundqvist makes the glove save!

18:37- Kunitz is set free from the penalty box.

19:31- Fleury makes a agressive stick move on Kreider and breaks up the play.

20:00- The second period is underway and the Pens have to kill a Rangers power-play for 1:22! Keep your skate on the gas pedal and take it Lundqvist! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:38- Kunitz sits for high sticking and the Rangers get a power-play. Horrible penalty to take.

1:31- Rangers have been playing better down low in this one compared to the last game.

2:55- Stephan Scores. Miller finds Stephan all along flying down the wing. Stephan puts the puck in the perfect spot. Rangers take the 1-0 lead in the first period.

3:21- Stephan is denied by Fleury!

3:55- Hornqvist lets go of a quick shot that is turned away by Lundqvist.

6:08- That is a great kill for the Pens. Nice stick work by Winnik and Spaling. The Pens have to stay discipline in this one.

8:08- The Rangers will get the first power-play of the game as Cole sits for high-sticking.

9:05- Perron fires one on goal and the Pens crash the net!

12:58- Fleury with a great save on Zuccarello!

15:44- Great outlet pass by Crosby to Kunitz, but the play is broken up.

16:52- Nice start by the Penguins, getting to the net early.

20:00- The puck has dropped on Game Two and the Pens are ready! They have to come out with speed and passion! Lets Go Pens! 

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