Friday, November 6, 2015

A well oiled machine!

By: MF

We are in for another late night of hockey as the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their Western Canada tour as they are in Edmonton to take on the Oilers. Tonight was supposed to be the first matchup between two National Hockey League (NHL) players, Sidney Crosby and the Oilers rookie sensation, Connor McDavid.

However, during the Oilers’ Tuesday night game against the Philadelphia Flyers, McDavid fractured his left clavicle. Though McDavid is out of the lineup for the Oilers, they are still a team full of talent. They have the trio of Leon Draisaiti, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who have combined for a total of seven goals and 13 assists (20 points) in their last three games. They will also welcome back the services of Jordan Eberle, who has missed the team’s first 13 games with a shoulder injury.

Currently, the Penguins are riding a five-game winning streak. They have also won eight of their last nine games. Tonight, there will be a netminder chance for them as Jeff Zatkoff will be in the net. In his last appearance, Zatkoff stopped a total of 50 shots in the Penguins 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres last Thursday.

In addition, the Penguins penalty kill is on a roll as they have killed 27 of their last 28 shorthanded. This includes killing 17 straight, putting them at an 89.7% success rate, which is third in the NHL. Adding to the penalty kill success on an offensive note is Eric Fehr, who scored a shorthanded goal Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. He became the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded goal in his first two games with a team. CONGRATS!

As for defense, Brian Dumoulin had back-to-back assist games for the first time in his NHL career. He has also been a plus or even player in 11 straight games. It goes to show that the young Dumoulin is learning and putting it to good use. His hard work has added to the Penguins winning streak. Also, the team has only allowed a total of 41 shots in their last two games.

As for the numbers against the Oilers, the Penguins are 3-0-2 in their last five visits to Rexall Place. They have also gone 7-0-2 in their last nine meetings against Edmonton.

Lastly, some huge career milestone will be accomplished tonight! Ian Cole will be playing in his 200th game and Evgeni Malkin in his 600th

Last minute injury update: Pascal Dupuis was taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history. 

Lets Go Pens! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Fehr - Crosby - Hornqvist
Perron - Malkin - Kessel
Kunitz - Bonino - Bennett 
Plotnikov - Cullen - Sprong

Cole - Letang
Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Maatta - Scuderi

Zatkoff in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 2 Oilers 1

3rd Period

0:37 - Oilers are pressuring, but Zatkoff is able to make the save. Unreal!

1:26 - It looks like Pouliot scored, but Zatkoff makes the save. The play is reviewed and the refs rule that it is not a goal as the puck never crossed the goal line.

2:00 - Oilers hit the goal post!

2:05 - Pens kill it!

4:05 - Oilers are going to head onto the power play as Cole sits for delay of glass. Huge kill for the Pens!

4:09 - Malkin with a great play to break up a chance in front of the net. Zatkoff makes a great save and holds for the whistle.

5:28 - The Oilers ring a shot off the goal post! Way to close.

6:33 - Great backchecking effort by the Pens tonight. Really helping out the defense.

10:15 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel fires a rocket shot from the point and it blows past the glove of Nilson! 2-1 Pens!

10:30 - Nilsson trips up Perron in front of the net to break up his scoring chance. Pens to the power play.

10:55 - Fehr's shot is blocked!

15:23 - Cole is a blocking shot machine.

16:48 - Plotnikov gives Davidson a rough ride into the boards.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens have to get to work and get some bodies in front of Nilsson! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - First period ends and this game is tied at one. The Pens out shot the Oilers 26-19.

1:29 - Back and forth hockey right now. Not much shooting by either team.

4:53 - The Pens are under siege right now by the Oilers. Finally, the puck goes back over the blue line and the Pens can change lines.

6:22 - Davidson is set free and the Pens are now 0-3 on the power play tonight.

7:10 - Letang breaks up an Oilers 2 on 1 chance!

8:22 - Power play for the Pens once again as Davidson is in the sin bin for interference.

9:17 - Zatkoff makes a unreal save on Gryba's shot!

10:54 - SPRONG SCORES! The Pens fourth line goes to work behind the net! Plotnikov and Cullen get the puck free to pass to Sprong all alone in the slot! Sprong fires it past Nilson! 1-1 tie game.

15:43 - Oilers have come out with more fire and getting some good offensive zone time. The Pens need to pick it up.

19:15 - Klefbom Scores. Klefbom comes flying down the wing and blast a slap shot. It flies over the blocker shoulder of Zatkoff. 1-0 Oilers

20:00 - The second period is underway! The Pens have to keep pressuring Nilsson and put pucks on net! Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and we are scoreless. 

1:01 - Oilers starting to come on late in this period. They have had some good looks at Zatkoff. 

3:12 - The Pens power play is now over. 

3:43 - Hornqvist scores on the power play. Nilsson saves Crosby's side net shot, but can't stop Hornqvist. He puts in the rebound. Oilers challenge the play saying it was offsides. The refs rule no goal as the Pens were found to be offsides when they entered the zone. 1:05 left on the power play. 

5:12 - Hendricks will head to the box for hooking. The Pens head onto the power play. 

5:53 - Shots are 8-4 in favor of the Pens. 

6:12 - Some good puck movement by the Pens. They need to get the puck on net more often. 

8:41 - The defense for the Pens are getting more offensively involved in this one. 

11:52 - Bennett with a shot that is blocked! 

14:56 - The Pens power play comes to an end. 

15:45 - 49 second power play for the Pens as Poltnikov is set free. 

16:56 - Some 4 on 4 hockey for 1:11 as Nugent-Hopkins takes a seat in the box. 

17:45 - The Pens are going onto the penalty kill as Poltnikov interference. 

19:30 - Crosby gets a quality chance on net, but Nilsson denies him. 

20:00 - Game time! The Pens are in Edmonton to battle the Oilers! Lets Go Pens! 

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