Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Wild Night!

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the Minnesota Wild at Consol Energy Center! The Wild are getting the job done despite missing some of their top players. They are 10-3-3 this season with points in their last four.

This game is coming after a horrible loss to the New Jersey Devils, Saturday night. Even Head Coach, Mike Johnston admitted that it was a “low point” for the team, and players were frustrated. A change needs to be made, and someone has to pump this team back up. That person should be Johnston. They need to motivate. Johnston seems to be out of his league and shows no emotion, almost like he does not care what happens during the game. I could be completely wrong, but I can understand why the players seem to be in a slump. They do not have someone to lead them as a Head Coach should. They are not the Penguins I have come to know and are no way consistent with their play. Tonight’s game could be a turning point; we shall see.

One key part of them getting things back on track is their power play, which is currently ranked 30th in the league (that would be the last place). That is horrible, especially when you look at the firepower they have on hand. They must focus on getting traffic in front and the puck on net at every chance. Shots lead to opportunities, which equals goals. It is not about trying to use nice plays, but getting those dirty, hardworking goals instead.

On the injury front, there was some concern about Patric Hornqvist. He practiced and will be in the lineup.

The Pens lineup is as follow:

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

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Cole - Clendening 

Fleury in the net! 

Play By Play
PENS 4 Wild 3

3rd Period

1:05 - Wild with an empty net.

1:24 - The Wild and Pens have some disagreements at the Wild net. Fehr is punched by Carter and mayhem ensues. Carter in the box for roughing and Perron to the sin bin also. 4 on 4 hockey.

1:32 - The Pens power play comes to an end.

3:32 - Suter heads to the box for delay of game and the Pens get a late power play chance.

5:10 - Fleury is holding strong in the net as the Pens hold onto a one goal lead.

8:15 - Fleury makes a solid save on a Wild rush play.

10:58 - All is all she wrote for the Pens power play.

12:58 - The Pens are going onto the power play as Crosby draws a high sticking call.

14:11 - Malkin fires a hard shot off a feed from Kessel, but it goes wide. What a hard shot!

15:46 - The Pens kill of remaining time for the Wild power play.

17:36 - Koiuv Scores. Koiuv fires one past Fleury after horrible call by the refs. 4-3 Pens

17:46 - Now Cullen joins Kessel for holding. 5 on 3 power play for 1:24.

18:22 - Kessel is now visiting the sin bin for slashing. Wild to the power play.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens have to keep pressuring the Wild and not let them have any chances on Fleury! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period ends and the Pens have the 4-2 lead! It was Malkin's period for sure!

1:04 - Wild get a 2 on 1 chance, but Fleury gets the pad out!

3:37 - Spurgeon Scores. Spurgeon receives a pass right in his wheelhouse. He fires one over the shoulder of Fleury. 4-2 Pens

4:20 - Regular power play for the Wild for 1:19.

4:59 - Dang it! Cole goes for slashing. 5 on 3 power play for the Wild for 39 seconds.

6:20 - Perron is called for goalie interference and Wild get a power play opportunity.

8:46 - MALKIN SCORES AGAIN! Kessel passes to Malkin while he enters the zone! Malkin drags the puck around a Wild defender and to the front of him! He rips one past the blocker of Dubnyk! 4-1 Pens

9:44 - Maatta is pushed hard from behind and falls right into the open door opening at the Wild's bench. He stays down and has to be helped off the ice. He goes down the Wild runway and it doesn't look good.

11:45 - MALKIN SCORES! The Pens get two chances with the puck loose in the blue paint! The puck comes back out to the point! Malkin fires a rocket shot and it blows past Dubnyk! Yeo challenges for goalie inteference, but the call stands! 3-1 Pens

12:54 - Porter is sent off for high sticking. Power play for the Pens.

13:01 - Shots are 16-8 in favor of the Pens.

15:59 - Not to much excitement right now. Just some back and forth hockey. Not many shots.

20:00 - Second period is underway! The Pens have to keep working hard and continue to get pucks on net! Lets Go Pens! 

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

1:19 - 4 on 4 time for 1:57. 

1:22 - Plotnikov to the box for slashing. Wild power play. 

2:49 - BENNETT SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin finds Bennett in the slot and Malkin puts it right in his wheelhouse! 2-1 Pens

4:18 - Pominville takes a penalty. Pens to the power play. 

4:27 - Pens kill off the Wild power play. The Wild had zero shots on net. 

6:27 - Clendening is off to the sin bin. Wild get a power play chance. 

7:03 - Granlund Scores. The Wild get a rush started after a turnover by Malkin. Granlund is found open in the high slot. He blast one past the blocker of Fleury. 

8:00 - Wild are starting to get chances. Shots are now 7-7. 

10:15 - Fleury with a save on a point blank shot! 

13:25 - Fleury makes a nice save! 

15:44 - Power play ends. It was not good at all. 

17:44 - Scandella heads to the box and the Pens onto the power play. 

18:48 - PERRON SCORES! Malkin fires from the point, but Dubnyk makes the save! Perron gets to the rebound and puts it in! 1-0 Pens

20:00 - Puck drop at Consol! The Pens have to come out with speed and get the puck on net early! Lets Go Pens! 

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