Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Penguins are in Boston to ruin the Bruins!

By: MF

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Massachusetts to face-off against the Boston Bruins. Unfortunately, the Penguins will be without the services of key members. Not a great time as the Penguins are trying to get the season turned around, but this is not something new for the team. They have seen this plenty of times in the past and worked through it.

Firstly, Beau Bennett will be out for four to six weeks due to an upper-body injury, which he sustained during Monday’s game against the Washington Capitals. The injury happened after he was hit into the boards awkwardly by T.J. Oshie. It is sad to see Bennett suffer such an injury after he has been playing well on the first unit. He seems to have the worse luck when it comes to injuries. To add to the bad news, Marc-Andre Fleury will be missing from the lineup as he is suffering from a concussion. Doctors evaluated him, but not much else has been said about it. Fleury has been the most consistent player on the ice, and he is heavily relied on during games. The Penguins will have to pick up their game big time as he will not be there to clean up their mistakes. Also, Nick Bonino woke up not feeling well this morning and will be a game-time decision.

In response to the growing injury list, the Penguins have recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Matt Murray and forwards Kevin Porter and Conor Sheary. Sheary, a Massachusetts’ native, could make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut. He is tied for the American Hockey League (AHL) assists lead with 19. As for Murray, he earns his first call up. He has been a top goaltender in the AHL. Currently, his record is 12-4-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and four shutouts. He is a reliable backup to Jeff Zatkoff. Neither Zatkoff or Murray have faced the Bruins.

In addition, the Penguins announced the trade of Rob Scuderi to the Chicago Blackhawks for fellow defensemen Trevor Daley. He will make his Penguins debut tonight and will wear the number six. He had 16 goals, 22 assists, 38 points, and six power play goals last season (2014-15) with the Dallas Stars. He is a fast skating defenseman and should mesh well with the Penguins. He was paired with Olli Maatta during the morning skate.   

The Penguins have averaged 43.5 shots in their last two games and need to keep that up. They are 7-1-1 in their last nine visits to TD Garden. The Penguins have to come out with speed and pepper the net. Shots equal goals. They also have to get second chances and get in the dirty areas. It is time to battle! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz- Crosby - Perron
Plotnikov - Malkin - Kessel
Sheary - Cullen - Hornqvist
Porter - Fehr - Sprong

Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Warsofsky

Zatkoff in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 0 Bruins 3

3rd Period
0:00 - The Bruins shutout the Pens with a 3-0 win. The Pens are a work in progress.

0:45 - The Pens have out shot the Bruins the entire game, but cannot even get one in.

2:41 - Spooner Scores on the power play. Spooner puts one in the empty net. 3-0 Bruins

3:00 - Empty net for the Pens.

3:20 - Hornqvist off to the box for cross checking. Bruins to the power play. Horrible call as Hornqvist was pushed into Spooner by McQuaid.

5:21 - There needs to be more net front presence by the Pens to block Rask's vision or he will keeping making saves.

7:17 - The Pens have had a solid game for the most part. They have been getting shots, but Rask has been up to the task. Not to mention, luck doesn't seem to be on their side as they have hit post and such.

9:16 - Zatkoff makes an amazing toe save as he holds his leg strong at the post, while Marchand whacks him a few times with his stick.

12:15 - Successful kill for the Pens and they held the Bruins to a single shot.

14:15 - Kunitz skates to the box for tripping and the Bruins get a power play. Huge penalty kill for the Pens right now.

14:41 - The first line for the Pens gets some great offensive time, but can't get any solid shots on net.

16:15 - Maatta is caught pinching and the Bruins get a 2 on 1 chance, but Krejci fires it wide of the net.

17:34 - Cullen makes a behind the back pass, but the puck is deflected away from Sheary in the slot.

20:00 - Last period of regulation! The Pens have to get a goal early to start the third and jump start their comeback! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period ends and the Bruins still lead the Pens 2-0.

0:25 - Bruins kill off the Pens power play.

2:25 - Kunitz gets behind the defense, but his shot rings off the goal post!

2:49 - Third power play chance for the Pens tonight as Chara heads to the sin bin for interference.

3:53 - Daley has been solid in this game. He carries the puck well and is a great skater. Looks to be a good addition to the blue line.

6:12 - Shots are 12-4 in the second period in favor of the Pens.

8:35 - Malkin fires one that is just wide of the net. It was super close.

11:15 - The Pens are starting to push back and gets things going. They need to get a goal soon to get the momentum going their way.

15:28 - The Pens are playing more defense then I would like.

16:00 - Haley Scores. Spooner makes a cross ice pass to Hayes driving to the net. The puck goes off the skate of Cole and maybe Haley. 2-0 Bruins.

16:38 - Crosby slaps shot that seems to explode off his stick, but Rask is able to get a piece to send it away.

17:41 - Kessel gets around Chara to get the shot off, but Rask directs the shot to the corner.

19:49 - Good kill for the Pens.

20:00 - The guys are back on the ice for the second period! The Bruins start with a 11 second power play! The Pens have to kill and then attack! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and the Bruins have the 1-0 lead over the Pens.

0:40 - Cullen gets a shorthanded chance, but Rask makes the pad save!

1:49 - Kunitz's shot is saved, but Perron ends up taking a penalty for interference. Late power play for the Bruins.

1:55 - The Bruins have come on as the period whines down.

3:50 - That is all for the Pens power play. Looked more like a Bruins power play as they controlled the puck for the majority of the time.

5:50 - Another power play chance for the Pens

6:02 - Zatkoff with a huge save!

7:02 - Rask with a huge save to keep the Bruins in the lead.

10:08 - Talbot Scores. Turnover by the Pens and Talbot goes the other way. He snaps one past the glove of Zatkoff. 1-0 Bruins

11:34 - Good kill by the Pens as Crosby is set free.

13:34 - Now the Bruins have a power play opportunity as Crosby heads to the box for tripping.

13:40 - The Pens are hammer the Bruins right now. Malkin gets behind the defense, but not cleanly to get a shot off. Fast start for the Pens. 

15:21 - Bruins kill off the Pens power play. 

16:12 - Kessel fires one off the goal post! 

17:21 - The Pens will get the first power play of the game as McQuaid sits for hooking. 

17:50 - Hornqvist battles to the bring the puck to the net, but the play is broken up at the last minute. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped at TD Garden! Game time! The Pens have to come out with speed and be aggressive offensively! 

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