Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Win it for Duper!

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight. This is only a day after Pascal Dupuis announced he will be stepping away from hockey, due to health reasons that are related to his blood clot history. I wish Duper and his family all the best and hope he finds a place within the Penguins organization. Tonight, the Penguins will have to focus on the game. They are looking to come off this road trip with two wins and two losses. That means they need a win against the Avalanche.

Some good news is that Kris Letang will return to the lineup after missing two games, due to an undisclosed injury.

They will have to stay focused and consistent the entire game to achieve this. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Warsofsky - Cole

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Avalanche 2

3rd Period

1:32 - Avalanche empty net once again. 6 on 4 power play for Avalanche.

1:37 - Avalanche with late power play as Perron sits for high sticking.

2:01 - Empty net for Avalanche.

3:31 - Bennett is in some discomfort as he heads to the bench. He took a nasty hit.

4:50 - The Avalanche survive the Pens power play.

6:50 - Power play chance for the Pens as Holden brings down Perron. The call is holding.

9:17 - BENNETT SCORES AGAIN! Dumoulin finds Bennett up at the red line! Bennett and Kunitz have a 2 on 1 chance! Bennett holds and fires a wicked shot past Berra! 4-2 Pens

10:36 - MAATTA SCORES! The Pens win an offensive zone faceoff! Maatta takes the puck to the net and fires one! It goes up in the air off of Berra's pad and falls over the goal line! The goal is reviewed and it stands! 3-2 Pens

12:41 - BENNETT SCORES! Kunitz carries and Crosby drives center! Kunitz chips to the trailing Bennett, who controls the bouncing puck! He backhands one to the back of the net! 2-2 tie game

13:05 - Another successful kill for the Pens.

14:30 - The Pens kill off the first penalty. Avalanche with regular power play for 1:25.

15:05 - The Pens are called for too many men on the ice. Perron sits. 5 on 3 for 35 seconds.

16:00 - Fleury flashes the glove on shot from Johnson!

16:30 - Malkin skates to the box for delay of game and the Avalanche get their third power play of the game.

17:08 - Malkin is denied by Berra!

17:58 - Plotnikov steals and brings the puck to the front, but he can't get the puck under control.

18:29 - Successful kill by the Pens as Lovejoy is set free.

20:00 - 20 minutes of regulation left in this one! The Pens have to kill off a Avalanche power play for 1:31 to start! Kill it and then attack! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Avalanche still hold the 2-1 lead over the Pens.

0:29 - Lovejoy takes a late hooking penalty and Avalanche get a power play opportunity.

1:09 - Crosby fights to keep the puck in the zone and goes to Bennett. Bennett drops the puck off to Kunitz. His shot is gloved up by Berra!

3:11 - Cullen and Plotnikov get a rush. Cullen holds and hands off to Plotnikov, who is robbed by the pad of Berra!

4:16 - That will do it for the Pens power play, which only registered two shots.

4:24 - Bonino's shot is gobbled up by Berra.

6:16 - Berra body checks Plotnikov behind the net and is called for interference. The Pens get their first power play chance of the game.

6:53 - Scoring chances are 6-2 in favor of the Pens.

8:34 - Avalanche hold the Pens in their zone for an extended period of time. Fleury gets the puck for a whistle.

10:40 - Dumoulin carries the puck right to the blue paint, but losses an edge before he can get a shot off.

11:43 - Once again the Flower is holding down the fort to keep the Pens in this one.

14:23 - Fleury makes a solid save on Iginla.

17:25 - Warsofsky drags the puck and fires from the point. Berra makes the pad save.

19:02 - The Pens first line comes out with some fire to start this period. They had a few looks on net, but Berra was up to the task.

20:00 - The second period is underway! The Pens need to pick up their game and take control! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and the Pens trail the Avalanche 2-1.

1:00 - The Pens have a late surge.

3:02 - Sprong rings one off the goal post!

5:00 - Johnson Scores. Johnson leads the rush from the Avalanche's own zone, passes the puck over upon zone entry, and continues to drive down the center. Johnson deflects a shot off his backhand into the net. 2-1 Avalanche

5:15 - Berra turns away a shot by Letang.

7:28 - The Pens 4th line is doing some work. Really working hard in the corners and getting some quality zone time.

9:04 - CULLEN SCORES! Maatta fires a shot from the point and Cullen, who is parked in front of the net, redirects the puck past Berra! 1-1 tie game

10:52 - Good kill by the Pens.

12:04 - Crosby gets a shorthanded opportunity, but Berra denies him.

12:52 - Cullen heads to the box for interference and the Avalanche will get the first power play of the game.

14:26 - Duchene Scores. Mackinnon comes rushing into the Pens' zone and his shot is deflected. It goes right to Duchene, who puts one five-hole. 1-0 Avalanche

14:52 - Bennett and Crosby connect to get a shot off on net, but it's just pushed wide.

18:52 - Bonino gets a quality chance that is stopped by Berra.

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is on! The Pens need to come out with speed and get going early! Lets Go Pens! 

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