Monday, January 18, 2016

No Blues here

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in St. Louis to battle the Blues after a dominating 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Sidney Crosby scored two goals in that game. He has been flying in every match. Even though they lost against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they skated well and looked good. The odds just weren’t in their favor.

The Penguins offense has been picking up. Phil Kessel has seven points in the last eight games that amount to one goal and six assists. Kessel also had the assist on the game-winning-goal by Evgeni Malkin in their first matchup against the Blues on November 25. Malkin has also been on fire. This season he has racked up 19 goals, 24 assists, and 43 points. The new addition of Carl Hagelin made an impression during his first game. He tied for the team lead with four shots (SH) in the Carolina game (1/17/16). His time-on-ice (TOI) was at 13:15, which gave him a 1.56 SH/TOI. Look for his role to continue to grow.

As for the defense, Marc-Andre Fleury earned a shutout in their last contest, stopping 22 shots. He has been a wall for the team, and it is nice to see them playing better in front of him. An essential piece of the blueline has been Olli Maatta, who leads the team with a +17. He is also riding a career-long three-game point streak (one goal and two assists). It is his longest streak since December 5-9,2015 (three games with two goals and two assists). The Carolina game was a career milestone for Trevor Daley as it was his 800th NHL contest.

In their last five visits to Scottrade Center, the Penguins are 3-1-1. They are riding a four-game point streak (2-0-2) going into the game tonight. It will also be their last regular-season game outside of the Eastern Time Zone, so we all can stop with the late nights during the week!

The Penguins need to come out with speed and take control of this game early! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Hornqvist 
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Kuhnhackl- Fehr - Rust
Porter - Cullen - Sheary

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Cole - Daley 

Zatkoff in the net! 

Play by Play
Pens 2 Blues 5

3rd Period
0:00 - The Pens fall to the Blues 5-2. The Pens played a solid game and dominated for the majority of the game. They also out-shot the Blues, but they needed more from their netminder. Onto the next game.

0:15 - Shattenkirk Scores an empty net goal. 5-2 Blues

0:19 - That is it for the Pens power play.

2:19 - Pens with a late power play chance as Tarasenko sits for closing his hand over the puck in front of his net.

3:29 - Empty net for the Pens.

4:03 - Sad to see the Pens down by two after dominating most of the game. They have out-shot the Blues the entire time.

5:58 - Kessel rings one off the goal post!

8:22 - Stastny Scores. Stastny comes flying into the offensive zone and rips a shot past Zatkoff. 4-2 Blues

8:44 - Kessel gets a good shot off, but it's blocked in front.

11:02 - Big save by Letang as he gets the loose puck after it tickles between the legs of Zatkoff and he clears.

13:20 - Kunitz is set free. Great penalty kill, now time to clear the puck out.

15:20 - Huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens as Kunitz heads to the sin bin for delay of game.

17:50 - Brouwer Scores. Brouwer puts one over the stick of Cole and through the five-hole of Zatkoff. 3-2 Blues

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to keep at it and not let up! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period ends with things now tied at two.

2:46 - Tarasenko Scores. Tarasenko protects the puck and pushes Lovejoy back. Trasenko goes from his backhand to his forehand to put it past the blocker of Zatkoff. 2-2 tie game.

4:04 - MALKIN SCORES! Hagelin gets the puck up to Malkin who does a little move to get free! He goes from backhand to forehand and puts one up high on Elliott! 2-1 Pens

5:28 - Letang and Brouwer exchange words and shoves behind the play. Nothing is called and play continues.

7:10 - Crosby enters the offensive zone with Sheary and three other Blue players. He drops off to Daley, but he shoots it wide!

9:33 - Shots for the second period are 10-5 in favor of the Pens.

11:46 - Another successful kill for the Blues.

12:45 - Kunitz and Edmundson are set free. 1 minute of a regular power play for the Pens.

13:46 - Right back to the power play for the Pens. Lehtera skates to the box for interference. 4 on 3 power play for 1:02. Then the rest of the time will be a regular power play.

14:45 - We are going to get some 4-on-4 hockey as Kunitz and Edmundson get matching roughing minors.

14:55 - The Pens' power play is held to only one shot as Stastny is set free.

16:55 - Now a power play chance for the Pens as Stastny is called for delay of game.

19:41 - A successful kill for the Pens and hold the Blues to only two shots.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to kill off a Blues' power play for 19 more seconds! Kill this and get back to hammering Elliott with shots! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period comes to an end with things tied at one.

1:41 - The Blues will get the first power play of the game as Daley sits for holding. Late power play chance.

1:57 - KUNITZ SCORES! Letang makes a great up ice pass to Kunitz! Kunitz gets body position on Brouwer and puts it five-hole! 1-1 tie game

4:42 - Daley made a nice, quick move to get in the offensive zone. He goes straight to the net, but Elliott makes the stop.

8:00 - Steen Scores. Zatkoff comes way out of the net (by the faceoff circle) to challenge Brouwer. The puck bounces around, Statsny gets enough control to get the puck to Steen. He puts it in a wide open net. 1-0 Blues

9:33 - Rust gets in the face of Elliott to get some whacks at the puck. The Blues are able to clear.

11:21 - Rust works hard on the boards to get the puck and gets the puck out to Porter in the slot. Elliott flashes the pads to get the saves. Great work by the fourth line.

12:30 - Kunitz gets the puck to Hornqvist, who is flying into the offensive zone. He gets two chances on net, but Elliott stands strong to make the saves.

14:38 - Steen rips a wicked shot that beats Zatkoff, but not the goal post! Close one there.

15:08 - The third line for the Pens does some good work. They get zone time and keep pressuring the Blues.

17:00 - Zatkoff makes a solid pad save and the Pens get a chance down at the other end, but Elliott is up to the challenge.

20:00 - The puck has dropped in St.Louis! The Pens need to take control early and keep it! Lets Go Pens!  

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