Wednesday, January 6, 2016

No brooms needed in Chicago

By: MF,

We are back again for the second game of a home-and-home set between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks took the first game, last night, with a 3-2 win in overtime. Now they look to sweep the Penguins for the second season in a row.

No morning skate for either team, which means we will have to wait on the starting goalies for tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in the net and made some amazing saves in last night’s game. He made 27 saves on the night. He has started the last two games, since returning from the injury list (concussion).

Up front, our Captain, Sidney Crosby is riding a four-game goal scoring streak, which hasn’t happened since December 20-28, 2010. In his last eight games, Crosby has 12 points (six goals and six assists). Also, he is third in the Eastern Conference in points-per-game leaders since December 26th with a 1.50. Comparing both team’s captains, the numbers stack up like this:
Crosby – 12 goals, 19 assists, and 31 points
Jonathan Toews – 14 goals, 12 assists, and 26 points

In addition, Crosby sits in fourth place in the league for having a 1.00 points-per-game for the 2015-16 season. Evgeni Malkin is just below him in fifth place with a .99 points-per-game for the year. Crosby is finally getting fired up and racking up the points. Looks like Head Coach Mike Sullivan (HCMS) is having a positive impact on him and the team.

On defense, Kris Letang is on fire. He has three straight multi-pint games that rack up to three goals, five assists, and eight points. He leads the Eastern Conference with a 2.00 points-per-game average, since December 26th. Letang has also put up big numbers in his last 19 games with 20 points (three goals and 17 assists).

The Penguins are looking to get their first win against the Blackhawks in Chicago, since February 27, 2009, where Malkin scored the game-winning-goal. Last night, the Penguins outshot the Blackhawks 36-30 and also finished with a 68-54 edge in total shot attempts. Tonight, the Penguins have to get more traffic in front and frustrate the Blackhawks' goalie. They looked excellent and were able to control the puck throughout the game. However, luck was not always on their side and some turnovers cost them. If they continue to play with the same fire, passion, and play smart, they can get the win tonight. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Perron
Cullen - Malkin - Kessel
Wilson - Bonino - Hornqvist
Porter - Fehr - Plotnikov

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Lovejoy
Cole - Daley

Fleury in net!

Play by Play
Pens 1 Blackhawks 3

3rd Period
0:00 - The Pens fall 3-1 to the Blackhawks. They were a totally different team from last night. Now they can get some rest and regroup to face the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Would of like to see more, especially with the way Fleury played.

0:34 - Toews gets mad at Letang for a hit and goes after him. Scrum ensues after.

0:50 - Empty net once again for the Pens.

1:06 - Teravainen Scores. Lovejoy falls down and losses the puck. Teravainen picks it up and puts it into the empty net. 3-1 Blackhawks

1:20 - Empty net for the Pens

2:00 - Malkin with a dive that Darling saves with the blocker.

4:56 - The Pens don't look the same as last night. The Blackhawks are taking it to them.

7:38 - The Blackhawks survive another Pens power play chance and hold them to one shot.

9:38 - Crosby draws a holding penalty and the Pens get a much needed power play.

11:04 - Panarin Scores. Blackhawks win the offensive zone faceoff and Panarin fires a laser, which beats Fleury. 2-1 Blackhawks

13:10 - The Pens power play comes to an end. Fleury did most the work as the Blackhawks kept the Pens out of the offensive zone for most of it.

15:10 - Power play opportunity for the Pens as Hossa sits for hooking.

18:00 - Hornqvist battles at the blue line to get the puck in and Kessel picks it up. He passes up to Malkin and Darling steers the puck wide.

20:00 - The third period is underway! The Pens need to pick up their game some more and pepper the net with pucks! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and things are tied up at one a piece!

1:18 - Another success penalty kill for the Pens.

3:18 - Perron is cross-checking by Keith, who ends up breaking his stick. Perron gets him back and ends up with a penalty. Blackhawks power play time.

4:12 - Letang fires from the point with Kuntiz in front. Darling is able to track and gobble up the puck.

5:32 - Fleury makes a huge save on Kane, then another on Van Riemsdyk. He has been a force to be reckon with in net tonight.

7:31 - The Pens are successful and Bonino is set free.

9:31 - Bonino is off to the sin bin for hooking. The Pens have to stay sharp and kill off this Blackhawks' power play.

12:27 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin fires a rocket shot from the point! Hornqvist screens Darling! Malkin's shot rings off the crossbar and goes in! 1-1 tie game

13:20 - Power play time for the Pens. They have 1:27 on the man advantage.

13:52 - Toews now heads to the box for high sticking. 4 on 4 hockey for 33 seconds.

14:22 - Porter and Bonino get a 2 on 1 chance, but someone can't finish the play. They both had a wide open net, but somehow it stays out.

15:20 - Fehr sits for interference and the Blackhawks get the first power play of the game.

17:58 - The Pens are still struggling to get extended offensive zone time.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! Lets hope that the Pens come out with a different approach! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends with the Blackhawks having the 1-0 lead over the Pens.

2:57 - The Pens are struggled this entire first period. Fleury is the only reason they are only down by one. At this point, they need to make it to the end of the period down by one. Then get a talking to in the locker room, come out a different team.

4:02 - Panarin Scores. The Blackhawks keep the Pens from touching the puck and keep them pinned in the offensive zone. Panarin finally puts one past Fleury. 1-0 Blackhawks

4:15 - The Blackhawks get unreal time in the offensive zone time. They look like they are on a power play a nd the Pens are getting tired.

7:03 - Shots are 10-3 Blackhawks. The Pens need to get things going up ice and pressure Darling.

9:51 - Shaw gets behind the Pens defense, but Fleury stands strong to make the save!

10:17 - Finally the Pens get a shot on net. The Pens are doing a better job of stopping the Blackhawks in the neutral zone.

11:47 - The Pens have not had a shot on net yet.

14:42 - The Blackhawks have controlled the puck for the majority of the period. Fleury has had to be sharp to start this one. The Pens need to get going.

18:59 - Fleury right pad save and right after he makes a diving save to deny Gustafsson.

20:00 - This game is on at the United Center! Time for the Pens get to a win in Chicago! Lets Go Pens! 

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