Sunday, February 21, 2016

A afternoon in Buffalo

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Buffalo to battle the Sabres in a back-to-back afternoon game weekend. The Penguins are coming off a hard 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Yesterday, the Penguins were without the services of Marc-Andre Fleury who was not feeling well. He was missed in that game. However, he will be in the net today and Matt Murray has been called up to back Fleury up.

Today is a chance to get things back on track for the Penguins. They have to come out with speed and keep the pressure on the Sabres for the entire 60 minutes. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Cullen - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Sundqvist - Rust
Wilson - Porter - Sheary

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Daley
Pouliot - Cole

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Sabres 3

3rd Period

0:21 - Bogosian Scores. Bogosian fires a rocket shot from the point and Fleury gets a piece, but not enough. 4-3 Pens

1:26 - Kane is set free and Sabres have an empty net.

3:26 - Kane gets a offensive zone penalty and trips up Daley. The Pens get a late power play.

3:36 - Sabres are finally getting some offensive zone time.

5:32 - Scramble ensues in front of the Pens' net and the puck is loose. Fleury with great awareness finds the puck and holds for the whistle.

6:11 - As soon as the Sabres clear the puck, the Pens turn around and dump it back in. The Pens are doing a good job of keeping the Sabres from getting any chances.

8:32 - Foligno is all alone in front, but Fleury makes a great poke check to get the puck away!

11:55 - Gionta Scores on the power play. Bogosian fires from the blue line and Gionta redirects his shot in front. 4-2 Pens

12:00 - CULLEN SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL! Cullen gets behind the Sabres and receives a loft pass! He puts it five-hole and it trickles over the goal line! 4-1 Pens

12:36 - Sheary takes a penalty and the Sabres will head onto the power play.

13:50 - Sundqvist beats the glove of Lehner, but not the goal post as it rings its disapproval.

15:09 - The Pens are in good position as they are still controlling the puck most of the time and well.

18:11 - Hornqvist gets the puck over to a soaring Crosby. He kicks it off his right skate to his backhand and fires one off the helmet of Lehner!

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and not the Sabres have any room! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Pens take the 3-1 lead over the Sabres!

2:10 - KESSEL SCORES! Letang sells the shot to get Lehner out of position and instead makes a pass to Kessel at the side of the net! Kessel holds and puts it in the wide open net! 3-1 Pens

3:15 - Wilson with a strong stick on McGinn to keep him from getting a good scoring chance.

4:19 - The Pens have found their game in this period. They have controlled the puck and got more shots on net. They just need to keep up the pressure.

7:07 - Hornqvist gets a rush up the center and makes a pass to Crosby at the side of the net, but Gorges tips the pass wide.

9:59 - Maatta rips a hard shot that rings one off the goal post!

12:48 - The brief power play for the Pens comes to an end.

13:14 - Short 24 second power play for the Pens.

14:30 - WILSON SCORES! Crosby wins the faceoff and a Sabres' stick breaks! Letang passes across the goal mouth to Wilson, who is wide open at the back door! Wilson goes high glove! 2-1 Pens

14:48 - Cullen and Hagelin get a shorthanded chance. Hagelin's shot is saved by Lehner. Eichel will now head to the sin bin and 4 on 4 hockey for 1:35.

15:15 - Maatta is sent to the box for interference and the Sabres get another power play opportunity.

16:29 - The last few shifts for the Pens have had some good time in the offensive zone. They need to get more shots on net as the Sabres are doing a good job of keeping them to the outside areas.

19:41 - The Sabres kill off the Pens power play.

20:00 - The guys are back on the ice for the second period! They have a power play for 1:18 to start! The Pens need to score early and keep the puck in the offensive zone! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and we are tied at one a piece.

0:13 - Regular power play for the Pens now. 1:32 left.

0:41 - 29 second 5 on 3 power play for the Pens.

2:13 - Pysyk will now sit in the box for cross-checking and the Pens will head onto the power play.

3:25 - Once again Fleury comes up with a huge save to keep the Sabres at bay.

6:12 - Bogosian Scores on the power play. Bogosian fires a hard shot through traffic and Fleury doesn't see it. 1-1 tie game.

7:39 - Hornqvist will not sit in the box for slashing. The Pens bring put the PKers.

10:48 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Daley fires from the blue line and has Lehner moving to make the save! However, Hornqvist redirects the shot up front and puts in past a moving Lehner! 1-0 Pens

11:20 - Fleury makes two back-to-back saves on point blank shots. Even though he didn't play yesterday, he looks sharp.

12:54 - Not much has been going for the Pens. This game is kinda lack luster. Waiting for things to heat up for the Pens.

15:16 - Fleury has been solid to start this game.

17:21 - Sheary gets the puck on net, but Wilson is pushed aside before he can get to the puck.

20:00 - The puck has dropped! The Pens have to come out with speed and pressure the Sabres for the entire 60 minutes! Lets Go Pens! 

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