Monday, February 29, 2016

Coyotes caught roaming in Pittsburgh

By: MF,

It is Monday night hockey in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Arizona Coyotes. There will new faces on both teams as management was busy making deals before the trade deadline today. The Pens ended up acquiring forward Matthias Plachta and a 2017 conditional seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Sergei Plotnikov.

Onto tonight’s game, Marc-Andre Fleury will start between the pipes. Fleury is 9-1-1 in his last 11 home starts. Nothing to note on the injury front or line changes. It looks like things will be the same for the Penguins as it was in their last game in which they won 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets.

The special teams will be big and the penalty kill (PK) has been on point for the Penguins. The PK is perfect in seven of their last nine games overall (17 for 20 – 85%). They are perfect in 12 of the last 14 home games, which means they are 31 for 35 (88.6%). Matt Cullen is leading the charge as the leads the Penguin forwards averaging 2:36 shorthanded/time-on-ice.

Some numbers to note
  •  Derrick Pouliot has four assists and is a +3 in his last five games.
  • Carl Hagelin notched a two-goal game against the Jets.
  • Letang only needs one goal to get a career high of 11. He also joined Paul Coffey as the only Penguin defensemen with five seasons of 10 or more goals.

The Penguins will have to come out with speed and pressure the Coyotes earlier. They cannot let up and have to push the offensive effort. Lets Go Pens! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Wilson - Bonino - Porter
Kuhnhackl - Cullen - Rust

Mattaa - Letang
Dumoulin - Daley
Pouliot - Cole

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 6 Coyotes 0

3rd Period

1:29 - CULLEN SCORES! Cullen rifles one over the head of Domingue! 6-0 Pens

1:45 - LETANG SCORES! Letang skates away from his cover and finds some open room! He fires through traffic and past Domingue! 5-0 Pens

2:00 - Solid defense for the Pens this period. Not much action this period.

5:41 - Fleury has been on his game all night long. He is keeping the Coyotes at bay and coming up with some big saves as time whines down.

8:04 - The Pens are doing a good job of keeping the Coyotes from getting good scoring chances.

10:27 - Coyotes ring one off the crossbar!

14:41 - The Pens are buzzing around in the offensive zone. Good start to the third period.

20:00 - We are back for the last period of regulation! The Pens have to stay focused and wrap this game up! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period comes to a close and the Pens have extended their lead to 4-0 over the Coyotes.

1:53 - The Pens had some good looks, but the Coyotes are able to successfully kill the Pens' power play.

3:53 - The Coyotes are falling apart on the penalty front. Another power play has been awarded to the Pens as Dahlbeck sits.

4:15 - The Pens are currently dominating all plays. They are firing on all cylinders.

6:06 - Murphy is set free.

8:06 - Pens back to the power play as Murphy sits for interference.

8:54 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! A HORNY HATTER! HIS FIRST NHL CAREER HAT TRICK! Malkin makes a beautiful cross-ice pass to Hornqvist, who blows it past Domingue!

10:05 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Michalek is called for delay of game.

10:13 - KUNITZ SCORES! Letang rifles one from the point and Kunitz gets a stick on it to redirect it past Domingue! 3-0 Pens

12:14 - Rust gets around Stone using some nice stick work, but is stopped by the glove of Domingue.

13:04 - Martinook is robbed by the pads of Fleury!

15:22 - The Coyotes are able to kill off the Pens power play.

17:22 - Plotnikov now visits the penalty box for tripping. Power play for the Pens.

17:28 - Coyotes have good control to start this period.

19:08 - Hagelin is set free and the Pens are back to full strength.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to kill off a Coyotes power play for 49 seconds to start! Kill it guys! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and the Pens have the 2-0 lead!

1:11 - Hagelin takes a seat for tripping and the Coyotes get another power play chance.

2:14 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Letang gets the play started and the first line makes some crisp passes! Hornqvist comes flying down the wing and fires one past Domingue! 2-0 Pens

2:38 - The Pens crash the net, but Domingue covers up the puck.

4:57 - Tanger takes a hard hit from Doan and bounces right back.

6:33 - 1:22  regular power play for Coyotes.

7:11 - Coyotes getting a 5 on 3 power play for 38 seconds as Kuhnhackl joins Pouliot for goalie interference.

8:33 - Pouliot heads off for cross-checking and the Coyotes are getting a power play.

12:30 - The Pens are getting a power play chance. Hanzai sits for hooking.

14:18 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Crosby tries for a bad angle shot, but it's stopped and ends up sitting in the blue paint! Hornqvist beats out the other sticks to jam it home! 1-0 Pens

15:45 - Coyotes start throwing pucks on net, but Fleury is up to the task.

17:53 - Coyotes come out bagging bodies. The Pens have had three solid chances on net to start.

20:00 - The puck has dropped at Consol! The Pens have to come out and get on the board early! Lets Go Pens! 

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