Thursday, March 17, 2016

Penguins look to celebrate Pittsburgh's bicentennial with win

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are facing off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins need to continue to collect points and put some distance between them and those teams on the outside looking in. They will have to stay focused and play smart for the entire 60 minute game. Lets Go Pens!

Below is a play-by-play of the game for you!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel
Simon - Cullen - Rust
Kuhnhackl - Fehr - Sheary

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Hurricanes 2

3rd Period

1:36 - Pens with the good penalty kill.

3:36 - The Pens need to stay out of the box. They are giving the Hurricanes too many chances to get back into it. Hornqvist is off for tripping.

3:45 - The Hurricanes kill off the short Pens power play.

4:17 - Daley is out of the box and 32 second power play for the Pens.

5:45 - Now Staal will make his way to the box for goalie interference. 4 on 4 hockey for 1:28.

6:17 - Dang another Pens penalty. Daley is called for holding and the Hurricanes head onto the power play.

6:40 - BONINO SCORES! Hagelin puts the puck over the goal, but Kessel picks up the loose puck! He puts it to the rushing Bonino who directs it past Lack! 4-2 Pens

7:38 - Some good defensive work by the Pens to keep the Hurricanes at bay. Guys know their roles and responsibilities.

10:12 - Rask is released from his prison and the Hurricanes are able to survive the Pens power play chance.

10:50 - Hagelin is set free and Pens have a regular power play for 38 seconds.

12:12 - Well this game has seen a lot of 4 on 4 hockey. It will once again as Rask is called for interference on Bonino. 1:22 of 4 on 4.

12:50 - Another power play chance for the Hurricanes as Hagelin heads off for hooking. Big penalty kill for the Pens.

14:00 - Good start to this period for the Pens. They need to be careful as the Hurricanes need this win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Desperate teams are dangerous ones.

17:03 - Nice push by the first line of the Pens. Hornqvist tries to bank one off of Lack, but Lack was able to get back in time.

18:07 - The Hurricanes are able to kill off the Pens man-advantage.

19:53 - Regular 5 on 4 power play for 1:46.

20:00 - One last period of regulation to go! The Pens start the period with a 4 on 3 power play for 14 seconds! They need to take advantage and play smart! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period comes to a close and the Pens have taken the lead 3-2 over the Hurricanes!

0:07 - An bad penalty for the Hurricanes as Hanifin is headed to the box for interference. The Pens get a 4 on 3 power play for rest of period.

1:46 - More 4 on 4 hockey. Murphy is called for tripping, but Hagelin also gets two for embellishment.

2:01 - CROSBY SCORES! The Pens battle on the boards to get the puck loose! Cole makes a shot / pass to Crosby at the side! Crosby goes down to one knee to redirect the shot across his body past Lack! 3-2 Pens

4:54 - The first penalties expire. Rush fresh out of the box gets the puck behind the Hurricanes defense, but his shot goes wide.

5:06 - The Hurricanes will get another crack at the power play as Bonino is called for holding the stick (of another player). 4 on 3 for 11 seconds then a regular Hurricanes power play if they don't score in the 11 second span.

6:54 - Staal and Rust look like they were about to drop the gloves, but things are broken up before that can happen. Each get matching minors and we get some 4 on 4 hockey.

7:44 - KESSEL SCORES! Cullen makes a pass up ice to Cole who pushes the Hurricanes back! Cole goes to Hagelin in front and he kicks the puck over to the wing! Kessel comes in and puts the puck in the open net! 2-2 tie game

8:53 - Staal is denied on his wrap around chance by Murray.

11:13 - Murray comes up with a solid glove save and Dumoulin does a nice job of boxing out guys for Murray.

14:47 - Letang takes a shot up high and is shaken up. He seems to be ok, but still feeling the effects of the block.

16:12 - Nice start for the Pens aside from the one rush by the Hurricanes.

18:26 - Maatta and Letang jump up on a play and get caught, giving the Hurricanes a 2 on 1 chance. Crosby gets back to defend and goes down to block any shot or pass attempt.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to pressure the Hurricanes in their own zone, get traffic in front of Lack, and put pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period horn sounds with the Hurricanes holding the lead 2-1 over the Pens.

0:09 - The penalty kill for the Pens is successful.

2:09 - The Hurricanes are rewarded the first power play of the game as Rust is called for boarding.

5:28 - Murray makes a great save on Gerbe as he has a breakaway chance. He is starting to settle in.

6:07 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby starts from his own blue line and carries done the ice, goes around Slavin! Then he makes a power more to protect the puck from Hainsey, while turning his shot to the backhand as he goes across the blue paint! Lack has no chance! 2-1 Hurricanes

9:54 - There is more of an offensive push by the Pens and they are getting some good zone time. They just need to get traffic in front to put one past Lack.

12:31 - The Pens first line gets some time in the offensive zone and keep the Hurricanes pinned, but are unable to get anything past Lack.

14:46 - Nash Scores. The Pens get sloppy again and turnover the puck in the offensive zone. The Hurricanes cycle and Nash gets the puck up front. He puts it past Murray. 2-0 Pens

16:28 - The Hurricanes have come out flying tonight.

19:17 - D. Giuseppe Scores. The first shot for the Hurricanes ends up being a goal. Kunitz turns over the puck in front and D. Giuseppe makes him pay. 1-0 Canes

20:00 - Puck drop at Consol and it's game on! The Pens need to come out and get on the board early! Get those much needed points! Lets Go Pens! 

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