Saturday, October 29, 2016

Penguins find themselves on the wrong side of Pennsylvania

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves on the other side of the Pennsylvania in enemy territory for tonight’s game as they are set to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins have proven they can get the job done at Wells Fargo Center, but it won’t be an easy feat. When these two teams face-off they are anything but cordial.

In the net, the Penguins will have Marc-Andre Fleury for his eighth straight start, which is his third-longest streak to start a season. His career high being 11 in the 2006-2007 season. Fleury will look to finish out October strong as the month draws to a close. He is 5-2-1 and is career starts over the season have been great in October. Last season, he went 6-4-0; 2014-15 he went 6-2-0; and in 2013-14 he went 9-2-0, which makes his career record 26-10-1 in October.

The Penguins are getting career numbers from their netminder and the team has responded with their own surge. Sidney Crosby has two goals and two assists in his first two games of the season after missing a few games due to a concussion. With Crosby in the lineup, options have opened up and the Penguins power play has picked up. The power play was at a 20% success rate before Crosby’s return on October 25th. Since then, they have amped up their efforts and now have a 25% success rate. The steady increase is promising.

Another thing that the Penguins can take advantage of is how the Flyers have allowed the first goal in seven straight games. This is the perfect chance for the Penguins to get an early lead and put up some goals so that they are not working out of a hole for the rest of the game. The Flyers will instead be working to get out of that same hole and will be easily worn down. This game is going to be a physical and grueling game, so the Penguins need to get on the board early, play smart, and stay disciplined. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Mattaa - Daley
Dumoulin - Cole
Warsofsky - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 5 Flyers 4

3rd Period

1:36 - Flyers have an empty net.

3:27 - The Pens are allowing way too many shots on net. Fleury has been solid between the pipes, but he is only human. Pens need to tighten things up.

5:13 - Crosby uses his speed and protects the puck against Streit. Crosby is able to elevate the on-edge puck with one hand. Neuvirth with the save and then the rebound is loose. Neuvirth ends up covering it eventually.

6:11 - That will be the end of the Pens power play. Flyers did a good job on the penalty kill.

8:11 - A power play opportunity for the Pens as Voracek is off to the sin bin for hooking.

11:27 - MALKIN SCORES! HIS 300TH CAREER GOAL! Maatta fires a shot from the boards that goes off the leg of Manning! It bounces to Malkin who is setting all alone at the side of the net! He guides the puck into the open net! 5-4 Pens

14:53 - The Pens need to step up their offensive game. Fleury is pulling out all the stops as he is getting hammered right now. The Pens need to answer his effort.

15:32 - Flyers get a 2-on-2 rush, but they have the jump on the defense. VandeVelde crashes the net, but Fleury comes out with the poke check to break up his play. Raffl tries to put in the rebound, but that is a no go.

16:52 - Simmonds finds some time and space down the wing. Fleury comes out to cut down the angle and makes the save.

18:00 - Two solid saves by Fleury with one being deflected up front.

18:25 - Provorov blasts a slap shot from the blue line that rings off the goal post.

18:49 - Successful penalty kill effort by the Pens.

20:00 - The third period is underway! The Pens have to kill off a Flyers' power play to start! They need to come out with speed and stick to their game! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period ends and this game is now tied 4-4.

0:49 - Now the Flyers will head onto a late power play as Wilson is called for tripping. Huge penalty kill for the Pens.

1:22 - A flurry of action after things were tied up. Fleury with some good saves as the Flyers get a burst of speed. Rust's wrap around chance is stopped by Neuvirth.

4:32 - Voracek scores on a penalty shot. Voracek is able to wrap the puck around the out stretched pad of Fleury into the net. 4-4 tie game.

4:33 - Voracek is held up on a breakaway chance by Dumoulin and he will get a penalty shot on Fleury.

5:47 - Fleury with two amazing saves as the Flyers have a spark of life after the Giroux goal.

6:44 - Giroux scores. Giroux is all alone with plenty of space. He rips one past the glove of Fleury. The Pens challenge for offsides, but the referees rule the review inconclusive and the goal stands. 4-3 Pens

7:02 - Hagelin and Streit will both go to the box. Hagelin for embellishment and Streit for hooking. Flyers still on the power play.

8:43 - Even with the lead, the Pens need to watch themselves. It's never a good time to take a penalty. Cole heads back to the box for holding and the Flyers head onto the power play.

10:12 - MALKIN SCORES! Couturier tries to make a blind, backwards pass to get the puck out of the zone, but Kunitz ends up getting to the loose puck! He passes to Kessel, who snaps it over to Malkin in front! Malkin directs the puck past Neuvirth! 4-2 Pens

12:44 - Cole is set free. Great penalty kill by the Pens and Fleury was solid in net.

14:44 - The Flyers hot power play will get a chance to tie things up as Cole is called for holding.

15:06 - Kunitz with a great tie up to deny the Flyers a wide open net goal. Great teamwork by Fleury and Kunitz.

16:00 - Quite a few whistles to start this period and it's making it hard for either team to get something going.

19:59 - Neuvirth is now in the net for the Flyers.

20:00 - The guys are back on the ice for the second period! The Pens need to stay focused and play their style of hockey! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to a close! It was a roller coaster of a period and the Pens come out with the 3-2 lead over the Flyers.

1:11 - Konecny gets around Warsofsky and fires a shot that is kicked out by Fleury.

3:21 - CULLEN SCORES! Cullen with a beautiful wrap around shot that he stuffs past the left pad of Mason! 3-2 Pens

3:33 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel passes to Hornqvist at the side of the net! He makes a quick pass to Crosby at the hash marks! Crosby snaps a quick shot past Mason. 2-2 tie game

3:45 - First power play of the game will go to the Pens as Provorov sits for hooking.

4:18 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby and Hornqvist with a give and go as they enter the offensive zone! Crosby receives the pass at a sharp angle (by the red line). He snaps one on his forehand over the blocker shoulder of Mason! 2-1 Flyers

4:34 - Giroux is back on the ice.

5:35 - Crosby comes flying down the wing and backhands one on net. Mason with the save. Crosby was pushed into the boards by Provorov after the save. Things are heating up.

6:58 - Simmonds scores. The Flyers keep the Pens pinned and are firing everything on net. Fleury is caught out to take down an angle. Simmonds is open and puts it in the net. 2-0 Flyers

7:33 - Flyers with two hard shots on net. One is saved by Fleury and the other goes wide. The momentum is in their favor. The Pens need to get their legs moving.

10:12 - Voracek scores. The Flyers keep up the pressure in the Pens' zone. Voracek has space and fires from the blue line while using Cole as a screen. Fleury gets a piece with his glove, but it still tickles into the net. 1-0 Flyers

10:19 - Fleury with a pad save while he was falling backwards.

10:47 - Hornqvist lays a hard hit on Giroux who seems to fall into the boards awkwardly. He is in pain on the bench and heads to the locker room.

11:46 - Not the best start for the Pens as they haven't had many chances in the offensive zone. Schultz fires from the blue line and that shot is gloved up by Mason. Good idea to get shots on net.

14:31 - It didn't take long for the "Crosby sucks" chants to get going. He seems to thrive on that though.

16:24 - Two scoring chances to start this game. Mason and Fleury with the saves.

20:00 - The Pens are in enemy territory! They need to play smart, stick to their game, and stay disciplined! Lets Go Pens!  

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