Monday, October 17, 2016

Starting the season right!

By: MF, 
Hockey season is officially underway and the Pittsburgh Penguins have started off right going undefeated! Now, I know that it's only two games into the season, however, I may not get the chance to say that word again. The season is long and grueling, but I believe the Penguins can get back to the Stanley Cup Finals with this team. Head Coach, Mike Sullivan (HCMS) has put a system that works well for the guys and they seem to be clicking early.

The Penguins will look to continue their winning with a victory over the Colorado Avalanche tonight. The Avalanche begin a four-game road trip tonight. Both teams have yet to lose a game, so someone will walk away with their first defeat of the season. Let's hope it's the visiting team.

Tonight, the Penguins will once again be without Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, and Matt Murray. HCMS stated that Rust was close to returning. While Crosby and Murray practiced together today. Murray is close to joining team practice. It's good news to hear that the guys are improving each day.

Records are already being made this season for the guys. Matt Cullen passed Mark Recchi as the fourth oldest player to record a point as a Penguin at 39 years, 348 days. Gary Roberts holds the lead (41 years, 214 days). Furthermore, under HCMS, the Penguins have scored 180 goals in 56 games, which is the top total in the National Hockey League (NHL). The majority of the goals were scored in the second period with 83.

So far this season, the Penguins are 83.3% (5/6) on the penalty kill and their power play is 40% (2/5). Also, with time-on-ice, Nick Bonino is leading the charge up front, followed by Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Matt Cullen. 

Tonight, the Penguins have the chance to start a back-to-back set off right with a win. They must come out with speed and take control of this game early. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Wilson - Malkin - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel
Kunitz - Cullen - Sheary
Sestito - Fehr - Kuhnhackel

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
Avalanche 4 Pens 3 OT

0:00 - The Avs take the 4-3 win over the Pens. The first defeat of the season for the Pens, but they worked hard in that game. Time to move on and look to tomorrow night's game.

4:45 - Landeskog scores. Letang gets a piece and Landeskog's shot finds it's way into the net. 4-3 Avs

5:00 - Regulation wasn't enough! Time for some 3-on-3 overtime hockey! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime as things are tied up 3-3.

2:03 - Solid late push by the Pens as they generate two great scoring chances.

4:02 - Avs with some chances, but the Pens defense steps up to keep things tied up. The Pens need to pressure more in the offensive zone. Fleury working hard this period.

4:10 - Cullen rings one off the was soooooo close!

6:32 - Landeskog scores on the power play. Landeskog holds and fires a shot over the glove shoulder of Fleury. 3-3 tie game.

6:50 - Huge chance for the Avs as Malkin sits for tripping.

10:48 - DALEY SCORES THE POWER PLAY! Daley rips a hard shot from that point that goes through traffic and past Pickard! 3-2 Pens

11:26 - Maybe the Pens will be able to take the lead without doubt with a power play goal as Colborne sits for high sticking.

12:53 - The Pens battle on the boards and come up with the puck! Malkin and Tyutin skate behind Pickard! Tyutin trips over Pickard's skate and Malkin puts it in the open net! Avs challenge for goalie interference and the referees deem it a no goal!

13:55 - The Pens are back to full strength. A huge penalty kill by the Pens and Fleury! They should gain some much needed momentum from those Fleury saves.

14:11 - Regular power play for the Avs for about 20 seconds.

14:16 - Fleury with some unreal saves to keep things tied. He was standing on his head to make saves.

15:01 - Now the Avs have a 5-on-3 power play for 50 seconds.

15:55 - Kunitz makes another visit to the box and this time for high sticking. 4-on-3 power play for the Avs.

16:11 - Kessel is off the box for hooking. 1:10 of 4-on-4 hockey play.

16:14 - MacKinnon gets a burst of speed, but the goal post saves the Pens.

17:01 - Another power play chance for the Pens as R. Bourque heads to the sin bin for hooking.

18:24 - Busy start to the third period for Fleury, but he holds strong.

20:00 - It's time for the third period! The Pens need to come out and play more like they did in the beginning of the game! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period horn sounds and things are still tied up at 2-2.

0:29 - Iginla and Kunitz are set free and both teams are back to full strength.

2:29 - Iginla goes after Kunitz as Kunitz laid Iginla into the boards. They push each other around as the referee comes in before a fight breaks out. Both head to the penalty box. 4-on-4 hockey time.

3:19 - The last few minutes of play have been back and forth. One team enters the zone and the defense turns the play around, only to have to come back after they enter the offensive zone.

5:36 - Power play time concludes for the Pens. Avs with a solid penalty kill and they even had a scoring chance. Pens were not much of a factor.

7:36 - Power play time for the Pens as Wiercioch heads to the box for tripping.

8:23 - The HBK line along with Dumoulin and Letang get some extended offensive zone time. They have been missing that all period. Some good chances and they end up drawing a penalty.

10:25 - Cullen with a chance at the side of the net, but the play is broken up and Pickard is able to glove up the puck for a whistle.

10:58 - It looks to be a 3-2 lead for the Avs, however, the referees rule it a no goal as Martinsen kicks in the puck. Things still tied at 2-2.

11:33 - Both teams working hard and grinding through the period. Not much space available and everyone is working to get a little time and space to make something happen.

14:10 - Kessel with a hard wrister that is blocked.

15:27 - Fleury flashes the glove to deny Beauchemin!

15:45 - MacKinnon gets some speed coming into the Pens zone, but Daley lays out to break up the play.

16:30 - Fleury with two big saves on G. Bourque and R. Bourque.

17:19 - Solid start for the Pens as they have had some good zone time. Pickard the only thing that was standing in their way to retaking the lead.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to get back to their game and stay disciplined! They need to play smart and limit the Avs chances! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and things are tied at 2-2.

2:10 - Wiercioch score. Letang lays back and ends up loosing the puck battle in the corner. Wiercioch receives the puck at the blue line and fires a rocket shot to tie things up 2-2.

2:39 - The Pens are back to full strength.

3:32 - Regular power play for the Avs for a little over 30 seconds.

3:33 - Iginla scores on the two-man advantage. Iginla fires a hard shot through four bodies in front and past Fleury. 2-1 Pens

4:39 - Kunitz will join Bonino for hooking, which gives the Avs a 5-on-3 power play chance for 1:11.

4:40 - Now the Avs with have a power play for 1:12.

5:28 - Bonino is called for tripping. 4 on 4 for 48 seconds then the Avs will head onto the power play.

6:40 - The Pens will head back onto the power play as Soderberg is called for tripping.

7:36 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens. Nice work by Letang. He didn't let up.

9:36 - Now the Avs with have a chance on the power play as Maatta sits for hooking.

10:27 - CULLEN SCORES! Kunitz and Sheary battle in the corner behind the net! The puck bounces out to Cullen! He fires and Pickard makes the save! Kunitz drives to the net and Cullen puts in the loose puck in front! 2-0 Pens

10:55 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Letang draws a player towards him as he passes off to Kessel! Kessel moves in from the side and rips a laser shot through the five-hole of Pickard! 1-0 Pens

11:09 - Malkin is back on the ice.

11:36 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Zadorov sits for cross-checking.

12:37 - Hornqvist fires a shot on net and Malkin follows up as Pickard makes the save. He takes a stick to the mouth and headed down the runway to the locker room.

13:38 - Huge chance for the Pens, but the puck somehow stays out of the net. Nice puck movement by the Pens.

15:52 - Letang with a steal and gets the puck going up ice. Nice chance for the Pens, but Pickard makes the save.

16:50 - Fleury makes two solid saves on shots by MacKinnon. MacKinnon outworked Maatta for the second chance, but Fleury was ready to deny him.

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is underway! Time for the Pens to extend their winning streak to three with a victory over the Avs! Lets Go Pens! 

No comments:

Post a Comment