Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tired Islanders face off against energized Penguins

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to host the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena. This is the second game for the Islanders in a back-to-back situation. They are coming off a loss to the Montreal Canadiens (3-2) last night. This is the perfect setting for the Pens as they will be facing a tired Islanders team.

On the injury front, the Penguins will be without the services of Kris Letang (upper body) and Conor Sheary (eye). Letang practiced with the team during the morning skate and is much closer to returning to the lineup.

Tonight’s game will be the eighth straight start for Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been a rock for the team in net and kept them in many games to allow the Penguins a chance to get the win. Matt Murray will back him up tonight. The Penguins also have more options up front and on the power-play with the return of Sidney Crosby. Crosby did score his first goal this season in his first game of the season against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday night. The Penguins also capitalized on the power play against the Panthers. Having Crosby back on the ice gives the whole team a boost.

The Penguins look to take advantage of playing on home ice as they are 4-0-1 this season at PPG Paints Arena. They need to come out with speed and pressure the Islanders early. This will wear them down early and allow for the Penguins to use their fresh legs against the Islanders to get ahead. Lets Go Pens! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Daley
Dumoulin - Cole
Warsofsky - Schultz

Fleury in the net! 

Play by Play
PENS 4 Islanders 2

3rd Period

1:24 - Islanders have an empty net.

1:53 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin finds Kessel in the slot area! Kessel holds and rips one past Halak! 4-2 Pens

2:08 - Ladd hits Hagelin hard from behind into the boards. Hagelin heads straight to the locker room and the Pens get a power play

2:25 - CROBY SCORES! Crosby lays a hard hit on Boychuk who ends up dropping his stick! Crosby goes to the front of the net, stops the Pens shot, and turns the puck to his forehand to put it past Halak! 3-2 Pens

4:22 - Prince scores on the power play. Fleury comes out to play the puck behind the net and the puck takes an odd bounce. Prince catches Fleury out and puts it in the open net. 2-2 game.

5:33 - Malkin will head back to the box for tripping. Islanders with a critical power play. Huge kill ahead for the Pens.

7:12 - MALKIN SCORES! Kunitz finds Kessel up ice! Kessel stops at the blue line and feeds a pass to Malkin flying by! Malkin stops, turns the puck to his forehand, and uses Seidenberg as a screen to put the puck through the five-hole of Halak! 2-1 Pens

9:23 - Crosby holds the blue line with a chip pass to Wilson in the slot. Wilson is hounded by two Islanders. Seidenberg gets away with a slashing call. Halak is able to make the save and hold for the whistle.

10:46 - Kunitz slaps one that Halak makes a save up high. After that Hornqvist with a redirected shot chance. The crowd is getting back into the game.

12:23 - Wilson gets behind the defense and has a little space. Halak with the pad save. The Pens are starting to get more chances.

12:42 - Kessel's shot down low is kicked away by Halak.

14:46 - Watching Crosby play is never boring. He creates another chance and almost puts it past Halak. Nice work down low.

16:00 - Penalty is over as Kunitz comes back onto the ice.

17:07 - Pens are now on the penalty kill as the Islanders have a power play for 1:07.

18:00 - Bad penalty for Kunitz to take. He will sit for tripping and some more 4-on-4 hockey for 53 seconds.

18:07 - Now the Pens have a power play for one minute.

19:07 - Strome is off for high-sticking on Daley. 4-on-4 hockey for one minute.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens have to kill off the Islanders power play for 1:53! After they must put the pressure on Halak! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and this game is tied 1-1.

0:07 - Malkin gets a late holding penalty. Islanders with power play for seven seconds and will finish their power play in the third.

0:36 - Islanders have not been afraid to match the Pens speed. It has been a fast pace hockey game. We will see if they hold this up in the third after playing last night.

2:16 - Fleury with some solid saves and the Pens kill off the power play.

4:16 - Back onto the penalty kill for the Pens as Fleury takes a penalty and Kuhnhackl will serve the penalty.

4:47 - Hamonic scores. The Pens miss an opportunity at one end and the Islanders get their own rush. Prince passes across the ice to a wide open Hamonic, who put it past the blocker of Fleury. 1-1 tie game

5:21 - Malkin and Kessel get some time in the offensive zone, but nothing comes of it. Pens doing a better job of dumping in pucks behind the Islanders.

8:14 - The Pens need to clamp down and limit the Islanders' scoring chances. They are leaving to much room for them.

11:11 - Momentum has shifted a bit to the Islanders side as they Penguins are trying to ride the surge by the Islanders. Fleury has been a wall.

12:56 - Successfully penalty kill for the Pens. Fleury with another huge save on a point blank shot as the Islanders power play expires. He is holding the Pens lead and keeping them in this game.

13:39 - Fleury with another huge save. He is keeping the Islanders at bay.

14:56 - Cizikas gets behind the defense, but is hooked up by Warsofsky on his way to the net. Fleury grabs his shot out of the air and the Islanders will head onto the power play.

16:31 - Another icing call. Quite a few to start this period.

19:24 - Daley with a wrist shot in front, but Halak with the save. Great start for the Pens.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and trap the Islanders in their own zone! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - Pens have the 1-0 lead after one period of play! First period was all about the Pens and Fleury!

1:28 - That will be it for the power play. The Pens first unit had complete control, but couldn't get it past Halak. Solid power play effort.

3:28 - Another power play opportunity for the Pens as Cizikas is off to the sin bin for holding.

4:55 - Both teams now have more open ice to work with. Up and down hockey with chances at both ends of the ice right now.

6:30 - Prince gets behind the defense and is all alone with a 1-on-1 against Fleury. Fleury does a scorpion move as Prince dekes. The goal post saved the day for the Pens.

7:07 - Islanders have had a hard time getting the puck out of their zone clearly to start this game.

8:50 - Crosby with a scoring opportunity up front, but Halak is just able to get the save. He doesn't look like he is rusty at all.

11:47 - Some good chances for the Pens on the power play, but they are unable to capitalize. Islanders back to full strength.

12:47 - Crosby and Malkin get a 2-on-1 chance. Crosby goes to Malkin, but he fanned on the shot. Pens with a power play now for 1:06.

13:37 - The Pens penalty kill ends up drawing a penalty as Clutterbuck is found guilty of goalie interference. 4-on-4 for 54 seconds.

14:27 - Hagelin gets a burst of speed and gets behind the Islanders. Halak is able to make the save, but it almost slip past him.

14:43 - Now the Islanders get a chance on the power play as Daley heads to the box for high-sticking.

15:38 - Solid puck movement by the Pens, who have come out with a buzz to start this one. 

19:14 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel passes across to Crosby at the side of the net! As Halak is going East to West, Crosby slides the puck to Hornqivst in the blue paint! Hornqvist puts it in the open net! 1-0 Pens

19:35 - First power play of the game goes to the Pens as Tavares sits for hooking. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped at PPG Paints Arena! The Pens need to come out with speed and take it to the Islanders early! Wear them down! Lets Go Pens! 

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