Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Welcome back Sidney CRRRRRRROSBY!

By: MF,

Hockey fights cancer tonight at PPG Paints Arena as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Florida Panthers. The team and arena will be wearing some special gear, while the league looks to raise awareness for cancer research.

The fans received some good news today as Sidney Crosby will be returning to the lineup. This will be his first game back for the 2016-2017 season. It’s good to see the Captain back on the ice and potentially lighting the lamp in Pittsburgh. Also, Matt Murray will be back in the lineup. He will be backing up Marc-Andre Fleury. Good to see the Penguins injury list becoming smaller.

However, not everyone is off the injury list. Kris Letang took part in the morning skate but wore the yellow “no contact” jersey. Derrick Pouliot was absent from the skate. While, Connor Sheary saw a doctor on Monday for his eye injury and is set to get re-evaluated in a week.

Now back to the game at hand. It will mark Brian Dumoulin’s 100th NHL career game! He is the first player from Maine to win a Stanley Cup (this surprised me). He has been off to a great start this season. Dumoulin is currently first on the team for total minutes on ice (16-17 season) with 130:36 total minutes. He is 2nd on the team in TOI/GM at 21:46. He has earned his stop and has developed into great defensemen. Look for his responsibilities to grow with Letang out of the lineup.

The Penguins will have to play a smart game against the Panthers, who are 3-1-1 to start the season. A key area will be special teams. The Penguins penalty kill is at 80% (20/25), while the power play is falling short at 20% (5/25). With Crosby back, this should open up the options on the power play for the Penguins to capitalize. They need to come out with speed, put pucks on net, and follow up on loose pucks. Lets Go Pens!  

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Daley
Cole - Schultz
Maatta - Warsofsky

Fleury in the net! 

Play by Play
PENS 3 Panthers 2

3rd Period

0:15 - Reimer is on the bench. Panthers with an empty net.

2:41 - Malkin finds Kunitz and Kessel alone behind the Panthers defense. Kessel tries to go five-hole, but Reimer makes the stop.

4:24 - Panthers having trouble getting the puck past the neutral zone as the Pens keep them down in their own end of the ice.

5:27 - Malkin battling at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Panthers eventually get the puck out, but Malkin with some hard battling.

6:36 - Solid penalty kill for the Pens as Malkin is released from the sin bin.

8:36 - Malkin called for tripping and the Panthers get a power play. Huge penalty kill for the Pens right now.

10:18 - FEHR SCORES! Kuhnhackl with speed a burst of speed down the wing and he leaves the Panthers behind. He makes a beautiful dish pass to Fehr! Fehr directs the puck right under the pad of Reimer! 3-2 Pens

11:17 - Pens with a great pace to their game right now. You can feel the momentum on their side as they keep pressure in the offensive zone on the Panthers.

14:24 - HAGELIN SCORES! Bonino with some solid work at the defensive blue line to set up a two-on-one chance! Hagelin holds with Rust waiting at the side! Hagelin wrist one, blocker side, past Reimer! 2-2 tie game

16:29 - Kessel blows a shot past Reimer, but he doesn't beat the post. It rings as the puck bounces off it.

18:24 - Fleury with two solid saves to start this period.

19:50 - Daley is back for the third period.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens need to pressure Reimer and keep pucks on net! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds. The Pens cut the Panthers lead in half 2-1, thanks to Crosby on the power play.

2:10 - Lots of whistles and faceoffs these last few minutes. Daley is still in the locker room.

4:45 - Rust with a chance on the doorstep, but Reimer holds for the whistle.

6:00 - Daley heads back down the runway to the locker room.

6:19 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! The Pens win the battle on the boards! Malkin outlets a perfect pass to Crosby in the slot! Crosby wrist a laser shot past Reimer! Welcome back Sidney CRRRRRROSBY! 2-1 Panthers

6:25 - Daley takes a stick up high from McKegg in front of the Pens net. He heads to the locker room, but returns after the TV timeout ends. Pens head onto the power play.

8:44 - Panthers successful kill the Pens power play chance. They had majority of puck control during that Pens power play.

10:44 - Pens will now get an opportunity on the power play as Jagr heads to the penalty box.

11:19 - Dumoulin is back on the bench for the Pens.

13:52 - Pysyk scores. Shane passes over to Pysyk who is flying down the center. Pysyk with a hard redirection to put it past Fleury. 2-0 Panthers

15:21 - Malkin with a quick move to get past Ekblad at the blue line and he finds Kunitz open on the wing. Kunitz fires a hard shot that is stopped by Reimer.

17:43 - The "HBK" line gets to work. Bonino with a chance down low, but Reimer comes up with the save.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens have to stay out of the box and get their four lines cycling this period! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period ends and the Panthers lead the Pens 1-0.

1:10 - Dumo heads to the bench hunched over and then off to the locker room. Possible puck deflection into his face area.

1:58 - Smith scores on the power play. Fleury makes the initial save, but Smith gets in behind to put in the rebound. 1-0 Panthers

2:18 - Undisciplined play for the Pens once again. Dumoulin to the box for high sticking.

3:56 - Hornqvist gets some ice in the offensive zone and fires on net. Crosby and Hornqvist crash the net for the loose puck. Panthers are able to clear.

7:37 - Crosby comes flying down the wing and does a little "in and out" stick maneuver to get around Ekblad. His shot jut goes wide.

9:46 - Good penalty kill for the Pens and Daley is set free.

11:46 - Another power play chance for the Panthers as the Pens receive a stick infraction penalty, once again. Daley sits for tripping.

12:41 - Kessel takes a shift with Malkin and Kunitz as Bonino and Hagelin were tried after the penalty kill. They get some good looks on net.

13:40 - Fleury with a beautiful glove save on Harper's shot as the Pens failed to clear at the end of the penalty kill. Hornqvist is set free.

15:40 - Hornqvist receives the first penalty of the game. He will sit for hooking as the Panthers bring out their power play unit.

15:43 - Yandle with the first shot on net for the Panthers. Fleury with the glove save.

16:14 - Crosby with some good shifts. Laid a hit and did some great defensive work. Panthers still have zero shots on net.

18:52 - Kunitz fires a shot that is saved, but the rebound is loose. The Pens are unable to put it in. Rust with some good net front work.

20:00 - It's Hockey Fights Cancer night at PPG Paints Arena! The Pens look to send the Panthers back to Florida with a loss! Lets Go Pens! 

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