Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Crosby vs McDavid Part One

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back at home after a long road trip out in California and they are hosting the Edmonton Oilers. The Penguins are currently 8-2-2, so far this season and their home record is 5-0-1. While the Oilers are 9-3-1 on the season and have a road record of 5-1-1.

This game goes beyond two teams, all eyes will be on Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. Crosby is the veteran and McDavid the rookie. McDavid calls Crosby is ideal and he has been deemed the next “Great One” for the league. He currently leads the Oilers with 14 points and the most striking thing about his game is his speed. He can make it look like a player is standing still, even when they are skating their hardest. Tonight, he faces off against the 2016 Stanley Cup Champions and Crosby, who has a resume that speaks for itself.

Crosby has been on fire even with missing the beginning of the season due to a concussion. He has eight goals and 10 points in six games. He has scored in six of the seven games he has played. Crosby has been a force on the ice and picking up where he left off last season. He has silenced the critics and is blazing a new trail in the NHL. Crosby isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and he is making it known.

As for the rest of the team, Tom Sestito has been reassigned to Wilkes-Barre Scranton. Also, Steve Olesky and Chad Ruhwedel were recalled. They will be on the scratched list for tonight’s game, along with Tom Kuhnhackl. Derrick Pouliot will also be out with a lower-body injury.

Tonight is a game where two powerhouses face-off, but their play alone will not be enough. Their teams will have to back them up and the Penguins are ready to get a win tonight. They just need to play their game, use their skill, and shut down McDavid. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Oilers 3

3rd Period

1:11 - Oilers have an empty net.

1:42 - SHEARY SCORES! Crosby and Hornqvist go to work on the boards! The puck outlets to Sheary at the side of the net! Talbot saves the first shot and Pouliot tries to clear the puck! It bounces off his stick and into the net! 4-3 Pens

2:17 - Another good penalty kill for the Pens. One of the best penalty kill efforts by the Pens this season.

3:09 - What an amazing effort by Cullen. He kept control of the puck in the Oilers' zone and battled hard for possession.

3:32 - Now the Oilers will head onto the power play for 1:10.

4:17 - Pens are caught with too many men on the ice. 45 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey.

5:32 - Dumoulin gets a stick to the face from Maroon, who will be heading to the box. The Pens will head onto the power play.

6:14 - Pens working hard to get their fore-checking going. Third line does some good work down below (behind Talbot).

8:33 - McDavid's speed is unreal. The Pens need to limit his room and mobility.

11:51 - Great movement by the Pens and their second line. Malkin rips one on net that goes wide and Kessel is denied by Talbot.

14:27 - MALKIN SCORES! Murray makes a huge save and this sends the Pens the other way with a rush! Kessel goes across the ice to Malkin, who directs a pass past Talbot with one hand! 3-3 tie game

17:43 - Still back and forth hockey going on right now. Neither team showing signs of tiredness.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens need to capitalize on their chances and put them behind Talbot! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Pens have closed the gap. 3-2 Oilers

2:42 - Pens are getting quite a few chances, but just aren't converting like the Oilers have been.

3:41 - Kunitz, Malkin, and Kessel have a three-on-one chance. Kunitz holds and slides a pass across for Malkin to direct in. However the puck just goes past Malkin's stick.

5:59 - A lot of up and down hockey, much like the first period.

7:53 - HAGELIN SCORES! The Pens take advantage of the tired Oilers defense! Crosby goes to Daley, who makes a pass across the center to Hagelin! The puck bounces off Hornqvist skate, but Hagelin gets a piece of the puck to put if past Talbot! 3-2 Oilers

9:50 - Sekera blasts a slap shot from the point, but Murray is out on his angle to glove up the shot.

12:25 - Pens haven't been able to establish offensive zone time. There are just trading chances with the Oilers and the Oilers have taken advantage of their opportunities.

16:40 - Eberle scores. The Oilers get an odd-man break after the Pens were denied on their chance. Eberle holds to wrap it around the out-stretched pad of Murray and puts it into the net. 3-1 Oilers

16:46 - The Pens get a four-on-one chance, but Talbot denies Hornqvist on the rush.

18:03 - Oilers having trouble clearing the puck out of their zone, cleanly. Pens create chaos in front of Talbot.

19:00 - That is end of the power play for the Pens. At the end of the power play, the Pens crashed the net and had a wide open chance, but the puck somehow stays out of the net.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens have a minute remaining on the power play to start! Take advantage of the power play and take that momentum to grow a lead over the Oilers! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period comes to an end and the Pens trail the Oilers 2-1.

1:00 - Late power play chance for the Pens as Benning hooked up Crosby.

2:42 - Maroon scores. McDavid uses his speed to get around Dumoulin and he backhands a pass across the ice. Letang is unable to block the pass and Maroon directs the pass behind Murray. 2-1 Oilers

3:08 - Fast pace to this game with not many whistles.

5:37 - Eberle scores. The Oilers turn the play around and start up ice. McDavid puts a pass right on the stick of Eberle, who is in behind the defense. Eberle goes above the glove shoulder of Murray. 1-1 tie game

7:07 - Shots are 6-5 in favor of the Oilers.

8:01 - Murray in perfect position to make a save on Eberle in front.

8:59 - Power play for the Pens comes to an end. A lot of passing, but not many shots on that power play effort.

10:59 - Nurse will now visit the box for interference and the Pens will head onto the power play.

11:39 - That will end the penalty kill for the Pens. The Oilers registered zero shots on that power play.

13:39 - First power play of the game will go to the Oilers as Letang is called for hooking. Pens bring out their penalty killers.

14:17 - The Pens are getting their fore-checking game going. Great start to this one.

16:34 - Murray denies Eberle up front in the blue paint.

18:03 - SHEARY SCORES! Rust with a great takeaway and he fires the puck over to Sheary who is flying down the wing! He gets time and space to let go of a rocket shot, which beats Talbot! 1-0 Pens

20:00 - It's Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! Crosby vs McDavid! Puck drop and here we go! Lets Go Pens! 

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