Monday, January 16, 2017

A little home cooking

It’s time to bounce back for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team is back at PPG Paints Arena after losing three straight games on the road. A first for the Penguins, since the Mike Sullivan change came into effect. It has been a rough go for the Penguins and it won’t be getting any easier.

Tonight the opponent is the Washington Capitals, who handed the Penguins their first loss on road. It was a really bad loss…I won’t bring it up again, but just take a look at the game updates I posted. This game won’t be easy and the Penguins will be missing another critical player on the blueliner in Kris Letang. Letang left Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings after suffering a lower-body injury. He has been placed on Injured Reserve and is week-to-week.

However, the Penguins are back in Pittsburgh, which has been good to them this season. They are 18-2-2 at home and are riding a five-game home winning streak. This is the perfect place for the Penguins to start their turnaround and get back to winning. It will be a tough go as they are missing two key blueliners, but the Penguins have enough firepower to get the job done. They just need to play smart, limit the Capitals space, and keep them pinned in the offensive zone. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz
Warsofsky - Ruhwedel

Murray in net! 

Play by Play
PENS 8 Capitals 7 OT


4:30 - SHEARY SCORES! Sheary and Crosby get a odd-man rush! Sheary fires on net and Grubauer makes the first save! Sheary and Crosby crash the net and the puck sneaks past Grubauer over the goal line! 8-7 Pens

5:00 - This crazy game needs some three-on-three action! The Pens need to finish this game with a win! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - This game is going to overtime as things are still tied 7-7.

1:53 - Both teams are battling hard.

4:57 - Eller scores. The Caps crash the zone and get some time. Murray makes the first save that bounces back in front. Eller finds the puck and puts it past a screened Murray. 7-7 tie game

7:37 - The Pens are controlling the puck so well right now. The HBK line, once again, pins the Caps in the their own zone and peppers the net. What a game.

10:31 - Oshie scores on the power play. Cullen and Cole go down to block shots. The puck bounces around and even Murray ends up down. Oshie finds the puck and puts it over Murray. 7-6 Pens

11:25 - Maatta will go right back to the penalty box this time for tripping. Power play for the Caps.

11:53 - Solid penalty kill for the Pens. Cole with a perfect block of Ovechkin's shot at the end of the penalty kill.

13:53 - Maatta will sit for high-sticking and that sends the Caps on the power play. Big penalty kill for the Pens.

14:05 - CROSBY SCORES! Rust forces a turnover and Sheary gets the puck! He makes a perfect pass across center to Crosby driving down the wing! He guides the puck past Grubauer! 7-5 Pens

15:55 - Crosby steals the puck at the red line. His snap shot is gloved by Grubauer.

16:31 - Odd-man rush for the Pens as Bonino and Sheary go the other way. Bonino gets the pass over to Sheary, but the puck is poked away from him.

17:54 - Both teams come out with speed to start the third.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the intensity, but make sure to play smartly in the process! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period horn sounds and the Pens come out with the 6-5 lead after a flurry of goals!

1:43 - Niskanen's shot catches Bonino up high, but he seems to be ok.

2:40 - The Caps had challenged Malkin's goal for goalie interference, but the goal is ruled good. Caps lose their timeout.

2:41 - HAT TRICK FOR MALKIN ON THE POWER PLAY! The Pens crash the net and Hornqvist is pushed down in front! He runs into Grubauer! Malkin ends up finding the puck and putting it past Grubauer! 6-5 Pens

3:03 - Eller scores a shorthanded goal. Oshie with some fancy stick work to enter the zone and he passes off to Schmidt. Schmidt goes to Eller in front and he directs the pass into the net! 5-5 tie game

4:19 - Power play chance for the Pens as Wilson is ticketed with a roughing penalty.

4:53 - Connolly scores. Chorney finds Connolly all alone at the side of the net. He slides the past right by Murray. 5-4 Pens

5:23 - MALKIN SCORES! Guentzel tries to whip the puck back to center, but it goes off a Capital player! The puck finds it way to the front of the net where Malkin is driving towards! It goes off him (somehow) and past Holtby! 5-3 Pens

6:13 - RUST SCORES! Rust gets the puck behind the net and goes around! He tries to backhand the puck back in front, it goes off the skate of Ovechkin, and past Holtby! 4-3 Pens

7:44 - The HBK line comes out and dominates the Caps in their own zone. This is how the Pens play.

11:05 - BONINO SCORES! Schultz fires the puck towards the net that hits Bonino in the crest up front! Bonino finds the puck and backhands it past Holtby! 3-3 tie game

12:30 - Hornqvist and Winnik are set free.

12:48 - SHEARY SCORES! The Pens are on the attack as they enter the offensive zone! Daley goes to Crosby who makes a slap/pass across the center to Sheary in front! Sheary directs the puck behind Holtby! 3-2 Caps

13:30 - Oshie is back on the bench for the Caps.

13:32 - MALKIN SCORES! The Caps are unable to clear and Daley ends up with the puck! He makes a cross-ice pass right into the wheelhouse of Malkin! Malkin's shot rips past Holtby! 3-1 Caps

14:30 - Scramble ensues in front of Holtby who covers the puck for the whistle. Winnik takes exception to a hit Hornqvist laid on Oshie earlier in the play. Oshie heads down the runway. Hornqvist and Winnik sit in the box. Four-on-four hockey.

16:06 - Another successful penalty kill for the Pens.

17:54 - Cullen gets some time and space on the wing as he enters the offensive zone. His shot rings off the crossbar!

18:06 - Another penalty will be assessed to the Pens. Warsofsky to the box for tripping. Penalty killing time.

18:43 - Williams scores. Caps do some tape-to-tape passing to exit the neutral zone. Williams gets the pass up ice and has a one-on-one with Cole. He goes to the side and puts a shot past the glove of Murray. 3-0 Caps

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to build on what they started during during the later part of the first period! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the first period and the Caps hold the 2-0 lead.

0:46 - The Pens have been peppering Holtby in the last few minutes, but haven't been able to put any past the netminder.

2:51 - Backstrom scores. Two Pens are caught up on the boards after a hit from Ovechkin behind the goal. Oshie gets to the puck and makes a backwards pass to Backstrom all alone in front. He puts one past Murray. 2-0 Caps

5:15 - Crosby gets the puck after the Caps fail to clear and passes over to Rust driving the center all alone, but his shot is wide.

5:44 - Daley fires a shot on net, but Holtby comes up with the save. Finally some sustained offensive zone pressure by the Pens.

7:36 - Murray shuts the door on the Caps. The Pens need to get to the offensive zone.

11:01 - A turnover by the Caps at the blue line gives Malkin a chance. He finds Cole trailing on the play, but Cole's shot goes wide.

12:54 - Burakousky scores. Turnover by the Pens down low and Winnik recovers the loose puck on  the boards. He outlets to Burakousky in front. He doesn't miss. 1-0 Caps

14:48 - Caps with some jump to start this game. The Pens are spending way too much time in their own zone.

16:10 - Successfully penalty kill for the Pens.

17:17 - Murray has been tested early in this one. He makes a solid save on the penalty kill.

18:10 - Caps get the first power play of the game as Malkin will take a seat for roughing.

19:07 - Two terrible turnovers by the Pens to start this game. Luckily the Caps are unable to capitalize on the chances.

20:00 - It's hockey night in Pittsburgh! Hopefully some home cooking can propel the Pens to a win over the Caps! Lets Go Pens!

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