Sunday, January 8, 2017

A New Year for the Pittsburgh Penguins!

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to start off 2017 with a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG Paints Arena. Today's game was moved back to 5pm to accommodate the Steelers game earlier against the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers got the 30-12 win and will move on to play the Kansas City Chiefs on the road next week.

The Penguins are coming off their bye week and they got some much needed rest. While the Lightning played yesterday against the Philadelphia Flyers, which was a losing effort for them. The Lightning are having some troubles of late, so they will be playing some desperate hockey. The Penguins must stay aware of that and not take them lightly.

The Penguins need to come out with speed and use their time of rest to wear down the Lightning early. Lets Go Pens!

On a side note: I hope everyone had a good holiday and happy New Year. I was on vacation in Pittsburgh and it was amazing. Look for a story to follow on that. Glad to be back!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Daley - Letang
Cole - Schultz
Maatta - Oleksy

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 6 Lightning 2

3rd Period

2:40 - LETANG SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Schultz goes across to Letang at the point! Letang fires a hard shot that sneaks through the body and blocker of Vasilevskiy! 6-2 Pens

4:39 - Power play time for the Pens as Hedman is called for tripping on Crosby.

6:09 - The Pens are holding control of this game. Shots are 36-26 in favor of the Pens.

12:10 - KESSEL SCORES! Sheary's shot is saved, but the puck is bouncing around in front of the net! Crosby takes a shot and it bounces over to Kessel at the other side of the net! Kessel puts it behind Vasilevskiy! 5-2 Pens

14:20 - Namestnikov scores. Drouin tries a pass through center that is tipped on its way. Namestnikov goes to one knee to rocket the bouncing puck past Fleury. 4-2 Pens

16:05 - Maatta is headed to the sin bin for high-sticking. Lightning get a power play opportunity.

16:32 - WILSON SCORES! Stralman is unable to keep control of a bouncing puck at the blue line, which starts a race with Wilson! Wilson out skates him, takes control of the puck, and puts it to his back hand! He backhands one over the pad of Vasilevskiy! 4-1 Pens

17:27 - KUNITZ SCORES! Vasilevskiy kicks away Kessel's point shot to the side, which is picked up my Maatta! He makes a pass to the center, where Kunitz fires one over the shoulder of Vasilevskiy! 3-1 Pens

18:19 - Fleury with a bad turnover behind the net that Namestnikov tries to wrap around, but the puck goes across the goal mouth. That was pure luck for the Pens there.

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens need to limit the Lightning's chances and keep them pinned in their own zone! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Pens have the 2-1 lead over the Lightning!

0:26 - Paquette goes down hard after a collision with Oleksy at the boards. Looks like Paquette got hit by Oleksy's hand as he was trying to get his stick out of the way of the hit. Paquette gets up and skates to the bench.

2:21 - Drouin's shot goes wide and sends the Pens down the ice with numbers. Vasilevskiy is able to get the pad down to deny Rust.

2:35 - Good shot blocking and saves by Fleury on that successful penalty kill.

4:35 - Another slashing penalty for Kunitz, which will put the Lightning on the power play. Big kill for the Pens.

8:46 - FEHR SCORES! Cullen strips Kucherov of the puck and goes up ice with Fehr against Hedman! Hedman goes down for the block! Cullen passes over to Fehr! He snaps a rocket shot past Vasilevskiy! 2-1 Pens

8:59 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. Some close calls, but the Lightning are unable to capitalize.

10:59 - Kunitz skates over to the box for slashing. Lightning are getting a power play chance.

11:32 - Cullen drops a pass to Fehr, who is driving down center. He fires a point blank shot that is grabbed out of the air by Vasilevskiy. Another great save for the Lightning netminder.

13:16 - SHEARY SCORES! Rust fires a hard shot that tickles behind Vasilevskiy and laid on the goal line! Sheary gets there to push it home! 1-1 tie game.

13:47 - Crosby's line comes out and dominates the Lightning. The Pens are keeping a tired group pinned in the offensive zone. Vasilevskiy making some really good saves.

17:41 - Drouin scores. Hedman at the point finds Drouin, once again, all alone at the side of the net. This time Fleury is unable to get over in time. Drouin opens up the scoring. 1-0 Lightning

17:52 - Hedman finds Drouin at the side of the net all alone. Fleury is just able to get over to make the stretched leg save!

20:00 - The guys are back on the ice to start off the second period! The Pens need to step up on their offensive pressure and take it to the Lightning! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the first period. Things are scoreless.

1:22 - The Pens are still giving up too many chances for my liking. However, they are doing a good job of regaining control and clearing the zone.

2:51 - Successful penalty kill by the Lightning. Shots are 14-8 in favor of the Pens.

3:18 - Malkin with a hard shot, in the slot, right off the face-off win that is stopped by Vasilevskiy. Impressive save by the Lightning netminder.

4:51 - The Pens are starting to get their game and getting more offensive zone pressure going. Cole ends up drawing a hooking penalty on Paquette. Power play time for the Pens.

6:20 - Letang's shot is stopped and the loose puck is in the slot area. Bonino gets to it first and rips a shot that is direct over the net. Nice couple of chances by Bonino's line.

9:49 - Killorn is released and things are even for both teams.

10:03 - 14 second power play for the Pens as Malkin is set free.

10:11 - Daley jumping up in the rush to take a pass from Rust on the wing. Vasilevskiy is just able to get over to make the save.

11:49 - 1:46 of four-on-four hockey as Killorn is called for hooking.

12:03 - First power play of the game will go to the Lightning as Malkin sits for hooking.

13:18 - Shots are 5-3 in favor of the Pens.

14:27 - A few good looks on net for the Pens. They are starting to get their game a little more.

16:39 - Lightning with some jump to their step to start this game. Pens showing a little rust from their long break.

18:04 - Namestnikov gets a chance at a breakaway, but the puck is on edge and he is unable to gain control. The Lightning are able to crash the net. Fleury is up to the task.

20:00 - The puck has dropped to start 2017 for the Pens! Time to start off the New Year right! Lets Go Pens! 

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