Friday, January 20, 2017

No Canes needed

By: MF

Another road game for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they make a stop in North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Penguins have finally been putting a couple of winning games together and will look to continue that.

In net for the Hurricanes will be Cam Ward for his 21st straight game. As for the Penguins, Matt Murray will be between the pipes for his 3rd straight time. Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary have been on fire as the Penguins turned things around after losing three straight. Malkin is riding a five-game point streak racking up five goals, two assists, and seven points. While Sheary has two goals and two assists in his past two games played. The first line has been clicking and Sheary is reaping in the benefit of playing with one of the best players in the world, Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins need to stick to their game and keep working hard. They need to limit chances for the Hurricanes, play smart,  and most importantly stay out of the penalty box. Lets Go Pens!

On the injury front, Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang each took some extra time on-ice. Good to see them getting in some work. 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz
Gaunce - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 7 Hurricanes 1

3rd Period

2:35 - A "Here We Go Steelers" chant erupts. Steeler Nation is everywhere.

3:52 - Not much to report on as the Pens are in complete control of this game. Canes haven't been able to set up.

7:02 - Just pure dominance by the Pens. The Canes have a slight edge about half way into the start of the game, but the Pens turned the tables and kept them that way.

10:55 - SHEARY SCORES! The first line drives to the net! Rust passes to Crosby at center who makes a turning, backward blind pass to Sheary! Sheary fires from one-knee to beat Ward! 7-1 Pens

11:56 - Stalberg scores a shorthanded goal. The puck bounces out to the blue line and Stalberg separates Fehr from the puck to give him a breakaway. He beats Murray. 6-1 Pens

13:22 - Right after the goal Hornqvist is down on the ice after crashing the net. Ward takes exception and punches Hornqvist in the face with his blocker. Scramble ensues. Ward is accessed with a penalty as a result.

13:23 - MALKIN SCORES! The puck is somewhere at the side of the net and Malkin takes a few whacks at the puck! He is able to jam the puck into the net! 6-0 Pens

14:21 - Tennyson goes to hit Fehr, but ends up falling down and sliding into Wilson. He goes down hard and is in pain on the ice. He holds his arm as he slowly gets up and goes to the bench. After a brief talk with the trainer, they both head across the ice to the locker room.

16:14 - Murray with a fast glove save to deny J. Staal.

20:00 - The third period is underway! The Pens just need to keep up the good work and not let up! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Pens extend their lead to 5-0 over the Canes!

0:39 - The shots are 17-8 in favor of the Pens for the second period.

2:31 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Some unreal precision passing by the Pens! Malkin finds Kessel alone at the side! Kessel goes to one knee to rip a shot past Ward! 5-0 Pens

3:24 - Skinner will head right back to the sin bin. This time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Pens get another power play chance and hopefully they get a full two minute one.

4:07 - Pens are once again successful on the penalty kill.

4:46 - Skinner is set free and now the Canes will head onto the power play for 39 seconds.

6:07 - That didn't last long as Schultz is ticketed with a holding penalty. This occurs after Ward takes a whack at Hornqvist is front. Referees seeming to pick and choose what to call a penalty. Four-on-four hockey for 1:22.

6:46 - Now the Pens get a crack at a power play as Skinner will seat for embellishment.

7:14 - KUNITZ SCORES! Ward makes an initial save, but the puck is still loose in front! As Ward slightly stands, Kunitz jams the puck through the opening! 4-0 Pens

7:32 - SHEARY SCORES! Schultz wrists one from the blue line and the rebound bounces in front! Rust charges the puck and the bouncing puck goes off his skate over to Sheary at center! Sheary slaps one five-hole on Ward! 3-0 Pens

10:22 - Pens with some good jump in their game. They need to keep up the pressure and not lay back because they have a two goal lead.

13:01 - HAGELIN SCORES! Teravainen turns over the puck in his own zone! Gaunce ends up with the puck and first it from the point, which Ward saves! Hagelin gets a stick on the rebound first in front and puts it five-hole! 2-0 Pens

13:19 - Much better defensive work by the Pens after the first half in the first period. Murray getting good support.

15:45 - Another solid penalty killing effort by the Pens. Cole is released.

17:45 - Cole will make another visit to the box this time for tripping up Skinner. Penalty killing time for the Pens.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep up the offensive pressure and continuing to limit the Canes chances! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will do it for the first period and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead over the Canes!

2:11 - The HBK line gets some quality offensive zone time. The Pens still clicking even after the disallowed goal. They have turned the tide.

4:20 - The puck goes off Hornqvist and into the net, but the referee waves it off right away. After some discussion they announce it as a no goal due to incidental contact as Hornqvist did bump into Ward. Then it's review due to a call from upstairs. After that they change the decision and say that it's not a goal due to the net being off its moorings. Pens still hold 1-0 lead.

5:35 - Wilson and Stempniak have a little misunderstanding. Nothing comes of it.

7:29 - DALEY SCORES! Teravainen tires to clear the puck out of the zone, but Daley jumps up to glove down the puck! He skates to center and fires a rocket shot that blows past Ward! Sniper Daley! 1-0 Pens

8:30 - Murray and Ward have both made some great saves. Keep this game scoreless as both teams could easily have a few already.

10:10 - Quite a few chances for both teams. Up and down hockey as both teams are trading chances.

12:17 - The fourth line for the Pens has been doing some good things. They fight in the offensive zone and force a turnover, which leads to Wilson getting a chance in front. His shot rings off the goal post!

13:50 - Malkin blasts a shot, but he is robbed by Ward.

14:02 - Daley gets a chance jumping into the play receiving a feed from Malkin, but Ward denies him. Aho ends up going the other way, but Daley is able to get back and breakup the play.

15:27 - Good chances for the Canes, but Murray holds strong.

17:19 - Rebound shot finds its way to the side of the net, but Aho can't get enough to put it past Murray as he dives back to make the save. 

19:33 - The Pens get the first penalty of the game as Cole heads over to the box for hooking. 

20:00 - Puck drop and this game is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed and take it to the Canes early! Lets Go Pens! 

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