Saturday, January 14, 2017

One last time at Joe Louis Arena

By: MF, 

Tonight's game will conclude the Pittsburgh Penguins three-game road swing against the Detroit Red Wings. They dropped the first two games (Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators), but look to finish on a good note. This game also marks the last time the Penguins will play in the famous Joe Louis Arena. They have some good and bad memories in this place, but we are going to focus on the good and there have been some really great times. The most memorable happened on June 12, 2009 when the Penguins won Game seven to grab the Stanley Cup. It was an amazing game and is still clear in my mind.

There will be plenty of talk and video tonight about that time, but take a moment and think back. Tell me what you remember the most or that always sticks out to you. Write it in the comment section, tell me on Facebook, or Twitter. I want to hear your stories!

The Penguins will have to come out with speed and play smart hockey tonight. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Cole - Letang
Maatta - Daley
Warsofsky - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 3 Red Wings 6

3rd Period
0:00 - The Pens fall 6-3 to the Red Wings. Not a good defensive night for the guys, but the main concern is whether not Letang has a major injury or not.

1:47 - Crosby takes a seat in the box for roughing. The game will end with the Red Wings on the power play.

4:20 - Fleury comes up with a big save. The Pens need to pressure the Red Wings more in their own zone.

6:28 - The Pens defense has fallen a part in this period. Not having Letang is showing.

6:46 - Zetterberg scores. Zetterberg receives the puck while he is driving center to put it past Fleury. 6-3 Red Wings

9:09 - Green scores on the power play. A scramble erupts in front of the net and Fleury with some big saves. The puck bounces out and Green takes control. As the Pens scramble in front of the net, Green fires one past Fleury. 5-3 Red Wings

9:33 - Warsofsky is set free, but he is unable to control the puck and clear it.

10:07 - Cullen is called for hooking. Five-on-three power play for 1:34 for the Red Wings.

10:33 - Warsofsky sits for slashing and the Red Wings head onto the power play.

12:09 - One can definitely see how much the Pens miss Letang on the ice. Tough night for the defenders.

14:51 - Warsofsky looks to have scored a goal. The Red Wings challenge for goalie interference and win the challenge. The goal is waved off.

15:50 - Crosby fires a shot that just goes wide of the net.

18:15 - Athanasiou scores. Athanasiou gets speed and stick handles around Schutlz. He puts the bouncing puck over the shoulder of Fleury. 4-3 Red Wings

18:41 - Malkin gets some time and space on the wing, but Coreau comes up with the save.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to clean up their game and shut down the chances for the Red Wings! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period horn sounds and things are tied 3-3.

0:53 - Nielson scores. Green makes a slap pass over to Nielson who is all alone at the side of the net. He guides the puck into the net. No chance for Fleury. 3-3 tie game.

2:04 - CULLEN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel fires from the side and Coreau makes the save, but the rebound finds Cullen in front! He stops it with his skate and as Ericsson tires to clear the puck, however he whacks the puck past his own netminder! 3-2 Pens

3:04 - Abdelkader will sit for slashing. The Pens need to capitalize on this power play.

3:18 - Still a sloppy effort by the Pens. The last goal was a hard one for Fleury as he was out of the net, but the Pens are making too many mistakes out there.

6:32 - Vanek scores. Abdelkader bats down Fleury's clearing attempt around the boards. Scramble ensues around the net. Abdelkader eventually gets the puck out to Vanek in front and he puts it in. 2-2 tie game.

7:22 - That will be the end of the power play for the Pens. Much better power play for the Pens.

9:22 - Power play time for the Pens as the Red Wings are ticketed for too many men on the ice.

10:58 - Nyquist scores. Ouellet puts the puck right in the wheelhouse of Nyquist at the top of the circle. The puck deflects off the skate of Schultz and goes past Fleury on the blocker side. 2-1 Pens

11:29 - Still some sloppy hockey being played by the Pens. Fleury with some saves. Red Wings generating some good chances.

13:36 - Ericsson is set free and the Red Wings are successful on their penalty kill.

15:36 - The Pens will head back onto the power play as Ericsson is called for interference.

16:09 - MALKIN SCORES! The Red Wings turnover the puck in the offensive zone and Hagelin gets the puck in the center! He passes up to Malkin in front and he doesn't miss! 2-0 Pens

17:18 - The Red Wings have a successful penalty kill. It wasn't much of a power play for the Pens as the Red Wings did a good job of keeping them from setting up in the offensive zone.

19:18 - Power play time for the Pens as Nyquist sits for hooking.

19:22 - Rust fires a shot off the goal post!

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to keep pressuring the Red Wings and have to play smart defensively! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period comes to an end and the Pens have the 1-0 lead over the Red Wings!

1:12 - Fleury holds the post to make a save and is tripped up as he goes to slide across for the second
chance. The Pens are able to clear.

3:09 - Fleury is locked into this game. Red Wings have gotten some quality chances, but he has been up to the task. Both teams are flying on the ice.

5:56 - Letang came out for a short turn on the ice and went right back to the locker room. Not a good sign.

7:25 - Sheahan with a point blank shot on net, but Fleury comes out to make the save. Solid start for Fleury.

8:21 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens as Sheary is set free.

8:34 - Some great news. Letang is back on the bench.

10:01 - Fleury with a great glove save.

10:21 - Sheary will receive the first penalty of the game for holding the stick and the Pens bring out their penalty killers.

10:47 - Fast pace hockey by both teams right now and they are both getting chances.

12:35 - Malkin finds Hagelin in front, but his shot is stirred away.

14:30 - Glendening receives a pass right in front of the net, but Fleury gets a piece to send it wide.

14:49 - Red Wings get a few chances on net, but can't finish them off.

16:37 - Letang goes down awkwardly and limps his way to the bench. He goes down the runway to the locker room.

18:57 - Abdelkader and Malkin exchange come cross-checks and a scrum ensues.

19:33 - LETANG SCORES! Letang fires a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that goes over the shoulder of Coreau! 1-0 Pens

20:00 - The puck drops to start this game! The last time these two teams will faceoff at Joe Louis Arena in regular season! Lets Go Pens! 

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