Thursday, January 26, 2017

The battle of Black and Gold

By: MF, 

Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins are in Boston to face the Bruins and they don't have a full deck going into this one. Not only was the 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues a poor performance by the Pens, they suffered some injuries up front.

Firstly, Evgeni Malkin is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. He will not attend the All-Star game and will be re-evaluated after the break. Also, Patric Hornqvist suffered a lower-body and was put as day-to-day. UPDATE: Hornqvist was on the ice for warmups and will play tonight! The rest of the injuries are still the same. Kris Letang will be missing another game.

The Penguins have something to prove tonight after being shutout by the Blues Tuesday. It not the best game for the Penguins and their were unable to beat goalie Carter Hutton. I have to give it the Blues for shutting down the speed of the Penguins and Hutton for holding strong between the pipes.

This game would be a good chance for the Penguins to rebound, but the Bruins are also looking to put together some good wins. They have been struggling and a win against the Penguins would be a huge boost for them.

The key to winning for the Penguins tonight is that they must get to their speed game, stay out of the box, and take advantage of their opportunities. Lets Go Pens!

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

Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schutlz
Dumoulin - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 3 Bruins 4

3rd Period
0:00 - That will do it and the Bruins get the 4-3 win. The #Pens lose a second straight. They need to regroup and come out flying after the break.

0:28 - Pens power play for the rest of the game. Six-on-four.

1:16 - Bergeron trips up Maatta. Four-on-four hockey for 49 seconds. Pens pull Murray and now it's a five-on-four.

2:01 - Much better effort by the Pens in this period. Hope they are rewarded.

2:28 - Now Daley will skate over to the box for hooking. Bruins come off the penalty kill and head onto the power play.

2:33 - Some good chances in front for the Pens, but they are unable to capitalize. Very physical play between Crosby and Chara.

3:34 - Kunitz rings a shot off the goal post!

4:33 - The Pens will have the chance to tie this up as they are headed onto the power play as Beleskey sits for delay of game.

6:41 - Some better playing by the Pens, but the Bruins are still doing a good job of keeping the Pens from setting up in the offensive zone.

9:25 - HORNQVIST SCORES! The Pens are finally able to gain the blue line and get to the forecheck behind the net! Kunitz finds Hornqvist in front and he buries it! 4-3 Bruins

11:12 - Bruins are in control. The Pens need some kind of spark to get them going. Momentum is all Bruins.

16:22 - Bergeron comes onto the ice ending the Pens power play chance.

16:50 - Rask robs Daley on the rush!

18:22 - The Pens will finally get another power play chance as Bergeron is called for tripping. Also, Cole is on the ice.

19:09 - Bergeron scores on the power play. Murray dives down and ends up out of the net with the puck loose. Bergeron gets a stick on it and puts it off the crossbar into the net. 4-2 Bruins

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens have to kill off this Bruins power play and then take control of this one! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Bruins have the 3-2 lead.

0:47 - Wilson and Miller drop the gloves. Miller has the edge during that fight and is hyped as he heads to the locker room. Good effort by Wilson. Wilson gets a fighting and misconduct penalty, while Miller just has the fighting penalty. Wilson also gets an extra two for instigating, which is ridiculous.

2:51 - Pens are able to kill off the Bruins power play.

4:31 - Cole blocks a shot with his leg and stays down until the whistle is blown. He is able to get up and heads down the runway limping.

4:51 - Kessel and Backes get into it and a scrum ensues as a results. Once things are broken up,  penalties are given and the Pens will have to kill off a penalty, which makes no sense. Should be four-on-four.

5:31 - Backes with a hard hit on Dumoulin. Dumoulin looks to be alright after that.

7:09 - The Bruins are buzzing and the Pens need to match their intensity.

9:35 - Nash scores. With two seconds left on the four-on-four, Krug fires one that is redirect by Nash on the doorstep. 3-2 Bruins

11:34 - Daley and Backes exchange some words and hits. Both will head to the box to cool off. Four-on-four hockey time.

12:34 - Crosby finds Schultz flying down the wing behind the defense, but Rask robs him!

13:30 - Marchand scores. Big offensive zone faceoff win for the Bruins allows them to cycle the puck and Pastrnak gets a shot off. Murray makes the save, but Marchand finds the juicy rebound and beats Murray once more. 2-2 tie game.

15:14 - Bruins with some life in their game now. Getting to the forecheck and battling hard on the boards.

17:24 - That is the end of the power play chance for the Pens.

18:22 - Marchand scores a shorthanded goal. Bad change for the Pens leaves Marchand alone to enter the zone and have a one-on-one with Murray. His shot goes under the pads of Murray on the short side. 2-1 Pens

19:24 - Early power play for the Pens as McQuaid heads overs to the sin bin for tripping.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to keep up the good work and make sure to stay out of the box for the rest of the game! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will bring a close to the first period and the Pens hold the 2-0 lead over the Bruins!

0:04 - Good late penalty kill by the Pens. Murray with a huge save on a point-blank shot.

2:04 - Another penalty for the Pens. They need to be careful that they don't start to play sloppy. Fehr heads to the box for tripping.

4:24 - The Bruins are pitching every chance they can as they try to keep the Pens in their own zone.

6:11 - That is a successful penalty kill for the Pens as Kuhnhackl is set free.

8:11 - Now the Bruins will head onto the power play as Kuhnhackl is ticketed for tripping.

8:34 - KESSEL SCORES A POWER PLAY GOAL! Some perfect passing by the Pens as Schultz goes to Crosby! Crosby locks up Rask and ends up passing across the ice to Kessel right in his wheelhouse! Kessel goes to one knee to put the puck in the wide open net! 2-0 Pens

10:09 - First power play of the game will go to the Pens as Carlo takes a seat for cross-checking.

12:23 - SCHULTZ SCORES! Sheary speeds down center and gains the blue line! He passes over to Schultz who jumped into the rust! Schultz tries to pass over to Crosby in front, but he goes off the stick of Carlo past Rask! 1-0 Pens

12:44 - Beleskey and Dumoulin collide at center ice. Beleskey heads down the runway. He has been plagued with injuries.

14:35 - Murray with a solid save on Marchand. Bruins getting some quality offensive zone time and Pens are having a hard time getting the puck out of the zone.

17:18 - Hayes is high-sticked by Kunitz. No call by referees as they believed it hit the visor of Hayes' helmet. Pens get lucky on that one.

19:06 - Krejci fires a shot that beats Murray glove side, but doesn't beat the goal post.

20:00 - Puck drop in Boston! The Pens need to get to their speed game early and take control of this game! Lets Go Pens!

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