Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Penguins won't be singing the Blues tonight

It's game night in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the St. Louis Blues!

The only major change to the lineup is that Brian Dumoulin is back! He is back after suffering a broken jaw. Great to see the Penguins getting back some critical defensemen.

The Penguins will have to come out with speed, control the tempo, use the home-ice advantage, and make sure to play smart. They cannot give the Blues any chances or they will take over. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schutlz
Dumoulin - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 0 Blues 3

3rd Period
0:00 - That will conclude this game as the Blues shutout the Pens 3-0. Not a great night as the Pens looked flat and weren't able to get to their speed. No need to worry to much as we can't win them all.

0:09 - Perron will head to the box for goalie interference.

3:00 - I have to give credit to the Blues shutting down the Pens in the neutral zone. However, they true star for them has been Hutton. He has been strong in net and kept holding strong as the Pens started to bring it this period.

5:27 - Upshall scores. Perron gets to the forecheck and gets the puck out of the front of the net where Upshall is alone. He goes to one knee and roofs one over Murray. 3-0 Blues

6:22 - Hornqvist with a point-blank shot on Hutton, but it just goes wide. Hutton may have gotten a piece of it.

7:27 - Kessel turns over the puck at the offensive blue line that sends the Blues down the ice with numbers. Yakupov gets the puck and has a one-on-one chance with Murray, but he mishandles the puck.

9:04 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

11:04 - Now the Blues get a power play after some solid penalty kills. Malkin sits for hooking.

12:54 - Another power play opportunity wasted by the Pens.This power play looked much better, but they didn't get enough zone time to pressure the Blues and Hutton.

14:54 - Fifth power play chance for the Pens as Reaves sits for cross-checking. They have to capitalize on this chance.

16:24 - Cole's stick is broken in half after Berglund slashes him. No call though.

17:24 - That power play ends and the Pens had four shots. Definitely a better effort then in the previous periods.

19:00 - Malkin beats Hutton, but not the goal post!

19:24 - Blues get a bench minor for too many men-on-the-ice. Pens to the power play.

20:00 - We are back for some third period hockey! The Pens have to come out and get to their game of speed and unrelenting offensive pressure! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period will come to an end. The Blues extend their lead to 2-0.

0:49 - Another icing by the Blues.

1:32 - Blues ice the puck. Good opportunity for the Pens if they can win the faceoff.

3:42 - Schultz fires a rocket from the point that is saved by Hutton. Nice chance by the Pens. They need to keep up that kind of play.

4:17 - Reaves scores. Reaves gets a pass and is able to out skate Schultz to the net. He beats Murray. 2-0 Blues

5:31 - There is not much to report on for this period. Some back and forth hockey, but the Blues are controlling the majority of it. Not the best showing by the Pens.

9:02 - Perron gets some time and space down the win. His shot is stopped and held by Murray.

11:27 - The Blues are still controlling the tempo of this game. They are keeping the Pens from setting up in the offensive zone and not allow them any time and space.

15:19 - Only two shots on that power play for the Pens. It has struggled tonight.

16:19 - Stastny high-sticks Crosby and he will visit the sin bin for two minutes. Big power play chance for the Pens.

16:51 - Not much going on when it comes to shots. Only one this period and it was by the Pens.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to take control of this game and put the Blues on their heels! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the first period and the Blues hold the 1-0 lead.

1:02 - Hutton makes some good saves as this period starts to whine down. The HBK line generating some chances.

1:32 - Malkin was slow to get to the bench after taking a hit from Edmundson. He doesn't seem to be putting much weight on his left leg. He stays on the bench.

2:42 - Power play time for the Pens comes to an end. The Blues have a sense of urgency to their game.

4:42 - Now Parayko will make a visit to the box for delay of game. Pens bring out their power play unit.

5:44 - Parayko scores on the power play. The Pens are unable to clear and Parayko is left wide open. He puts it five-hole on Murray. 1-0 Blues.

5:52 - Cole comes up with a huge block. The Blues are getting some quality zone time and cycling the puck well.

7:20 - Parayko and Berglund get shots in front that are denied by Murray. The Pens are unable to clear the puck and the Blues crash the net. Ruhwedel ends up taking a high-sticking penalty and the Blues head onto the power play.

9:46 - Bouwmeester fires one from the point that goes wide. Some quality zone time for the Blues on that shift.

11:33 - Just some back and forth hockey. Shots are 4-1 in favor of the Pens. Wilson has not come back from the locker room after taking a hit from Upshall to start this game.

16:06 - That will be the end of that power play chance. The Pens only quality chance was Bonino's shot.

16:47 - Bonino rings a shot off the goal post!

18:06 - Upshall will head to the box for roughing, which gives the Pens the first power play of the game.

20:00 - Game time! The Pens need to come out with speed, avoid penalties, and play smart! Lets Go Pens! 

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