Friday, February 17, 2017

No Jackets needed

By: MF, 

We are in Columbus to watch the second game of a back-to-back set for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They are coming off a huge 4-3 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets and it was a night to remember. 

First off, history was made last night as Sidney Crosby achieve the 1,000 point mark with an assist on the opening goal. It didn't stop there, Crosby finished the game with the overtime winner and it was magical. More to follow in another story, because it deserves its own article. 

Though the night ended with a win and good feelings around Crosby, the Penguins lost two key defenders to injury. Olli Maatta underwent successful surgery on his hand and he will be out for six for more weeks. Also, Justin Schultz is out indefinitely with a concussion. Both received their injuries from questionable hits from two Jets. It was a very physical game last night and the Penguins didn't come out unscathed. 

Moreover, tonight's game will be a physical affair as are all the games against the Blue Jackets. The Penguins will have to play smart, stay out of the box, and not let the Blue Jackets knock them off their style of game play. Lets Go Pens! 

Some good news on the injury front is that Carl Hagelin will be back in the lineup tonight! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Guentzel 
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Wilson - Bonino - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Cullen - Fehr

Dumoulin - Letang
Cole - Ruhwedel
Daley - Oleksy

Murrey in the net! 

Play by Play
Pens 1 Blue Jackets 2 OT

The Pens fall to the Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime. They had a rough second period, but where able to come out with things tied. There third period play was better and they fought back. However, the Blue Jackets are able to capitalize first in overtime for the win.

3:56 - Dubinsky scores. Dubinsky rifles one over the glove of Murray. 2-1 Blue Jackets

4:25 - Crosby, Hagelin, and Letang dominated the start of overtime. Some great passing, but maybe too much as they don't get a shot off.

5:00 - Another night of overtime hockey! This one is going to be interesting! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime for the second night in a row.

0:37 - Saad finds himself all alone behind the Pens defense, but Murray shuts the five-hole.

2:00 - Excellent shift my the second line of the Pens. Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist.

4:29 - A lot of up and down hockey. The Pens are managing their play better this period, but Bobrovsky has held them at bay. While Murray has done the same to the Blue Jackets.

7:23 - Much better chances this period for the Pens. Bobrovsky has been solid and the Blue Jackets have done a good job of fore-checking and not giving the Pens much space.

9:18 - Bobrovsky stops Daley's shot from the point with his pad, but leaves a rebound in front. Kunitz gets a stick on the rebound, but he puts it over the net.

12:16 - Murray robs Atkinson with a pad save!

13:21 - Hagelin gets in behind the Jets defense to receive a pass, but Bobrovsky easily pushes the puck aside.

17:21 - Kessel with a quality chance, but can't get past Bobrovsky.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens have to put the pressure on Bobrovsky! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the second period and things are tied 1-1. Pens are lucky that this one is tied.

1:25 - Late pressure by the Pens in a period that has otherwise been all Blue Jackets.

3:03 - Oleksy fires a shot high and wide.

5:12 - You can see the fatigue of the Pens after playing a hard game last night and traveling to Columbus for tonight's game. Murray keeping things tied.

7:39 - Blue Jackets spending a lot of time in the offensive zone during the second period. The Pens are having trouble getting good clears.

10:12 - Solid penalty kill for the Pens.

12:12 - Oleksy is called for holding and it's a delayed penalty situation. Bonino ends up touching the puck and the referee blows the whistle to stop play. In the process of that action, the Jackets score, but it's ruled a no goal.

13:47 - COLE SCORES! Malkin wins an offensive zone faceoff back to Cole at the point! Cole wrists a shot on net that blows past the glove of Bobrovsky! 1-1 tie game.

14:12 - Another strong save by Murray. The front of the Pens net is way too open for comfort right now. They need to shut that down.

16:47 - Murray with a huge glove save as the puck was bouncing around in front.

18:27 - R.Murray scores. Karlsson's shot at the side is stopped, but the puck is loose in the slot area. R.Murray comes out of nowhere to get the puck and put it past Murray. 1-0 Blue Jackets.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep to their game and use their speed against the Blue Jackets! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period ends and things are scoreless. Shots were 15-11 in favor of the Pens.

3:54 - Crosby's line with some unreal offensive zone pressure. The Blue Jackets have to be dead tired.

4:33 - Letang takes either a stick or elbow up high. He heads for the bench and gives the referees a piece of his mind.

5:34 - Bobrovsky robs Kessel at the side of the net!

7:11 - Daley fires a rocket shot from the point that rings off the crossbar! 

9:05 - Wilson blows a shot just wide of the net. 

11:01 - Another great penalty kill by the Pens. 

11:40 - Now the Jets have a power play for 37 seconds. 

13:01 - Some good chances by the Pens, but Hornqvist ends up taking a penalty for goalie interference. Four-on-four hockey for 1:24. 

13:40 - Malkin with a sneaky shot in the slot area that is saved. Scrum ensues in front and Malkin draws a penalty. Anderson sits for roughing and the Pens get a power play. 

14:15 - Murray with a solid save on Karlsson. Some words and pushes are exchanged. 

15:04 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens. Murray had a scare as a puck made it through him, but just went wide. Close call. 

17:04 - Cole gets the first penalty of the game for tripping. Blue Jackets to the power play. 

18:13 - Things are already getting heated as a scrum ensues in front of Murray. 

20:00 - This game is underway in Columbus! The Pens need to take control of this game early! Lets Go Pens! 

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