Saturday, February 11, 2017

Penguins are not afraid of some Coyotes

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their road trip with a stop in Arizona to take on the Coyotes. The Penguins had a good 4-1 win Thursday over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Penguins are going to without the services of another forward as Bryan Rust is out with an undisclosed injury. Also, Evgeni Malkin was ruled out of the game. It was thought he would be ready to play tonight, but that isn't the case. Due to this, Josh Archibald was called up from Wilkes-Barre Scranton. With Rust being out, Jake Guentzel will get the chance to slot in the open spot on Sidney Crosby's line. It's well deserved.

Offensive production hasn't been a problem though. Phil Kessel has 11 points in his last nine games, Patric Hornqvist has seven goals in his last seven, and Chris Kunitz has six points in the last six. Everyone is stepping up to fill in the holes that have been left and showing the depth that the Penguins are lucky to have.

We are still on Crosby watch as he needs two points to reach 1,000 points!

Tonight the Penguins need to focus on playing their style of game, while also playing smart and consistent. Thursday's game may of resulted in a win, but they had many turnovers and were sloppy for most of the game. They cannot play that way tonight. They need to clean up their game and keep things tight. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Guentzel
Cullen - Bonino - Kessel
Wilson - Rowney - Hornqvist
Kuhnhackl - Fehr - Archibald

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 3 Coyotes 4 OT

The Coyotes get the 4-3 overtime win over the Pens. The Pens battled back to tie things, but were unable to capitalize on their chances in the overtime period. Crosby's streak of not going two games without a point is snapped.

0:21 - Murphy scores. Murphy uses Dumoulin as a screen a wrist a shot past the blocker side of Fleury. 4-3 Coyotes.

1:09 - Pens power play time ends.

1:43 - The Pens are like swarming sharks on the power play.

3:09 - Domi heads to the box for high-sticking and the Pens are getting a four-on-three power play.

4:31 - Crosby takes off with the puck and rings a shot off the goal post!

5:00 - Time for some overtime hockey! The Pens have battled to tie things and now they need to finish this! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime.

0:14 - KESSEL SCORES! Letang fires from the point and Smith makes the save! Kessel finds the rebound chance and stuffs it into the net! 3-3 tie game

1:22 - Fleury is off and the Pens get the extra attacker.

1:34 - Crosby is set free.

3:34 - Now Crosby takes a tripping penalty and the Pens bring out their penalty killers.

4:16 - Pens with a very successful penalty kill.

5:22 - ARCHIBALD SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL! Smith tries to play the puck, though it's in the no play zone, but Archibald gets the puck from Smith! He kicks the puck to his skate and puts it in the wide open net! What a play! 3-2 Coyotes.

6:16 - Schultz with a high-sticking penalty and the Coyotes get a power play chance. Huge penalty kill for the Pens.

7:49 - Perlini gets in alone, but Fleury flashes the pad to make the save!

9:16 - Bonino is back on the ice. Good to see. Must of just been an equipment issue.

9:55 - Fleury with two great saves on Bumistrov.

11:05 - Bonino is not on the bench. He went to the locker room during the tv timeout. He did trip over a Coyote playing in the neutral zone last period. Could be the reason for him being out.

12:48 - Smith robs Rowney and Hornqvist in front! Great chances for the Pens.

16:24 - Hanzal scores. The puck bounces off bodies in front and is loose in the blue paint. Fleury looses sight of the puck. Maatta falls into Fleury, which doesn't allow him to get over to the puck in time as Hanzal gets a stick on it to put it into the wide open net. 3-1 Pens

19:26 - Domi gets around the defense of the Pens, but Fleury shuts the door on him.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep pressuring Smith and make sure to play smart defensively! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period horn sounds and the Coyotes hold the 2-1 lead over the Pens after two periods of play.

1:34 - Fleury with a quick kick save on Schenn's shot from the point.

3:43 - Guentzel is denied twice at point-blank range by Smith.

6:37 - Letang with a great defensive play to keep Domi from getting a quality scoring chance.

8:25 - The Coyotes come up with another successful penalty kill. Not being able to capitalize on the power play could come back to haunt the Pens.

10:25 - Martinook is off to the sin bin for roughing and the Pens have a chance to tie things up on the power play.

11:00 - Hanzal scores on the power play. Fleury stops the initial shot, but Hanzal camps in front and is able to find the loose puck. He stuffs it in to put the Coyotes up. 2-1 Coyotes.

12:03 - Dumoulin goes to the box for interference and the Pens will have to kill off a Coyotes power play.

13:20 - Rieder scores. The puck drops over the stick of Schultz and sends Rieder down the ice. Rieder enters the offensive zone and snaps one over the glove shoulder of Fleury. It may of gone off the stick of Cole on its way to the goal. 1-1 tie game.

14:19 - ARCHIBALD SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL! Kuhnhackl's shot is stopped, Fehr's shot is kicked out by Smith, and Archibald finds backhands the rebound up over Smith into the net! 1-0 Pens

14:34 - Coyotes kill off the power play chance for the Pens.

15:38 - Crosby backhands a pass to Hornqvist who almost sneaks one past Smith.

16:34 - Power play time for the Pens as Schenn sits for tripping.

17:04 - Fleury comes out to cut down the angle and makes the save on Vrbata!

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to capitalize on their chances and keep pressuring Smith! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - Time expires and things are still scoreless after one.

1:46 - That ends the power play and things are still scoreless.

3:46 - Now the Coyotes get a delay of game penalty. Hanzal will sit. The Pens head onto the power play.

4:42 - This game has a good fast pace to it. Perfect for the Pens, but they need to make sure to play smart. They cannot allow the Coyotes to get odd-man rushes. Smith has been sharp.

7:11 - Smith puts the paddle down to make a save on Hornqvist's breakaway shot.

7:35 - Daley plays a little goalie as he gets to the puck and clears it out of harms way behind Fleury.

9:15 - Some great chances for the Pens in their last few shifts, but they haven't been able to capitalize. They are buzzing around the ice.

10:46 - Archibald with a deflection shot that just goes wide of the net.

13:31 - Fleury and Smith looked solid to start. 

15:15: Doan turns over the puck and gives Guentzel a breakaway chance. Smith bails out his teammate. 

15:20 - The Pens are successful on the penalty kill. 

17:20 - Coyotes get the first power play of the game as Letang is ticketed with a delay of game penalty. 

20:00 - It's hockey night in Arizona and the Pens need to come out ready and with speed to start this one! Lets Go Pens!  

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