Thursday, February 9, 2017

Penguins ride the Avalanche

By: MF, 

Hello everyone! The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the road again and will be facing off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

The focus still remains on Sidney Crosby has he closes the gap on 1,000 career NHL points. He is currently at 998 after getting assist in the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames. With that assist Crosby tied Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) for the most points in the league at 60. The big difference on that front is that Crosby has only played 46 games to McDavid's 55. Crosby is on a whole other level right now.

As for the Penguins injury list, there is no change. Evgeni Malkin skated Thursday, but will not dress tonight. Though there is good news as he may return to the lineup as early as Saturday. Nothing else to report of Conor Sheary or Carl Hagelin.

The Avalanche have been struggling and look to put together three straight wins tonight, which they haven't accomplished since March 16-20 of last season. However, the Penguins should not count them out. These type of struggling teams seem to have a power over the Penguins at times. The Penguins just need to stay focused on their game, stay out of the box, and limit the Avalanche's chances. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Avalanche 1

3rd Period
0:00 - THAT WILL DO IT FOR THIS GAME! THE PENS GET THE 4-1 ROAD WIN OVER THE AVALANCHE! It wasn't the best start for them, but they kept with things and took advantage of their opportunities! Now onto Arizona!

0:36 - KUNITZ SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER! Cullen goes up ice to Kunitz that slides the puck into the empty net! 4-1 Pens

1:33 - The Avs have an empty net.

3:16 - Landeskog scores on the power play. Landeskog fires from the side boards and finds a path between the left pad of Murray and the goal post. 3-1 Pens

3:29 - The Pens will be shorthanded once again. Hornqvist ticketed for tripping.

5:06 - Another good penalty kill for the Pens.

7:06 - Dumoulin heads to the box for delay of game and the Avs get a power play.

9:29 -Crosby comes flying down the wing and is denied by Pickard!

9:59 - Wilson has a point blank shot that goes up over the net!

11:33 - Not much to report so far this period. Just some up and down hockey at the moment.

12:47 - Guentzel's shot sails high and wide of the net.

16:38 - Rowney just gets a piece of a cross-ice pass, but not enough to get a shot off.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens need to really clean up their game and stop giving the Avs chances! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period of play comes to an end and the Pens have extended their lead to 3-0!

1:22 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Schultz finds Hornqvist up front and his first shot is saved by Pickard, but he doesn't stop there! He puts in the rebound! 3-0 Pens 

3:19 - Rust gets a chance behind Avs defender Barberio, Pickard makes the save. Though Barberio gives Rust a shove that sends him falling into the goalie. Rust hit the post pretty hard and he heads off the ice.

4:08 - Pure domination by the Pens on the last two shifts that were in the offensive zone. Pens putting the Avs on their heels.

5:47 - The Avs are stepping up their physical game play. Pens are responding well.

10:20 - Good work by the Pens penalty killers as Fehr is released.

12:20 - The Avs will finally get their first power play of the game as Fehr is off to the sin bin for holding.

13:02 - MacKinnon gets a breakaway chance as the Pens have a bad change. His shot rings off the goal post!

16:10 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Schultz is able to keep the puck in the zone and whacks to the back boards! Kessel is able to get the bouncing puck out front of Hornqvist who bangs it in! 2-0 Pens

16:23 - Zadorov off for holding the Pens head onto the power play.

17:07 - Kuhnhackl is back on the ice. Good news! Fast, up and down hockey right now.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to clean up their game this period and limit the Avs chances! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period horn sounds and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead!

1:20 - Rust is robbed by Pickard! Tons of chances for both teams and the goalies have proven to be up to the task.

2:45 - We are back to five-on-five hockey.

4:45 - Four-on-four hockey as Cole and Colborne sit.

4:46 - Colborne lays a hard hit on Kuhnhackl along the boards behind the Pens' net. Looks to be a knee-on-knee hit. Cole takes exception. Cole and Colborne exchange some words and shoves. Kuhnhackl heads down the runway to the locker room.

5:20 - The Pens power play is killed off and Murray makes a save on Grigorenko as he is able to skate around the defense to get a chance.

7:20 - A too many men-on-the-ice penalty will be handed out to the Avs and the Pens head back onto the power play. Hopefully the Pens get some chances on this one.

8:18 - That will be the end of the Pens power play chance.

9:46 - The Avs get an odd-man rush on the penalty kill. Landeskog is denied by the out-stretched pad of Murray and MacKinnon's rebound chance is loss in the bodies as the net ends up dislodged.

10:18 - Goloubef heads to the box for cross-checking and the Pens bring out their power play.

13:27 - The Pens were sloppy to start this game, but were able to take advantage of their chances unlike the Avs. Their game has turned around since Kessel's goal.

16:00 - KESSEL SCORES! Cullen and Kessel get a two-on-one rush! Cullen draws the defender and gets a pass across to Kessel who slides the puck through the five-hole of Pickard! 1-0 Pens

17:15 - MacKinnon gets another chance and Murray comes out to cut down his angle. MacKinnon passes over to a wide open Rantanen who hits the goal post! He had a wide open net. Lucky break for the Pens.

19:38 - MacKinnon intercepts Dumoulin's pass to Letang in front of the net. MacKinnon's shot rings off the goal post.

20:00 - Game time! The Pens need to stay out of the box, control the tempo, and take it to the Avs! Lets Go Pens! 

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