Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stanley Cup Stars sighted in Dallas

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the road and are in Dallas to take on the Dallas Stars. The Penguins are coming off an impressive 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2017 Stadium Series game held at Heinz Field. Even with some mounting injuries, the Penguins are putting together wins and showing the depth they have in the american league.

As for the injuries they are listed below:

  • Trevor Daley (knee)
  • Kris Letang (upper-body)
  • Olli Maatta (hand)
  • Bryan Rust (upper-body)
  • Conor Sheary (upper-body)
Sheary did practice in a normal uniform, so he looks to be close to rejoining the team. 

The Penguins are not only producing on offense, but they are playing a solid defensive game even with many of their top blueliners being out of the lineup. Since January 18, the Penguins lead the NHL with a 2.22 team GAA. Second place belongs to the Washington Capitals (2.24 GAA) and New York Rangers hold third (2.35 GAA). 

Tonight shouldn't be any different for the Penguins. They need to stick to their game, stay discipline, and continue to rely on each other. The young call-ups have been doing their part to help shoulder the weight of the injuries and they just need to continue to push forward. Lets Go Pens! 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Gaunce - Schultz
Cole - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net! 

Play by Play
Pens 2 Stars 3

3rd Period
0:00 - That will be the end of this game as the Stars surge back in the third period to get the 3-2 win over the Pens. It was a tough loss, but the Pens weren't able to hold things together.

1:44 - The Stars ice the puck and the Pens pull Murray for the extra attacker.

2:49 - Cole with a awesome shift. He took the puck from one end of the ice to the other and even gave Kessel a quality scoring chance.

4:48 - The Pens are trying to generate some chances, but they haven't been able to get sustained offensive zone pressure like the previous periods.

8:31 - After a solid start to the period, the Stars turned things around. They are giving it their all right now. They are also focusing on Murray's glove as all three goals have been glove side.

9:24 - Roussel scores. Roussel carries the puck and enters the offensive zone. He goes glove side and beats Murray. 3-2 Stars

10:19 - Spezza scores. Spezza fires the puck from the side of the net and the puck bounces up in the air. It goes off the shoulder of Dumoulin past Murray. 2-2 tie game.

11:44 - Korpikoski with a slick redirection in front, but Murray is able to get the pad on it to make a save.

16:20 - Ritchie scores. The Stars get a two-on-one rush. Murray makes the first stop on Klingberg's shot attempt, but Ritchie comes into the play to put in the rebound. 2-1 Pens

18:21 - Great start for the Pens. They pinned the Stars in the offensive zone for about the first two minutes of the game and have not let up.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure that they had going at the end of the second! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the second period and the Pens have extended their lead to 2-0 over the Stars!

1:02 - Murray is locked into this game.

3:10 - Pens with an unreal amount of offensive zone time. Keeping the Stars from getting the puck, but they are unable to capitalize on their time in the offensive zone.

5:39 - That will be the end of the Pens power play. They still have the 2-0 lead.

7:39 - Time for a Pens power play as Faksa heads to the sin bin for hooking.

9:20 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Niemi makes the inital stop on the point shot, but the puck is loose in the blue paint! Crosby and Guentzel are in front! Guentzel finds the puck first and puts it into the open net! 2-0 Pens

11:38 - This period has been a busy time for Murray as the Stars have gotten some momentum since their power play chance. Pens weathering the storm.

13:12 - Murray with a leg arm save to deny Seguin who had a mini breakaway chance.

14:49 - Solid penalty kill for the Pens and Gaunce is set free.

16:49 - Gaunce will take a seat for high-sticking and the Stars head onto the power play.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep up the good work and build on their lead! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - Horn sounds and that will be the end of the first period! The Pens have the 1-0 lead over the Stars!

1:00 - Pens are buzzing around Niemi as the clock starts to whine down to end the first period. The first line for the Pens is clicking on all cylinders.

2:41 - Niemi with a huge save with Schultz on the doorstep. That was a close one.

3:43 - Stars finally get a offensive zone set-up going, but Murray shuts them down.

5:01 - The Pens are playing a really strong game defensively. They are getting good chances, clogging up the neutral zone, and keeping the Stars from getting chances.

9:56 - MALKIN SCORES! Hornqvist backhands an outlet pass from behind the net to the side where Malkin chips the puck past Niemi! 1-0 Pens

10:51 - Things are starting to pick up. Chances for both teams. Murray and Niemi are sharp.

12:42 - Kessel is robbed by Niemi.

13:36 - Quite a few icing calls and stoppages to start this game.

15:58 - One shot a piece. Dallas' first shot was a quality chance, but Murray stood up to make the save.

20:00 - The puck has dropped in Dallas! The Pens need to take it to the Stars early and get this game going their way! Lets Go Pens! 

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