Friday, March 31, 2017

Penguins take over the Big Apple

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the Big Apple to battle the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins are looking to turn around their luck as they have lost four-games in a row. Not the kind of streak one wants to be riding.

This would be a good place to turn things around as the Penguins are 4-1-2 in their last seven road games and have won their last five straight at the Garden. As for the Rangers, they have struggled lately at home as they are 0-5-2 in their last seven at home. Perfect chance for the Penguins to pounce and get back on track as the season draws to an end.

On the injury front, Jake Guentzel (concussion) and Ron Hainsey (upper-body) will return to the lineup tonight! The Penguins are finally getting some injured bodies back into the lineup.

The Penguins need to come out with speed and take it to the Rangers early. They don't want to be playing caught up later on in the game. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Cole - Schultz
Streit - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Rangers 3 SO


CROSBY SCORES! Crosby fires a quick shot past Lundqvist!

Murray comes out with the poke check to deny Zuccarello!

KESSEL SCORES! Kessel beats Lundqivst five-hole!

Zibanejad is stopped by Murray!

0:00 - Shootout here we come.

0:33 - Three-on-zero develops for the Rangers. Murray absolutely robs Grabner!

1:28 - Bonino is able to get a pass through to Hainsey that gets a one-on-one with Lundqvist. Hainsey is unable to beat Lundqvist!

2:17 - Kreider fires a rocket shot that just goes wide.

3:02 - Crosby and Schultz get a two-on-one rush. Crosby fires and Lundqvist gets a piece of the puck to direct it over the cage.

3:17 - Guentzel gets a lead pass up ice and skates his hardest. Lundqvist makes the save. Guentzel ends up getting tripped by Holden and goes crashing into the netminder. Both seem to be okay.

5:00 - The Pens couldn't hold on to their lead, but they can still come out of this game with the win! Time to finish this one! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:11 - Kreider scores. The puck is loose in front of the net and Kreider gets a stick on it to beat Murray. 3-3 tie game

1:24 - Lundqvist heads to the bench and the Rangers have an empty net.

2:55 - Murray with a big save up front and Ruhwedel finds the loose puck in the blue paint. He gets the puck out of harms way. Close call.

4:28 - Rangers getting some offensive zone time and pressuring as the period is coming to an end.

5:30 - Great penalty kill for the Pens and Schultz is released.

7:30 - Huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens as the Rangers will head onto the power play. Schultz is called for interference.

7:39 - Sheary gets a breakaway chance. Lundqvist denies him and clears away the rebound opportunity.

11:10 - Nash scores. Miller makes the move to go inside of Schultz's cover and is able to get a pass over to Nash on the wing. Nash puts it past Murray. 3-2 Pens

13:14 - RUST SCORES! Rust gets to the puck first behind the net and gets it back out to the point! He makes his way to the slot and the puck finds him again! He beats Lundqvist five-hole! 3-1 Pens

15:06 - Wilson rings a shot off the goal post!

16:30 - Rangers head the other way after the Pens rush fails. Murray comes up with his own solid save!

16:45 - A rush for the Pens. Kessel comes flying down the wing and he holds to pass to Bonino driving center! Lundqvist comes up with the save!

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure on Lundqvist and keep the Rangers from gaining any more momentum! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Horn sounds to conclude the second period! The Pens hold the 2-1 lead over the Rangers after two!

0:26 - Holden scores on the power play. Holden fires from the point and it grazes the back leg of Kuhnhackl. The change of direction is enough to beat Murray. 2-1 Pens

1:51 - Rangers get their first power play of the night as Streit is penalized for tripping.

2:48 - Great defensive work by Crosby on the backcheck. Murray gloves up the puck and holds for a whistle. Much better defensive game for the Pens.

9:14 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby fires a bad angle shot up and off the helmet of Lundqvist! 2-0 Pens

9:44 - Murray takes a shot off the mask. He is down on the ice and slow to get up. He eventually gets up and looks to be okay.

11:07 - Murray dives out to make a save on Kreider's shot!

16:11 - That will bring an end to another power play chance for the Pens. Crosby has been all over the ice, especially on that power play.

18:11 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Holden will head to the box for holding on Rust.

19:21 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Kessel goes across center to Crosby! Crosby decides to make a pass over to Guentzel in front instead of taking a shot! Lundqvist is fooled and Guentzel directs the pass into the open net! 1-0 Pens

19:22 - Power play time for the Pens is over.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and not let Lundqvist have any room to breathe! Pens have a 38 second power play to start! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the first period and things are scoreless.

1:23 - Pens are headed back onto the power play. Kreider sits for tripping.

1:45 - That will be the end of the power play for the Pens. Some good chances for the Pens. Stephan is slow to get up and head to the bench after blocking a shot from the point.

3:45 - Power play chance for the Pens as Sheary is high sticked on the play.

3:58 - Crosby finds Cole trailing on the play and Lundqvist gets a piece. The puck is loose in front!

6:05 - Lundqvist makes a handful of saves in front from Kunitz and Cullen. Last few shifts for the Pens have been impressive.

9:14 - Crosby fires a hard shot from the slot area and Lunqvist just gets a shoulder out to make the save. A fury of shots ensues, but Lundqvist stands strong.

10:02 - Pens have had some quality plays develop, but they haven't been able to finish them off.

13:30 - Not much to report on right now. Just some up and down hockey being played.

16:28 - Murray comes up with a big save up front.

18:47 - Solid start for the Pens. Good puck movement by both teams.

20:00 -  The puck has dropped and this game is underway! The Pens have to come out and get on the board early! Lets Go Pens! 

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