Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 First Round Playoff Preview

By: MF,

First round playoff match-up possibility of the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Columbus Blue Jackets will be previewed tonight. It's pretty much a guaranteed first round match-up, the only thing in the air is who will have home ice advantage. It will be crazy, physical, and tough first round. However, if the Penguins are able to get healthy before hand, it will make things easier.

The Penguins need to come out with speed, play smart, and keep to their game play style. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Cole - Schultz
Streit - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 4 Blue Jackets 1

3rd Period

4:29 - Jenner lines Crosby up for a big hit by the benches. Crosby stands strong and ends up knocking Jenner down. Not many as strong on their skates as Crosby...Jenner just learned that!

5:53 - Schultz is back on the ice. Successful penalty kill for the Pens.

7:53 - Blue Jackets get their first power play of the game as Schultz heads to the sin bin.

8:29 - Power play time for the Pens is up.

9:40 - Dubinsky scores a shorthanded goal. Schultz mishandles the puck at the blue line. Dubinsky brings the puck down the ice and rips a shot five-hole of Murray. 4-1 Pens

10:29 - Foligno takes a seat for high-sticking and the Pens bring out their power play unit.

12:33 - Blue Jackets have been focusing on the physical part of their game. They are lining up guys for hits and you can tell. Maybe it's way they can't their offensive pressure going.

15:12 - Three Penguin players are in the locker room. Wilson, Rust, and Cullen. Hopefully it's just a safety measure.

16:00 - Cullen goes down after a hit from Hartnell and he ends up heading to the locker room. Unreal.

16:15 - Crosby and Sheary get a two-on-one chance. Crosby passes over to Sheary, but he misses the puck.

19:27 - GUENTZEL SCORES! The Pens crash the net! Schultz fires and the puck goes off Crosby then Guentzel in front past Bobrovsky! 4-0 Pens

20:00 - Time for the third period! Pens need to keep up the good work and don't like the Blue Jackets get them off track! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period horn sounds and the Pens extend their lead to 3-0!

1:07 - Savard with a hard hit on Wilson into the boards. Wilson is slow to get up and heads to the locker room. He looked a bit dazed.

2:50 - The Pens have continue to control this game and the tempo. Blue Jackets have picked up their physical game as a result. Murray has been strong in net.

7:30 - DUMOULIN SCORES! HIS FIRST IN 151 GAMES! Crosby finds Dumoulin jumping into the play! Dumoulin goes for a wrap around attempt and his shot goes off the skate of Atkinson into the open net! 3-0 Pens

8:00 - We are going to see some four-on-four hockey.

8:07 - Hartnell lays some hard hits on Cole and Dumoulin. Things are getting a bit nasty out there.

10:36 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Kuhnhackl and Hornqvist get a rush down the ice and it's a two-on-two chance. Kuhnhackl with the extra effort to get the puck over to Hornqvist, who puts the shot past Bobrovsky! 2-0 Pens

11:47 - Murray has stepped up these last few minutes as the Blue Jackets have been the ones pressuring. The Pens weathering a storm right now.

15:09 - Bonino and Sheary get a two-on-one rush. Bonino is able to get a pass over to Sheary. Sheary shoots the puck up over the net!

17:25 - The puck is loose in the blue paint in front of Murray and a scrum ensues as there is a fight to get the puck. Some words and shoves of exchanged after the whistle.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to continue to pressure and keep to their style of game play! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period ends and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead!

1:09 - ROWNEY SCORES! Wilson fires a shot and Rowney gets a piece of it in front to redirect it past the glove of Bobrovsky! 1-0 Pens

3:19 - Archibald gets some speed and gets behind the defense, but he does have a Jones breathing down his neck. He is able to get a backhander off. Bobrovsky with the save and the Blue Jackets are able to clear.

7:16 - Pens power play chance comes to an end. Bobrovsky denies Sheary on a chance. Best scoring opportunity of the game for the Pens.

9:16 - Another power play chance for the Pens as the Blue Jackets are hit with a too-many-men on the ice penalty.

11:30 - Blue Jackets finally get their first shot of the game. Murray with the glove save.

11:43 - Good offensive pressure by the Pens. They are not finishing off those chances though.

13:37 - Some good looks on net for the Pens, but they are unable to capitalize. Wennberg is set free.

15:37 - Wennberg sits for hooking and the Pens head onto the power play.

16:39 - Rust finds a lane down the wing and fires a shot on net. Bobrobsky gets just a piece of the shot with his glove.

20:00 - The puck has dropped at PPG Paints Arena! First round playoff match-up preview tonight! Lets Go Pens!  

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