Sunday, April 16, 2017

Penguins have the advantage heading into Game Three

Happy Easter / MF
By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Three of the first round. The Penguins have dominated to get the 2-0 series lead coming into tonight’s hockey game and the Blue Jackets don’t have an answer to their star power.

For tonight’s game, the Penguins will not be making any changes. However, the Blue Jackets will be without the services of Matt Calvert. Calvert has been suspended for one game after cross-checking Tom Kuhnhackl in the back of the head in Game Two.

This game will be much like Game One and Two. The Penguins will use their speed, star power, and great goaltending to their advantage. As for the Blue Jackets, they will continue to be physical and try to stir up trouble after the whistles. I wonder how that is going to work out for the third game in a row…

Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary
Rust - Malkin - Kessel
Wilson - Bonino - Hornqvist
Kuhnhackl - Cullen - Rust

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 5 Blue Jackets 4 OT


6:50 - GUENTZEL SCORES AND GETS THE HAT TRICK! Crosby steals the puck from Savard and spins away from him to get the puck out to Guentzel in front! Guentzel puts the shot short-side on Bobrovsky! 5-4 Pens

7:54 - Schultz rips a shot off the goal post!

8:32 - Crosby finds Cole trailing late on the play. Cole's shot is redirect up and into the netting.

10:54 - Werenski headed back to the locker room. Blue Jackets down a to five defense.

13:03 - Fleury with a huge save and Dubinsky rushes in to get to the rebound first. He fires as Fleury is stretching across the goal line to make a stop. Fleury makes the save with his mask!

13:43 - Solid rebound control by Fleury.

16:11 - Crosby gets in front and his backhanded is deflected wide by Dubinsky.

18:30 - Both teams have had chances to start the overtime. Fleury and Bobrovsky come up big.

20:00 - The first overtime for the Pens in these playoffs has started! The Pens need to keep pressuring the Blue Jackets and make sure to play smart hockey! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime as this one is tied 4-4.

0:14 - Blue Jackets turnover the puck in the neutral zone. Wilson and Hornqvist head the other way. Wilson's first shot is saved and Hornqvist goes for the rebound. He can't stuff it past Bobrovsky.

2:10 - Bobrovsky with a huge save on the short side. Crosby's shot almost beat him there.

4:49 - Dubinsky scores. Fleury makes a pad save on a point shot that goes through traffic. Dubinsky is left alone and is able to get to the rebound chance. He puts it over the shoulder of Fleury. 4-4 tie game

8:00 - Guentzel's shot was a page of Crosby's playbook. He is learning and improving every game. Just wow.

8:12 - GUENTZEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel fires a shot that goes off the end boards and comes back out to Guentzel at the side of the net! He banks a shot off the back pads of Bobrovsky into the net! 4-3 Pens

9:50 - Now the Pens will get another power play chance. Dubinsky heads to the sin bin for cross-checking on Guentzel.

10:15 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens.

12:15 - Huge penalty kill for the Pens right now as Daley will head to the box for holding.

12:43 - Werenski returns to the ice with a face mask and new stitches. Much respect to him for returning. That has to hurt every time he moves.

14:56 - Cullen finds Daley coming into the play. Bobrovsky just gets a glove on it.

15:48 - The early chances have been in favor of the Blue Jackets. Fleury has been there to keep things even.

17:13 - Andersen backhands a shot on net that is stopped by Fleury. Solid start to the period for Fleury.

19:06 - Pens power play comes to an end. Injury update for the Blue Jackets: Werenski is not on the bench to start this period.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens will have a power play for 54 seconds! Capitalize on that power play and take the lead! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period and things are tied 3-3.

1:06 - Pens are heading right back onto the power play. Foligno sits for interference.

1:47 - Power play time has expired for the Pens.

3:47 - Pens are getting a power play chance as the Blue Jackets get a too many men-on-the-ice penalty.

6:34 - During that scoring play, Werenski deflected Kessel's shot attempt up into his own face. He went down, but the play continued. He skates off bleeding and goes right down the runway.

6:35 - RUST SCORES! The Pens pressure the net and Malkin throws the puck in the blue paint from the bad angle! Saad gets a stick on it and Rust pushes his stick, propelling the puck into the net! 3-3 tie game

8:00 - Crosby with two chances in front and then Sheary gets the rebound. Bobrovsky is able to stop them all. Only a matter of time before one finds the back of the net...again.

9:30 - Fleury with a solid save. The Pens are humming on the ice right now. Now is the time for them to strike and tie things up.

11:06 - Crosby's line dominates in the offensive zone. Daley fires from the point and Bobrovsky is just able to get a piece of the glove on it. Pens starting to take over.

14:39 - RUST SCORES! Dumoulin finds the stick of Rust in front and Rust with a beautiful deflection past Bobrovsky! 3-2 Blue Jackets

17:09 - Crosby's line with the pressure in the offensive zone. Much better start for the Pens.

20:00 - Second period is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed and get things under control! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period comes to an end and the Blue Jackets have the 3-1 lead.

1:53 - Fleury follows Foligno has he stick handles across the front of the net and makes the save on his shot attempt.

5:42 - It looked like the Pens were going to the power play, but the penalty was call back. No power play.

8:13 - Rust with a redirection shot from Dumoulin. Bobrovsky is able to get a piece of it. Nice chance for the Pens.

9:11 - Fleury with a solid save on Dubinsky. He has settled into this game.

10:46 - A number of turnovers by the Pens is embarrassing. They are giving the Blue Jackets chances to score. Pens need to clean up their game.

12:28 - Bonino is back on the bench for the Pens.

13:50 - Werenski scores on the power play. Werenski snipes one over the shoulder of Fleury and just under the crossbar. 3-1 Blue Jackets

14:21 - The Blue Jackets will get the first power play of the game. Cullen sits for slashing. A sloppy first period for the Pens.

14:58 - Atkinson scores. The Pens with a terrible turnover in front of the net. Fleury comes out with the poke check, but Atkinson is able to get past it. He puts the Blue Jackets backup 2-1.

15:52 - Bonino takes a puck to the face and will head straight to the locker room.

16:18 - Fleury doing snow angels and making saves at the same time. Blue Jackets trying to use the loud crowd to help them.

16:43 - GUENTZEL SCORES! A shot from the point goes off the end boards and Guentzel picks up the puck! His quick release beats Bobrovsky! 1-1 tie game

19:49 - Atkinson scores. Dubinsky wins the opening faceoff and the Blue Jackets get a rush down the ice. Fleury makes the first save on Dubinsky, but Atkinson is able to put in the rebound chance. 1-0 Blue Jackets

20:00 - The puck has dropped in Columbus and here we go! The Pens need to stick to their game and continue their series momentum! Lets Go Pens! 

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