Friday, April 14, 2017

Penguins look to add to their Blue Jacket collection

By: MF,

PPG Paints Arena / MF
Another night, another game in Pittsburgh between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins are coming off a 3-1 win in Game One against the Blue Jackets giving them a 1-0 series lead.

Tonight, they are back on the ice at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins are looking to extend their series lead to 2-0 before heading to Columbus, while the Blue Jackets want to tie things before bringing things home.

As for the Penguins lineup for tonight, there are no changes. Matt Murray is ruled out with a lower-body injury and there is no time frame for his return. I think everyone should get used to Marc-Andre Fleury starting and Tristian Jarry backing him up. Fleury is coming off an amazing opening performance.

The Penguins need to build off the momentum from Game One and stick to their speed game. The Blue Jackets will try to get them off their game and take advantage. However, the Penguins must continue to move forward and not let the Blue Jackets get in their heads that will be critical in getting the win. Lets Go Pens!

Follow all the game action here:

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 4 Blue Jackets 1

3rd Period

0:34 - Calvert breaks his stick while cross-checking Kuhnhackl. He will be penalized. Pens to the power play.

2:20 - Empty net for the Blue Jackets.

3:21 - Daley loses his stick as Hartnell gains the blue line. He separates Hartnell from the puck with a solid push.

5:56 - Another successful penalty kill for the Pens.

7:56 - Schultz will head to the sin bin for interference. Blue Jackets get another power play chance. Huge penalty kill for the Pens. They can't let any momentum go in the Blue Jackets favor.

9:18 - Saad takes advantage of a Penguins turnover to get his own breakaway chance. Fleury shuts him down and the crowd starts a 'Fleury' chant!

12:19 - Malkin gets a breakaway chance and is in all alone. Bobrovsky makes a kick save on his shot. Blue Jackets on the ropes right now.

17:59 - MALKIN SCORES! Malkin gets the puck at the side of the net and rips a shot off! It sneaks past Bobrovsky! 3-1 Pens

18:00 - Pens power play comes to an end.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens will start on the power play as Dubinsky sits for roughing! They need to take advantage of it! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period comes to an end and the Pens extend their lead to 2-1! Scrum ensues after the whistle is blown and looked like the end of the game, not a period!

0:01 - Blue Jackets come on with a flurry of shots and crash the net as the period is coming to an end. Fleury with huge saves and big shot blocking.

0:26 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens.

2:26 - The first power play chance of the game will go to the Blue Jackets. Dumoulin will seat for holding. Not the best call, especially after all the high sticks that were no called. Pens with a big kill ahead.

5:34 - Back to normal game play action and the Pens still hold the 2-1 lead.

7:34 - We will get to see some four-on-four hockey. Hainsey sits for holding and Foligno for holding the stick penalties.

9:10 - Great response by the Pens after the Blue Jackets scored. Deflated the Blue Jackets momentum.

12:09 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Crosby and Guentzel get a two-on-one chance! Crosby goes across to Guentzel and he snaps one on it! It goes off the goal post and into the net! 2-1 Pens

13:00 - Saad scores. The Blue Jackets get a three-on-two rush and Saad holds onto the puck. He finally releases a hard shot that is deflected by the stick of Hainsey and over the shoulder of Fleury. 1-1 tie game

13:33 - Rowney with a few solid hits. Throwing his weight around and the crowd goes wild.

14:50 - Fleury is razor sharp right now. The Pens need to pressure Bobrovsky as the Blue Jackets are doing to Fleury.

16:18 - Crosby's line with some great offensive zone time. Then as Blue Jackets are changing Fleury gets the puck up ice to give the Pens a chance. Crosby has a chance at the side of the net, but Bobrovsky makes the save.

19:36 - Fleury with two huge saves on Atkinson to start this one. Fleury was ready to start this period.

20:00 - Second period time! The Pens need to get to their speed game and take note from the second period of Game Two! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the first period and the Pens have the 1-0 lead!

2:44 - Blue Jackets get some extend offensive zone time and the Pens are finally able to take control. They get the puck out of the zone.

4:41 - Kuhnhackl gets a chance in front on the rust. Bobrovsky with the big save and holds for the whistle.

5:48 - Cole rifles a shot that is saved by the toe of Bobrovsky and Bonino just misses the rebound chance.

8:06 - Fleury comes out with the poke check to deny Foligno.

8:41 - Schultz fires a shot from the blue line that just goes wide!

11:29 - CROSBY SCORES! Bobrovsky tries to play the puck behind the net and Sheary steals the puck outlets to Guentzel! He finds Crosby wide open and he puts it in the open net! 1-0 Pens

13:16 - Blue Jackets pressuring the Pens. Deja vu of the first period of Game One. Fleury standing strong in the net.

15:15 - Fleury with two big saves in front with traffic in his way. Solid start and the crowd shows their appreciation.

19:30 - Blue Jackets turn over the puck and Crosby goes the other way with Guentzel on the wing. Crosby tries to get the puck to Guentzel, but Jones just gets a stick on the puck first.

20:00 - It's Playoff Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to build on their momentum from Game One! Time to take Game Two! Lets Go Pens! 

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