Thursday, April 20, 2017

Penguins look to finish Round One in Pittsburgh

By: MF,
Downtown Pittsburgh View / MF 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back at PPG Paints Arena to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five. The Penguins are coming off a 5-4 loss in Game Four where the Blue Jackets were able to avoid elimination and force tonight’s game.

That Game was not the best for the Penguins. They struggled to find their game and didn’t have the same fire as the previous games. The Blue Jackets took advantage, however, the Penguins still had a fighting chance even as the game drew to a close. What does that say about the Blue Jackets? They put on their best showing of the series and the Penguins were less than sub par, yet the Penguins still made it a close game.

I think tonight’s game will be different with the Penguins having the home crowd to kick things into gear, energy wise. A win for the home team tonight means we are moving onto Round Two and the Blue Jackets are headed to the golf course. Time to finish this series! Lets Go Pens!

Injury update: Nick Foligno will be out of the lineup due to a lower-body injury. 

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 2

3rd Period

2:06 - A chance for the Pens and they crash the net. Bobrovsky with the saves.

2:40 - The puck takes a weird bounce off the boards and Rust gets a breakaway chance. Bobrovsky is able to deny him!

3:56 - The Blue Jackets have 48 shots and Fleury has stopped 46 of them. The Pens are playing too much of a defensive game. Fleury holding down the fort. Would be nice to give the guy a break, but doesn't seem like that is happening until after the game.

5:19 - Fleury with a quick stick to keep Saad from getting a shot off.

9:55 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens. Fleury was exceptional on that penalty kill.

11:55 - Huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens as Guentzel will have to take a seat for hooking.

13:38 - WILSON SCORES! Daley fires a shot from the top of the face-off circle and Bobrovsky is out to make the save! Wilson sees the rebound and makes a no-look backhanded shot on net that actually goes in! 5-2 Pens

14:29 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin quickly goes to Crosby at the side of the net! Crosby goes to one knee to blow a shot past the glove shoulder of Bobrovsky! 4-2 Pens

16:08 - It looks as though the Blue Jackets had scored, but the goal is waved off for goalie interference as Fleury lays on the ice. Wennberg runs Fleury over and makes contact with his head. Wilson is right on Wennberg, but he could have avoided the netminder. Fleury looks to be ok. Pens to the power play.

16:44 - Fleury with a huge pad save on Gagner!

18:32 - A little line adjusting by Head Coach Mike Sullivan (HCMS). Hornqvist slots into Sheary's spot on Crosby's line. Sheary takes over Hornqvist's spot on Bonino's line.

20:00 - Third-period hockey is underway! The Pens need to take it to the Blue Jackets and not just protect their lead! Pressure, but be smart about it! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the second period and the Pens still hold the 3-2 lead!

0:08 - The Pens power play comes to an end.

1:46 - Power play time for the Pens for 1:38.

1:50 - Fleury with a huge split save on Johnson. Unreal!

2:08 - A break for the Pens as Dubinsky heads to the box for hooking. Four-on-four for 22 seconds.

3:46 - Another bad penalty for the Pens. Kuhnhackl will head off for tripping.

5:42 - The Pens need to look for a way to get the momentum back in their favor. Fleury keeping them in the lead right now.

6:45 - The puck is loose in the blue paint and Fleury lays down to make a save. Schultz clears the puck.

7:36 - Jenner scores on the power play. Jones gets a chance in front all alone and Fleury makes a shoulder save. The puck bounces up in the air and Jenner is able to whack it out of the air into the net. 3-2 Pens

8:37 - Blue Jackets starting to get some sustained offensive pressure after their goal. Daley takes a holding penalty and that sends the Blue Jackets on the power play for the first time this game. Huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens.

10:30 - Karlsson scores. Gagner works the puck to Karlsson who comes to the side of the net. He fires a backhander that is deflected and goes off the shoulder of Fleury into the net. 3-1 Pens

14:10 - Power play time for the Pens comes to an end. They had some quality chances on net but weren't able to finish them.

16:10 - Malkin is slashed on the play by Anderson that Rust scored on and he wasn't happy. Anderson then cross-checks Malkin and will head to the box. Power play time for the Pens.

16:10 - RUST SCORES! Rust's first shot is stopped, but he finds the rebound! He puts the rebound between the post and toe of Bobrovsky! 3-0 Pens!

18:53 - RUST SCORES! Kessel quickly gets the puck to the front of the net! Rust redirects the shot and it's stopped by Bobrovsky! He then tries a backhanded chip shot that finds its way into the net! 2-0 Pens

19:31 - Fleury turns over the puck to Anderson. Fleury redeems himself with two awesome saves on Anderson.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to use their speed against the Blue Jackets and keep pressuring Bobrovsky! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:01 - Quincey fires a heavy shot through traffic, but Fleury battles to get a good view and makes the save!

0:08 - Dubinsky's shot is gloved up by Fleury! The crowd shows their appreciation with a "Fleury" chant.

0:32 - Fleury with a diving save to deny a chance in front. Blue Jackets with a late surge.

1:02 - Scramble in front of Fleury and bodies are everywhere. Bonino with a big defensive play. Schultz finds the puck and clears.

2:40 - Blue Jackets haven't changed their physical approach. Still banging bodies, but it doesn't seem to be doing much for them.

5:20 - Malkin fires a shot high and off the glass. Blue Jackets on their heels.

8:21 - The Pens have turned the momentum in their favor after that power play. Shots are now 10-9 Pens.

10:53 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel the sniper strikes again! Kessel fires a quick shot on net that ends up hitting a Blue Jackets' stick on the way to the net! Bobrovsky has no chance! 1-0 Pens

11:19 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Gagner takes a seat for holding.

13:42 - Bobrovsky gets some help from the goal post!

15:51 - Bobrovsky with a pad save on Kessel and is just able to get his left toe out to deny Rust on the rebound chance. The best chance of the night for the Pens.

16:12 - Another flat start for the Pens, but Fleury has been sharp.

16:50 - Shots 5-1 in favor of the Blue Jackets. Fleury with a solid start.

17:56 - Atkinson with a quality scoring chance on the doorstep that is denied by Fleury.

19:14 - Fleury with a solid save at the side of the net. The puck bounces up and over the shoulder of Fleury, but Maatta whacks the puck out of the way.

20:00 - Puck drop in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to come with speed and take control of the game! Time to finish this series at home! Lets Go Pens! 

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