Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Eastern Conference Finals are officially underway

Downtown Pittsburgh / MF
By: MF,

It's another Playoff hockey night in Pittsburgh! The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to take on the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals!

The Penguins need to use their speed, play as a team, and keep their foot on the pedal for a full 60 minutes! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Schultz
Cole - Ruhwedel

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 1 SENS 2 OT

The Sens take Game One with a 2-1 win in overtime. The Pens didn't have the best of games tonight but will look to bounce back in Game Two. They have been here before, they also lost Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Move forward to Game Two Pens.

15:01 - Ryan scores. A turnover by the Pens at the blue line (offensive) zone leads to Ryan getting the puck and a step on Maatta. He outskates Maatta to get a breakaway. Ryan goes forehand, backhand and across the center to roof one past Fleury. 2-1 Sens

16:00 - Dumoulin walks the blue line and fires one on the net. Anderson makes the save and holds for a whistle.

19:14 - Fleury with a quick save on a redirected shot from Pageau.

20:00 - The first overtime is underway! The Pens need to pepper the net with shots and get traffic in front! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are headed to overtime as things are tied 1-1.

2:55 - Sens have a slow chance and the Pens get an odd-man rush. Kessel's shot rings off the crossbar!

3:09 - Fleury denies MacArthur in front and Cole clears the puck up ice.

5:35 - MALKIN SCORES! Hainsey dumps in the puck and takes a hit that allows Kunitz to take the puck and throw it on the net! Malkin gets a stick on it to put it through the legs of Anderson! 1-1 tie game

8:11 - I have to give credit to Anderson, who has been solid for the Sens when the Pens do get the puck on net.

9:34 - Hornqvist lays a hard hit on Burrows at the side boards.

13:31 - Dumoulin with a huge hit on Ryan sends him into the boards. Solid hit.

14:07 - Up and down hockey.

16:38 - Another successful penalty kill by the Pens.

18:38 - Ruhwedel will head to the sin bin for hooking and the Sens get a power play as a result. Huge penalty kill for the Pens.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to pepper the net and get traffic in front! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Sens still hold the 1-0 lead.

1:03 - Ryan with a quick wrister that goes off the far post.

1:31 - Wilson's one-timer is blocked by Methot in front.

3:56 - The Pens need all lines to focus on getting shots towards the net. Malkin's line had a bit too much passing. No need for things to be pretty or perfect.

7:12 - Fleury holds strong to deny Claesson on a wrap-around chance. Fleury covers and the whistle is blown. A Sen does pitchfork the puck to put it over the line, but the play was ruled dead. No goal.

8:38 - Great give and go between Crosby and Guentzel to enter the offensive zone. Maatta fires from the point, Rust redirects the shot on net, and Anderson gloves it up.

10:27 - Power play time is up. The Pens had four shots on that chance and looked much better.

12:27 - The Sens playing with fire right now as Stone will head to the box for interference. The Pens get a power play. They need to take advantage of this one.

13:02 - The fourth line of the Pens with some offensive zone time. Great shift by them.

15:31 - Rust powers his way in front of the net, but the puck is knocked loose as he tries to shoot it. Solid chance.

17:11 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

18:34 - Now the Sens will be on the power play for 1:22.

19:11 - Terrible penalty to take as Malkin will head to the box for holding. Four-on-four for 37 seconds.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have a power play for 1:28 to start! Tie it up on the power play and keep it going! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Sens hold the 1-0 lead.

0:10 - Fleury with a big save on Pageau in front.

0:34 - A late power play for the Pens as Claesson is called for high-sticking.

1:48 - That will bring an end to that power play.

3:48 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Smith is called for delay of game. This is the perfect chance to tie things up.

5:28 - Pageau scores. Ryan gets to a turnover by the Pens and has plenty of time to deal the puck out in front to Pageau who slides one past Fleury. 1-0 Sens

5:42 - Some control by the Sens now.

7:54 - A rush for the Pens. Cullen makes a backward pass to Wilson, who is trailing on the play. Wilson's shot is turned away by Anderson.

8:29 - Fleury denies Ryan with traffic in front. Solid start for the Flower once again.

9:50 - Shots are 4-1 in favor of the Pens. Much better start for the Pens than in the previous playoff games.

12:34 - Now the Sens are back to full strength. The Pens had some good chances.

14:17 - The first penalty expires for the Sens. The Pens are still on the power play for about 1:08.

14:34 - Hornqvist rings a shot off the goal post!

15:02 - Huge chance for the Pens as the Sens are caught with too many men on the ice. The Pens will get a five-on-three power play for 45 seconds.

16:17 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as MacArthur takes a seat for hooking.

16:36 - Hainsey fires the puck towards the net and Guentzel is able to redirect the shot. The puck rings off the crossbar!

18:29 - Fleury with a huge save in front after a turnover by the Pens in their own zone. Sens pressuring the defense.

20:00 - The 2017 Eastern Conference Finals are officially underway! The Pens need to use their speed and play as a whole to get the win over the Sens! Lets Go Pens! 

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