Monday, May 29, 2017

Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals - A chance to make history

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF, 

Downtown Pittsburgh / MF
The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it for the second year in a row to the Stanley Cup Finals! This year the Finals start in Pittsburgh and the whole city is electrified!

The Penguins are only four games away from repeating as Stanley Cup Champions and this year the Nashville Predators are the last team in the way of the Penguins.

Tonight Game One starts and this is the perfect chance for the Penguins to get off to the right start in front of their home crowd. They need to come out with speed, put the puck on the net, and put the Predators on their heels early. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 5 Predators 3

3rd Period

0:36 - The Predators empty their net once again.

1:02 - BONINO SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER! The Pens are able to gain control and Bonino takes the puck to center! He fires one that goes into the empty net! 5-3 Pens

1:33 - Empty net for the Predators.

3:09 - That was the Pens first shot in 37:09 of gameplay.

3:10 - GUENZTEL SCORES! Cullen puts the puck right on Guentzel stick as he enters the zone! Guentzel fires a sniper shot that beats Rinne glove side! 4-3 Pens

4:00 - The Pens have been outplayed and worked for two periods. They seriously need to wake up.

6:31 - Gaudreau scores. Watson out works two Pens behind the net to come out with the puck. He finds Gaudreau driving to the net. Gaudreau puts it five-hole on Murray. 3-3 tie game

6:38 - That power play ends. Zero shots. This is ridiculous.

8:36 - A power play chance for the Pens as Subban takes a seat for delay of game. A huge chance for the Pens to turn things around.

9:54 - Sissons scores on the power play. Josi is left wide open at the half circle and fires. The puck is redirected in front by Sissons and past Murray. 3-2 Pens

10:24 - Malkin heads to the box for slashing and the Predators being out their power play unit. Penalty killing time.

11:50 - The Pens have passed up shot chances. They instead go for the perfect play at times. That is frustrating many on Twitter. A better period for them regardless.

14:14 - The Pens look better than in the second period. A bit more drive and battling effort.

16:56 - Sheary whacks the puck up to Crosby who has speed going into the zone. Ellis right on him and Crosby ends up going down. He crashed into the net, but everyone seems to be alright after that.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to come out and put on the pressure! They cannot sit back like they did in the second! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period and the Pens still hold a 3-1 lead!

0:13 - It has been all Predators.

1:26 - The Pens just avoid danger there. The Predators had an extended period of time in the offensive zone. Murray also lost his stick during a scramble in front. The Pens are lucky to come out without giving up a goal.

3:47 - Shots are 8-0 in this second period in favor of the Predators.

5:51 - Crosby with some great work on the boards. The Pens are stilling looking for their first shot of the period.

7:24 - Jarnkork gets to the front of the net, but he is denied by a sliding Daley.

10:30 - The Pens are still looking for their first shot in this second period. The penalties haven't helped, but the Pens cannot nurse this lead. They need to push back.

11:39 - Ellis scores on the power play. Ellis fires from the top of the circle and his shot gets past Murray who was heavily screened on the play. 3-1 Pens

13:21 - Cole heads to the box for roughing. Preds power play unit once again. A big kill for the Pens. they cannot give any more chances to the Preds. A little spark could ignite them.

14:17 - A successful penalty killing effort by the Pens.

16:17 - A huge penalty kill effort ahead for the Pens as the Predators get a power play as Maatta takes a seat for interference.

17:11 - Hornqvist comes flying through the neutral zone to gain the zone and finds Cullen. Cullen's shot just goes high and over the net.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to build on their momentum and keep the Predators from gaining confidence! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 3-0 lead!

0:16 - BONINO SCORES! Bonino whacks the puck to the net with one hand! Rinne gets a stick to direct the puck out, but it hits the leg of Ekholm into the open net! 3-0 Pens

1:01 - Complete turn around by the Pens. They flipped the switch.

3:23 - SHEARY SCORES! Dumoulin drives into the zone to keep the puck alive and gets it to Crosby who outlets from behind the goal line to Kunitz! Kunitz finds Sheary at the side of the net all alone! Sheary buries the puck in the wide open net! 2-0 Pens

4:10 - The Pens power play time ends.

4:28 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Daley holds and switches position at the point with Malkin! He hands off the puck to Malkin who glides backward before unleashing a rocket shot, which beats Rinne's glove! 1-0 Pens

6:10 - The Pens are getting the first power-play of the game and it will be a five-on-three power play. Jarnkrok for interference and an extra two to Neal for cross-checking.

8:08 - The Pens have had the Preds pinned in their own zone for an extended period of time. Murray has finally gotten up. He stays in the net.

9:27 - Subban drives to the net and creates a scramble. Murray is down after the play and is still down as the Pens carry the puck to the offensive zone.

11:32 - Some offensive zone pressure by the Malkin line. Solid shift.

12:47 - Hainsey turns over the puck and this leads to Subban getting the puck by the top of the circle. He fires a hard shot past the blocker of Murray and scores. Pens challenge for offsides and it's ruled a no goal.

13:01 - The Pens weathering another first-period storm.

14:43 - Shots are 5-1 in favor of the Predators. The Pens need to turn things around in their favor.

16:20 - Smith stick handles to the front of the net with speed. Murray stands strong to deny him.

16:57 - The Predators have a slight edge in possession time.

20:00 - It's time for Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals! How lucky we are to be here again! The Pens need to come out with speed and show the Predators why they are the defending Champions! Lets Go Pens! 

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