Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Stanley Cup Final awaits the victor

By: MF, 
PPG Paints Arena / MF

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in a familiar situation as the Ottawa Senators forced a Game Seven showdown in Pittsburgh with a 2-1 victory in Game Six on Tuesday.

Tonight's game is do or die for both teams. The Penguins will have to focus on playing smart, handling momentum shifts, putting pucks on net whenever they can, and getting traffic in front. Craig Anderson has been great for the Senators with an expectation during Game Five. He will bring his 'A' game once again and the Penguins need to disrupt his focus as they did in Game Five.

The Penguins must put it all on the line tonight as the Stanley Cup Final awaits the victor. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Cullen - Rust
Wilson - Malkin - Kessel
Hagelin - Bonino - Rowney
Kunitz - Cullen - Sheary

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 3 Sens 2 2OT

3rd Period

14:54 - KUNITZ SCORES! Crosby finds Kunitz at the blue line! Kunitz blows one past Anderson! 3-2 Pens

16:27 - Solid start for the Pens.

20:00 - The second overtime has begun! The Pens need to finish the Sens off! They deserve this win! Lets Go Pens!

0:00 - The first overtime ends and things are still tied 2-2.

1:03 - Chance after chance for the Pens. It's just unreal how one hasn't gone in.

5:20 - Just nerve-racking, to be honest.

8:33 - Chaos in the offensive zone. The Pens with a flurry of chances. Somehow the puck doesn't go in.

10:29 - Wilson's drive goes wide.

12:31 - Just chaos!

15:09 - Kessel with a breakaway and his shot goes wide.

15:24 - Just mayhem.

18:03 - Neither team has control of the overtime.

20:00 - It has started! The Pens need to come out with speed, fire, and finish this series with a win! Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are going to overtime with things tied 2-2.

1:25 - Wilson with a bad angle shot and Anderson is able to hug the post to deny him.

4:37 - The puck ends up bouncing off Malkin in front and Anderson falls back to fling the puck out of the way.

5:19 - Dzingel scores. A shot beats Murray, but not the post. Dzingel is left alone at the side of the net and gets to the puck first to put it in the open net. 2-2 tie game

6:32 - Friendly fire as Wilson tries to clear the puck and it goes off the stick of Kessel. The puck ends up hitting Kessel in the ear area. He seems to be okay.

8:16 - SCHULTZ SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Schultz with his head up fires one from the blue line, center area! Kunitz gets the screen in front! The puck rings off the post and into the net! 2-1 Pens

8:41 - Finally the Pens are getting a power play chance! Phaneuf skates to the box for interference.

8:52 - A flurry of chances for the Pens, but Anderson has come up big for the Sens.

11:41 - Stone is hit hard and heads to the locker room.

14:40 - Rust gets a semi-breakaway. Anderson stands strong. That could come back to haunt the Pens.

15:52 - A good start for the Sens. The Pens are on their heels a bit.

19:10 - Scramble in front of Murray. He makes a save, but the puck is loose in front. Kessel is able to take control and clear the puck.

20:00 - It all comes down to this! Third period time! The Pens have to put on the pressure, play smart, and fight for the win! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period time expires and this one is tied up 1-1.

0:20 - Murray with a huge save on Pageau. Malkin also solid to tie up his stick.

1:34 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens.

3:34 - Another power play chance for the Sens. Maatta to the box for high-sticking.

4:44 - Murray makes a pad save through a screen in front.

7:01 - Crosby passes to Sheary diving center. Anderson stops his first shot and Sheary is unable to get a stick on the loose puck.

9:45 - Stone scores. Karlsson enters the zone and goes to Stone. Stone holds for a second and then fires one glove side on Murray. 1-1 tie game

10:05 - KUNITZ SCORES! Sheary chips the puck over the stick of Brassard up to Kunitz! Kunitz gains the zone, goes to Sheary who gives it back, and Kunitz beats Anderson! 1-0 Pens

10:50 - Daley breaks free and gets behind the net. He outlets a pass to Hagelin diving to the net. Anderson makes the save.

11:22 - Both goalies are locked in and trading saves right now.

14:39 - Kunitz is denied in front by Anderson. The netminder for the Sens is locked in. The Pens will have to get to the dirty areas to get one past him.

16:08 - Smith is robbed by Murray!

16:51 - Things are picking up where the first period ended. Both teams getting some quality chances.

18:08 - Murray makes two solid saves in front. Two quality chances for the Sens.

20:00 - It's time for the second period! The Pens need to get traffic in front of Anderson and pepper the net with shots! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period ends and things are scoreless.

1:55 - Anderson denies Guentzel on the doorstep.

2:18 - Kessel's chance in front is blocked by the stick of Methot.

3:02 - That will be an end to the penalty time and the penalty kill for the Pens is successful.

5:02 - The Sens will get the first power play of the game as Wilson is penalized for slashing. The Pens bring out their penalty killing unit.

5:13 - What an effort by the Pens' third line. They did everything to keep the puck in the offensive zone. No shots though during that time.

7:37 - Shots are 4-2 in favor of the Sens. Plenty of chances, but not a lot getting through to the netminder, Anderson.

11:26 - Great offensive zone pressure by the Pens' first line. Both teams getting chances.

13:54 - Crosby had two shots in front that were denied then Murray makes a huge save at the other end. The first goal could determine who will end up winning.

15:19 - The Pens have responded well to the Sens start.

18:37 - Solid start for the Sens. Murray with a big save on Karlsson.

20:00 - Game Seven action is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed, play smart, and leave it all out on the ice tonight! Lets Go Pens! 

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