Monday, May 8, 2017

Time to finish the Capitals in Pittsburgh

By: MF, 

PPG Paints Arena / MF
This is the night for the Pittsburgh Penguins to send the Washington Capitals back home with their heads hanging after being eliminated from the Second Round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Capitals held on to take Game Five and force this game tonight, but the Penguins have the backing of a city with them tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins are only missing one regular from their lineup, aside from Kris Letang, and that person is Trevor Daley. He will miss tonight's game and Chad Ruhwedel will fill in for him tonight.
Inside PPG Paints Arena / MF
This shouldn't phase the Penguins as Ruhwedel has been a solid defenseman for them when Daley missed some of the regular season games due to an injury. For this game, the Penguins will have to stick to their game, keep the pressure on Holtby, and remember to play between the whistles and not after. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Sheary - Crosby - Hornqvist
Guentzel - Malkin - Rust
Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel
Kunitz - Cullen - Kuhnhackl

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Ruhwedel

Cole - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
Pens 2 Caps 5

3rd Period
0:00 - The Caps will get the 5-2 win to force a Game Seven. The Pens will also have their backs against the wall, so they should come out with more fire in them on Wednesday. They will need it to grab the series win.

1:39 - Hornqvist and Alzner are set free.

2:30 - MALKIN SCORES! Malkin gets some time and space down the wing! He fires a shot past Holtby at the side of the net! 5-2 Caps

3:22 - GUENTZEL SCORES! The Caps turnover the puck and Crosby takes control! He slides the puck across the center to Guentzel who directs it past Holtby! 5-1 Caps

3:39 - Some four-on-four hockey. Alzner sits for slashing and Hornqvist for high sticking.

5:29 - The problem with this game is that the Pens haven't put in any effort. They have not played their game at all. They came into this game with no emotion, passion, or fire. It has cost them once again.

7:31 - Burakovsky scores. Burakovsky takes the puck from Cole and skates right into the slot area. He goes high glove. 5-0 Caps

8:43 - Carlson scores on the power play. Carlson fires a rocket shot from the blue line and he puts it glove side. 4-0 Caps

10:28 - A stupid penalty by Cullen who heads to the box for slashing. He retaliated and got caught. Pens will have to kill off the penalty.

13:29 - The Pens are successful on killing off the penalty. Fleury made a huge save on Ovechkin.

15:29 - Time to kill off a penalty as Rust is called for goalie interference.

16:25 - Power play ends. More of the same.

18:25 - Eller is going to take a seat in the box. The Pens head onto the power play.

19:44 - Backstrom scores. Cole is caught flat footed and that gives the Caps a two-on-one chance. Backstrom holds and just beats Fleury glove side. 3-0 Caps

20:00 - We are back for the third period! Here is to hoping the Pens come out and play differently in the third! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period ends and the Caps extend their lead to 2-0.

0:32 - Some life in the Pens as the second period is coming to an end.  

2:06 - The best chance for the Pens. Kessel and Guentzel get a chance on the rush, but Guentzel's shot is deflected up into the netting by Holtby.

4:20 - This has been a sad showing for the Pens. Almost two periods have gone by and they have yet to grasp the problem at hand. Not sure what is happening to the Pens.

6:57 - Power play ends for the Pens. Nothing changed.

8:57 - Power play chance for the Pens. Burakovsky takes a seat for hooking.

9:35 - The Caps are controlling play and have kept the Pens trap in their own zone. The Pens need to flip a switch. They have shown no passion or emotion. They seem to be fine with being down two goals.

13:24 - Burakovsky scores. Hainsey decides to hold onto the puck instead of playing it forward. He turns it over and Burakovsky is able to skate right in on Fleury. He sneaks one past Fleury. 2-0 Caps

13:35 - The Pens are still playing a terrible game.

16:04 - Crosby finds the puck in front of Holtby, but his shot goes over the cage.

19:59 - Hornqvist is back to start the second period.

20:00 - Second period time! The Pens need to come out a different team from the first period! Play like the Champions they are! Lets Go Pens!

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

0:43 - That will bring an end to power play time for the Pens. Way too much passing and not enough shooting.

1:27 - Hornqvist heads to the bench and looks to be injured. He heads to the locker room.

2:43 - A chance for the Pens to turn things around in their favor. Kuznetsov will take a seat for slashing on Malkin and the Pens head onto the power play.

2:58 - Wilson and Kuznetsov get a two-on-one chance. Wilson makes a cross-ice pass to Kuznetsov, but he is unable to get control of the puck.

5:08 - Finally some offensive zone pressure for the Pens even if it's a bit short. Bonino has a chance on the rush but fires the puck wide.

7:00 - The Pens finally have been rewarded a shot on net. It occurred on their penalty kill from their own zone. At least it's a start.

7:19 - Oshie scores on the power play. Some tic-tac-toe passing for the Caps on the power play. Oshie gets the puck and fires a quick shot past Fleury. 1-0 Caps

8:04 - This is not good, the Pens need to be focused on getting shots on net. However, they will have to kill off another power play chance for the Caps as Crosby is sent to the box for hooking.

10:26 - Hornqvist fans on a shot right in front of Holtby.

11:07 - Fleury is already locked into this game. He denies Orpik with the pad with traffic in front. Then he gloves up a point shot by Carlson.

11:28 - The Pens are still looking for their first shot of the game.

13:53 - A solid penalty killing effort by the Pens. Guentzel is set free.

14:52 - Fleury makes a huge stop on Ovechkin on the penalty kill. He read the play perfectly.

15:53 - The first power play of the game will be rewarded to the Caps. Guentzel heads to the box for roughing.

16:08 - Crosby takes a stick up high and is bleeding. His nose was cut. He stays on the bench.

19:50 - Cole with a solid pitch down on Oshie that leads to a chance for Sheary up front.

20:00 - Game Six is underway in Pittsburgh! The Pens need to come out with speed, pressure Holtby, and put the Caps on their heels early! Lets Go Pens! 

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