Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back in the Burgh for Game Five

PPG Paints Arena
By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Burgh to face-off against the Nashville Predators in Game Five on the Stanley Cup Finals.

The series is currently tied 2-2 with each team winning all their home games. The Penguins have the chance to take a 3-2 lead going back to Nashville for Game Six.

Pittsburgh / MF
The Penguins need to come out tonight with speed, use the crowd's energy to their advantage, and make sure to handle the momentum swings better. Lets Go Pens

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hainsey
Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 6 Predators 0

3rd Period

0:33 - Maatta takes a stick/hit up high from Scissons and is bleeding. Tempers flare and a scrum erupts again. Penalties are dished out. Pens will finish this one on the PP.

1:23 - The crowd is standing, waving their towels, and chanting "we want the cup!"

2:27 - The Pens have shortened up their bench. They don't need to risk the big guns getting hurt.

5:20 - Power play time comes to an end.

6:28 - Now a regular power play for a little over a minute.

7:03 - Also, Malkin earned himself a Gowdie Howe Hat Trick!

7:20 - Watson will take a seat for charging on Schultz. Five-on-three power play for the Pens for 52 seconds.

8:28 - A scrum erupts in the Predators' zone. Malkin, Hagelin, and Hornqvist in the mix. Gloves, sticks, and helmets littered the ice. Penalties are dished out and the Pens end up with a power play. Subban receives the extra minor.

10:29 - Power play expires for the Pens.

12:29 - Now Neal will take a seat in the box for cross-checking. Power play time for the Pens.

13:18 - Murray shows he is still awake and alert with a tremendous save.

14:15 - The penalty killing effort by the Pens is successful.

16:15 - The penalty killing unit for the Pens comes out to kill off Rust's tripping minor.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and continue to wear down the Predators! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That will bring an end to the second period and the Pens have extended their lead to 6-0!

3:20 - HAINSEY SCORES! Malkin makes a perfect pass through the legs of Subban to Hainsey driving center! Hainsey directs the puck past Rinne! 6-0 Pens

4:58 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

6:58 - Forsberg is off to the sin bin for goalie interference, which sends the Pens onto the power play.

11:58 - KESSEL SCORES! Crosby finds Maatta up ice! He breaks into the zone and finds Kessel in the slot! Kessel fires a rocket shot past Saros! 5-0 Pens

12:50 - Kunitz is a one-man wrecking ball.

15:57 - Ellis collides with Hornqvist and goes down awkwardly. He slowly makes his way to the bench. He is in pain on the bench as he talks to the trainer.

18:41 - SHEARY SCORES! Crosby circles the offensive zone with possession and without! He gets the puck and backhands a feed to Sheary in front! Sheary roofs it blocker side! 4-0 Pens

19:32 - Subban and Crosby are out of their respective penalty boxes.

19:59 - Saros has replaced Rinne.

20:00 - Time for the second period! Still, a little to go on the four-on-four action! The Pens need to keep the pressure up and not let up! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first-period horn sounds and the Pens have the 3-0 lead!

0:10 - MALKIN SCORES! Kessel gains the zone and holds the puck as Malkin makes his way into the zone! Kessel finds Malkin and he beats Rinne high glove! 3-0 Pens

1:32 - Crosby and Subban wrestle behind the Pens' net for quite some time with the referee standing over them. He finally blows the whistle. Both get holding minors. Four-on-four hockey.

3:09 - Wilson fires a shot that goes off the side of the net! Spin around shot and he was so close.

5:53 - Rinne fights off a high shot from Hainsey.

7:54 - The Pens successfully kill off their bench minor. A great effort by all the penalty killers. Hainsey was on point.

9:54 - The Predators are getting a power play chance as the Pens are caught with too many men on the ice. They need a solid penalty killing effort, so momentum stays in their favor.

11:52 - The Predators finally get a quality chance in front. Murray holds strong to deny their chances in front.

13:17 - RUST SCORES! Kunitz gains the zone and stops! He finds Rust driving center and puts a pass right on his stick! Rust turns the puck over to his backhand to lift the puck past the glove of Rinne! 2-0 Pens

14:22 - Rinne mishandles the puck behind the net. This sets them up for an extended shift in the offensive zone. The crowd erupts in cheers.

16:04 - Some great energy to the Pens gameplay.

18:29 - SCHULTZ SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Crosby puts the puck right in the wheelhouse of Schultz at the point! Schultz fires a rocket shot through the five-hole of Rinne! 1-0 Pens

19:10 - A great start for the Pens. Crosby fights his way between two defenders to get a shot off while falling. Amazing effort. Ellis ends up getting a holding penalty and the Pens are headed onto the power play.

20:00 -  It's a Playoff Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! Time for Game Five! The Pens need to come out with speed, pressure, and play a full 60-minute game! Lets Go Pens! 

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