Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Crosby and McDavid battle in Pittsburgh (Game Updates - Penguins vs Oilers)

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Burgh to battle the Edmonton Oilers. Two of the best players in the National Hockey League (NHL) will faceoff. Sidney Crosby vs Connor McDavid.

Tonight's game will be a perfect chance for the Penguins to bounce back after suffering a 7-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida. This loss finally made the Penguins make some moves with Antti Niemi. He was placed on waivers and was claimed today by the Florida Panthers, which works out perfectly for the Penguins. Now, Casey Desmith who was called up from Wilkes Barre/Scranton will backup Matt Murray in net. He has been doing very well in the American Hockey League (AHL) and should prove to be a valuable addition to the lineup.

On another note, the Penguins have added Riley Sheahan to the lineup. He was picked up from the Detriot Red Wings in exchange for Scott Wilson and a 2018 third-round draft pick. Sheahan will make his Penguins debut tonight.

For now, the Penguins will have to put their focus on the Oilers and get things back on track. To achieve this they have to stay out of the penalty box, play smart, and make sure to keep their eye on McDavid. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary
Rust - Malkin - Kessel
Hagelin - Sheahan - Hornqvist 
Kuhnhackl - McKegg - Reaves

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Cole - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 2 Oilers 1 OT

The Pens get the 2-1 overtime win against the Oilers! A very good game between two skilled teams. Murray ended up being the winning goalie in this contest. Solid win for the Pens!

4:18 - KESSEL SCORES! Malkin and Kessel get a two-on-one rush. Malkin goes to Kessel who beats Talbot blocker side. 2-1 Pens

4:34 - Saves by both ends of the ice. Murray on Leon Draisaitl. Talbot on Crosby.

5:00 - Overtime! Time for the Pens to finish off the Oilers. Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - That does it for regulation time. This 1-1 game is headed to overtime.

2:53 - McDavid scores. The puck is dumped up into the Pens' zone and McDavid beats Ruhwedel to the puck. He snaps a quick shot that hits part of Ruhwedel's stick and ends up going high glove on Murray. Impressive shot and speed displayed by McDavid. 1-1 tie game.

3:31 - Cole has had a solid performance tonight.

5:03 - It has been a very good hockey game between two skilled hockey teams tonight. The Pens have the edge with a goal from Cole.

6:39 - Murray shuts down McDavid.

6:40 - Letang is back on the ice.

7:09 - Letang ends up blocking a shot. He limps his way down the runway to the locker room. Right now the Pens are down two top defensemen.

12:06 - Conor Sheary is robbed by Talbot.

16:36 - COLE SCORES! Cole fires a hard shot from the blue line through six bodies. No way for Talbot to see that one. The puck goes past his blocker into the net. 1-0 Pens

17:49 - Larsson is set free.

18:24 - Kessel goes to one-knee for a one-timer that goes off the side of the net.

19:49 - Jake Guentzel draws an elbowing penalty on Adam Larsson. The Pens bring out their power play unit.

19:59 - Schultz still out.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! Time for the Pens to get one past Talbot. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period comes to an end and things are still 0-0.

0:30 - Malkin redirects Letang's shot on net. However, Talbot is able to make the save.

2:38 - Another solid kill by the Pens.

4:38 - Now the Oilers get a chance on the power play as Cole is called for tripping. The Pens will be without a critical penalty killer on this one.  

5:11 - By the way, Russell has been out on the ice for the Oilers after taking an elbow from Hornqvist earlier in the period.

5:31 - Power play time expires. Talbot holds strong on the penalty kill and Murray makes his own solid save on a shorthanded chance by Klefbom.

7:31 - Matt Benning takes a hooking penalty on Malkin. Power play time for the Pens.

10:02 - A great penalty kill by the Pens. Cole and Murray work together to keep another shot from going into the net.

11:16 - What an incredible sequence by the penalty killers. Murray dives across the net to deny Mark Letestu's shot with a paddle save. Then bodies pile up in front and stop another shot. Lastly, Dumoulin blocks a shot with his body as Murray is trying to get back up. Teamwork.

12:02 - Patric Hornqvist will take a seat for elbowing. Kris Russell was the recipient and heads to the locker room.

12:24 - Murray holds his ground to keep the puck out of the net. Finally, he is able to cover it up for a whistle.

12:56 - Oilers doing some line juggling.

13:50 - Crosby uses his speed and stickhandling skills to get some space at the side. Talbot is able to make the save on Crosby's shot.

15:03 - Not to be outdone, Murray makes a great glove save in front.

15:58 - Malkin and Phil Kessel get a two-on-one chance. A bouncing puck forces Kessel to turn to his backhand in front. This gives Talbot time to get over and make the save.

16:43 - Oscar Klefbom lets go of a rocket shot from the blue line. He ends up going wide of the net.

17:22 - Up and down hockey right now.

19:59 - Schultz is not on the bench to start this period.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep putting the pressure on Talbot. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the first period. Things are 0-0.

1:57 - Rust is back on the ice. Good news. Nothing on Schultz yet.

2:21 - The power play time for the Pens expires.

3:47 - Talbot with a solid save in front. Rust is still in some discomfort on the bench.

4:20 - Rust is staying on the bench.

4:21 - Yohann Auvitu falls down and ends up sweeping his stick out to trip up Bryan Rust. Rust goes crashing into the boards and is slow to get up. The Pens will get a power play chance from this.

5:01 - Justin Schultz takes an elbow up high from Drake Caggiula and heads to the locker room.

9:12 - McDavid gets around Letang and drives to the front of the net. Matt Murray denies his backhander chance with a shoulder save.

10:37 - Rust gets the puck on net and it's saved by Cam Talbot. Kessel tries a backhander at the side that is stopped. Talbot also locates the puck to deny Evgeni Malkin a chance in front.

11:30 - The Sheahan line along with Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang have the Connor McDavid assignment.

12:57 - Both goalies look sharp to start the game.

14:41 - Ryan Reaves and Darnell Nurse drop the gloves! Reaves gets in a few punches and gets the better of the fight. Definite response after the hit Lucic laid on Cole.

15:30 - Milan Lucic and Ian Cole tie up legs at the back of the net. Lucic adds a shove to the back of Cole, which sends him flying into the boards. Cole is slow to get up but looks to be okay.

15:48 - The Oilers are on the attack in the offensive zone.

17:39 - Riley Sheahan takes his first shift as a Penguin wearing number 15.

20:00 - Puck drop at PPG Paints Arena! The Pens take on the Oilers! The match-up between Crosby and McDavid begins! Lets Go Pens! 

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