Saturday, November 25, 2017

Lightning spotted in Pittsburgh (Game updates - Penguins v Lightning 11/25/17)

By: MF, 

There have been some sightings of lightning in the Burgh! Well, that might have to do with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

The last time these two teams met, the Lightning bulldozed over the Penguins for a 7-1 win in the Sunshine State. The Penguins are looking to get back on the winning track, but that won't be easy against this fast, high scoring team. This would be a great game for the Penguins to get back into the groove.

On the injury front, Evgeni Malkin is still out.

Tonight, the Penguins need to focus, play smart, and keep things simple. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Ruhwedel
Hunwick - Schultz

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Lightning 2

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS WIN! That is a 5-2 victory over the NHL leading Lightning. A great overall game for the Pens and a perfect game to build on. 

1:27 - Schultz is called for slashing. A late power play chance for the Lightning.

1:55 - The Pens have done a great job of breaking up Lightning plays and being aggressive on the forecheck.

6:06 - Cory Conacher scores. Alex Killorn protects the puck behind the net and outlets a pass to Conacher at the side. Conacher chips the puck past Jarry. 5-2 Pens

7:25 - Another successful penalty kill for the Pens. A very aggressive penalty kill.

9:25 - Hunwick receives an interference penalty. The Pens will be shorthanded again.

11:51 - The Pens get a two-on-one chance. Budaj slides over to deny Letang with the pad.

12:24 - This has been a solid overall game for the Pens. It has been awhile since they have looked like this for a full game.

14:09 - That does it for man advantage play.

15:18 - The Pens still have a power play for 1:07.

15:19 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Crosby receives a pass at the top of the circle. He turns and snaps a quick shot on net. It goes under the blocker arm of Budaj into the back of the net. 5-1 Pens

16:09 - Dan Girardi will also go to the box for closing his hand on the puck. Five-on-three power play for 1:40.

16:29 - Power play time for the Pens. Sergachev visits the box for interference on Sheary.

18:41 - Budaj holds the post to keep Hagelin from putting the puck into the net.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the good work and not let up. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens still hold the lead 4-1.

0:34 - This period has been controlled mostly by the Lightning. They had the chances, but the Pens held strong and Jarry was focused.

1:56 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

2:10 - Palat rings a shot off the goal post!

3:56 - It has been a fast-paced game. The Pens end up taking another penalty as Hunwick takes a seat for tripping.

8:00 - Jarry is locked into this game. He robs Nikita Kucherov right at the side of the net. Kucherov seemed to have an open net, but Jarry gets over to deny him.

8:50 - Scoring update: The Lightning goal will actually go to Ondrej Palat. He got a piece of Sergachev's shot in front.

10:02 - The Pens are playing a tight checking game right now. The Lightning with little space to work with, which is a good thing to see for the Pens.

13:08 - Mikhail Sergachev scores on the power play. Sergachev rifles a shot from the blue line down the center. It blows past a screened Jarry, blocker side. 4-1 Pens

13:17 - Kessel will make a trip to the sin bin for slashing.

14:14 - Jarry robs Vlad Namestnikov in front! He is really stepping up for the Pens.

15:21 - Coburn gets a good look at the net and fires a shot. Jarry flashes the glove and holds for the whistle.

17:38 - KESSEL SCORES AGAIN! Sheahan denies a Lightning pass and feeds a lead pass up to Kessel. Kessel is behind the defense and gets in all alone against Budaj. Kessel snipes it. 4-0 Pens

19:57 - Full strength hockey.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens will have a brief power play to start (three seconds) then it's back to five-on-five play. The Pens need to keep up the pressure. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That does it for the first period. The Pens have the 3-0 lead after one.

0:33 - CROSBY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel makes a shot/pass to the front of the net and Crosby chips it over the pad of Budaj. 3-0 Pens

1:56 - The Pens still have a five-on-three power play for 1:33 as the second half of the double minor is still active.

1:57 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Letang breaks his stick on a play and the puck is loose in the slot area. Hornqvist gets the puck back and outlets to Crosby. Crosby goes across the ice to Kessel who puts the puck behind Budaj. 2-0 Pens

2:17 - Stralman to the box for tripping. Five-on-three power play for two minutes.

3:48 - Now the Pens get a four-minute power play as Paquette high sticks Crosby.

4:39 - That was a very successful penalty kill for the Pens.

5:24 - RUST SCORES A SHORTHANDED GOAL! Rust pokes the puck to center ice and chases after it. He gets the puck first and is behind the Lightning. He beats Budaj short side. 1-0 Pens

7:41 - Jarry holds strong in net even as the Lightning crash the net.

8:39 - Guentzel goes to the box for high-sticking. A four-minute double minor.

9:49 - Jarry comes up with a huge save to deny Steven Stamkos on a breakaway. He is locked in.

12:06 - The Lightning with some extended zone time. Jarry is finally able to cover the puck for a whistle.

14:29 - Kessel fires a hard shot that goes wide.

16:53 - Great start for the Pens. Their best start in quite some time.

19:21 - Crosby draws Budaj out of the net, but the Lightning collapse around the open net to keep the puck out.

20:00 - The puck has dropped in Pittsburgh! Time for the Pens to get things back on track! Lets Go Pens! 

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