Friday, December 1, 2017

Malkin returns (Game updates - Penguins @ Sabres 12/1/17)

By: MF, 

A back-to-back, home and home game situation for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Things start in Buffalo and will move to the Burgh tomorrow.

On the injury front, the Penguins are finally getting back Evgeni Malkin. He comes in at a critical time as the Penguins will be without Matt Murray in net. Murray sustained a lower-body injury on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and he is week-to-week. Instead, Tristan Jarry will have to step up.

In addition, the Penguins have called up Casey DeSmith to backup Jarry.

Moreover, Ian Cole is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for a few games. His presence is much needed, especially with Murray being out.

The Pens will have to play smart, keep the front of the net clear of traffic, and get some offense going. Lets Go Pens!

Follow below for tonight's game updates and play-by-play. 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Hunwick
Cole - Schultz

Jarry in the net.

Play - by - Play
PENS 4 Sabres 0

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS WIN! JARRY GETS HIS FIRST NHL SHUTOUT! The Pens with a commanding 4-0 win over the Sabres. A complete and consistent game for them.

2:28 - Rust and Kane are set free.

4:02 - Jarry flashes the glove to grab the puck out of the air.

4:28 - Kane lays a cheap shot on Rust. They exchange blows and words. A scrum ensues. Each receives a two-minute minor penalty. Four-on-four hockey time.

5:47 - The Pens kill off the penalty. The crowd was booing the Sabres effort once again.

7:47 - Dumoulin is off to the box for holding. Penalty killing time.

9:40 - Sheary is shaken up after a hit from Ristolainen. He stays on the bench.

13:14 - Crosby finds Sheary in front, but Lehner closes the door on Sheary.

13:48 - Some great defensive backchecking by Cole. Kyle Okposo tries to lean on Cole as he drives the net and ends up losing an edge. Jarry is able to easily cover the loose puck for a whistle.

15:15 - A more defensive approach for the Pens to start this period.

18:58 - Jarry robs Jack Eichel in front. He was ready to start this period.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to wrap this game up with a win. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens have extended their lead to 4-0.

0:19 - Jarry comes out to challenge Jason Pominville. He makes the save and holds for a whistle.

0:39 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Crosby and Sheary work around the back and front of the net. Sheary outlets a pass to Hornqvist in the slot. Hornqvist goes high blocker on Lehner. 4-0 Pens

2:14 - The Pens kill off another penalty.

2:53 - Cole lays a solid body check on Kane in the neutral zone.

4:14 - The Sabres will get a third chance on the power play as Hagelin is headed to the sin bin for tripping. Bring out the penalty killers.

4:45 - Scandella's fires a hard slap shot that goes off the top of Jarry's stick.

6:59 - Jarry stretches out to deny Sam Reinhart at the side of the net. Jarry is locked into this one.

8:20 - That does it for the power play. The Sabres had good pressure on the penalty kill to keep the Pens from setting up in the offensive zone.

10:20 - Now the Pens get a crack at the power play. Marco Scandella sits for slashing.

10:51 - Another solid penalty kill by the Pens.

12:51 - Hunwick is ticketed for delay of game. He backhands a puck over the glass while in the defensive zone. Penalty killing time for the Pens once again.

13:50 - Ristolainen is robbed by Jarry in front. Amazing save by the young netminder.

16:38 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens and Rust is set free.

16:59 - Hagelin gets a chance and goes high glove. Lehner just gets a piece to direct the puck wide.

18:38 - Rust gets the first penalty of the game. He will head to the box for holding and the Sabres are going onto the power play.

20:00 - Second period time! The Pens need to pick up where they left off in the first. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That does it for the first period and the Pens hold a commanding 3-0 lead. A great start.

0:53 - Jarry with another solid save on a point-blank shot by Jordan Nolan. He has looked sharped in this period.

1:55 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Jarry makes two big saves and sends the Pens up the ice. Malkin enters the zone, drawing two Sabres. He passes the puck up to Guentzel, flying down the wing. He goes behind the net and scores on a wraparound chance. 3-0 Pens

4:40 - The Sabres have gotten some offensive zone pressure, but not much. The arena is very quiet aside from the Penguin fans in attendance.

8:55 - Some pushback by the Sabres, but they are unable to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

10:01 - Jarry makes a solid save on a sneaky wrist shot.

13:22 - CROSBY SCORES! Rasmus Ristolainen turns the puck over to Crosby in the slot. Crosby takes the puck and puts it over the glove of Lehner. 2-0 Pens

14:25 - Fast start for the Pens. The time they had off has been beneficial. They have some jump in their game. Solid start.

16:37 - KUHNHACKL SCORES ON A PENALTY SHOT! Kuhnhackl drives to the net and quickly releases a shot that goes over the glove of Robin Lehner. 1-0 Pens

16:38 - Kuhnhackl gets in behind the defense, but he is hooked up before he can get a shot off. The referees blow the whistle and reward him with a penalty shot chance.

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is underway! Great to have Malkin and Cole back in the lineup! Lets Go Pens! 

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