Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ready to finish 2017 with a Penguins win (Game updates - Penguins @ Red Wings 12/31/17)

By: MF,

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying themselves and here is to hoping we have even more to celebrate tonight. A new year and a Penguins' victory.

Follow all of tonight's game action between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings here:

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Hunwick
Maatta - Corrado
Cole - Oleksiak

Murray in the net.

Play - by - Play
Pens 1 Red Wings 4

3rd Period
0:00 - This game is over. The Pens fall to the Red Wings 4-1 and finish 2017 with a loss. Hopefully, 2018 will allow them to start fresh and get things back on track.

2:19 - Howard has been very good this game. However, the Pens are making too many mistakes and then they aren't finishing their chances on net.

2:47 - Some pressure by the Red Wings. The Pens look like they have no answer.

3:26 - Nyquist scores again. Kessel turns over the puck in the defensive zone. Nyquist finds Bertuzzi in front. Murray makes the initial save, but Nyquist comes across the front of the net to grab the puck and put it in. 4-1 Red Wings

4:45 - Murray scopes up Nyquist shot attempt.

7:48 - Hornqvist comes flying down the wing and throws the puck on net. Howard holds for a whistle.

8:41 - Reaves lays a solid hit. He is not one to miss an opporunity to make his presence known on the ice.

12:01 - Howard continues to be solid for the Red Wings as the Pens get some offensive zone time.

14:35 - Another five or so minutes without much going on for the Pens.

20:00 - Third period time! The Pens have to clean up their game and finish their chances on Howard. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period ends and the Red Wings hold the 3-1 lead.

0:04 - Turnovers by the Red Wings lead to some great chances for the Pens in front of the net. Howard stands strong to keep the Red Wings up by two.

2:17 - Sheary has the puck on a rush and goes to make a play, but his stick ends up breaking in half.

3:32 - Sheahan takes a hard hit and ends up heading to the locker room.

4:42 - Frans Nielsen scores. The Pens are caught up ice. Nielsen gets speed down the wing and beats Hunwick. Nielsen's shot hits Hunwick's stick on the way past Murray. 3-1 Red Wings

10:21 - Murray denies Larkin in front. The Pens get to the loose puck first and head up ice.

11:56 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel finds Malkin across the ice. Malkin goes to one knee and fires a hard shot. Howard reaches over and grabs the puck out of the air. It looked to be an unreal save, but that wasn't the case. The referees reviewed the play and determined that the puck had crossed the goal line as Howard reached back to grab up the puck. 2-1 Red Wings

13:25 - Howard with a huge pad save on Hunwick in front. The Pens are headed onto the power play as Nick Jensen is ticketed for interference on Sheahan.

13:42 - Crosby and Zetterberg battle behind the Red Wings' net. They exchange some blows and words.

14:05 - Not much to report on. Shots in the second are 3-2 in favor of the Red Wings.

19:01 - Dylan Larkin scores. Larkin takes advantage of the Pens changing. It drives down the wing and then turns the puck in to the front of the net. He puts one past Murray. 2-0 Red Wings

20:00 - We are back for the second period! The Pens need to keep putting on the pressure and not let up on Howard. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to conclude the first period. The Red Wings hold the 1-0 lead. The Pens had some chances, but the finish wasn't there.

0:22 - Murray gloves up a shot by Justin Abdelkader. The Red Wings with some good chances at the end of the first.

1:06 - The Pens missed out on a huge opporunity to tie things up. That power play was their chance to tie things up right away.

3:26 - Crosby crashes the net and fights for the loose puck. Howard ends up keeping the puck out.

3:56 - That does it for the power play. Not much to write home about. Also, Cole is back on the bench.

5:56 - The first half of the double minor is over.

7:56 - Tyler Bertuzzi catches Cole up high with his stick. Cole is bleeding and goes to the locker room to get fixed up. The Pens will head onto the power play for four minutes.

8:29 - Gustav Nyquist scores. Henrik Zetterberg makes a perfect backhanded pass to Nyquist. Nyquist stops on a dime and drags the puck around Corrado to fire a shot above the glove of Murray. 1-0 Red Wings

9:01 - Solid start for the Pens in this game and great penalty kill to help build some confidence.

9:46 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

11:46 - The first power play of the game goes to the Red Wings as Malkin is called for tripping.

12:24 - David Booth takes a puck up high. His forehead is bleeding and he will head to the locker room.

14:56 - Howard gobbles up Malkin's shot in front. He has been really good to start this game for the Red Wings.

16:21 - Mike Green turns over the puck. Crosby picks it up and brings it to the front and Jimmy Howard denies him. Sheary has a chance at a loose puck in front, but the Red Wings are able to clear.

17:03 - The new lines look like this: Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary; Hornqvist - Malkin - Kessel; and Hagelin - Sheahan - Sprong.

18:37 - Sullivan has switched up the lines early in this one. Sheary is out with Guentzel and Crosby for a shift.

20:00 - The game is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed and get to their game early. Lets Go Pens! 

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