Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A New Year (Game updates - Penguins @ Flyers 1/2/18)

By: MF,

Follow tonight's game action between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers below:

Injury update: Justin Schultz and Kris Letang return to the lineup tonight.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Cole - Schultz
Maatta - Oleksiak

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Flyers 1

3rd Period
0:00 - PENS WIN 5-1! The Pens start off 2018 with a huge win over the Flyers. Now they need to build off this and keep things going.

1:01 - Really impressive work by the Pens even with injuries that have occurred throughout the game.

3:29 - Great penalty kill by the Pens.

4:04 - Murray robs Filppula in front with a pad save.

5:29 - Back onto the power play for the Flyers. Cole takes a seat for tripping. This is the Flyers fifth power play of the game.

5:56 - OLEKSIAK SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! HIS FIRST GOAL AS A PENGUIN! Crosby slides a backhanded pass to Kessel who fires a shot on one-knee. Neuvirth makes the initial save and Malkin ends up chipping the puck across the goal mouth. Oleksiak steps up to fire the puck in the open net. 5-1 Pens

6:15 - Oleksiak fires a hard shot that Provorov takes off the inside of his skate. He is limping around.

7:41 - Now the Pens get a chance on the power play as Raffl is sighted for interference on Maatta.

11:18 - Schultz fires a shot from the blue line that is blocked down by Neuvirth.

12:03 - Another solid penalty kill for the Pens.

14:03 - Flyers get a power play chance as Kuhnhackl is ticketed for tripping.

14:52 - First fight of the game. Oleksiak drops the gloves against Brandon Manning. He easily wins the fight, but it now icing his hands. Pens need him with Dumoulin still out of this one.

19:50 - Oleksiak is back on the ice after going to the locker room during the second period.

19:59 - Michal Neuvirth takes over in net for the Flyers. As for the Pens, Murray is still in net for the injured Jarry. No updates on the other injuries for the Pens right now.

20:00 - Game on! The Pens have to keep up the hard work and wrap this game up. 20 minutes to go. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens have a 4-1 lead over the Flyers.

1:03 - The bench is getting shorter for the Pens. Dumoulin went back to the locker room earlier and now Oleksiak went to join him.

2:00 - Raffl comes down the wing and takes the puck right to the side of the net. Murray holds the post to keep the puck out.

3:04 - Power play time is up for the Flyers.

4:12 - The puck goes off the back post behind Murray. It ends up going out the other end. Close call.

5:04 - Guentzel ends up lifting the puck over the ice in his defensive zone. He will take a seat for delay of game. Flyers get a critical power play.

5:26 - Jarry is headed to the locker room. Murray takes over in net.

6:34 - KUHNHACKL SCORES! Sheahan feeds a backhanded pass to Kuhnhackl in the slot. Provorov is unable to poke the puck away from Kuhnhackl, who gets ahold of the puck and fires it past Elliott. 4-1 Pens

7:16 - Michael Raffl gets a breakaway, but he sends it out the other side. Jakub Voracek gets the puck again and ends up finding Shayne Gostisbehere. Jarry makes the pad save and dives out to cover the rebound. The trainer comes out to check Jarry as he takes off his blocker glove. He looks to be in some discomfort but stays in.

8:11 - SHEARY SCORES! Cole battles on the boards and gets the puck. He chips it up into the neutral zone. Sheary out skates MacDonald to get the puck and is in all alone against Elliott. He doesn't miss. 3-1 Pens

8:20 - Sheary is back on the bench. He has been absent since early in this period.

8:51 - REAVES SCORES! Reaves fights behind the net with Ivan Provorov for the puck. He gets it out front. Reaves then goes to the front of the net and battles for position. Reaves ends up finding the puck and puts it five-hole on Elliott. 2-1 Pens

9:31 - Jordan Weal scores. Radko Gudas fires a shot from the blue line. Weal screens Jarry and gets a piece of the Gudas shot to redirect it past Jarry. 1-1 tie game.

10:25 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin sits at the blue line and goes across the ice to Kessel. Kessel gains the zone and passes over to Crosby who is driving down the center. Crosby goes back to Kessel. He quickly releases the puck and it blows past Elliott. 1-0 Pens

10:51 - Pens are getting their first power play of the game as Konecny is called for tripping. The crowd strongly disagrees with the call...shocking.

10:53 - Dumoulin is back.

11:49 - Jarry has been solid for the Pens. Very impressive.

13:17 - Dumoulin takes a puck up high. It hits him on the side of the helmet. One could hear that puck hit his helmet. He skates off and heads to the locker room.

13:22 - Andrew MacDonald backhands a hard shot. Jarry kicks out the pad to deny him.

14:32 - Guentzel finds Sprong open in the slot. His shot goes just wide of the net.

17:13 - To show the importance of Letang being in the lineup. His first game back and he leads the Pens in ice time. He is a beast.

18:07 - A very successful penalty kill for the Pens. They kept the Flyers from setting up in the offensive zone. The best scoring chance on that power play was Guentzel's chance. Elliott denied with a pad save.

20:00 - Second period time. The Pens have 1:53 left to kill off the Letang penalty. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That does it for the first period. Things are 0-0.

0:07 - A late penalty by Kris Letang for high sticking. Flyers get a power play.

0:34 - Kessel lets go of a quick shot on the wing. Elliott gloves up the puck.

1:58 - Reaves and Wayne Simmonds have exchange words and hugs in front of the Pens' net. The usual behavior.

2:52 - Shots are 9-4 in favor of the Flyers. The Pens are starting to get shots through.

4:05 - Good transition through the neutral zone for the Pens, which leads to a scoring chance for Kessel. Elliott denies him.

6:50 - Pens are getting outshot 6-2, but a solid start to this one. Pens can build off this start. Jarry is locked in.

8:38 - The Flyers get a two-on-one chance. They are unable to develop the play and end up losing the puck in the process.

9:31 - Shot number two for the Pens goes to Hornqvist, who gets a chance at the side of the net. Brian Elliot holds to keep the puck out.

11:57 - Travis Konecny gets the puck on net, but Jarry is able to kick it out. Pens end up icing the puck.

13:25 - Shots are 2-1 in favor of the Flyers.

16:29 - Physical. The Pens establishing their physical game early.

19:30 - Valtteri Filppula's wrist shot rings off the crossbar.

20:00 - The puck has dropped and the first game of 2018 is underway for the Pens. They need to get things back on track and get these two points. Lets Go Pens! 

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