Friday, January 5, 2018

Battle in Brooklyn

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in action to faceoff against the New York Islanders. This is the second of back-to-back games for the Penguins. They lost their first game at PPG Paints Arena last night to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. It was a tough loss for the Penguins as their performance was lackluster on all accounts.

On the injury front, there are no updates. The team also didn't arrive in New York until around lunchtime due to the weather, so there was no morning skate.

The Penguins have to turn things around and play more like they did against the Philadelphia Flyers. That was a great way to start 2018 and they need to bring that attitude tonight. Lets Go Pens!

Follow tonight's game action below:

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

Maatta - Letang
Cole - Schultz
Hunwick - Oleksiak

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 4 Islanders 0

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS GET THE 4-0 WIN! Jarry earns a 31-save shutout tonight. A great night for the netminder and the team has a whole.

0:47 - Jarry with another solid save. I feel like I can't say this enough tonight. He has played a key part of their win tonight.

2:29 - Once again the Pens penalty kill gets the job done. Jarry a huge part of that.

2:44 - Eberle lets go of a quick shot that is stopped by Jarry. No rebound chance.

4:29 - Cole will visit the box for cross-checking and the Islanders get a late power play opportunity.

6:32 - SPRONG SCORES AGAIN! Schultz keeps the puck in the offensive zone and Sprong ends up with the puck. The Islander defenders drift over to Crosby on the wing, which allows for Sprong to carry the puck to the front of the net alone. He elevates the puck over the glove of Halak. 4-0 Pens

7:47 - In front of the net, Mathew Barzal works the puck through his legs and shoots. Jarry puts the pads together to deny him. Great, save.

9:44 - Islanders get a two-on-one rush. Nelson's shot is stopped by both a sliding Schultz and Jarry.

10:14 - Power play time expires.

12:14 - Power play time for the Pens. Scott Mayfield is sent to the box for interference.

13:08 - Pens get pressured in the defensive zone. Kuhnhackl ends up breaking a stick. Jarry holds strong and eventually, the puck is deflected over the glass. After the whistle, Reaves and Brock Nelson exchange some shoves and words.

14:01 - Islanders crash the net, but Jarry kicks out the puck.

15:58 - Jarry has been really good to start this game. Islanders with some scoring chances, but he has shut them down.

18:00 - Pulock snaps a hard shot on net. Jarry stops the puck and gloves up the rebound with traffic in front.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep up the great work and not let the Islanders have any breathing room. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That does it for the second period. The Pens hold the commanding 3-0 lead.

0:08 - A huge penalty kill for the Pens. Great job.

0:53 - Kessel's penalty time expires. Islanders still have 41 seconds of a power play left to go.

1:31 - Pens call a timeout.

2:08 - Terrible penalty to take. Hagelin is called for cross-checking. Islanders have a five-on-three power play for 1:17.

2:53 - Kessel is ticketed for slashing and the Islanders get a power play chance.

4:10 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby with some amazing stick work in the offensive zone to find Sprong. Sprong's shot bounces off the goal and boards back out to Crosby. Crosby banks the puck off Halak into the net. 3-0 Pens

4:47 - Another great shift by the Pens. They have been putting the pressure on the Islanders. Solid second period.

10:13 - Jarry with a solid save with traffic in front. He has been great in this game for the Pens.

11:48 - That does it for the power play. Eberle is set free.

13:48 - Jordan Eberle takes a seat for hooking and that gives the Pens another chance on the power play.

15:00 - Kessel makes a 360 swing around the offensive zone. Once behind the net to outlets a pass short side to Guentzel. His shot goes under the pad of Halak but somehow stays out. Close one.

16:30 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel finds Crosby at the faceoff circle. He slips a pass across the ice to Malkin. Malkin goes on one knee to blow a shot past Halak. A beautiful tick-tac-toe play. 2-0 Pens

16:40 - Jarry comes out of the net to play the puck. He rips one off the glass up to Crosby at the far blue line.

17:51 - Now the Pens will get a chance on the power play as Ryan Pulock sits for tripping.

19:19 - SPRONG SCORES! Crosby wins the puck battle on the boards and a two-on-one develops with Sprong. Crosby holds and dishes a perfect saucer pass right to the stick blade of Sprong who directs it past Halak. 1-0 Pens

20:00 - The second period is underway! The Pens need to keep up the pressure and build off their successes in the first. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end. 0-0.

1:23 - Wow! Jarry absolutely robs Casey Cizikas with a pad save. Remember that save.

1:51 - There is some discussing on a possible Islanders penalty as the puck is shot out of the defensive zone and hits the camera. No penalty.

2:06 - Shots are 8-6 in favor of the Pens.

3:10 - Some good puck management by the Pens.

6:49 - Impressive shift by Simon, Crosby, and Sprong. Looked like the Pens were on the power play. Islanders a finally able to clear the puck and get a change.

7:20 - Crosby's backhanded shot is stopped by Jaroslav Halak.

8:57 - Scramble in front of Jarry, but the Pens get ahold of the puck and clear it up ice.

11:38 - Jarry with a big save on a point-blank shot by John Tavares.

13:50 - The fourth line of the Pens has a great shift. They grind it out in the offensive zone and it leads to a scoring chance for Schultz. His shot ends up going wide of the cage.

15:55 - Solid penalty kill for the Pens. Jarry is locked in.

17:41 - Jarry with a huge save with an Islander right in front battling for the loose puck. Jarry covers for a whistle.

17:55 - Islanders get the first power play of the game as Sheary ist ticketed for hooking.

20:00 - Game time! The Pens have to find some confidence and build some momentum. Time to get those critical two points! Lets Go Pens! 

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