Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Penguins back in action

Amalie Arena - 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend / MF

By: MF, 

Good evening everyone. It has been an eventful weekend with the NHL All-Star festivities, which took place in Tampa. Both Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang represented the Pittsburgh Penguins well.

2018 NHL All-Star lineup for Skills Competition / MF
After a nice break, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in action tonight at PPG Paints Arena against the San Jose Sharks.

This is a critical part of the season for the Penguins as they push to clinch a playoff spot. They will have to stay focus, play smart, and play a consistent 60-minute game. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Simon - Crosby - Sheary
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Guentzel - Sheahan - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Dea - Rust

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Cole - Oleksiak

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Sharks 2

3rd Period
0:00 - Mark that down as a win for the Pens! They beat out the Sharks 5-2 and get a huge two points! Solid win!

1:13 - MALKIN SCORES! HAT TRICK! Rust hits the post and the puck comes back out into the neutral zone. After some passing, Malkin is able to put it in the open net. Crazy sequence. 5-2 Pens

2:50 - The Sharks have an empty net.

6:02 - RUST SCORES FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT! Kuhnhackl makes an unreal pass between his legs and behind him to Rust in the slot. Rust reaches out to gain control of the puck and backhands the puck over the pad of Jones. 4-2 Pens

9:08 - Solid penalty kill by the Pens.

10:12 - The penalty against Burns expires and the Sharks have a power play for 1:04.

11:08 - Letang will now go to the box for tripping. Four-on-four hockey for 56 seconds.

12:12 - Burns makes a return trip to the box for tripping. Power play time for the Pens.

13:59 - MALKIN SCORES FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT! Jones plays the puck behind the net and ends up turning over the puck to Hornqvist. He outlets to Malkin in front and Malkin puts it in the open net. Jones wasn't able to get back in time after the turnover. 3-2 Pens

14:35 - Sheary's redirection rings off the goal post!

15:07 - Lebanc's wrist shot is glove out of the air by Murray.

15:42 - Shots for this period are 2-0 in favor of the Pens. Shots for the game are 35-23 in favor of the Sharks.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to clean up their game and take it to the Sharks. No time to hold back. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period. This one is tied 2-2.

0:04 - MALKIN SCORES! Burns tries to reverse the puck behind the net, but it goes right to Kessel. He finds Malkin all alone in the slot area. Malkin blows one past Jones. 2-2 tie game.

1:25 - Couture scores on the power play. Couture is alone at the side of the net as the puck is slide across the goal mouth to him. He elevates the puck to put it past Murray, who got a piece of the puck before it went into the back of the net. 2-1 Sharks

1:30 - The first penalty ends. Sharks with a normal power play for 1:37.

1:53 - Letang is called for cross-checking. Sharks with a five-on-three power play for 23 seconds.

3:30 - Kessel catches Justin Braun up high. He will take a seat for high-sticking and the Sharks get another power play chance.

3:48 - Power play time expires.

4:41 - Logan Couture looks to have a breakaway, but Letang skates his heart out to get back and sweep the puck away from Couture before he can get a shot off.

5:48 - Power play time for the Pens. Barclay Goodrow will visit the sin bin for roughing against Dumoulin.

6:24 - Sharks are taking it too the Pens right now. They have the momentum.

7:32 - Shots are 28-17 in favor of the Sharks.

10:00 - Burns scores on the power play. Burns wrists a shot from the point, through traffic, and past the blocker of Murray. 1-1 tie game.

10:58 - Schultz to the box for interference. Penalty killing time for the Pens.

11:30 - Hornqvist's wrist shot is gloved up by Jones.

13:14 - Murray shuts down Mikkel Boedker in front with a pad save.

13:30 - Kessel stops right after gaining the blue line and finds Guentzel driving center. Guentzel's shot just goes wide on the blocker side of Jones.

17:06 - Cole is set free and the Pens kill off the penalty successfully.

17:50 - Kevin Lebanc fires a shot from the wing that is stopped by Murray. He holds for a whistle.

18:30 - Solid start to the penalty kill for the Pens as they spend some time in the offensive zone.

19:06 - Now the Pens will be shorthanded as Cole is ticketed for tripping.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to keep playing fast, smart hockey, while also peppering Jones with pucks. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead over the Sharks.

0:58 - Crosby outlets a pass off the boards to Kuhnhackl all alone in the slot. Jones stands tall to deny Kuhnhackl.

2:11 - That does it for the power play. The best chance came at the end for Guetnzel and Letang, but Jones shut them down.

4:11 - A power play chance for the Pens as Brent Burns heads to the penalty box for interference on Hornqvist.

4:56 - Sharks with a solid shift in the offensive zone. Karlsson whacks at the loose puck in front but doesn't get much on it. Murray covers for a whistle.

8:10 - Guentzel lays a hard hit on Joakim Ryan behind the Sharks' net.

8:51 - RUST SCORES! Cole pinches up in the play to keep the puck alive. Rust takes the puck and finds Sheahan center. Sheahan draws a few Sharks and that leaves Rust open on the wing. Sheahan dishes a pass to Rust. He drives the net, holds to cross the front of the net, and backhands one through the five-hole of Jones. 1-0 Pens

10:38 - Melker Karlsson swipes the legs right out from under Crosby. He goes down and is not happy with the play. Crosby gives Karlsson a few shoves. They both receive penalties. Karlsson for interference and Crosby for roughing. Four-on-four hockey.

10:45 - Letang rips a shot from the point that rings off the crossbar.

13:13 - Crosby with a hard shot, which is saved by Martin Jones. He gives up a juicy rebound, but the Sharks clear it out of the zone.

16:27 - Murray comes out to cover a loose puck. The Sharks are attacking early. Shots are 5-2 in favor of the Sharks.

17:41 - Sharks with two redirection chances from point shots. Murray makes the necessary saves.

20:00 - The puck has dropped at PPG Paints Arena! The Pens are back in action against the Sharks! Lets Go Pens! 

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