Thursday, January 4, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins travel back to the 1970s

By: MF,

It is a groovy night for some hockey in Pittsburgh! The Penguins are hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at PPG Paints Arena with a 70's theme night taking place.

The Penguins are coming off a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers to start 2018. The win puts the Penguins within two points of taking over the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes currently hold the second wild-card position. You can see the standings here.

Tuesday's game against the Flyers was good for the Penguins as they scored both on the power play and during five-on-five play. However, there were some injuries that occurred. Firstly, Tristan Jarry was unable to finish the game due to an injury to his hand. He did participate in the morning skate today and is ready to go for tonight. That is the only good news for the injury list. Brian Dumoulin and Carter Rowney join the list after suffering injuries during the Flyers' game. Dumoulin is day-to-day with a concussion. As for Rowney, he is out a minimum of four weeks with an upper-body injury.  Lastly, there are no updates on Bryan Rust or Chad Ruhwedel who still have no timelines.

Two points. That is the focus for the Penguins tonight. They need to get take the momentum from the Flyers' game and keep building off that success. This is the first game of a back-to-back situation with the Hurricanes being the opponent right now. Lets Go Pens!

Follow tonight's game action below: 

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Hunwick - Letang
Cole - Schultz
Maatta - Oleksiak

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
Pens 0 Hurricanes 4

3rd Period
0:00 - This game comes to an end. The Hurricanes get the 4- win and two points. Pens didn't match their play at all. They need to fix that before tomorrow's game against the Islanders.

4:38 - Murray shuts the five-hole to deny Aho of his hat-trick.

7:27 - Aho scores. Aho redirects a shot from the point in front. It goes over the glove of Murray. 4-0 Hurricanes

10:46 - Aho scores. Aho gains the zone and stays out of the reach of Schultz. He turns to the backhand in front and puts the puck through the five-hole of Murray. 3-0 Hurricanes

11:02 - Pens are showing their frustration.

12:15 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

14:15 - Sheary's shot attempt is knocked away by the blocker of Ward. Faulk ends up hitting the puck over the glass. He will get a delay of game penalty. Power play time for the Pens.

17:35 - Solid start to this period for the Pens. They have three shots, not to mention how many have been blocked or missed the net. Pens looking to break the ice and get an early one.

17:56 - Ward finds himself deep in the blue paint. Crosby backhands a put out to Simon in front. Ward denies him down low.

18:33 - Malkin's line generates some offensive in front of Ward. Sheary gets the loose puck and puts it back on net. Ward holds strong and the Hurricanes clear the puck.

20:00 - We are back for the third period. The Pens need to come out with an answer to counter the Hurricanes gameplay. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens are down 2-0 to the Hurricanes.

0:12 - Simon wrist shot is turned away by Ward. The best chance of the period for the Pens.

1:47 - Hurricanes are taking it the Pens right now. Murray comes up with two big saves. Pens haven't had a shot on the night since the nine-minute mark of this period. They only have nine total shots on net.

3:07 - Teuvo Teravainen scores. Jaccob Slavin jumps up in the play and goes across the ice to Sebastian Aho. Murray comes out to challenge Aho who slides the puck to the center. Teravainen picks up the loose puck and puts it into the open net. 2-0 Hurricanes

3:30 - Murray covers up the loose puck in front as Skinner is boxed out by Schultz.

5:35 - Pens are having trouble generating shots. Hurricanes are very tight checking and disciplined. They are working well and bottling the Pens up in the defensive zone. Pens have to do something.

8:13 - Another icing by the Pens. They are not in sync with each other. Head Coach Mike Sullivan has shown his displeasure for the guys not hunting down the puck and getting control.

10:28 - The Pens power play chance comes to an end. At the end of the power play, Jordan Staal drove out to poke the puck up to Brock McGinn who was in alone. Murray is able to kick away McGinn's shot.

12:28 - Now Skinner heads to the box for delay of game. The Pens get a critical power play chance.

13:10 - Jeff Skinner scores. Skinner pokes the puck off the stick of Cole. He works around and gets a lane. He snipes one past the glove of Murray. 1-0 Hurricanes

13:45 - Much like the first period. Not many whistles or shots, which are 10-8 in favor of the Hurricanes. The only penalty belongs to the Pens. Side note: The Hurricanes are the least penalized team in the league.

15:46 - Joakim Nordstrom fires a shot just wide of the net.

17:07 - Hunwick and Malkin both get quality scoring chances that are denied by Ward.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to put some pressure on Ward. Lets Go Pens!

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

0:12 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens.

1:31 - Justin Faulk is left all alone in the slot area. Murray denies his slapper shot. A great save.

2:12 - The first penalty goes to Kessel for slashing. Hurricanes bring out their power play unit.

3:28 - Murray and Ward have been sharp in this period.

4:36 - Trevor van Riemsdyk comes flying down the wing. Murray comes out to the top of the blue circle to cut down the angle and stops van Riemsdyk's scoring chance.

6:02 - Not much to update on. Shots are tied at 3-3. All those shots were quality chances, but quite a few stick infractions by both teams. Referees seemed to have swallowed their whistles for now.

8:38 - Cole fires a shot from the blue line that gets through traffic. Ward gloves it up for a whistle.

9:17 - Ward denies a Pens' scoring chance and the Hurricanes get to the loose puck to get a rush up ice. Murray turns away their chance with a blocker save.

10:58 - It has been awhile since there has been a whistle. Low shot total still as both teams have two apiece.

11:50 - Both these teams have talented puck handlers. It makes for an interesting game.

13:01 - Crosby gets a scoring chance, but the puck is just knocked out of his reach.

15:20 - Hornqvist's shot in front is kicked out by Cam Ward.

16:19 - Shots are 1-1. Decent start for the Pens. Malkin with an unreal move in the defensive zone and is able to get a chance up ice.

20:00 - The game is underway! Pens need to build off their win in Philly and get these critical two points. Lets Go Pens!

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