Sunday, February 18, 2018

Back-to-back situation - part two

By: MF, 

A quick little update to begin things with. My arena schedule has conflicted with the Penguin games, so that is why I haven't covered the last few games. However, tonight I am back. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the road. Tonight they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins have been gaining points, scoring goals, and playing some solid hockey.

This shouldn't change and the Penguins need to play consistent hockey. If they can do that, then the Penguins will have no trouble as the playoffs approach. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Aston-Reese - Crosby - Sheary
Hagelin - Malkin - Rust
Guentzel - Sheahan - Kessel
Simon - Rowney - Reaves

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Hunwick
Cole - Oleksiak

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Blue Jackets 2

3rd Period
0:00 - PENS GET THE 5-2 WIN! Make that five in a row for the Pens and another two critical points! Great job by the Pens all around. 

2:13 - The crowd is subdued now. Very quiet.

5:51 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Maatta stands up at the blue line and pokes the puck up to Guentzel. He enters the zone and quickly lets go of a shot that beats Bobrovsky short side. 5-2 Pens

6:34 - Kessel finds Guentzel rushing down the wing. Zach Werenski just gets a piece of the puck to disrupt the play and send Guentzel's shot wide.

10:07 - Injury update: Nick Foligno will not return to the lineup for the Blue Jackets.

13:16 - Jarry makes a shoulder save on Matt Calvert's shot after he made his way past Cole and Oleksiak. Blue Jackets are continuing to push back.

17:39 - Alexander Wennberg scores. Boone Jenner gets to the forecheck and wins the puck. He feeds a pass to the wide-open Wennberg in front. He roofs one. 4-2 Pens

18:02 - Fast start for the Blue Jackets. They are getting to the forecheck and bringing the pressure.

20:00 - Home-stretch for the Pens! They need to keep things in their control for another 20 minutes and close this one out with a win. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds and the Pens have extended their lead to 4-1.

1:57 - Blue Jackets seem to be playing a neutral zone trap game, which is a bit odd since they are down by three goals.

4:44 - The Blue Jackets are now 0-2 on the power play as Guentzel is released from the sin bin.

5:52 - Hagelin uses his speed to get a jump on the Blue Jackets and gains the offensive zone. He passes to Sheahan, who looks to have a wide open net, but Bobrovsky dives to the front of the net and gets a glove on the puck.

6:44 - Blue Jackets will get another chance on the power play as Guentzel is ticketed for slashing.

9:18 - Jussi Jokinen fires a shot that goes under the pad of Jarry. Jarry looked back unsure of where the puck was at that moment, but the puck stayed out of the goal.

10:31 - ASTON-REESE SCORES! Crosby makes a no-look, backhanded pass in the seam to Letang, who goes to Hunwick at the point. Hunwick ends up getting the puck to Aston-Reese stationed right in front of Bobrovsky. He doesn't miss in the end. 4-1 Pens

My computer decided to update in the middle of the game. Norton doesn't seem to care about the game, but everything is back up. 

19:19 - Penalty kill time is up for the Pens.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens still have 42 seconds left to kill off on Jarry's tripping minor. Get the kill and push back! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That will do it for the first period. The Pens hold the 3-1 lead over the Blue Jackets after 20.

0:40 - Jarry with some unreal saves on the penalty kill.

1:19 - Jarry makes a diving save to deny Panarin in front. He ends up taking a tripping penalty. Guentzel will serve for Jarry. A power play chance for the Blue Jackets.

1:26 - Atkinson and Panarin get a two-on-one rush, but Letang is able to break it up and Jarry holds the side of the net.

2:25 - Shots are 6-4 in favor of the Pens. Not much to update on right now. Seems things have calmed down a bit as the period comes to an end.

8:31 - SHEAHAN SCORES HIS SECOND GOAL OF THE NIGHT! The Pens enter the zone with a three-on-three rush. Sheahan trails behind the play and ends up with the puck. His wrist shot finds a whole under the blocker arm of Bobrovsky. 3-1 Pens

10:07 - Artemi Panarin scores. The Pens fourth line turns over the puck in the neutral zone. Cam Atkinson and Panarin get a rush into the offensive zone. They pass back and forth. Panarin finishes the play with a goal. 2-1 Pens

13:03 - DUMOULIN SCORES! Malkin carries the puck into the offensive zone and draws a few Blue Jackets with him. He makes a no-look pass back to Dumoulin, who fires a slap shot through traffic. It goes off the leg of a Blue Jacket and through the five-hole of Bobrovsky. 2-0 Pens

16:02 - Jarry with a solid shot right in front. He looks solid to start this game.

18:19 - SHEAHAN SCORES! Oleksiak fires a hard shot from the point and Sheahan redirects it past Sergei Bobrovsky right on the doorstep. 1-0 Pens

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is underway! The Pens need to come out and take control early, especially after playing last night. Lets Go Pens!  

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