Saturday, February 24, 2018

Enjoying the Sunshine State

By: MF, 

We are back for the second of a back-to-back for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tonight they are in Sunrise, Florida to take on the Florida Panthers.

The Penguins have been on a roll, winning six in a row. For a win tonight, the Penguins need to remain focused throughout the game and make sure to keep the front of their own net clear for Tristan Jarry.

Will the Panthers derail the red-hot Penguins or will the Penguins continue to put together win after win? Find out tonight. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Hunwick - Oleksiak

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
Pens 5 Panthers 6

3rd Period
0:00 - Well, they made a good effort, but the Panthers end up with the 6-5 win. They have snapped the Pens winning streak at six games.

1:30 - Empty net for the Pens.

1:52 - Hornqvist ends up getting a misconduct penalty. He is done for the night. Not sure what he did, but it was after the Panthers retook the lead.

1:53 - Dadonov with the hat-trick. Barkov finds Dadonov at the other side of the net all alone. He holds, waits for Murray to make a move, and roofs it. 6-5 Panthers

2:51 - Luongo shuts down Hagelin and Hornqvist in front. Jonathan Huberdeau takes exception to Hornqvist battle for the loose puck in front. A disagreement ensues between the two clubs.

4:50 - RUST SCORES! Luongo robs Crosby in front, but the puck is loose in the blue paint. The Pens and Panthers crash to get to the loose puck, while Luongo is all over. Dumoulin ends up picking up the puck from the pile and goes behind the net. He finds Rust open at the faceoff circle. Rust fires on net while Luongo is down and out. 5-5 tie game.

5:39 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Malkin, Kessel, and Crosby work behind the net. Kessel ends up getting the puck in front where Hornqvist is stationed. His first shot is denied, but he puts in the rebound chance. 5-4 Panthers

5:47 - Now the Pens will get their first power play for 1:55.

5:53 - Oleksiak lays a heavy hit on Mike Matheson. Bjugstad goes after Oleksiak and they drop the gloves. Oleksiak gets the better of the fight. Bjustad ends up getting an extra minor for roughing. Four-on-four hockey for five seconds.

7:47 - Well, that is just frustrating. Pengs are called for too many men on the ice, so Panthers get another power play chance.

9:55 - Panthers with too many men on the ice, but the referees are none the wiser it seems.

10:20 - Ekblad's one-timer is stopped by Murray.

12:11 - What a great penalty kill by the Pens.

12:58 - Simon's penalty time expires. Panthers still have 47 seconds left on a normal power play chance.

14:11 - A terrible penalty by Oleksiak. He sits for cross-checking. Five-on-three power play for the Panthers for 1:13. Huge penalty kill.

14:58 - First penalty of the game goes to Simon for tripping. Panthers getting a power play chance.

18:16 - Dadonov scores his second goal of the night. Barkov and Dadonov with a little criss-cross play. Barkov ends up feeding a pass to Dadonov, who is all alone at the side of the net. He beats Murray. 5-3 Panthers

19:14 - MALKIN SCORES HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT! Hagelin backhands an outlet pass from behind the net to Malkin on the red line. He goes to the top of the faceoff circle and roofs one over the blocker shoulder of Luongo. 4-3 Panthers.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! To get the win, the Pens need to get shots and pressure Luongo. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period. Panthers lead is now 4-2.

1:57 - Hornqvist seems to score. Malkin comes flying around to the back of the net and ends up leaving the puck with Hornqvist at the side. The puck is up against the pad of Luongo. Hornqvist goes give up and he pushes the puck and pad over the goal line. The referee initially waved it off as a no goal, they gathered to discuss, and end up ruling it a goal...Panthers have challenged for goalie interference. The referees state that the puck and goalie were pushed into the goal, so it's not a goal. Wow.

4:29 - Murray has come up with some big saves. Not an easy game to come into and he is holding down the fort.

6:50 - MALKIN SCORES! Rust puts the puck in a perfect spot as Malkin is driving down the center to the net. Malkin redirects the puck over the glove of Luongo. 4-2 Panthers.

10:16 - Murray with a point-blank save. Tough save to start with.

11:48 - Murray will replace Jarry.

11:48 - Derek MacKenzie scores. The Panthers get a two-on-two rush into the offensive zone. Colton Sceviour fires a shot that is saved by the pad of Jarry, but the rebound goes right to MacKenzie and he puts it in. 4-1 Panthers

14:38 - Crosby finds Letang at the point. His slapshot bangs off the glass.

15:31 - Malkin with a perfect pass across the offensive zone to Kessel at the back door. Kessel had a wide open net, but Ekblad was just able to get a stick on the puck to disrupt the play.

15:59 - Jarry gets to the top of the circle to deny Aaron Ekblad in front.

16:37 - Aleksander Barkov is denied by Jarry. He was given way too much room to do whatever he wanted. The Pens on playing on their heels right now.

17:53 - Jamie McGinn scores. Jared McCann makes a no-look shot pass over to McGinn at the side of the net. He directs it to the pads of Jarry and it trickles over the goal line as Jarry is diving back with his pads. 3-1 Panthers

20:00 - The second period is underway! The Pens need to finish their scoring chances this period and take control. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - Time expires in the first period and the Panthers end up with the lead 2-1 over the Pens.

0:38 - Evgenii Dadonov scores. The Pens are caught flat-footed and Dadonov takes advantage. He stickhandles around Dadonov and fires from the slot. His shot beats Jarry, rings off the goal post, and goes into the net. 2-1 Panthers

1:42 - Hornqvist had a wide open net after Hagelin's shot rebounded off the pad of Luongo. Panthers collapse and are able to clear.

2:41 - Kessel comes flying down the wing and he is in all alone. He holds the puck and wraparounds the back of the net. His outlet pass is broken up as Panthers were able to get back by then.

4:03 - Hornqvist finds the puck at the side of the net and quickly turns to fire the puck. Luongo was ready for that.

5:24 - Shots are tied at seven apiece. Panthers have had the more quality shots, but things are tied at 1-1.

7:20 - HAGELIN SCORES! Oleksiak protected the puck at the backboards and got the puck over to Malkin, who was behind the net. Malkin found Hagelin stationed in front. Hagelin fired one past Luongo. 1-1 tie game.

8:30 - Nick Bjugstad gets in behind the Penguin defense. Jarry denied him with an outstretched pad save. The Panthers are getting behind the defense without much trouble.

9:44 - Pens pushing back more. Oleksiak with a great chance in front, but Luongo is up to the task.

16:16 - Vincent Trocheck scores. Denis Malgin carried the puck into the zone and dished a pass across the center to Trocheck, who is a step ahead of the defense. He redirected the puck on his backhand past Jarry. 1-0 Panthers

18:47 - Roberto Luongo denies Hornqvist in front.

19:24 - Jarry with an early save. Pens gave up a quality scoring chance to the Panthers, but Jarry bailed them out.

20:00 - The puck has dropped in Florida! Time for the Pens to extend their streak to seven. Lets Go Pens! 

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