Friday, February 2, 2018

Superstar showdown in the Burgh

Downtown Pittsburgh / MF
By: MF, 

It's a rivalry kind of night in Pittsburgh as the Penguins gear up to take on the Washington Capitals. The Penguins are coming off a dominating 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks, which was in large part due to the incredible comeback performance of Matt Murray.

For tonight's game, there will be some lineup changes. Firstly,  Jean-Sebastien Dea was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Carter
Rowney will take his slot as he was taken off of the injured reserve list. It looked like the Penguins had regained a forward from the injury list, but Conor Sheary will take Rowney's spot as he suffered a lower-body injury during the game against the Sharks.

Regardless, this game is going to be a high-intensity game. It will be physical and fast. However, the Penguins cannot afford to let Washington knock them off their game. They need to stay focus, play smart, and be consistent. Lets Go Pens!

Simon - Crosby - Rust
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Guentzel - Sheahan - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Rowney - Reaves

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Cole - Oleksiak

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 7 Capitals 4

3rd Period

0:52 - Once again the penalty kill gets the job done.

2:52 - Hagelin to the box for hooking. Power play for the Caps.

3:46 - Orlov and Malkin both lose their footing and slide into the boards. Orlov goes head first into the boards but looks to be alright.

6:16 - Another great penalty killing effort by the Pens.

8:16 - Now the Caps get a power play chance as Malkin is called for tripping.

10:00 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! HIS SECOND GOAL OF THE NIGHT! Crosby comes down the boards and makes a pass to the front of the goal through the legs of Orlov. The puck goes off the skate of Malkin, then Orpik's skate, and past the pad of Grubauer. 7-4 Pens

10:55 - A great chance for the Pens to extend their lead as they will head onto the power play. Madison Bowey is off to the sin bin for tripping.

12:01 - Holtby is done for the night. Philip Grubauer will take over in goal.

12:01 - KESSEL SCORES HIS SECOND GOAL OF THE NIGHT! Malkin and Kessel rush up the ice. Malkin gains the zone and finds Kessel down the wing. He beats Holtby on the glove side. 6-4 Pens

12:53 - Crosby and Rust get a two-on-one rush. Crosby makes a beautiful saucer pass over to Rust. He just steers the puck wide of the net.

13:52 - RUST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Letang makes a perfect play to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Letang ends up firing a shot on net that is stopped by the glove of Holtby, but he can't control the rebound. Rust, stationed right in front, gets the rebound and puts it home. 5-4 Pens

15:10 - Nicklas Backstrom takes a seat for high-sticking. Power play for the Pens.

17:00 - Hornqvist heads to the locker room. He was on the receiving end of a hard hit from Brooks Orpik.

17:17 - Some good news, Cole is back on the ice for the Pens after heading to the locker room in the second period after Wilson hit him up high.

18:10 - Ovechkin scores. Kuznetsov feeds a pass across the ice to Ovechkin at his signature spot at the top of the faceoff circle. He puts it over the pad and past the blocker of Murray. 4-4 tie game.

18:19 - Letang and Oshie are set free.

18:59 - MALKIN SCORES! Kessel holds the blue line and chips the puck up to Malkin driving into the zone. Holtby makes a stop on Malkin's first shot. Malkin drives to the rebound and puts it through the open five-hole of Holtby. 4-3 Pens

20:00 - We are back for the third period. The period starts with four-on-four hockey for 1:40. The Pens need to get the lead back right away. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period. Things are tied up 3-3.

0:19 - Oshie and Letang battle on the boards. Oshie ends up cross-checking Letang in the side of the net when Letang is down on the ice. Letang is not happy and the two exchange some words and shoves. Oshie is ticketed with checking and Letang gets a roughing penalty. Four-on-four hockey.

1:24 - Crosby's line holds the offensive zone and keeps the Caps from changing their lines. Holtby finally is able to cover a shot from Rust for a whistle.

5:25 - Orlov finds Wilson in front. He directs the pass towards the net, but Murray gloves up the puck.

5:32 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

6:32 - Cole leaves the bench and heads to the locker room.

7:43 - Wilson leaves his feet to hit Cole up high into the boards. He will go to the box for roughing. Power play time for the Pens.

8:03 - Kuznetsov scores. Wilson gloves down the puck and it is picked up by Kuznetsov in the slot area. He beats Murray. 3-3 tie game.

9:19 - The shots are now 21-19, still in favor of the Pens.

14:51 - Crosby puts a pass right on a silver platter as he puts a pass on the tape of Rust's stick in front of the net. He fires a shot off the goal post.

16:52 - Dmitry Orlov scores. Orlov fires a hard shot from the top of the faceoff circle. It beats a screen Murray, blocker side. 3-2 Pens

19:34 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Down at the goal line, Crosby makes a quick one-touch pass to Hornqvist and he blows a shot past Holtby. 3-1 Pens

20:00 - Time for the second period. The Pens have 1:28 left on their power play and they need to capitalize on it. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - That does it for the first period. The Pens will have a power play to start the second and they hold the 2-1 lead.

0:32 - Late power play for the Pens as Stephenson heads to the box for tripping.

1:50 - Ovechkin scores. Ovechkin drives to the net and goes around Letang to confront Murray. Murray makes the pad save, the puck bounces out, hits Dumoulin's skate, and goes into the net. 2-1 Pens

2:48 - Holtby comes up with big saves on two odd-man rushes by the Pens.

4:10 - HAGELIN SCORES! Christian Djoos tries to pass across the center to his defensive partner, but Hagelin comes flying in to take the puck instead. Hagelin beats Braden Holtby. 2-0 Pens

5:52 - Dumoulin and Letang with some great defensive moves to break up a rush by the Caps.

6:43 - Murray robs Chandler Stephenson on a breakaway. Schultz comes flying back to clean up the rebound chance.

7:13 - Shots are 9-8 in favor of the Pens.

10:59 - Reaves knocks down Alex Ovechkin in front of Murray. They exchange some shoves and words.

11:52 - Letang is hit hard into the boards by Wilson. He looks to be alright.

12:20 - Tom Wilson gets in alone with speed. His shot goes off the glove of Murray and hits the goal post.

14:28 - Solid penalty kill by the Pens. Murray was on point.

16:10 - Murray comes up with a huge save on a shot by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

16:28 - The first power play of the game goes to the Caps as Crosby is ticketed for tripping.

17:49 - KESSEL SCORES! Sheahan throws the puck through the blue paint to the other side of the net where Kessel is stationed. He bats the puck. 1-0 Pens

20:00 - Game time! The Pens need to come out with speed and get their game early against the Caps! Lets Go Pens! 

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