Sunday, March 25, 2018

Afternoon battle

By: MF, 

Back in action today as I will be covering the Pittsburgh Penguins as they take on their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Penguins need to build a solid foundation going into the playoffs. They do that by playing consistently. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Oleksiak - Letang
Dumoulin - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Flyers 4

THE PENS GET THE 5-4 WIN IN OVERTIME! It wasn't the prettiest game by the Pens or their best, but they got the job done in the end. They stuck with things and that is what counts.

2:35 - RUST SCORES! Letang's shot from the point bounces off bodies in front and back out to Crosby. Crosby puts the puck in a perfect spot for Rust to redirect it past Mrazek. 5-4 Pens

3:44 - An offsides by the Pens will give the Flyers a chance to change players.

3:57 - A long shift for the Flyers. They have yet to get a change on the ice, but the Pens have got at least one.

5:00 - Overtime is underway! The Pens have to finish this game with a win. Lets Go Pens!

3rd Period
0:00 - We are going to overtime. 

0:42 - Couturier scores. Gostisbehere fires a shot from the blue line that Murray gets a piece of with his glove. Couturier is right in front to get the rebound and put it behind Murray. 4-4 tie game. 

1:33 - Murray with a huge save with the puck bouncing already, along with bodies crashing the net. Brassard played a little goalie to help Murray. 

2:00 - Mrazek is off to the bench and the Flyers have an empty net. 

5:47 - Kessel flies down the wing and gains the zone. He holds and makes a pass across the goal mouth to Sheary, but a Simmonds' stick breaks up the play. 

8:12 - Crosby fights his way through bodies and sticks all the while protecting the puck. He finds Guentzel wide-open with a clear shot on net. Mrazek comes up with a great save to deny Guentzel. 

10:05 - Shots are 41-25 in favor of the Flyers. Pens have been outshot in the first two periods and are currently being outshot this period. They can't sit back too much. 

10:23 - Murray with a really good save on a quick shot by Shayne Gostisbehere. Sullivan is not happy with the zone coverage by the Pens. He is letting them known. 

15:29 - Scary shift for the Pens as the Flyers had complete control in the offensive zone. Murray with a save. Finally, the puck is directed into the netting. 

19:43 - CROSBY SCORES! What moves by our Captain! Crosby protects the puck from Couturier and outworks him to get some space. Once he has space, Crosby elevates his shot over a stick and the glove of Mrazek. 4-3 Pens 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to stay out of the box and put the pressure on Mrazek. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period comes to an end and this game is tied 3-3.

0:32 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. They need more of those. I don't mean they should take penalties, just get the job done when needed. 

1:25 - Murray with a solid save through a screen and he didn't give up a rebound. 

2:32 - Terrible penalty to take. Dumoulin will head to the box for cross-checking. Flyers go right back onto the power play. 

2:50 - Weal scores on the power play. A rebound chance is loose in front and Weal gets to it to put it into the net. 3-3 tie game. 

4:19 - Critical penalty kill ahead for the Pens. Brassard is called for high-sticking. 

4:58 - A turnover by Rust leads to a rush up ice for the Flyers, but Ruhwedel gets his stick out to poke the puck right away from Travis Konecny, who had a wide-open net. This sends the Pens the other way. Crosby's shot just goes wide. 

6:50 - Shots this period are 12-7 in favor of the Pens. 

12:58 - Murray with a few good saves. They should help build his confidence. 

15:01 - The Pens have come out to play. A completely different team from the first period. 

17:22 - Flyers will have a goalie change. Lyon is chased out and Petr Mrazek will replace him. 

17:23 - MALKIN SCORES! The Pens on in a delayed penalty situation. Malkin fakes a shot, holds, drags the puck a little, and fires through traffic. Five-hole is wide open and Malkin's shot finds its way through. 3-2 Pens  

19:23 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Great puck movement by the Pens. Kessel goes to Hornqvist, in his usual spot. Hornqvist quickly turns and goes far post to beat Lyon. 2-2 tie game. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to capitalize on the power play they have to start. Still 1:49 left on it. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the first period. Flyers have the 2-1 lead. 

0:11 - A late power play for the Pens as Jakub Voracek takes a cross-checking penalty. 

0:35 - That does it for the power play. No shots for the Pens. They passed the puck way too much. 

2:35 - Now a power-play chance for the Pens. Sean Couturier takes a seat for hooking. 

2:51 - A solid penalty kill for the Pens to build off. Murray with two quality saves. 

4:51 - Flyers get the first power play of the game as Dumoulin is ticketed for hooking. Critical penalty kill for the Pens and a great chance for them to get their penalty kill back on track. 

8:53 - Brandon Manning scores. Weal carries the puck and gains the zone on the wing. He leaves the puck for Manning at the point. Manning slaps a shot that beats Murray, glove side. 2-1 Flyers - side note: Murray has to have that one there. 

10:19 - BRASSARD SCORES! Wake up call has been answered! Sheary gets to the loose puck in the neutral zone and pops it up in the air, over three Flyer players. Brassard, stationed at the blue line, gets the puck and has a one-on-one chance. Brassard's shot goes over the blocker of Alex Lyon. Perfect setup and perfect shot. 1-1 tie game. 

11:23 - The defensive play of the Pens is lacking right now. Pinching and no one covering, so that leads to odd-man rushes for the Flyers. The Pens need to wake up before they dig a hole that is too deep to get out of. 

14:57 - Travis Sanheim scores. Jordan Weal enters the offensive zone and pulls up by the half-boards. He finds Sanheim trailing the play. Sanheim rifles a shot from the center and beats the glove of Murray. 1-0 Flyers

15:36 - Murray with a few solid saves as the Flyers got some solid scoring chances on the last shift. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped on the final regular season game between the Pens and Flyers. Lets Go Pens! 

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