Monday, March 5, 2018

Penguins host Hockey is for Everyone night

By: MF,

Good evening Pittsburgh nation. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Monday. We are back covering tonight's game. Did you miss me? Well, I missed posting for you guys. My work schedule this month is packed full, so make sure to follow on Twitter for updates on my game coverage.

Now let us move onto tonight's game against the Calgary Flames. The Penguins are hosting the Flames at PPG Paints Arena during their Hockey is for Everyone night. The regular season is coming to a close and playoffs are nearing, so every point counts as teams are vying for a playoff position and home-ice advantage.

The Penguins just need to focus on consistency in their gameplay and making sure to play smart, defensively, as Tristan Jarry will be in the net. There is no reason to make the young goaltenders job any harder than it already is for him. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Oleksiak - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 4 Flames 3 OT

PENS GET THE 4-3 OVERTIME WIN! A much needed two points for the Pens. Not a perfect game, but they get the job done in the end. Solid performance by Jarry once again.

2:24 - SCHULTZ SCORES! Kessel carries the puck up the ice and finds Malkin at the blue line. He gains the zone and snaps a pass to Kessel, who gloves down the puck. He tricks Gillies into thinking he is going to shoot but instead passes over to Schultz. Wide-open net for Schultz and he doesn't miss. What a play. 4-3 Pens

3:22 - Hamilton enters the zone and quickly shoots the puck. Jarry makes the save and covers up the loose puck. 

3:29 - Gaudreau is in all alone against Jarry and fires the shot wide. 

4:27 - Jarry stretches out the pads to make a save. 

5:00 - Extra hockey is required to figure out the winner of this one. The Pens need to use their speed and talent. Lets Go Pens! 

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

2:58 - Kessel slaps a hard shot just wide of the net. 

6:36 - Another successful penalty killing effort. 

7:36 - Wow! What a close chance for the Pens. Maatta fires from back in the Pens' zone and it takes a bounce. Gillies gets a piece, but it sneaks behind him. As he reaches back the puck goes on edge right on the goal line. It was unbelievably close to being a goal. 

8:36 - Malkin will head to the box for hooking. Penalty killing time for the Pens. 

10:47 - Jarry with another huge stop. Jankowski gets the puck and has a step on the defense. He holds, but Jarry closes up the five-hole. 

11:11 - Brassard goes across the ice to Kessel at the side of the net. Gillies robs him. 

11:44 - Flames taking it to the Pens on this shift. Backlund goes behind the net and makes a backward pass to Matthew Tkachuk. He tries to sneak the puck behind Jarry, but he gets over and shuts him down. 

14:40 - Two-on-one chance for the Flames. Johnny Gaudreau holds the puck and fires a shot wide of the net. 

17:06 - The puck is loose in front of the Flames' net. Everyone crashes the net and bodies are everywhere. Poor Gillies is at the bottom of that pile. The referee eventually loses sight of the puck and blows the whistle. Everyone is alright after that pileup. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens just need to put on the pressure, but make sure to play smart even if they regain the lead. Lets Go Pens! 

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

0:02 - Troy Brouwer scores. Brodie carries the puck up the wing and draws players to him. He slides a perfect pass across the front of the net to Brouwer, who is wide-open at the side of the net. He puts it in an open net. 3-3 tie game. 

1:17 - Dougie Hamilton with a hard wrist shot that hits Jarry up high on the side of his neck. Jarry looks to be alright. 

2:59 - LETANG SCORES! Malkin finds Letang in full flight into the offensive zone. Gillies end up backing up into the net and Letang rips one. 3-2 Pens

5:04 - Power play time is up for the Pens. 

7:04 - Another goalie interference penalty for the Flames. This time Jankowski is off to the box. Power play time for the Pens. 

7:48 - A solid penalty killing effort for the Pens. 

9:48 - Flames getting a power play as Ruhwedel is called for hooking. 

12:18 - Brassard has a chance on the side wing, but he fires it high over the net. 

13:24 - Things have calmed down after a wild first period. Both teams have three shots each so far this period. 

18:53 - Power play time expires. 

19:23 - Malkin and Jankowski's penalties expire. Regular five-on-four power play for 30 seconds.

20:00 - The second period is underway! There are still 37 seconds left on the Pens power play. Time to take back the lead. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - That will be the end of the first period and things are tied 2-2. 

0:53 - Now the Pens will get a power play chance for 1:30 (four-on-three power play) as Backlund is ticketed for goalie interference. 

1:23 - Four-on-four action as Malkin and Mark Jankowski get matching slashing minors. 

3:30 - Shots are 15-6 in favor of the Flames. The Flames are pressuring the Pens and Jarry. Playing some desperate hockey, which isn't a surprise since they are fighting for a playoff spot. 

7:54 - A great shift by the first line for the Pens. Extended offensive zone time, but they are unable to capitalize. 

9:42 - Mikael Backlund scores. Brett Kulak gains the blue line and gives the puck to Backlund. He stickhandles around Letang, turns to the backhand, and slips the puck under the pad of Jarry. 2-2 tie game.

11:31 - Flames are getting way too many quality scoring chances. The Pens need to clean up their defensive play or they won't have the lead for long. 

13:46 - Mark Giordano scores. The fourth line has an extended shift in the offensive zone. Letang ends up breaking his stick and has to use another Penguins' stick, which is curved the wrong way for him. This doesn't allow him to get enough on the clearing attempt. Giordano gets the puck off the half boards and fires on the net to beat Jarry. 2-1 Pens

15:50 - TJ Brodie finds himself wide-open in the slot. He receives a pass, but Jarry tracks the puck across the ice. Brodie is robbed by Jarry. 

16:55 - MALKIN SCORES! Gillies goes behind the net to play the puck and Rust rushes him. Gillies shoots the puck off the boards, Malkin with some great hand-eye coordination to knock the puck down. He takes it to the front of the net and puts it around a down and out Gillies. 2-0 Pens

17:50 - RUHWEDEL OPENS UP THE SCORING! Sheahan gets to the forecheck behind the net and forces the Flames to turnover the puck. The puck goes around to Ruhwedel at the point. He holds and fires a shot through traffic. He beats Jon Gillies, blocker side. 1-0 Pens 

20:00 - Game time! Time for the Pens to come out and get to their game early. No slow start tonight guys. Lets Go Pens! 

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