Sunday, March 11, 2018

Penguins look to bounce back

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in action for the second night in a row. This time they are facing off against the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins are coming off a tough 5-2 loss on the road to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They will look to bounce back tonight.

Not much to add, just that the Penguins need to focus on putting a consistent 60-minute effort, which can be tough. However, they are a team with enough talent to do so. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Sheary
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Sheahan - Brassard - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Jooris - Rowney

Dumoulin - Letang
Oleksiak - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel

DeSmith in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 3 Stars 1

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS GET THE 3-1 WIN OVER THE STARS! Great work by the Pens and DeSmith tonight. A well-deserved win for them. 

0:43 - MALKIN SCORES AN EMPTY NETTER! Crosby gets the puck and puts it up to Malkin. He doesn't miss. 3-1 Pens

1:50 - Empty net for the Stars. 

3:35 - Not much to update on. Stars getting some offensive zone time. The Pens need to be careful with their defensive plays. 

7:36 - The penalty kill is successful. 

9:36 - Critical penalty kill ahead for the Pens as Ruhwedel is ticketed for hooking. 

9:51 - DeSmith gives up a huge rebound, but the Pens are there to clear it before the Stars get to it. 

11:02 - DeSmith has been solid in this period. He has faced only two shots, but they were quality shots. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep pushing forward. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period. The Pens still have the lead 2-1. 

1:40 - Powerplay time is up for the Pens. 

2:33 - It appears that Hornqvist scored a goal. Crosby makes a shot/pass on net and Lehtonen comes up with the first save. Hornqvist is right on the doorstep to pick up the loose change. They are reviewing Hornqvist's goal for offsides leading up to the play. It's ruled a no goal.

3:40 - Now the Pens will head onto the powerplay as Radulov is called for tripping. 

6:37 - Maatta has been set free. 

7:50 - 1:16 left in the second half of the power play for the Stars. 

7:51 - Radulov scores on the powerplay. Radulov is wide-open at the side of the net and buries it. 2-1 Pens

8:40 - Five-on-three powerplay chance for the Stars for 52 seconds. Maatta sits for high-sticking on Seguin. He sold that well as the stick didn't even hit him. 

9:48 - Guentzel will go to the sin bin for slashing. The Stars get a powerplay chance. Big kill for the Pens, if they want to keep the Stars from gaining any momentum. 

12:30 - Powerplay time is up for the Pens. 

14:30 - Guentzel finds Crosby across the ice on the left wing. His wrist shot is stopped by Lehtonen. Greg Pateryn ends up taking a cross-checking penalty after the play. Powerplay time for the Pens. 

15:23 - Lehtonen comes up with two back-to-back saves on Hagelin and Malkin. 

17:41 - Powerplay time has expired. 

19:41 - Another powerplay chance for the Pens as Pitlick is called for cross-checking on Guentzel. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! Keep your foot on the pedal Pens. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Pens have the 2-0 lead over the Stars. 

0:04 - OLEKSIAK SCORES! Great pressure by the third line of the Pens in the offensive zone. Brassard ends up lifting a Stars' stick, which allows Kessel to get the puck. He finds Oleksiak at center. Oleksiak rips a perfect shot over the glove of Lehtonen. 2-0 Pens

3:45 - Tyler Seguin finds Alexander Radulov at the blue line with a clear lane down the center. DeSmith is out far to challenge him and ends up denying Radulov's wrist shot. 

4:48 - Crosby with a backhand, no-look pass to Sheary. The puck ends up loose in the blue paint. Lehtonen is eventually able to cover it up for the whistle. 

7:03 - HORNQVIST SCORES ON THE POWERPLAY! Crosby and Malkin exchange the puck at the side. Malkin makes a quick pass to Hornqvist who is stationed at the top of the faceoff circle. He snipes a shot over the blocker of Lehtonen. 1-0 Pens. 

7:23 - Powerplay number two for the Pens. Marc Methot is ticketed for cross-checking on Jooris. 

8:44 - Crosby gains control of a bouncing puck at the blue line and outskates Klingberg. He goes across the front and tries to jam the puck home. Lehtonen holds strong and Crosby's shot ends up going off the side of the net. 

11:18 - That will do it for the powerplay. The Pens had two quality scoring chances at the end of that power play. Kari Lehtonen comes up with both saves to keep things 0-0. 

13:18 - Dumoulin is back on the ice, but ends up getting high-sticked by Devin Shore. As a result, the Pens are headed onto the power play. 

15:22 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. Dumoulin ended up getting tangled up with Tyler Pitlick during a rush and is in some discomfort, but he stays on the bench. 

17:22 - The first power play of the game will go to the Stars as Sheary is ticketed with tripping. 

19:20 - Malkin lays a hard body hit on John Klingberg. 

20:00 - Puck drop! The Pens need to come out with speed and get some sustained pressure against the Stars. Lets Go Pens! 

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