Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Rivalry night in the Big Apple

By: MF, 

Good evening everyone! Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers.

On the injury front, Bryan Rust will be back in the lineup tonight. As for Matt Murray, he is making progress. As a result of Rust coming back tonight, Josh Jooris has been reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

These last few games of the season are all about a push to the playoffs, so every point counts and teams are getting desperate for a spot. The Rangers are out of the playoff picture, but that doesn't mean the Penguins can take them lightly. The Penguins have to stay on top of things and continue to tune their game for the playoffs. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Oleksiak - Schultz
Maatta - Ruhwedel

DeSmith in the net!

Play - by - Play
Pens 3 Rangers 4 OT

Rangers get the 4-3 win in overtime. The Pens sloppy defensive work and penalties are what killed them in the end. They can't afford to sit back all the time when they are leading. Onto the next game. 

2:07 - Zibanejad scores. Kreider backhands a pass across to Zibanejad. He sneaks one under the elbow of DeSmith. 4-3 Rangers

2:59 - DeSmith cuts down the angle to make a save on Neal Pionk. 

3:18 - Georgiev with two solid back-to-back saves. Battle of the netminders in overtime. 

3:36 - Chances at both ends right in front. Both are stopped by the respective netminders. 

4:32 - Letang comes up the wing and gets the Ranger defense to back up. His shot is saved by the glove of Georgiev. 

5:00 - Overtime is underway! The Pens need to make sure to play smart and put on the pressure early. Lets Go Pens! 

3rd Period
0:00 - This one is going to overtime. 

0:10 - Malkin comes in slowly and Georgiev stays with him the whole time. Malkin can't get it past the pad of Georgiev. 

0:10 - PENALTY SHOT! Georgiev gets a delay of game penalty for pushing the net off. That results in a penalty shot. Malkin is up to bat! 

3:17 - Zibanejad scores on the power play. Kreider carries the puck down the wing and has Zibanejad flying down the opposite side. Kreider stickhandles around Letang and goes to the back side of the net where Zibanejad is all alone. He puts it behind DeSmith. No chance for DeSmith there. 3-3 tie game. 

3:38 - Ruhwedel takes a terrible tripping penalty, which gives the Rangers a power play chance. Critical penalty kill. 

4:19 - HAGELIN SCORES! Hagelin goes behind the net for a wraparound shot. He beats Georgiev, five-hole. 3-2 Pens

5:32 - Jesper Fast scores. Marc Staal puts the puck in front of the net and Fast redirects it past DeSmith. Quite a bit of traffic in front. 2-2 tie game. 

6:12 - Not great puck management by the Pens this period. They need to be more careful. 

7:00 - Hayes rings a shot off the goal post. 

11:18 - Kreider scores on the power play. Pavel Buchnevich fires from the half boards and DeSmith makes the save. Kreider, stationed in front all alone, gets the rebound and puts it five-hole. 2-1 Pens 

11:31 - A power play chance for the Rangers as Hornqvist is called for slashing. Penalty killing time. 

12:47 - DeSmith with another great save. Zibanejad drives right to the net the net and gets up close. Solid work by DeSmith. 

13:40 - Kevin Hayes with a rising shot in front. DeSmith makes a save with his goalie stick to put the puck over the net. 

18:12 - Another power play ends without any goals for the Pens. They are 0-3 on the night. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens start with 1:48 still left on their power play chance. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Horn sounds to end the second period and the Pens have the 2-0 lead. 

0:12 - A late power play for the Pens. Ryan Sproul will be called for slashing. 

1:09 - The Pens have calmed down things a little. DeSmith has been solid in net for the Pens. Dumoulin with a strong stick to disrupt Vladislav Namestnikov's drive down the center.

5:02 - The Pens power play is now 0-2 on the night. 

7:02 - Power play time for the Pens. Brady Skjei takes a seat in the box for slashing. 

7:21 - Kessel's laser shot beats the glove of Georgiev, but not the goal post! 

11:10 - A great sequence for the Rangers as they get some extended time in the offensive zone. The puck stays out of the net, but the crowd is fired up after that shift by the Rangers. 

13:31 - Kuhnhackl with some serious guts. He ends up laying his body down to block a shot and was hurt by that. He still tried to block another shot right after. Hornqvist helps him up after the play and he hobbles to the bench.  

17:12 - LETANG SCORES! The Pens get to work behind the net and end up with the puck. Kuhnhackl finds Letang at the point. Letang rifles one past Georgiev from the blue line. 2-0 Pens

18:07 - RUST SCORES! WELCOME BACK! Hagelin gets the puck off the half boards and finds Rust at the center of the faceoff circle. Rust holds and lines up his shot. He beats Georgiev. 1-0 Pens

18:46 - Chris Kreider blows past Guentzel and gets a step on him as he drives down the center towards DeSmith. DeSmith denies Kreider's backhanded shot. Sheary ties up Zibanejad to make sure he can't get the rebound. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens just need to keep the pressure on Georgiev and get some second chances going. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - That does it for the first period and things are 0-0. 

1:20 - Pens penalty kill is successful. 

3:20 - Now the Rangers get a power play as Maatta is ticketed for hooking. 

5:32 - Power play time is up for the Pens. The best chance came towards the end of the power play, but Georgiev is ready for it. 

7:32 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Mika Zibanejad will head to the box for tripping. 

7:53 - Hornqvist is robbed right in front by Georgiev. He has been solid for the Rangers. 

12:37 - Kessel finds Rust driving up ice. Rust wrist's shot goes over the net. 

13:21 - Sheary is able to get the puck in front, where Guentzel and Crosby are stationed. Georgiev is able to hold down the fort and keep them at bay. 

14:20 - Kuhnhackl rings one off the goal post. 

14:45 - McLeod fires a shot wide of the net! 

17:08 - DeSmith dives out to deny McLeod in front of the net as the puck was loose in front. Solid save. 

17:23 - Rust is denied right in front by Alexander Georgiev. Rangers with quite a few turnovers to start this game. 

20:00 - It's game time! The Pens need to come out ready to play and get the job done against the Rangers. They can do it. Lets Go Pens! 

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