Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Penguins are in Canada

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Toronto, Canada to take on the Maple Leafs.

The Penguins are dealing with some injuries. Dominick Simon and Bryan Rust join the list. Simon is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, while Rust has been diagnosed with a concussion. They join Zach Aston-Reese and Matt Murray, who are both progressing well.

With the hole in the lineup, Josh Jooris will slot in as he was recalled from Wilkes-Barre Scranton.

Tonight, the Penguins need to focus on putting forth a consistent effort in this game and keep pushing forward even with the injuries. 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

Jarry in the net!

Play - by - Play
Pens 2 Maple Leafs 5

3rd Period
0:00 - That will be an end to this game. The Leafs end up with the 5-2 win over the Pens. 

0:57 - Marleau scores an empty-netter. Marleau fires from the neutral zone into the empty net. 5-2 Leafs

2:17 - Empty net once again for the Pens. 

2:28 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Malkin rips a hard shot on net and Hornqvist deflects the puck right in front past Andersen. 4-2 Leafs

3:24 - Pens have an empty net. 

3:36 - CROSBY SCORES! The first line gets to the forecheck and wins some puck battles. Crosby ends up with the puck and stickhandles to the center. He backhands one that goes off the stick of Hainsey and past Andersen. 4-1 Leafs

5:44 - Brassard tries to reach around the outstretched pad of Andersen, but he is unable to do so. Great scoring chance. 

6:25 - Solid save by DeSmith as Komarov has a chance right at the side of the net. 

9:43 - Jooris with some great speed and stick work right up the middle to the front of the net. Andersen turns away his shot. 

14:53 - Crosby's line gets some extended time in the offensive zone with a tired unit of Leafs. The Pens are unable to convert. 

19:13 - Marner rings a shot off the crossbar. 

20:00 - Third period time! Come on Pens. DeSmith replaces Jarry to start. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to conclude the second period. Leafs extend their lead to 4-0. 

1:36 - Mitchell Marner scores on the PP. Marner fires from the blue line, it goes off some bodies, and through the five-hole of Jarry. 4-0 Leafs

2:04 - Dumoulin charges right to the net and gets inside position on Ron Hainsey. He ends up putting the puck past the pad of Andersen. The referee announces that it is not a goal and Dumoulin is ticketed with goalie interference. He did make contact with Andersen but was pushed in by Hainsey. The referees gather for a discussion. Four-on-three power play for the Leafs for 23 seconds. 

2:38 - Jarry with a huge save on Travis Dermott who came flying up the center with an open lane to shoot. 

3:40 - Malkin and Roman Polak have a disagreement. They both get matching minors and we will see some four-on-four hockey. 

4:30 - Andersen robs Guentzel in front. 

8:25 - Kadri scores again. A power-play goal. Jarry gives up a big rebound chance right to an open Kadri. He puts it in the open net. 3-0 Leafs

8:34 - The Leafs will get their first power play of the game as Oleksiak takes a seat for interference. The Leafs are still looking for their first shot in this second period. 

10:57 - Shots are 7-0 in favor of the Pens this period. 

15:59 - Another very aggressive penalty kill by the Leafs. The Pens had two scoring chances, but Andersen denied them both. Pens power play is frustrated after that one. 

17:59 - Third power play chance for the Pens as Patrick Marleau will head to the box for hooking. 

19:36 - Hornqvist puts on the after-burners and forces Andersen to mishandle the puck behind the net. He outlets to Malkin, but Malkin's backhand goes wide. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to step up their game this period. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - That will do it for the first period. The Leafs have the 2-0 lead. 

0:46 - Nazem Kadri scores. Kadri gets in on the forecheck and wins the puck battle back to the point. Rielly fires from the blue line and Kadri redirects the puck in front past Jarry. 2-0 Leafs

1:55 - The power play time has expired. Leafs looked to be on the power play and not the Pens. Jarry came up big. 

3:30 - Jarry with an out-stretched pad save to deny a breakaway chance. 

3:55 - A huge chance for the Pens to tie things up as Connor Carrick is ticketed with holding the stick as in holding Hagelin's stick. Power play time. 

9:04 - Malkin has been flying since the puck dropped to start this game. 

10:52 - Kasperi Kapanen scores. A bad turnover by the Pens. Leo Komarov goes behind the net and leaves the puck for Tyler Bozak at the side of the net. Bozak makes a no-look backward pass to Kapanen, who is all alone on the other side of the net. He puts it in the wide-open net. 1-0 Leafs 

11:37 - Things have settled down for the Leafs and they have found their legs. Things have evened out. 

12:52 - Morgan Rielly gets some space down the wing. His wrist shot is turned away by Jarry. That is the first shot of this game for the Leafs. 

14:01 - That will be the end of the power play for the Pens. 

16:01 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Lee Komarov is called for hooking. 

16:19 - A great start by the Pens. They are outshooting the Leafs 6-0, so far. 

18:37 - Malkin and Crosby's lines come out and put on the pressure. Guentzel gets a chance at the side of the net, but Frederik Andersen denies him. 

20:00 - This game is underway! The Pens need to get on the board early and put on the pressure at the start. Lets Go Pens! 

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