Thursday, April 26, 2018

Old rivals collide once again - Round Two - 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

PPG Paints Arena / MF (the reason for the same picture is that I am very superstitious)
By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made it to the Second Round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as they dispatched the Philadelphia Flyers in the First Round in six games.

Now the challenge gets harder. Every round raises new challenges, obstacles, and physical dilemmas. It seems to be destiny for the Penguins to meet the Washington Capitals and they will do just that in this round. It won't be an easy series for either team, but it will be an interesting one as always.

However, the Penguins will start the series down two critical forwards. Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will not be in the lineup for Game One. Malkin did travel with the team to Washington, but Hagelin did not. The Penguins have to rise to the challenge, which they have done before in the past.

Old rivals collide once again in the playoffs. The question is, do the Penguins still have the Capitals number or is this finally the season for the Capitals? It all starts tonight! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Guentzel
Simon - Sheahan - Kessel
Sheary - Brassard - Rust
Aston-Reese - Rowney - Kuhnhackl

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Oleksiak -  Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 3 Capitals 2

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS TAKE GAME ONE 3-2! They come back after being down 2-0 and get the win. What a game for them. Murray was huge for them!

0:36 - What a game by Murray.

0:47 - The Capitals call a timeout. Murray has been unreal. 

1:40 - Empty net for the Capitals. 

2:37 - Murray robs Brett Connolly at the side of the net. Unreal save. 

6:10 - A set faceoff win for the Capitals. Ovechkin's quick shot hits the mask of Murray and goes up into the netting. 

7:48 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. 

8:20 - 32-second power play for the Capitals. 

9:48 - Guentzel gets a high-sticking penalty. Four-on-four hockey for 1:28. 

10:20 - Now the Pens get a power play chance. Chandler Stephenson is ticketed for high-sticking. 

12:12 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Crosby gets the puck off the half-boards and quickly fires a shot on net. Guentzel gets a piece of the puck as it travels to the net. The puck goes between the post and blocker arm of Holtby. 3-2 Pens 

13:21 - A bad turnover for the Pens. Lars Eller gets the puck and Murray ends up denying him. 

14:40 - CROSBY SCORES! Dumoulin finds Hornqvist right at the blue line. He chips the puck over to Guentzel who fires a pass across the ice to Crosby. Ovechkin gets a piece of the pass to slow it down, but Crosby still gets the puck. He beats Holtby five-hole. 2-2 tie game. 

17:01 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Schultz fires a shot from the point and is able to elevate the puck over a fallen Ovechkin. Hornqvist redirects the shot past Holtby. 2-1 Capitals 

19:32 - Ovechkin scores. Another two-on-one chance for the Capitals. Ovechkin holds and fires a shot over the glove of Murray. 2-0 Capitals 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to put the pressure on Holtby even more, but not let the Capitals get quality chances in the process. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - The second-period horn sounds. The Capitals still hold the 1-0 lead. 

1:17 - Sheahan is back on the ice, sporting a black eye. 

3:05 - Holtby denies the Pens with chances right in front. 

3:40 - Sheahan takes a puck up high and he heads straight to the bench holding his face. 

5:52 - Murray has been really solid for the Pens. He makes another pad save with bodies in front. 

8:04 - Finally a whistle. None stop up and down hockey for quite some time. 

9:34 - Crosby's line has been generating some good chances. If Malkin was here, the Capitals would be in trouble. They haven't been able to really contain Crosby. 

11:57 - Murray and Holtby have settled into this game well. Both teams are flying and trading chances. 

15:04 - Power play time expires. Only two shots on net for the Pens during that power play. 

17:04 - The first power play of the game goes to the Pens as Tom Wilson is called for interference. A huge chance for the Pens. 

18:18 - What a save by Murray. He comes sliding across to deny a shot with his blocker. Unreal. 

19:45 - Guentzel and Crosby have a two-on-one chance. Guentzel holds and fires a shot that rings off the goal post! 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to communicate better and clean up their defensive gameplay this period. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and the Capitals have the 1-0 lead.

0:58 - Some nice work by the first line of the Pens in the offensive zone. Holtby makes a save on Hornqvist's shot.

3:07 - It seems the Pens have settled into the game a little bit. Both teams getting looks and chances.

6:16 - Holtby shuts the door on Guentzel's chance.

7:01 - Sheahan holds strong to go behind the net and outlet a pass to Simon, who is driving down the center. Holtby gets a piece of his shot to direct it wide.

7:47 - To be honest, if the Pens end this period down by one that would be great. The Pens have given up way too many chances. Luckily not much develops, but still, the chance is there for the Capitals.

8:42 - Murray holds strong as Devante Smith-Pelly as he comes crashing into him. Murray keeps the puck out. The Pens are breaking down defensively. They have to pick up their gameplay.

9:11 - Simon beats Holtby, but he cannot beat the goal post.

9:50 - The Pens have gotten lucky on a few plays now. Murray with a solid glove save.

10:41 - Brooks Orpik lays a heavy hit on Hornqvist. Hornqvist seems to be okay.

13:02 - Crosby is robbed by Braden Holtby.

13:30 - Murray gets a piece of the puck. It trickles through the blue paint. Luckily two Pens were there to clear the puck out of blue paint.

15:12 - Another odd-man rush for the Capitals. Ovechkin has a wide open net but fires the puck wide. The Pens got lucky there.

16:20 - Dumoulin was hit hard into the boards. He was slow to get back up and is not happy with the referee.

17:52 - Not the start they were looking for, but the Pens have been able to generate some chances in the offensive zone.

19:43 - Evgeny Kuznetsov scores. Ovechkin chips the puck up to Kuznetsov who is behind the Pens' defense. He beats Murray high glove. 1-0 Capitals

20:00 - The Second Round of the playoffs has officially started! The Pens need to come out with energy and speed. Time to quiet down this building. Lets Go Pens! 

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