Thursday, April 5, 2018

Playoff implications for both teams on the line

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets, who are still fighting for a playoff spot. As for the Penguins, they are fighting for home ice advantage.

This is a possible playoff matchup and has some major implications. It will be critical for the Penguins to get the win, not just for home ice, but also to have some momentum going into the playoffs where these two teams might faceoff in the first round.

On a side note, a familiar face will be on the ice for the Penguins as Ian Cole will play against the Penguins for the first time since he was traded.

This is going to be an interesting game. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Rust
Hagelin - Malkin - Hornqvist
Sheary - Sheahan - Kessel
Aston-Reese - Jooris - Kuhnhackl

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Oleksiak -  Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Blue Jackets 4

THE PENS GET THE 5-4 WIN! The Pens sweep the Blue Jackets this season and get the much needed two points! 

3:54 - KESSEL SCORES! Kessel goes coast-to-coast and backs up the defense. Kessel rips a laser shot past the glove of Bobrovsky. 5-4 Pens

4:01 - Murray shuts down Atkinson at the side of the net. 

5:00 - Overtime is underway! The Pens just need to keep pressuring Bobrovsky. Lets Go Pens! 

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

0:09 - Murray and Bobrovsky with saves to keep things tied. 

0:41 - The Blue Jackets ice the puck for the third time in a row. The Blue Jackets seem to just be wasting time as they only need a point to clinch a playoff spot. 

2:27 - Up and down hockey right now. The Pens have been buzzing since they tied things up. 

7:41 - SHEARY SCORES! Sheary gets a step into the zone, but Bobrosky holds the post with his skate to deny Sheary and Werenski puts his body between Sheary and the net. Sheary doesn't give up as he finds the loose puck between the legs of Werenski and elevates it over the pad of Bobrovsky. What a goal and what an effort by Sheary. 4-4 tie game. 

9:34 - Crosby is denied by Bobrovsky. 

11:35 - Atkinson scores. Dubois fires a shot that is stopped by Murray, but he is unable to control the rebound as Atkinson crashes the net with Letang. Atkinson finds the loose change and cashes in. 4-3 Blue Jackets 

12:25 - Vanek gets some time and space down the wing, but Murray gloves up the shot. 

15:08 - Hornqvist gets in behind Atkinson and takes the puck right to the net. Bobrovsky makes the first shot, but the puck is loose. The referee blows the whistle a little too quickly as the puck wasn't frozen and Hornqvist is very upset over it. 

17:02 - LETANG SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Letang fires a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. His sniper shot beats Bobrovsky high, blocker side. 3-3 tie game. 

18:24 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Cam Atkinson is called for high-sticking. 

19:43 - Power play time is up. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! There are still 17 seconds left on the power play chance for the Pens. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - That does it for the second period. The Blue Jackets have the 3-2 lead. 

1:44 - Now the Pens will get a power play chance as Jenner is ticketed for hooking. 

5:52 - Some great offensive zone time for the Pens with sustained pressure. The Blue Jackets end up clearing the puck and Kessel ends up going down. He is slow to get up and heads to the bench. 

6:34 - Crosby tries to bank a shot off the back of Bobrovsky, but Ian Cole ends up blocking the shot. 

8:59 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. 

10:59 - A terrible penalty for Rust to take. He will sit for tripping. A critical penalty kill for the Pens.

11:31 - Mark Letestu with a high shot. It goes off the crossbar. 

12:50 - A wide-open net chance for Calvert, but Malkin gets back to take the puck from him. 

13:25 - Boone Jenner scores on the power play. Vanek, on the half boards, outlets a perfect pass to Jenner who is all alone in front. Murray is deep in his net and Jenner beats him high, blocker side. 3-2 Blue Jackets

15:02 - Murray shuts the door on Calvert who comes right to the front of the net. However, Calvert draws a high-sticking penalty in the process. Oleksiak to the box. Penalty kill time for the Pens. 

15:31 - Nice defensive work by the Pens and a strong stick by Murray to disrupt the Blue Jackets. 

17:37 - The Blue Jackets ring a shot off the crossbar. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to clean up their game a little and make sure to keep putting the pressure on Bobrovsky. Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and things are tied 2-2. 

4:05 - Shots are 14-9 in favor of the Pens. 

4:25 - HORNQVIST SCORES! A shot by Schultz goes off the stick of Thomas Vanek into the air towards the front of the net. Hornqvist waits for the puck to drop low enough and takes a swing. He bats the puck past Bobrovsky. 2-2 tie game. 

7:21 - Matt Calvert scores. Calvert drags the puck around Maatta and backhands one past Murray. A very impressive move by Calvert. 2-1 Blue Jackets

9:34 - KESSEL SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel carries the puck into the zone right down the middle. He drags the puck back and fires a quick shot that beats Bobrovsky glove side. 1-1 tie game.  

9:51 - Power play time for the Pens. 1:41 left on that power play. 

10:10 - Seth Jones is called for tripping. We will have four-on-four hockey for 20 seconds. 

10:36 - Werenski gets in behind the defense and is all alone against Murray. He is robbed by Murray! Dumoulin picks up the loose puck and clears it. 

11:51 - Hornqvist will head to the box for boarding and the Blue Jackets get the first power play of the game. 

13:17 - The second line of the Pens crash the net with shots and bodies. Bobrovsky holds down the fort and is able to cover for a whistle. Hornqvist with a great battle in front. 

14:49 - Zach Werenski scores. Pierre-Luc Dubois finds Werenski in the slot area. The puck goes off Werenski's skate, but he gains control. He backhands the puck on net and it sneaks past Murray. Terrible goal to allow. 1-0 Blue Jackets 

15:22 - Murray with an aggressive save to kick the puck out. He shuts down Alexander Wennberg. 

16:47 - Sergei Bobrovsky gloves up the puck with Crosby right on his doorstep. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped! The Pens need these critical two points and have the chance to sweep the Blue Jackets this season. Lets Go Pens! 

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