Sunday, April 22, 2018

Round Two or Game Seven?

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF, 

Well, here we sit. Game Six. The Pittsburgh Penguins allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to get some life back into their game and keep themselves alive in this playoff round.

It wasn't a good Game Five for the Penguins. The Flyers had the energy and determination, whereas the Penguins did not. The team that worked hard all game came out with the win. Today, that has to be the Penguins.

However, the Penguins have some good and bad news when it comes to their lineup today. Patric Hornqvist will be returning, but Evgeni Malkin will not be in the lineup. Malkin had a Flyer fall on his leg, which caused it to bend in an odd way in Game Five. Not surprising to see him out, but hopefully, it's nothing very serious and won't affect the team moving forward.

The Penguins can still close out this game even without Malkin. They just need to play smart, stay disciplined, and play a game full of energy. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Oleksiak -  Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 8 Flyers 5

3rd Period

0:29 - Flyer fans are still throwing things onto the ice. Full beer cans at that. Show some respect. Just terrible. 


2:24 - Empty for the Flyers again. 

2:53 - Couturier scores. Hat trick. Sheahan tires to clear the puck down the center, but the puck goes right to Giroux. Murray makes the initial save and Couturier puts in the rebound. The Pens challenge the goal, but it's ruled a good goal. 7-5 Pens 

3:01 - Empty net for the Flyers. 

7:02 - GUENTZEL SCORES HIS FOURTH! What a game for Guentzel. He is firing everything he can on the net. This time he gets his fourth one past Neuvirth. 7-4 Pens

7:11 - After watching that play by Letang. To be honest, a bit of a missed call. Looked like a slight trip by Letang. However, many calls have been missed that have benefited both teams. So that is the way of the NHL playoffs it seems. 

7:12 - GUENTZEL SCORES! HAT TRICK! Letang pokes the puck away from Couturier, who ends up going down in the process. The puck bounces out to Guentzel in the slot. He snaps one past Neuvirth. 6-4 Pens 

7:23 - Letang is set free. 

7:55 - The first set of penalties expire. Regular Flyer power play for 32 seconds. Murray comes up with some big saves. 

9:23 - Not a good penalty by Letang. He sits for cross-checking. Four-on-three power play for the Flyers for 1:28. 

9:55 - Four-on-four hockey time. Guentzel (interference) and Jakub Voracek (embellishment). 

10:32 - Sheahan has done a great job today. It's not an easy task to slot in for Malkin, but he has stepped up to the challenge. Solid game for him. 

11:45 - Another successful penalty kill. Flyers had zero shots on their power play chance. 

13:45 - Dumoulin puts the puck over the glass and will head to the box. Delay of game penalty. This is a huge penalty kill. 

19:30 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Ivan Provorov turns over the puck to Kessel in the defensive zone. Kessel has Guentzel on the wing as he drives to the net. He holds and makes a pass over to Guentzel, who puts it in the open net. 5-4 Pens 

19:59 - No Hagelin on the bench. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to put the pressure on Neuvirth and step up their game. Now is the time to finish this. Lets Go Pens! 

2nd Period
0:00 - That does it for the second period. Things are tied 4-4. 

0:53 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Some great work behind the net by Guentzel to get the puck out to Maatta at the point. Maatta fires a shot and Guentzel redirects it past Neuvirth in front. It trickles over the goal line. 4-4 tie game. 

1:51 - Sheary and Konecny are set free. 

3:51 - Sheary and Travis Konecny have a disagreement and exchange some hits. It took the referee a long time to make a call. They both end up getting a penalty. Four-on-four hockey. 

6:25 - HORNQVIST SCORES! Dumoulin keeps the puck in the offensive zone and goes up to Crosby. He goes to Guentzel, who finds Hornqvist in the slot. Hornqvist beats Neuvirth. Beautiful passing play. 4-3 Flyers

7:46 - Laughton scores. Laughton snaps a shot from the wing and beats Murray, blocker side. Bad goal for him to allow. 4-2 Flyers

8:17 - The penalty kill is good. 

10:17 - Giroux hits Hagelin hard. Hagelin is slow to get up. Kessel goes after Giroux and ends up taking a penalty. The Flyers get a power play chance. Hagelin heads to the locker room as he is bleeding from the mouth. 

12:10 - Murray robs Claude Giroux in front. What a save! Murray got a snowed in the process by Giroux. Letang responded with a hit on Giroux.  

13:32 - Pens need a spark. 

16:18 - Kessel rings a shot off the goal post. 

16:34 - Frustrating game to watch right now. The Pens are not matching the determination of the Flyers every shift. 

19:20 - Couturier scores. Couturier gets a breakaway chance and Hornqvist is unable to disrupt him. Couturier drives right to the net and stickhandles to put a shot through the five-hole of Murray. 3-2 Pens 

19:25 - Power play time expires. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens start with 35 seconds still left on their power play. Get a goal here and push forward! Lets Go Pens! 

1st Period
0:00 - Horn sounds to end the first period. Things are tied 2-2.

1:25 - The Flyers get possession of the puck and the delayed penalty situation ends. Scott Laughton heads the box for interference and the Pens power play unit comes onto the ice.

2:22 - Neuvirth looks to be down and out, but still robs Sheary at the side. A scramble in front of the net. A penalty will come to the Flyers. Delayed penalty situation right now.

3:44 - Not a surprise that things are tied up. The Pens have been sitting back way too much since Hagelin scored. The Flyers have the energy and jump.

4:12 - Andrew MacDonald scores. MacDonald fires a rocket shot from the point and beats a screened Murray. 2-2 tie game.

6:58 - The Pens have done a good job of disrupting passes and plays of the Flyers. More pressure by the Pens in the offensive zone is needed. They cannot afford to sit back.

11:21 - Hornqvist lays a solid shit on Jakub Voracek.

12:43 - HAGELIN SCORES! Claude Giroux turns the puck over at the blue line to Sheahan. Sheahan goes behind the net and leaves the puck for Kessel. Kessel quickly outlets a pass to Hagelin in front. His quick release beats Neuvirth. 2-1 Pens

13:30 - CROSBY SCORES! A set faceoff for the Pens and Letang gets a shot off from the point. Neuvirth makes the pad save, but Crosby is right at the side of the net to send the rebound to the back of the net. 1-1 tie game.

13:34 - Finally some good pressure by the Pens. Their third and fourth lines getting to work in the offensive zone. Michal Neuvirth makes a save on Ruhwedel's shot.

14:49 - Murray has made a few solid saves. The Flyers have the jump to start this game.

17:45 - Couturier scores. Murray gets a piece of Simmonds' shot, but it trickles past him and lays behind him in the blue paint. Ruhwedel and Oleksiak are unable to clear the puck over put it under Murray. Couturier gets to the loose puck and puts it in. 1-0 Flyers

20:00 - Game Six is underway! The Pens have to come out with some energy and put the pressure on the Flyers early. Lets Go Pens! 

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