Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The cross-state war continues in game three

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers are back in action for Game Three. The Penguins took Game Two and now hold a 2-1 series lead.

Both teams will be without key players. The Flyers will miss Sean Couturier in their lineup, while the Penguins deal with Patric Hornqvist being out with an upper-body injury.

Hornqvist's injury is a tough blow for the Penguins as he has been critical to their gameplay. They will have to push forward and get a better start tonight. The Penguins have a chance to wrap things up back in the Burgh for Game Five. They just need to play smart, stay focused/disciplined and put the pressure on Brian Elliot. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Schultz
Oleksiak -  Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Play - by - Play
PENS 5 Flyers 0

3rd Period
0:00 - THE PENS TAKE GAME THREE 5-0! Murray has another outstanding game and earns another shutout. The Pens now have a 3-1 series lead over the Flyers! 

1:26 - Oleksiak rings a shot off the goal post. 

1:37 - Cheap slash by Read. He whacks the back of Brassard's knee. He will take a seat and the Pens get a power play that will last the rest of this one. 

2:00 - There hasn't been much going on this period. Murray has held down the fort, Sheahan got himself a goal, but that was really it. 

4:14 - SHEAHAN SCORES! Maatta chips the puck up in the air over the heads of the Flyers. Sheahan has a step on the Flyers and ends up beating Neuvirth. 5-0 Pens

9:11 - Nice stick handling by Kuhnhackl to drive down the center and get a shot on net. Neuvirth turns away the puck with his pad. Sheahan just puts the rebound wide. 

12:22 - Murray is shutting the door in the faces of the Flyers. Solid goaltending. 

15:29 - Murray has been great in this one. He comes up big when needed and hasn't allowed the downtime in between surges to mess with his game. 

15:51 - Kessel's quick shot is stopped by Neuvirth. Not much to update on.

19:43 - Power play time is up for the Flyers. 

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Flyers start with a 17-second power play. The Pens need a quick kill and they just need to keep doing what they have been all game. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the second period and the Pens extend their lead to 4-0! 

1:39 - The first half of Malkin's double-minor penalty is taken care of. 

3:43 - Malkin goes to the sin bin for high-sticking. It's a double-minor penalty, so a four-minute power play for the Flyers. 

6:27 - Not much to update on right now. 

9:00 - Crosby now holds the lone spot for the most all-time playoff points in franchise history. He past Mario Lemieux (172). 

9:04 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby gets right to the forecheck and ends up with the puck. He goes to Guentzel, who is also behind the net. Guentzel quickly goes back to Crosby, who steps out to put it into the net. Crosby caught Neuvirth looking the other way. 4-0 Pens 

11:56 - The Pens chase Elliot from the goal for the second time in this series. Michal Neuvirth will replace him. 

11:56 - LETANG SCORES! Guentzel retrieves the puck off the side boards and goes across the ice to Letang at the point. Letang quickly releases a shot with traffic in front. The puck goes high over the glove side shoulder of Elliot, off the corner, and into the net. 3-0 Pens

12:23 - Brassard has been flying on the ice for every shift he has had. He has been doing a great job at striping Flyers of the puck. 

14:29 - A successful penalty kill for the Pens. Kuhnhackl is set free. 

15:35 - Nice work by Brassard to get the puck from behind the Flyers' net. That knocks a few seconds off the Flyers' power play. 

16:29 - Kuhnhackl heads to the box for holding. A critical penalty kill ahead for the Pens. 

18:30 - The brief power play ends. Both teams are back to full strength. 

18:38 - Eight-second power play for the Pens. 

19:24 - Crosby finds Sheary, short side, but Elliot gloves up the shot. 

20:00 - Time for the second period! There will still be four-on-four hockey for 1:22 and after that a very, very brief power play for the Pens. Lets Go Pens! 

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

0:30 - Just like that the Flyers' power play comes to an end. Wayne Simmonds is sent to the box for slashing. Four-on-four hockey for 1:53.

0:38 - Maatta ends up clearing the puck up over the glass and the referees gather to discuss if it went off Claude Giroux's stick on the way out. They say no and it's the right call. Penalty killing time for the Pens.

0:41 - Konecny gets a breakaway after coming out of the penalty box, but Murray denies him.

0:48 - Power play time is up for the Pens.

2:48 - Another power play chance for the Pens as Travis Konecny is called for interference.

3:20 - Murray with a solid save. It was a deflection shot, but he grabbed it up and didn't allow for a rebound chance.

5:23 - KESSEL SCORES! The Flyers are unable to keep the zone and the puck ends up going up the ice to Malkin. He takes the puck up ice into the zone with Kessel flying down the wing with him. Malkin makes a perfect pass across the ice to Kessel. He snaps a shot on net that trickles through the five-hole of Elliot, off the goal post, and into the net. 2-0 Pens

6:40 - The Flyers had a very extended shift in the offensive zone. The Pens on the ice were spent, but Murray holds strong and Dumoulin is able to take the puck up ice. A complete line change for the Pens.

8:03 - Flyers are getting more physical as the game progresses. 

10:25 - Guentzel picks the pocket of Shayne Gostisbehere at the blue line. Elliot makes a shoulder save on Guentzel's shot. 

13:08 - Crosby finds Kessel entering the zone on the wing with plenty of time and space. Elliot gets a piece of Kessel wrist's shot with his glove. Flyers are able to clear the rebound. 

15:27 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel has the puck at the side boards and finds Crosby at the side of the net. Crosby makes a backhanded pass across the blue paint to Malkin, who is all alone at the side of the net. He puts it in the open net. 1-0 Pens

17:00 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens. Matt Read is ticketed for holding.We shall see how the Pens handle not having Hornqvist on this power play chance. 

17:35 - A better start for the Pens compared to Game Two. The Pens with the pressure and the Flyers are on their heels. 

20:00 - Time for Game Three! The Pens need to get a better start in this game and put the pressure on Elliot. Lets Go Pens! 

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