Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Golden Knight in Pittsburgh

PPG Paints Arena / MF
By: MF, 

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Vegas Golden Knights. Follow the game action below:

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Simon - Brassard - Rust
Cullen - Sheahan - Sprong

Dumoulin - Letang
Johnson - Schultz
Oleksiak - Riikola

DeSmith in the net!

PENS 4 Knights 2

3rd Period
0:00 - PENS GET THE 4-2 WIN OVER THE KNIGHTS! A great night for both Kessel and DeSmith! Solid win for the Pens and a good foundation to build a winning streak.

1:08 - Empty net for the Knights.

2:21 - Crosby's line pressures the Knights in their own zone. Crosby's puck handling skills are unreal.

3:04 - The penalty time comes to an end. Good penalty kill for the Pens.

5:04 - Not a good time for the Pens to take a penalty. A great chance for the Knights here and a big penalty kill for the Pens. Brassard is the one in the box for hooking.

6:00 - Nothing that DeSmith could do one that one. The Pens were caught puck watching and the Knights took advantage. They have been pressuring all period and finally got one. The Pens need to clean up their game.

6:25 - Reilly Smith scores. Marchessault draws the attention to him as he cuts to the front of the net. He outlets a pass to Smith, who is stationed at the side of the net all alone. He puts it behind DeSmith. 4-2 Pens

7:54 - Knights with some good pressure in this period. The Pens sitting back a bit.

10:37 - Can't forget the hard work of DeSmith to keep the Knights at one. He has stopped 29 of 30 shots so far tonight.

14:42 - DeSmith has settled into this game.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to keep their foot on the gas pedal and not allow the Knights any chance to get back in this one. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period comes to an end and the Pens hold the 4-1 lead over the Knights!

0:57 - Knights with a two-on-one chance, but DeSmith stretches out to deny Ryan Reaves with the blocker. What an unreal save.

3:10 - Now the crowd is chanting "Fleury."

3:20 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Rust with a beautiful pass across the ice to Guentzel and he fires a rocket shot past the blocker of Subban. 4-1 Pens

4:17 - HAT TRICK FOR PHILLLL KESSSELLL! Kessel finds his way up the middle all alone again. He snaps one past the glove of Subban. Another great shot by Kessel. 3-1 Pens

6:12 - Rust with an amazing play in front of the net. Poked the puck away from William Karlsson, which was a for sure goal for him otherwise.

7:34 - The lines have been switched up a little bit for the Pens. Hornqvist and Rust have swapped.

10:23 - KESSEL WITH HIS SECOND GOAL TONIGHT! Malkin feeds a perfect pass up to Kessel who is behind the Knights' defense. On the breakaway, Kessel rips a shot past the glove of Subban. 2-1 Pens

11:26 - Some nice puck movement by Crosby and Letang.

14:44 - DeSmith makes a save that hits him right in the chest. Hard shot, but DeSmith looks to be alright after that hard shot hit him.

18:04 - Subban fights off a shot by Simon. Solid start for the Pens.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens need to clean up their game and get some offensive zone pressure going. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - Things are tied 1-1 after the first period.

0:26 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

2:26 - Late power play chance for the Pens as Jonathan Marchessault will head to the box for slashing.

3:25 - Nine shots for the Pens so far this period. Subban seemed to be fighting the puck early on.

4:22 - DeSmith with a great save to keep things tied up 1-1.

5:05 - Fast movement by the Knights. Some good shifts by the Pens.

8:09 - Knights are buzzing in the Pens' zone, keeping them pinned down. Some good puck movement by them.

11:57 - KESSEL SCORES! Malkin wins an offensive zone faceoff right back to Kessel. Kessel fires it immediately, through traffic and past Malcolm Subban. 1-1 tie game.

13:30 - Tomas Nosek scores. A bad turnover by the Pens leads the Knights down the ice. Karlsson drives the net and backs DeSmith deep into his night. Nosek is able to backhand a shot under the arm, blocker side, of DeSmith. 1-0 Knights

16:20 - Solid start for DeSmith. The Pens are able to kill off Simon's penalty. 

18:20 - First power play of the game goes to the Knights as Simon is called for high-sticking. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is officially underway. Marc-Andre Fleury is not between the pipes for the Knights as he played last night. A feel a bit better to have the Pens put the puck in the back of the net now. Lets Go Pens! 

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