Monday, November 5, 2018

A Devil of a Time

By: MF, 

It's hockey night in Pittsburgh! Tonight the Penguins host the New Jersey Devils and are looking to snap their three-game losing streak.

A perfect night for the Penguins to get the job done in Pittsburgh! Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Johnson - Letang
Dumoulin - Riikola
Maatta - Oleksiak

Murray in the net!

Pens 1 Devils 5

3rd Period
0:00 - That does it for this game. The Devils get the 5-1 win over the Pens. They had a lackluster performance tonight and the scoreboard reflects that. They need to figure out what their problem is and fast.

1:40 - Not much to report on. The Pens do get a late power play as Boyle is called for hooking.

6:33 - Penalty kill is successful for the Pens.

8:33 - Malkin to the box. Devils get a power play. The Pens are just not playing to win, they haven't for the majority of the night.

19:41 - Travis Zajac scores. Another bad turnover by the Pens allows the Devils to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Zajac separates from Maatta to get space. He receives a cross-ice pass and puts it in the open net. Nothing DeSmith could do on that one. 5-1 Devils

19:59 - DeSmith is now in the net.

20:00 - It's the start of the third period! The Pens have to wake up and do something productive this period. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - The second period comes to an end and the Devils have extended their lead 4-1.

0:19 - Boyle scores his second power play goal. That is a hat-trick. Boyle gets a perfect pass in his wheelhouse. He gets all of the puck and beats Murray high-glove. 4-1 Devils

0:51 - Hornqvist is initially called for a high cross-check on Sami Vatanen. Crosby gets in a shoving/punching match. Lastly, Letang and Miles Wood discuss dropping the gloves. Devils end up getting a power play out of all this. Huge penalty kill.

2:03 - Devils having their way in the offensive zone. Pens spending too much time are the wrong side of the ice.

5:07 - What happened to the Pens from the western Canada road trip. They need to be putting up those type of numbers right now.

8:16 - So much for that power play. Anderson is set free.

10:16 - Power play chance for the Pens as Anderson takes a seat for slashing.

12:22 - Boyle scores on the power play. His second goal of the night. Kyle Palmieri rips a shot from the point. Boyle, stationed in front of Murray, deflects the puck through his legs and it goes high right post (blocker side) into the net. 3-1 Devils

12:29 - A turnover by Malkin leads to a Devils chance. Maatta ends up taking a hooking penalty and the Devils get a power play opportunity. A huge penalty kill ahead for the Pens.

16:08 - Another great save by Murray as the Devils crash the net, but he has the pads out to make the saves. The Pens have to tighten things up in their own zone.

17:43 - Murray robs Joey Anderson in front as the Pens are caught during a change. Way too many chances for the Devils.

19:34 - Devils almost make it 3-1, but the referee loses sight of the puck and blows the whistle. Murray was strong in the net there.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to put the pressure on the Devils and get pucks on the net. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period horn sounds and the Devils hold the 2-1 lead over the Pens.

1:05 - Power play time expires for the Pens.

2:28 - Andy Greene gets a shorthanded breakaway. Murray denies him with a glove save.

3:05 - Now the Pens get a late power play as Taylor Hall is called for tripping.

7:33 - Brian Boyle scores. Ben Lovejoy fires from the point with traffic in front. Boyle gets the deflection in front and puts it past Murray, glove side. 2-1 Devils.

10:36 - OLEKSIAK SCORES! Crosby wins an offensive zone faceoff. Guentzel gets the puck and switching spots with Maatta. Maatta goes up with the puck and makes a pass across center over to Oleksiak at the point. Oleksiak fires a rocket of a shot past the glove of Keith Kinkaid. 1-1 tie game.

15:28 - Pens penalty kill is able to kill off Letang's penalty. 

15:43 - Cullen and Rust get a rush down the ice. Rust's shot goes off the goal post! 

16:51 - Letang heads to the box for a cross-check and the Devils get a power play chance. 

17:28 - Will Butcher scores. Butcher fires a wrister that blows past Murray. First shot of the game for the Devils and it's a goal. 1-0 Devils 

20:00 - The puck had dropped and this game is underway! The Pens need to come out with speed and get on the board early. Lets Go Pens! 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Revenge Time

By: MF, 

The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New York Islanders tonight on the road. This is the second game of a home-and-home series between these two teams.

The Islanders had a strong performance on the ice Tuesday night as they dominated the Penguins with a 6-3 win. Tonight the Penguins are on enemy soil and look to dish out a little revenge to the Islanders.

They will get a boost to the lineup, which was something there were missing last game. Kris Letang is back in the lineup after suffering a lower-body injury against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Penguins have to stay focus, play their style of hockey, and keep the pressure on the Islanders all game long. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

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

Dumoulin - Letang
Maatta - Oleksiak
Johnson - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net!

Pens 2 Islanders 3

The Islanders get the 3-2 win over the Pens in a shootout.

Letang is stopped by the pads of Greiss.

Bailey scores. He went high glove on Murray.

Greiss gets enough of Crosby's shot to put it wide.

Brock Nelson is denied.

Malkin fires a shot wide of the net.

Jordan Eberle is stopped by Murray.

0:00 - Overtime comes to an end and this one is headed to a shootout.

0:04 - Kessel is robbed once again by Greiss. Both goalies putting on a show.

1:07 - Murray answers with his own diving save. The goalies are on their games right now.

1:47 - Crosby gets a breakaway shot. Greiss comes diving out to poke the puck away from him. What a move by Greiss.

3:26 - Johnson is robbed by Greiss. That was almost game over there.

4:13 - Malkin with some great defensive work while skating backwards.

4:41 - Crosby showing his amazing stickhandling ability. He fires a shot that goes high and wide of the net.

5:00 - Another overtime game for the Pens. Hopefully, they can grab the win tonight over the Islanders! Lets Go Pens!

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

2:56 - Good chances at either end of the ice. The game is still tied 2-2.

7:58 - MALKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Kessel, Letang, and Malkin pass around the puck at the top of the offensive zone. Letang puts the puck right in Malkin's wheelhouse. His slap shot goes off a stick and past Greiss. 2-2 tie game.

8:59 - Big power play opportunity for the Pens. Lee takes a seat for slashing.

9:49 - Anders Lee scores. Greiss starts the play by stopping the Pens hard dump in behind the goal. This sets up the Islanders to come down the ice. Thomas Hickey carries the puck down the wing and puts it to the front of the net. Lee angles his skate to redirect the puck past Murray. 2-1 Islanders

11:06 - Things are getting more chippy out there.

14:14 - A much better period for the Pens compared to the second period. They are getting time in the offensive zone and starting to get under the skin of the Islanders.

17:12 - Pens starting to put the pressure on the Islanders in the offensive zone. Islanders end up icing the puck.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens have to clean up their game and put the pressure back on the Islanders. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That does it for the second period and this game is tied 1-1.

1:21 - Not the best period for the Pens. However, they have had some great chances and Greiss has been there to shut the door on them. Have to give credit to Greiss. Also, Murray has come up with some solid saves down at the other end.

4:17 - Power play time is up for the Pens.

5:14 - Bailey scores a shorthanded goal. Bailey gets the puck and a breakaway right after getting released from the penalty box. He takes the puck down and goes five-hole on Murray. 1-1 tie game.

5:27: Bailey is set free from the box and the Pens have a normal power play for 1:08.

5:40 - 14 seconds of a five-on-three power play for the Pens.

6:18 - The whistle is finally blown and now the Pens will get a four-on-three power play for 38 seconds.

6:27 - Odd man rush for the Pens and they draw a penalty. Oleksiak gets a breakaway is robbed by Greiss.

7:27 - There goes that power play for the Islanders. Josh Bailey is called for hooking. Four-on-four hockey for 1:47.

7:41 - Dumoulin prevents Valtferi Filppula from getting a breakaway, but he ends up taking a penalty in the process. He heads to the box and the Islanders will head onto the power play.

8:36 - Kessel gets behind the defense and receives a lead pass into the offensive zone. Greiss comes out to challenge and snags Kessel's wrist shot out of the air.

11:09 - Some good pressure by the second line of the Pens. Hagelin had a chance in front, but the puck goes off the heel of his stick and wide of the net.

12:42 - Not much to update on. The Islanders are getting more physical.

16:54 - Murray has stepped up and held down the fort, which has kept this game 1-0. The Pens are leaving Islanders open all over the offensive zone. They have to clean up their game.

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to step up their game and put the pressure on the Islanders. They cannot afford to sit back. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period horn sounds and the Pens are able to hold onto their 1-0 lead.

1:39 - The Islanders with some extensive offensive zone pressure. A puck went off the goal post and behind Murray. It somehow didn't go in. The Pens got lucky there as the Islanders had the momentum going in their favor.

6:42 - Now the Islanders will get a chance on the power play as Johnson heads to the penalty box for hooking.

8:08 - A little extra shoves after the whistle. Andrew Ladd and Malkin started things off, but the referees jump in and take control.

8:31 - Letang is back on the bench.

10:17 - Letang takes a puck up high and blocks it with his arm. He heads down the runway.

13:40 - SIMON SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY! Guentzel carries the puck into the zone and goes towards the back of the net. He drops the puck off in front of the net. Simon reaches back to get the puck and put it past Thomas Greiss. 1-0 Pens

15:30 - Power play chance for the Pens as Mathew Barzal takes a seat for hooking.

16:26 - Both teams are back to full strength. Murray made a solid save off a weird bounce in front of the net. Close call on a odd bounce.

18:26 - We will be getting some four-on-four hockey as Leo Komarov goes for holding and Oleksiak is called for roughing.

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is officially underway! The Pens need to come out ready to attack and get on the forecheck. Lets Go Pens!