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! 

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