Cal Clutterbuck's Islanders are trying to do whatever he said the other day and that is sweep the Pittsburgh Penguins in a mini-November 2 game series. The Islanders and Penguins would be tied for First in the Metro if the Islanders win tonight in regulation (let's all freak out about this!!!!1!!!111!!). Thomas Greiss will get his 4th start in net for the Pens tonight, he's won 2 straight. Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Isles who has won 5 straight games. We expect both teams to play better than last night. This will be one of the last few games the Penguins play in the Dump that they call the Coliseum, hopefully they can fix the scoreboard in the Barclays Center by next October...
"We are going to win both games". Those were the words Cal Clutterbuck uttered out of his worthless mouth before this weekends Pens/Islanders home and home mini series. Friday night the Islanders took the 1st step towards making those words a reality. This wasn't the Pens best performance by far, but they still some how managed to get a point out of this game.
The Pens would get on the board first on their first shot of the game. A little over a minute into the game Paul Martin ripped a shot from the point and Brandon Sutter deflected it past Chad Johnson to make it 1-0 Pens. Elite deflection by Sutter on the goal. Then things went to hell. The Islanders would run off a string of 3 goals in a minute and 35 seconds. The Penguins had one of the worst line changes in history a left Matt Martin in all alone on Fleury. He beat Fleury short side to make it 1-1. The Paul Martin had a disastrous turnover in the neutral zone. Nikolai Kulemin would take the puck off of Martin, dance around Kris Letang and snipe one top shelf to make it 2-1 Islanders. Then Rob Sucderi looked like a lost child trying to find his mom and left a man wide open back door. A shot went that way and hit the open man (Ryan Strome) and went in. 3-1. Oyy. The Pens would get one back late in the period though. Blake Comeau circled the Islanders net and threw the puck in front. It hit an Islander and went in the net to make it 3-2.
To tell you the truth we honestly don't remember much about the 2nd period. All we can really remember is Nick Leddy launching a bomb of a one timer to make it 4-2. And Nick Spaling fighting to get to a loose puck and chipping it in the net to make it 4-3. The Pens upped their pressure in the 2nd period.
If the Penguins would have played the 1st period like they played the 2nd or 3rd the game probably would have been different. The Pens upped their pressure and when the Islanders were shutting down the Pens zone entry Mike Johnston made a bug time adjustment that countered the Islanders. The Pens started dumping the puck to the opposite corner and letting someone come in with speed and pick up the puck. Andrew pointed that out. It eventually paid off. Evgeni Malkin fed Patrick Hornqvist in the right wing faceoff circle and Hornqvist launched a one timer that beat Chad Johnson to tie the game. Then things got a bit chippy. Steve Downie went to hit Johnny Boychuk but Boychuck dodged it resulting in the 2 players knees colliding. Johnny Boychuck decided to throw a temper tantrum and took a cheap run at Malkin and tried to blow Malkin's knee out.
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A couple things about this. 1. Johnny Boychuck is a jackass. 2. The puck is no where to be found so Boychuck went out of his was to make that hit. 3. How does no one see that? 4. Hopefully Johnny Boychuck gets herpes.
The game would slip to overtime.
Overtime had an unreal pace to it. Both teams had their fair share of chances but neither could score. Pens tried to be too cute at times during overtime.
1) Ryan Strome
2) Kyle Okposo
3) Patric Hornqvist
Pens and Isles play again in the dump of Nassau Coliseum in like 41 seconds.
Tonight the Pens welcome the New York Islanders to Pittsburgh for the first game of a home and home series. The rivalry between the Islanders and the Penguins has really heated up over the past couple seasons since the Islanders decided to stop being terrible. A home and home between the two top teams in the Metro will definitely get that bad blood flowing again. Tonight is also the first game since the news about Dupuis broke. Hopefully Consol shows Dupuis on the video board at some point so the Consol crowd actually makes some noise.
The Penguins announce half and hour ago (at the time of typing this) that Pascal Dupuis has a blood clot in his lung. The clot was found Monday during some testing after Dupuis has said he was having chest pains. He was previously diagnosed with a clot in January 2014 after injuring his knee. He will be treated with blood thinners and will be out at least 6 months. He will be placed on LTIR
Real tough news to hear today, Dupuis has been a huge part of this team since coming to the Pens in 2008. Honestly don't even know what to say here at this point. Hockey isn't important here. Pascal Dupuis getting better is.
Going to Montreal is always a treat. Whether its the fans booing an icing call because how dare you call icing against Montreal. Or PK Subban doing something unreal. Sometimes its even just a good hockey game. We didn't get the first two but we got to see a good hockey game. It wasn't anything spectacular but it was an overall good hockey game. It's always fun to beat Montreal in their own barn too.
This game had a pretty good pace to it to start out. It was back and fourth for a while, and there was about 6 straight minutes of play before a whistle. Montreal had more chances in the beginning but MAF wasn't having any of it. Blake Comeau tried to end Max Pacioretty early in the period. The Pens would get on the board around 8 minutes in. Montreal made a rare mistake in their own zone when some jobber from Montreal fanned on a pass. The puck went right to Beau Bennett who fired it top shelf on Carey Price to make it 1-0 Pens. Not even 2 minutes later the Pens 3rd line would go to work again. Beau Bennett out worked 3 Habs for the puck. He fed Kris Letang, and Letang fired a back door pass to Downie 3:16 who had a wide open net for the tap in. 2-0. Beau Bennett was a machine in the 1st.
The 2nd period didn't start out pretty good for Montreal. Not even a minute into the 2nd, the Pens got on the board again. Common theme here. The 3rd line was in Montreal's mouth. They forced a turnover in the defensive zone and went the other way. Beau Bennett carried the puck deep in to the Montreal zone. He waited until he was almost at the goal line to send his pass out. Root Sports decided it would be a great idea to zoom in on Bennett near the goal line so you had no idea that Brandon Sutter was trailing the play wide open. But Bennett found him and Sutter fired a laser top shelf to make it 3-0 Pens. The Pens gave Montreal a couple power play chances but Montreal couldn't do anything with them. Then Montreal broke the golden rule. Don't put the Penguins on a power play. It was the Penguins only power play of the game and they made it count. Evgeni Malkin put a shot on goal that Carey Price wasn't able to handle. The Pens crashed for the rebound and the puck slid out to Best In The World who tucked it to make it 4-0 Pens
The 3rd period was basically the MAF show and the Penguins putting Montreal in the Yes Lock. Nothing else really to say.
1) Beau Bennett
2) Downie 3:16
3) Marc Andre Fleury
Last night was shutout number 32 in Marc Andre Fleury's career. It was also win number 299. What a horrible goalie though. Jeez.
What a game for the 3rd line. Especially Beau Bennett.
Kris Letang man.
Simon Despres has been really good this season. Its nice to finally see what he is capable of and not have a shock collar on out on the ice.
Pens next game is Friday night at 7 against the New York Islanders
Tonight two teams atop their respective divisions will face-off at the Bell Centre at 7:30 PM. The Penguins are coming off a shootout loss WIN versus the New York Rangers and the Canadiens are coming off a 4-1 win against Detroit. The Canadiens are looking for their seventh straight win as HC Michel Therrien looks to lead them and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar to the promise land. The Penguins are first in the league through November with a +13 goal differential and +25 for the season, putting them atop the league. During the Canadiens six game win streak, they have outscored opponents 23-7. Olli Maatta (what a hero) makes his return to the lineup tonight after having a cancerous tumor removed from his neck. Look for one of the best matchups this season as two top teams clash.