Wednesday, 22 February 2017

NHL - Penguins - Round Up February 11-17, 2017

Penguins @ Phoenix Coyotes 3-4 OT - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Defenseman Connor Murphy scored his first goal in 51 games with 21.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Penguins at Gila River Arena. Murphy carried the puck into the Penguins zone and beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle for his first overtime goal in the NHL. Penguins center Sidney Crosby did not have a point for a second consecutive game and remains two shy of 1,000 for his NHL career.
Rookie Josh Archibald, who scored his first two NHL goals, got the rally started. After Smith left his crease and mishandled the puck, Archibald stuffed it into the open net at 14:38 to pull the Penguins within 3-2. With Fleury pulled for the extra attacker, Phil Kessel beat Smith off a rebound to tie it 3-3. Archibald got to the rebound of an Eric Fehr shot and lifted a backhand past Smith just under the crossbar to put the Penguins up 1-0 at 5:41 of the second period. Rieder scored his fourth goal in six career games against the Penguins at 6:40 to tie it 1-1, and the Coyotes took a 2-1 lead when Hanzal shoved the puck under Fleury's pad on the rebound of a Radim Vrbata shot at 9:00 of the second.
Hanzal scored on the rebound of an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot at 3:36 of the third to make it 3-1.
* After struggling in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Ekman-Larsson and defense partner Luke Schenn shut down the Crosby line most of the night. Ekman-Larsson had two assists, a shot on goal and two blocked shots in 28:35.
* The Penguins forced overtime when Kessel tracked a Kris Letang shot that hit Patric Hornqvist's skate and then the post before beating Smith on the rebound.
"[Josh Archibald] scored two goals and brought us a lot of energy. He chased pucks down and he was in on the forecheck. He can really fly."
"Anytime you come back from a two-goal deficit and get a point, you have to give our players credit for the fight and the resilience. Having said that, our expectation is to win games and we didn't win." Mike Sullivan
"We were told before the game to pressure him … sometimes he'll cough up the puck. I guess I put a little too much pressure on him, and he kind of gave it right to me." said Archibald, who had 11 goals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League before being called up Friday for his second NHL game.
Vancouver Canucks @ Penguins 0-4 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sidney Crosby had an assist for his 999th NHL point, and Evgeni Malkin had two points in his first game since Jan. 24 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at PPG Paints Arena. It was Crosby's first point in three games in his pursuit of 1,000. Chris Kunitz and Jake Guentzel were on Crosby's line because his usual linemates, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary, are each recovering from an upper-body injury. Carl Hagelin also was unavailable with a concussion. Malkin's return from a lower-body injury helped fill that void Tuesday. Matt Murray made 29 saves for his fourth NHL shutout and third this season. He has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his past five starts.
Pittsburgh (35-13-7) is in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 77 points, two more than the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. The Washington Capitals lead the division with 84. After missing seven games, Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the second period. Olli Maatta shot into the crease off Malkin's skate, which allowed Malkin to tap the puck past goalie Ryan Miller while holding off Luca Sbisa. After Jake Guentzel made it 2-0 at 2:27 of the third period, with an assist from Crosby, Malkin assisted on Phil Kessel's goal that made it 3-0 with 5:57 remaining. Malkin is second on the Penguins with 23 goals and 56 points, behind Crosby (30, 61). Matt Cullen scored to make it 4-0 with 1:57 remaining in the third period. Vancouver (25-26-6) is four points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference having played two more games. The Canucks had an opportunity to take the lead when Jack Skille shot into Murray's glove during a 2-on-1 with 4:01 remaining in the first period.

* After receiving a pass from Guentzel, Crosby returned the puck, which allowed Guentzel to one-time a shot past Miller. The goal was Guentzel's sixth in 18 NHL games.

"You watch [Malkin] play. He's a special player. That's why he's one of the top players in the game, and you watch what he does out there, he's special." Phil Kessel.
"Sid's line, although I don't think they've gotten rewarded on the score sheet the last few games for what they're doing out there; they've created a lot of opportunities. The puck hasn't gone in for them the last couple of games, but certainly, we've really liked the line and what it's been generating offensively." Mike Sullivan said.
"It was a good win for us. It's more fun to play the game. … I feel OK. The first game is always hard. It (almost feels like) I'm going to die, but after, I feel so much better. You skate a little bit more and I hope in the next game a little more confidence comes back." said Malkin
"I think we've been pretty sound (defensively) for a while. I think when we play the right way and don't force things on offense, we're a hard team to play against. We don't feed into the other team's transitions and stuff like that. I think that's what we did tonight." Murray said.
Jets @ Penguins 3-4 OT - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Sidney Crosby got his 1,000th NHL point and scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win against the Jets at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck with a wrist shot for his 1,002nd with 21.1 seconds left in overtime. After Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead 59 seconds into the first period, Crosby got his 1,000th point when he set up Chris Kunitz to make it 2-0 at 6:28. Crosby tipped the puck away from Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler in the crease before fighting him off in the left faceoff circle and passing to Kunitz, who one-timed a shot past Hellebuyck. Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history and 12th fastest to reach 1,000. He has 369 goals and 633 assists to achieve the milestone in six fewer games than it took Jaromir Jagr with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh (36-13-7, 79 points) is two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets for second in the Metropolitan Division. Following the Kunitz goal, Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine scored with 2:50 remaining in the second period to cut the Penguins lead to 2-1, and Paul Postma tied it 2-2 on a slap shot at 4:22 of the third. Laine has 27 goals, four behind Crosby for the NHL lead. Dustin Byfuglien wrapped a shot around the left post and past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Jets a 3-2 lead at 8:24 of the third, but Phil Kessel tied it 3-3 on a power play with 6:05 remaining. Crosby assisted on Kessel's goal. Winnipeg (26-29-5, 57 points) is four points behind the Calgary Flames for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Fleury made 44 saves in his first home start since Jan. 8, and Hellebuyck had 35.
The Penguins played with four defensemen after Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta were injured in the second period. Sullivan did not provide an update on either player following the game.
* Malkin fought through defenseman Jacob Trouba to the crease, slid the puck through Trouba's legs and backhanded a pass to Crosby while falling forward. Crosby leaned into Jets center Mark Scheifele and tapped a shot into the open left side of the net.
Pens Quotes
"[Crosby's] a tremendous player. The fact that he scored 1,000 points in [757] games that he has, I think is just a testament to the player that he is and the character of the person. He's an ultra-competitive guy. He loves to win." Mike Sullivan said.
"I was hovering around it for a while, so it's nice to get it and nice to get a win. You get that early and you want to make sure you win the game. … We hung in there and found a way to get it." Crosby said.
"I try to enjoy it [Starting at home]. It was nice. It was a good feeling. Hopefully, there will be a bit more." Marc-Andre Fleury

Jets Quotes
"I'm proud of every guy who battled out there. I think we played well and maybe would have deserved to win, but we had our chances and couldn't score. So, it's one point for us." Laine said.
"It was a real good battle. Really, really hard-fought game." Paul Maurice said.
"At the end of the day, we're 20 seconds away from a shootout. I like my odds in a shootout." Connor Hellebuyck

Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets 1-2 OT - Friday, February 17, 2017
Dirty Dog Brandon Dubinsky scored 1:04 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Penguins at Nationwide Arena. Dubinsky used Cam Atkinson as a screen for his first overtime goal in his 675 NHL games. Which marks a change from Dubinsky snapping his stick across Crosby's neck.
Columbus (37-15-5) is one point behind Pittsburgh (36-13-8) for second place and seven behind the Washington Capitals for first in the Metropolitan Division.
Ryan Murray scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 38 saves for the Blue Jackets. Ian Cole scored for the Penguins, with Evgeni Malkin getting his 500th NHL assist. Matt Murray made 37 saves for Pittsburgh, which is 6-0-3 in its past nine games, including a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Ryan Murray (no relation) scored his second of the season at 1:33 of the second period for a 1-0 lead. Cole made it 1-1 at 6:13 of the second off a faceoff win by Malkin for his fourth goal. Columbus twice had a goal waved off because a play was whistled dead. Josh Anderson stuffed the puck at 5:45 of the first period after several whacks. Bjorkstrand thought he scored at 7:48 of the second on a delayed penalty, but the Penguins were ruled to have gained possession of the puck to stop play.
* The game-winner started at the other end with defenseman Seth Jones igniting the transition after extended pressure by the Penguins and ended with Dubinsky's toe drag and shot.
* Murray gloved a shot by Brandon Saad with 38 seconds left in the third period. Saad split the defense after taking a pass from Alexander Wennberg and had a clear path to the goal.
* Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner was a consistent presence around the Penguins net, and when he wasn't, he was forechecking and delivering hits in the corner.
* The Penguins had a chance to take the lead 22 seconds into the third period when Crosby led a 2-on-1 He passed to Jake Guentzel in the right circle for a shot, but Bobrovsky did the splits and made a save with his right pad.
* Malkin has played 694 NHL games. He has 35 assists this season. … Bobrovsky has 31 wins, tied with Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild for the NHL lead. ... The Penguins recalled defensemen Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League because of injuries to defensemen Olli Maatta (hand) and Justin Schultz (concussion). Oleksy played 13:32; Gaunce was scratched. … Penguins forward Carl Hagelin returned after missing five games with a concussion. … Blue Jackets forward Lukas Sedlak left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. .. Dubinsky has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the past eight games. … Jones has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the past 12 games.
Pens Quotes
"It's a tight hockey game. There's a few chances we feel like we could have got. They had some good ones. [Murray] made some saves. It's going to happen sometimes. but for the most part we did a lot of good things."
"When we play them we know we have to be ready. There's a different feel than the typical game. There's more intensity, a little more physical, so we prepare that way, but we're not thinking that far ahead [possibility of playing the Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs]." Sidney Crosby said.
"It seemed like a bit of a playoff-style hockey game. They're really trying to establish the forecheck. We're obviously trying to work them down low as well. There wasn't a lot of space out there. They were in our face all night and we tried to play in their face all night." Ian Cole 

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