The Penguins played their first home preseason game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. The penguins would start Marc-Andre Fleury in net. The Blackhawks would start Lars Johansson. The first period would be scoreless and no penalties. Penguins had 13 shots to Chicago’s 7 i n the period
Scott Wilson would score 15 seconds into the 2nd period to give the penguins a 1-0 lead. Conor Sheary and Eric Fehr with the assists. At 2:15 the Penguins Steve Oleksy and Blackhawks Ryan Hartman would get into a scrap and would each get 5 minute penalties. The Blackhawks Michal Kempny would get a High Sticking penalty at 9:19. The Blackhawks would change goalies, with Mac Carruth taking over between the pipes. The Penguins Steve Oleksy would go back to the box at 16:06 for Interference. The Blackhawks Ryan Hartman would also make a second trip to the box at 16:50 for interference. The Blackhawks would have 10 shots in the period to Pittsburgh’s 7.
The Penguins Derrick Pouliot would get called for Interference at 7:12 of the 3rd. Marc-Andre Fleury for get the shutout making 24 saves. Johansson made 18 saves on 19 shots and Carruth would all 9 saves in his effort . Penguins next Preseason game is Sunday in Columbus against the Blue Jackets
Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final series was played tonight in Toronto. Carey Price started for Team Canada. Jaroslav Halak started for Team Europe.
Zdeno Chara would get on the board at 6:26 of the 1st period. Andrej Sekera and Frans Nielsen with the assists.Team Europe’s Pierre-Edourad Bellemare would go to the penalty box at 10:52 for hooking. Team Canada’s Brent Burns would go to the penalty box at 12:30 for hooking. Team Europe’s Nino Niederreiter would go to the penalty box at 14:49 for slashing.Team Europe had 12 shots in the 1st period to Team Canada’s 8.
32 seconds into the 2nd period Team Europe’s Marian Hossa was sent to the penalty box for hooking. The period was back and forth with neither team scoring. Team Canada would add 13 shots of goal in the 2nd to Team Europe’s would have 15 shots on goal .
Team Europe’s Roman Josi would go to the penalty for Delay of Game at 2:17 of the 3rd. Anze Kopitar would go to the penalty box at 16:25 for holding. Team Canada would tie the game on the powerplay at 17:07 with a goal by Patrice Bergeron. Burns and Sidney Crosby with the assists. Drew Doughty would go to the penalty box at 18:10 for High-Sticking. Brad Marchand would score a shorthanded goal at 19:16 to give Team Canada a 2-1 lead. Jonathan Toews and Alex Pietrangelo with the assists. Team Canada would get 13 shots on goal in the 3rd to 6 for Team Europe Carey Price made 32 saves on 33 shots for Team Canada. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves on 34 shots.
With the win Team Canada wins the World Cup of Hockey
The Pittsburgh Penguins played their 2nd preseason game tonight against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Tristan Jarry started in net for the Penguins. Scott Darling started in goal for the Blackhawks.
At 4:01 of the 1st Penguins Tom Sestito and Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves. Tom Sestito was given a 10 minute Misconduct for instigating. The Penguins killed the penalty. It took the Penguins 10:23 seconds to record their first shot on goal. Dominik Simon would take an Interference penalty at 12:15 of the 1st. The pens would get an even up call at 13:17 to make it 4 on 4 hockey. The penguins would get an 58 second powerplay out of it. The pens would fail to score on the powerplay. The pens would end the period with 3 shots. The Blackhawks had 13.
2:31 into the 2nd period the pens would go on the powerplay for the 2nd time in the game. It would be a 4 minute double minor powerplay. The pens would then get a 2 minute 5-3 power play at 4:20 of the 2nd. Chris Kunitz would get called for slashing at 4:51 to make it a 4-3 power play. The pens looked good on the powerplay but were unable to capitalize on it. The Penguins looked better in the 2nd getting 23 shots in the 2nd to the Blackhawks 7.
In a surprising both teams kept their starting goalies in the crease to start the 3rd. 34 seconds into the 3rd period the Penguins would get another power play chance. Eric Fehr would get called for tripping at 1:36 to end the powerplay and make it 4 on 4 hockey for 58 seconds. The pens would get a second 4 on 3 powerplay at 2:11. The Penguins would finally get on the board with a power play goal by Chris Kunitz at 2:31. Trevor Daley and David Warsofsky. Jean-Sebastien Dea would be called for High-Sticking at 5:34. The pens would kill the penalty with no issues. Chris Kunitz would score his 2nd of the game at 9:19. Josh Archibald and Eric Fehr with the assists. The Blackhawks would pull the goalie with about a minute and half left to try to score. The pens would hold off to win 2-0.
Tristan Jarry looked good in his preseason debut making 30 saves in the shutout. Scott Darling would make 33 saves on 35 shots for Chicago. Penguins play the Blackhawks on Friday in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins started their preseason tonight with a Game against the Red Wings in Detroit. The new away jerseys look awesome. Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Penguins. Jimmy Howard started in goal for the Red Wings.
Scary moment early in the game as Detroit’s Matthew Lorito drove into the net and caught Fleury’s chin with a skate blade. Fleury would stay in the game for the first 2 periods before getting stitches. Detroit’s Mitch Callahan scored a powerplay goal at 11:35 of the 1st to give the Red Wings the 1-0 lead. Louis-Marc Aubry and Daniel Renouf with the assists.
Mitch Callahan would score his 2nd of the game at 1:45 of the 2nd to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Eric Tangradi and Lorito with the assists. Garrett Wilson would get the Penguins on the board at 10:16 of the 2nd period. The lone assist was by Justin Schultz. After the goal Detroit would replace Howard with Jared Coreau. Evgeny Svechnikov would score a powerplay goal at 14:41 of the 2nd to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. Mike Green and Riley Sheahan with the assists.
The 3rd period would start with Casey Desmith replacing Fleury in net for the Penguins. Wilson would get his 2nd goal of the game at 8:16 of the 3rd to make it a 3-2 game. Kevin Porter and Tom Kostopoulos with the assists. Detroit’s Sheahan would make it 4-2 at 17:50 of the 3rd period. Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm with the assists.
Penguins Fleury made 16 saves on 19 shots. He stated after the game that he didn’t feel that wasn’t the best he’s felt in a game but that’s why they play these games. Desmith made 4 saves on 5 shots. Hoping to see more of him in the next preseason game. The Penguins play the Blackhawks in Chicago tomorrow Night.
Game 1 of the Final Series of the World Cup of Hockey was played between Team Canada and Team Europe tonight. Carey Price started for Team Canada. Jaroslav Halak started for Team Europe.
Brad Marchand started the scoring for Team Canada at 2:23 of the 1st period. Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby with the assists. Steven Stamkos would make the game 2-0 at 13:20 of the 1st period. The lone assist was by Ryan Getzlaf. Team Europe’s Tomas Tatar would make the game 2-1 at 7:00 of the 2nd period. Dennis Seidenberg and Anze Kopitar with the assists. Bergeron would score for Team Canada at 9:24 of the 3rd to make the game 4-1. Crosby and Marchand with the assists. Carey Price made 32 saves on 33 shots. Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves on 38 shots. Game 2 is on Thursday and it’s win or go home for Team Europe.
The second Semifinal game was between Team Europe and Team Sweden. Jaroslav Halak started for Team Europe. Henrik Lundqvist started for Team Sweden.
After no scoring in the first period, Team Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom would open the scoring at 2:31 of the 2nd. Anton Stralman and Patric Hornqvist with the assists. Marian Gaborik would tie the game 1-1 at 16:27 of the 2nd. Christian Ehrhoff and Anze Kopitar with the assists. Tomas Tatar would give Team Europe the 2-1 lead 12 seconds into the 3rd. Andrej Sekera with the lone assist. Erik Karlsson would tie the game 2-2 at 15:28 of the 3rd. The Sedin twins with the assists. The game would go into overtime. Tomas Tatar would score his 2nd of the game to give Team Europe the win 3:43 into overtime. Mats Zuccarello and Kopitar with the assists. Halak would make 37 saves on 39 shots. Lundqvist would make 28 saves on 31 shots
Team Canada and Team Europe start a best of 3 Championship series on Tuesday.
The first Semifinal game was between Team Canada and Team Russia. Carey Price was the starting goalie for Team Canada. Sergei Bobrovsky was starting goalie for Team Russia.
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring for Team Canada with an unassisted goal at 7:40 of the 1st period. Team Russia’ Nikita Kucherov scored at 8:46 of the 2nd to tie the game at 1. Nikita Zaitsev and Evgeni Malkin with the assists. Evgeny Kuznetsov would give Team Russia the 2-1 lead at 16:24 of the 2nd period. Ivan Telegin and Evgeny Dadonov with the assists. Brad Marchand scored to tie the game 2-2 at 17:36 of the 2nd period. Crosby and Patrice Bergeron with the assists.
Marchand would add a 2nd goal to give Team Canada a 3-2 lead at 1:16 of the 3rd. Crosby and Bergeron with the assists. Corey Perry would give Team Canada a 4-2 lead at 5:48 of the 3rd period. Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic with the assists. John Tavares makes its 5-2 at 9:22 of the 3rd period. Ryan Getzlaf and Vlasic with the assists. Team Russia’s Artemi Panarin would make the score 5-3 at 19:51 of the 3rd. Nikolay Kulemin and Kucherov. Sergei Bobrovsky made 42 saves on 47 shots. Carey Price made 31 saves on 34 shots.
Team Canada moves on to the final series and will play the winner of the Team Europe vs Team Sweden Game on Sunday at 1pm on ESPN
The final day of the Tournament Round had 2 games. Team Russia vs. Team Finland and Team Czech Republic vs Team USA.
The first game was Team Russia vs Team Finland. Finland went into the game already being eliminated from the Semi finals. Team Russia needed to win to make it to the semifinals. Sergei Bobrovsky started for Team Russia and Tuukka Rask started for Team Finland. No scoring in the first period. Vladimir Tarasenko would open the scoring for Team Russia at 3:42 of the 2nd. Alex Ovechkin with the lone assist. Ivan Telegin would make it 2-0 Russia at 5:01 of the 2nd. Vadim Shipachev with the lone assist. Evgeni Malkin would extend the lead to 3-0 at 3:39 of the 3rd period. And that’s how the game would end.
With the win Team Russia advances to play Team Canada in the semifinals sending Team North America home. Bobrovsky would make 21 saves in the shutout. Rask would make 19 saves on 22 shots.
The second game was Team USA vs Team Czech Republic. Both of these teams were already eliminated from advancing to the semifinals. Ben Bishop started for Team USA. Petr Mrazek started for Team Czech Republic. Zbynek Michalek opened the scoring for Team Czech Republic at 12:44 of the 1st. Ondrej Palat and Martin Hanzal with the assists. Joe Pavelski would tie the game on a powerplay goal at 14:28 of the 1st. Zach Parise and Patrick Kane with the assists. Milan Michalek scored unassisted at 6:03 to give the Czech Republi a 2-1 lead. Justin Abdelkader would score at 14:13 of the 2nd to tie it 2-2. Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Suter with the assists. Andrej Sustr would give the Czech Republic the 3-2 lead at 16:50 of the 2nd. Jakub Voracek and Michael Frolik with the assists. Milan Michalek would extend the lead to 4-2 at 17:29 of the 2nd. Ales Hemsky and Roman Polak with the assists.
Cory Schneider would start the 3rd period in net for Team USA.Ryan McDonagh scored a shorthanded goal at 2:22 of the 3rd period to bring the USA within 1 goal. Blake Wheeler and Brandon Dubinsky with the assists. The Czech Republic would win 4-3. Team USA would finish the prelim round 0-3 while the Czech Republic would finish the round 1-1-1. Mrazek would make 36 saves on 39 shots for Team Czech Republic. Ben Bishop made 16 saves on 20 shots and Cory Schneider made 7 saves on 7 shots.
The Semifinals begin at 7pm Saturday with Team Canada vs Team Russia .The game will be on ESPN2. Team Europe will play Team Sweden on Sunday at 1pm on ESPN.
The fifth day of the Tournament Round had 2 games. Team North America vs Team Sweden and Team Europe vs Team Canada.
The first game was Team North America vs Team Sweden. John Gibson started for Team North America. Henrik Lundqvist started for Team Sweden. Team North America’s Auston Matthews opened the scoring :30 into the game. Morgan Rielly and Connor McDavid with the assists. Pittsburgh native Vincent Trocheck would score at 1:35 of the 1st to make it 2-0 North America. Assists were by Shayne Gostisbehere and Jack Eichel.Filip Forsberg scored for Sweden to make it 2-1. Patric Hornqvist and Nicklas Backstrom with the assists. Johnny Gaudreau score at 13:57 of the 1st to make it 3-1 for Team North America. Gostisbehere with the lone assist. Sweden’s Backstrom scored at 16:28 to make the score 3-2. Forsberg and Erik Karlsson with the assists.
No scoring was done in the second period. Patrik Berglund would tie the game 3-3 at 6:50 of the 3rd. Karlsson and Carl Soderberg with the assists. The game would go into overtime. Nathan Mackinnon would score at 4:11 of OT to give Team North America the 4-3 win. Gaudreau and Gostisbehere with the assists. John Gibson made 35 saves on 38 shots. Lundqvist made 45 saves on 49 shots.
The second game was Team Canada vs Team Europe. Corey Crawford started for Team Canada. Jaroslav Halak started for Team Europe. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring for Team Canada at 4:01 of the 1st period. Jay Bouwmeester with the lone assist.Jonathan Toews scored at 19:05 of the 1st to make it 2-0 Canada. Matt Duchene with the lone assist. Marian Hossa would score at 4:38 of the second to make it 2-1. Anze Kopitar and Christian Ehrhoff with the assists. Toews would score his second of the game at 14:48 of the 2nd to make it 3-1 Canada. Logan Couture with the lone assist.
Couture would make the score 4-1 Canada at 17:33 of the 3rd period. Toews and Marc-Edouard Vlasic with the assists. Crawford made 19 saves on 20 shots. Halak made 42 saves on 46 shots.
The fourth day of the Tournament Round had 2 games. Team Sweden vs Team Finland and Team Canada vs Team USA
The first game was Team Sweden vs Team Finland. Henrik Lundqvist started for Team Sweden and Tuukka Rask started with Team Finland. No scoring in the first period. Anton Stralman opened the scoring for Team Sweden at 9:57 of the 2nd. Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the assists. Loui Eriksson would make it 2-0 with an empty net goal at 19:57 of the 3rd. The goal was unassisted. Lundqvist would make 36 saves in the shutout win. Rask made 27 saves on 28 shots.
Team Sweden plays Team North America on Wednesday. Team Finland plays Team Russia on Thursday
The second game was Team Canada vs Team USA. Carey Price with the start for Team Canada. Jonathan Quick with the Start for Team USA. Ryan McDonagh opened the scoring for Team USA ar 4:22 of the 1st. Derek Stepan and Patrick Kane with the assists. Matt Duchene would tie the game at 1 at 5:51 of the 1st. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Thornton with the assists. Corey Perry would put Team Canada up 2-1 at 6:05 of the 1st period. Assists by Logan Couture and Jonathan Toews. Duchene would score his 2nd of the game at 12:07 of the 1st to give Canada a 3-1 lead. The lone assist was by Brent Burns.
Patrice Bergeron scored at 8:50 of the 2nd to give Canada a 4-1 lead. The assists were by John Tavares and Alex Pietrangelo. T.J. Oshie would score at 17:28 of the 3rd to make bring the USA within 2 goals. The game would end Canada 4 USA 2. Price had 34 saves on 36 shots. Quick had 30 saves on 34 shots.
With the loss Team USA is eliminated from advancing in the tournament. They will play Team Czech Republic on Thursday to finish their Tournament play. Team Canada plays Team Europe on Wednesday.