Penguins Shutout Blues

The St. Louis Blues and the Pittsburgh Penguins recently met in St. Louis on Saturday night and St. Louis won that match up by a score of 5-2.

On Wednesday night, these two teams would meet each other again in Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry recorded a 28-save shutout for the Penguins and it was the reason why they took down the Blues by a score of 3-0.

He was poised all game long. Jarry made the big save when he needed to. With all of the injuries Pittsburgh has right now, Tristan Jarry is going to have to play well between the pipes.

One of the reasons why is because Matt Murray is struggling right now and hopefully Head Coach Mike Sullivan continues to ride the hot hand.

Teddy Blueger scored 39 seconds into the game for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stefan Noesen scored for Pittsburgh with 40 seconds remaining in the second-period. This was his first game in a Penguins uniform. He provided some energy for this team throughout the game.

Alex Galchenyuk scored on a fast-break for Pittsburgh 4:59 into the third-period.

One of the strangest things is that the Pittsburgh Penguins made this game very boring for the St. Louis Blues. The ironic thing is that St. Louis loves to play a boring style of hockey and that is according to goalie Jake Allen.

Allen did not start in this game for the Blues.

Jordan Binnington recorded 30 saves for St. Louis.

These two teams split the season series.

It is very possible that these two teams could meet each other again in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2020.

St. Louis’s games of 10 straight on the road of at least recording one point has been snapped.

Pittsburgh is 7-0-2 in their last nine games at home.

The St. Louis Blues still have the first seed in the Western Conference.

The Pittsburgh Penguins move into the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

St. Louis will next play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh will next play against the Arizona Coyotes at home on Friday night.

 

 

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Penguins Rally Against Canucks

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves trailing 6-3 in the third-period at home to the Vancouver Canucks after Adam Gaudette scored 3:06 in.

However, Pittsburgh would show no quit in themselves and they would tie the game at six on a Zach Aston-Reese goal with 9:30 remaining in regulation.

The Penguins won it with 3:06 remaining in regulation on a goal scored by Kris Letang and they won the game over the Canucks by a score of 8-6.

That goal was challenged for offsides and it was upheld.

Evgeni Malkin scored an empty-net goal with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation for Pittsburgh.

The other two goals in that period after it was 6-3 was by Dominik Kahun 6:16 in and Evgeni Malkin 7:24 in.

The third-period started with a 4-2 deficit for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jake Guentzel scored 1:01 into the third-period.

J.T. Miller made it 5-3 Vancouver 2:31 into the third-period.

What was also a strange sequence in this game was that Pittsburgh jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first-period. Jake Guentzel scored 2:29 into the game. Bryan Rust scored a power-play goal with 7:07 remaining in the first-period.

J.T. Miller scored with 3:28 remaining in the first-period for the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver scored three goals in the second-period by Elias Pettersson (7:17 into the second-period), Jake Virtanen (1:40 remaining in the second-period), and Adam Gaudette ( 59 seconds remaining in the second-period).

Matt Murray made 10 saves in this game for the Penguins. He was yanked in the second-period in favor of Tristan Jarry.

Jarry did a good job in relief and he finished the game with six saves. Tristan Jarry should have started this game in the first place.

Head Coach Mike Sullivan needs to realize that Matt Murray is struggling right now. I would not be surprised to see Murray on IR on Thursday for some reason with an injury and see goaltender Casey DeSmith called up from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).

Thatcher Demko made 32 saves in this game for the Canucks.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

The Penguins move up to the third spot in the Metropolitan Division with the Carolina Hurricanes losing on the road on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers by a score of 3-2/

Vancouver’s next game will be against the Edmonton Oilers on the road on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh’s next game will be against the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road on Friday night.

Flyers Top Blue Jackets

With the game tied at two in the second-period between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia was hoping to make one extra play in the game than Columbus.

Claude Giroux scored the game-winning power-play goal with 3:35 remaining in the second-period as the Flyers took down the Blue Jackets by a score of 3-2.

Philadelphia suffocated Columbus in the third-period. The Philadelphia Flyers are playing better hockey as of late.

Nick Foligno scored 4:51 into the game for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tyler Pitlick tied the game at one for Philadelphia with 1:22 remaining in the first-period.

Seth Jones scored for Columbus with 36 seconds remaining in the first-period. He basiclally froze Brian Elliott and he never saw the shot coming his way.

Scott Laughton tied the game at two 3:19 into the second-period for Philadelphia.

Brian Elliott made 28 saves for the Flyers.

Jonas Korpisalo made 19 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Even with the win and the Carolina Hurricanes loss on Wednesday night on the road to the New York Rangers 3-2, Philadelphia currently stays in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with a 13-7-5 record with 31 points.

Carolina’s record so far this season is 15-9-1 with 31 points.

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets will play each other two more times this season.

Philadelphia’s next game will be at home on Friday afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings.

Columbus’s next game will be at home on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Clippers Take Down Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks had a huge game at home at Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas wanted to prove they belong on the same court as them and Los Angeles wanted to prove to them that they were not at the same level yet.

Paul George dropped 17 of his 26 points in the first-quarter and it led the Clippers to a commanding 114-99 win on the road against the Mavericks.

George shot 38.1 percent from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded six steals.

Los Angeles’s defense made it rough all game long for Dallas. It got them frustrated because the Dallas Mavericks were scoring a bunch of points during their five-game winning streak.

The Los Angeles Clippers defense made Dallas’s star Luka Doncic have an off night. He scored 22 points. Doncic shot 28.6 percent from the field. He also made 14-of-16 free throws. Luka Doncic also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded three steals.

Kawhi Leonard led Los Angeles with 28 points. He shot 52.4 percent from the field. Leonard grabbed eight rebounds, recorded four assists, and one steal.

Ivica Zubac scored 11 points for the Clippers. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Zubac also grabbed seven rebounds.

Their bench scored 44 points. Lou Williams scored 21 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed six rebounds and recorded six assists.

Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points off the bench. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, and one steal.

Dallas had issues getting scoring from their supporting cast in this game.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 points. He shot 30.8 percent from the field. Porzingis grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Dwight Powell scored 10 points. He shot 80 percent from the field. Powell also grabbed three rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded three steals.

Their bench scored 37 points, but it felt like the bench didn’t really do much throughout the game.

Seth Curry scored 13 points. He shot 62.5 percent from the field. Curry also grabbed two rebounds.

J.J. Barea scored 12 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Barea also grabbed two rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal.

At the moment, the Los Angeles Clippers are currently in the third spot in the Western Conference. They have won six consecutive games. Los Angeles is 13-5 so far this season.

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in the fourth spot in the Western Conference. They have the same record as the Houston Rockets at 11-6.

The biggest lead in this game for the Clippers was 24 points.

The biggest lead in this game for Dallas was three points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

Los Angeles’s next game will be on Wednesday night on the road against the Memphis Grizzles.

The Mavericks’s next game will be on Friday night on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

 

Blues Take Down Lightning

Patrick Maroon would be returning to his hometown as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup Title with the St. Louis Blues last season.

There was a special pregame ceremony for him. He received his championship ring. Maroon received a big standing ovation from St. Louis’s fan base.

When it was game time though, the game was tied at one in the third-period and Oskar Sundqvist scored the game-winning goal 6:16 into the third-period for the Blues and St. Louis won the game over Tampa Bay by a score of 3-1.

Anthony Cirelli scored with 3:24 remaining in the first-period for the Lightning. He went five-hole on Jordan Binnington.

David Perron tied the game at one for the St. Louis Blues with 3:36 remaining in the second-period.

Jaden Schwartz scored an empty-net goal for St. Louis with five seconds remaining in regulation.

Nikita Kucherov left this game with an injury in the third-period for the Lightning and he did not return.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid once again in net for Tampa Bay in a losing effort. He recorded 33 saves in this game.

Jordan Binnington didn’t face many shots in this game. He recorded 17 saves in this game for the Blues.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season next Wednesday in Tampa Bay, Florida at Amile Arena.

Their three-game winning streak was snapped. If the season ended right now, they would be on the outside looking in.

As for St. Louis, they would be the number one seed in the Central Division right now.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will next play against the Chicago Blackhawks on the road on Thursday night.

The St. Louis Blues will next play against the Calgary Flames at home on Thursday night.

James Harden Sparks Rockets over Clippers

James Harden was clutch for the Houston Rockets down the stretch. He scored 15 points in the final 4:18 of the game and it was one of the reasons why Houston took down the Los Angeles Clippers at home by a score of 102-93.

Harden finished with 47 points in the game. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. James Harden also grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded three steals.

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points for the Rockets. He shot only 30 percent from the field. Westbrook grabbed two rebounds and recorded two assists.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double with 12 points and 20 rebounds. He shot 85.7 percent from the field. Capela blocked two shots.

Houston’s bench only scored 12 points in the game. Austin Rivers scored seven points. He only shot 25 percent from the field. Rivers also grabbed four rebounds.

Tyson Chandler scored five points off the bench. He shot 100 percent from the field. Chandler also grabbed nine rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard led the way for Los Angeles with 26 points. He shot 41.7 percent from the field. Leonard also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench scored 45 points. Lou Williams scored 20 points. He shot 36.4 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four assists.

JaMychal Green scored 14 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Green also grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Paul George was hoping he would return in this game for Los Angeles, but he will most likely make his season debut on Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

A lot of players in this game disappeared for the Los Angeles Clippers. For some reason, Patrick Patterson only played for four minutes in this game. He didn’t score a basket. Patterson only grabbed one rebound.

Montrezl Harrell was horrendous in this game. He only scored four points. Harrell shot 16.7 percent from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

Los Angeles’s Head Coach Doc Rivers was ejected in the fourth-quarter. I am not sure what the exact reason was why he was ejected from the game and what caused him to go off.

It was funny when Austin Rivers decided to taunt his dad about calling him up after he got ejected. Rivers played for him when he was with the Clippers a couple of years ago.

Maurice Harkless scored nine points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Harkless also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Ivica Zubac scored seven points. He shot 42.9 percent from the field. Zubac also grabbed four rebounds and recorded two assists.

The biggest lead for Los Angeles in this game was seven points. The biggest lead for Houston in this game was 17.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season. The Los Angeles Clippers will play against the New Orleans Pelicans on the road on Thursday night. The Houston Rockets will play against the Indiana Pacers at home on Friday night.

 

76ers Escape Against Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers were on the ropes at home on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Philadelphia trailing 97-96 with 21.9 seconds remaining, Head Coach Brett Brown called timeout to set up a play.

It led to a go-ahead Joel Embiid dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Cleveland called a timeout. Kevin Love missed a three-point shot with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Cavaliers had a chance to grab an offensive rebound, but time ran out as the 76ers survived in a 98-97 victory.

Embiid scored 27 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Joel Embiid also grabbed 16 rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal for Philadelphia.

This was Ben Simmons’s first game back from injury. He scored 15 points. Simmons shot 77.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.

Josh Richardson scored 17 points. He shot 41.2 percent from the field. Richardson also grabbed one rebound, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.

Furkan Korkmaz scored 10 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Korkmaz also grabbed four rebounds and recorded one assist.

The Philadelphia 76ers scored 21 bench points. Mike Scott scored nine points. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Scott also grabbed eight rebounds.

Kevin Love led the way for Cleveland with 20 points. He shot 31.2 percent from the field. Love also grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded one assist.

Collin Sexton scored 18 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Sexton grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded two steals.

He is starting to play better as of late and that is a good thing for the Cleveland Cavaliers moving forward.

Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double for Cleveland with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 53.8 percent from the field. Thompson also recorded one steal.

Their bench scored 32 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers. He shot 50 percent from the field. Clarkson also grabbed four rebounds and recorded two assists.

This game was a back-and-forth affair none the less. Cleveland’s biggest lead in this game was seven points. Philadelphia’s biggest lead in this game was nine points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their next game against the Miami Heat at home on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers will play their next game against the Orlando Magic on the road on Wednesday night.

 

Kakko Sparks Rangers over Penguins

The 3-on-3 overtime session is always one of the most exciting things to watch in sports. In the overtime session, the Pittsburgh Penguins had some valuable chances to score.

Brian Dumoulin had a couple of chances but at one point, Evgeni Malkin turned the puck off in the offensive zone and it led to a Kaapo Kakko goal for the New York Rangers 2:24 into the overtime session as New York took down Pittsburgh 3-2.

It was assisted by Adam Fox and Pavel Buchnevich. Fox set that goal up for Kakko and the Penguins defense didn’t have a chance to stop it.

Adam Fox was one of the reasons why they won this game.

Kaapo Kakko (6:49 into the first-period) and Adam Fox (11 seconds remaining in the first-period) both scored goals for the Rangers in the first-period.

Justin Schultz (1:13 into the second-period) and James McCann (7:27 remaining in the second-period on the power play) scored goals for Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped their 0-for-27 streak on the power play. Hopefully for their sake, they will get rolling on the power play now.

Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist, and Sidney Crosby were out for this game for Pittsburgh. It is possible that Crosby might need sports hernia surgery and it would require him to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks.

Matt Murray recorded 24 saves for Pittsburgh.

Alexander Georgiev recorded 30 saves for New York.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season.

The Penguins next game will be on the road on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.

The New York Rangers next game will be on the road on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Penguins Take Down Blackhawks in Shootout

Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves trailing 2-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks at home at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a Saturday night.

Pittsburgh has lost its last 10 games to Chicago.

The Penguins were able to tie the game at two with 9:03 remaining in regulation on a goal scored by Bryan Rust. Jared McCann scored the game-winning shootout goal and Pittsburgh was able to knock off the Blackhawks by a score of 3-2.

Jake Guentzel also scored a shootout goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Patrick Kane scored a shootout goal for Chicago.

Dominik Kubalik scored for the Chicago Blackhawks 7:09 into the second-period. Patrick Kane scored for Chicago 1:48 later.

Jake Guentzel scored with 3:56 remaining in the second-period for Pittsburgh.

The Penguins did not have Sidney Crosby in the third-period. Head Coach Mike Sullivan announced he has a lower-body injury and Crosby will be evaluated more on Monday.

Pittsburgh is already dealing with injury issues this season. Patric Hornqvist is already out and so is Kris Letang.

Corey Crawford recorded 29 saves for Chicago in this game.

Matt Murray recorded 29 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins in this game.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks next game will be at home on Sunday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Pittsburgh’s next game will be on the road against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

 

Rockets Top Warriors

The Houston Rockets would be at full strength against a depleted Golden State Warriors team at home. James Harden led the way with 36 points on 43.5 percent shooting and Houston easily handled Golden State by a score of 129-112.

Harden also grabbed four rebounds, recorded 13 assists, blocked three shots, and recorded three steals. He continues to be the anchor of this team.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Caepla shot 64.3 percent from the field. He recorded two assists, blocked six shots, and recorded one steal for the Rockets.

P.J. Tucker scored 22 points on 64.3 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points for Houston. He scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded two steals.

Danuel House Jr. scored 17 points. He shot 83.3 percent from the field. House Jr. grabbed six rebounds and recorded one assist.

The Houston Rockets scored 17 bench points and Austin Rivers scored 12 of them. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Rivers also grabbed three rebounds and recorded three assists.

The leading scorer for the Warriors was Eric Paschall with 19 points. He shot 40 percent from the field. Paschall grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. Robinson III also grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded one assist.

Golden State’s bench scored 58 points. Alec Burks scored 28 points. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Burks also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Omari Spellman and Damion Lee each scored 13 points. Spellman made all six of his shots and Lee shot 21.4 percent from the field. Spellman grabbed seven rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Lee grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

This has been a much different reality for the Golden State Warriors in 2019-2020. They are currently in 14th in the Western Conference with a 2-6 record.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and D’Angelo Russell are all injured so far this season.

Curry and Thompson may not even return in 2019-2020.

Head Coach Steve Kerr enjoys seeing the young guys develop and he admits that it is interesting in coaching them up and he also has to be up on his feet more often.

The biggest lead in this game for Golden State was six points. The biggest lead in this game for Houston was 23 points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season. They will play each other again on Christmas Day at the Chase Center.

The Golden State Warriors next game will be on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road.

The Houston Rockets next game will be on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.