10/22/14: Philadelphia Flyers 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 3

1st Penguins Goal (Spaling), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    N. Spaling – chases Read to a loose puck along the right boards in the Flyers zone and pokes it down to the right corner for Comeau as Read tries to keep him off of the puck (cont.), stops Ehrhoff’s shot in the left faceoff circle, skates a stride to his left, and shoots the puck past Emery’s blocker before he can figure out where the puck is
    B. Comeau – throws the puck around the boards behind the net so it slides all the way to Ehrhoff at the left point
    C. Ehrhoff – shoots a wrister from the left point towards the net
    M. Goc – sets a screen in front of Emery that draws two men so Emery can’t figure out where the puck is
  • Philadelphia Faults
    M. Read – tries to use his body to keep Spaling away from the puck in the Flyers zone instead of playing the puck, which instead allows Spaling to play the puck and give the Penguins possession
    S. Couturier – tries to block Ehrhoff’s shot and misses, then doesn’t have positioning on Spaling to keep him from settling and shooting the puck

1st Flyers Goal (Streit), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    M. Streit – gets a loose puck at the right point of the Penguins zone after a pass was broken up in the slot and immediately takes a shot back towards the net, sending the puck off of Malkin’s stick, off of Maatta’s arm, and under Fleury’s left arm
    M. Raffl – is tied up with Maatta in front of the net, holding Maatta in position as he deflects the puck past Fleury
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    E. Malkin – is slow to get back out to Streit at the point and also deflects Streit’s shot on its way to the net
    O. Maatta – gets a piece of the shot with his left arm after it was deflected by Malkin’s stick, placing it right under Fleury’s left arm


2nd Flyers Goal (Bellemare), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    N. Schultz – beats Kunitz to a loose puck in the Flyers zone along the boards, skates it into the neutral zone down the right-side boards as the Penguins lag behind at the end of a powerplay, cuts to the middle entering the Penguins zone with a 3-on-1, and passes the puck to the right for Couturier
    S. Couturier – skates the puck to the top of the right circle and passes it to Bellemare going to the slot
    P. Bellemare – redirects Couturier’s pass over Fleury’s left shoulder from the slot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Kunitz – loses the race to the puck in the Flyers zone and then can’t keep up with the play to cover anyone
    P. Hornqvist – follows Bellemare to the slot and then abruptly stops to square up with Couturier’s positioning, losing his ability to cover Bellemare and the passing lane to him

2nd Penguins Goal (Dupuis), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    E. Malkin – wins a faceoff in the left circle of the Flyers zone straight back to Martin at the left point
    P. Martin – hesitates for a second and then shoots a wrister towards the net that hits MacDonald, goes off of his right skate, and slides past Emery’s right pad
    P. Dupuis – cuts towards the slot off of the faceoff and holds MacDonald’s stick, drawing MacDonald next to him in front for the own-goal deflection (The goal was credited to Dupuis, but should be credited to Martin)
  • Philadelphia Faults
    A. MacDonald – gets tied up with Dupuis and then deflects Martin’s shot past Emery’s right pad

3rd Flyers Goal (Umberger), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    J. Voracek – chases Letang behind the net and to the right-side boards for a loose puck and knocks Letang off of the puck so he can’t play it
    C. Giroux – picks up the loose puck from in between Letang’s feet, skates it forwards to the right faceoff dot, and makes a pass to the middle that is tipped by Dupuis to Umberger at the bottom inside corner of the left faceoff circle
    R. Umberger – lifts the puck in between Fleury’s chest and right arm as he’s trying to push his blocker out for a desperation save
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – gets to a puck behind his own net and hesitates between playing it up the boards and carrying it, causing him to play it just out of his own reach to the right-side boards, where he ends up losing it on a hit by Voracek
    P. Dupuis – gets caught watching the puck too intently and doesn’t notice Umberger skating behind him to the front of the net alone, then tips Giroux’s pass directly in front of Umberger

4th Flyers Goal (Read), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    M. Read – picks up the puck that Despres loses at the Flyers blue line and moves it up to Umberger in the neutral zone (cont.), can’t handle Couturier’s pass at first, which draws Fleury out as if it’s a shot, then gets control of the puck, pulls it across the crease as Fleury is down, and lifts it over Fleury’s out-stretched stick
    R. Umberger – moves the puck to the left-side boards for Couturier entering the Penguins zone
    S. Couturier – skates to the top of the left faceoff circle and makes a pass to Read at the inside edge of the right faceoff circle
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Despres – skates the puck through the neutral zone and loses control of it as he enters the Flyers zone, sending Read the other way on an odd-man break
    E. Malkin – is ahead of Read skating into the Penguins zone but slows down for just long enough that Read gets past him to receive the pass and score
    M. Fleury – over-commits on the pass to Read, sliding his pad beyond the post as he goes side-to-side and giving Read the whole front of the net to work with

3rd Penguins Goal (Goc), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – picks up Del Zotto’s clearing attempt at the right point and tries to cut to the middle, where he loses the puck directly to Goc at the inside of the left faceoff circle
    M. Goc – makes a one-touch pass to Spaling at the inside of the right faceoff circle as they have a 2-on-1 (cont.), gets the puck back from Spaling and fans on his shot but gets just enough to slide it into the net off the left post before Emery can get back across
    N. Spaling – makes a one-touch pass right back across the slot to Goc
  • Philadelphia Faults
    M. Del Zotto – turns the puck over to Downie at the right point on a weak attempt to clear the puck from the zone off the boards

5th Flyers Goal (Couturier), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    S. Couturier – intercepts Letang’s pass along the boards in the neutral zone and backhands it from center ice into the empty net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – tries to play the puck softly up the boards in the neutral zone and turns it over to Couturier

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