10/23/14: Detroit Red Wings 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT)

1st Penguins Goal (Dupuis), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – pokes the puck in desperation off of Kindl’s stick in the Penguins zone as Dupuis tries to strip Kindl of the puck as well
    P. Dupuis – skates away with the puck on an immediate 2-on-1, passing it to Comeau on his right as they exit the Penguins zone (cont.), carries the puck down to the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and snipes a wrist shot over Howard’s blocker
    B. Comeau – skates the puck through the neutral zone and into the Red Wings zone before passing it back to Dupuis on his left in the high slot
  • Detroit Faults
    J. Kindl – loses the puck in the slot of the Penguins zone as he pinches in and has it poke checked away, giving the Penguins a 2-on-1 rush the other way

2nd Penguins Goal (Maatta), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    O. Maatta – gets to a loose puck in the left corner of the Red Wings zone after Datsyuk had poked a rebound there, then turns below the goal line to get away from Datsyuk, cuts towards the net, brings the puck in front of the crease, and backhands a puck that sneaks past Howard’s stick as he reaches out for a poke check and through his five-hole
    P. Dupuis – cuts in front of the net when Maatta starts going to the crease, which conveniently interferes with Quincey at the top of the crease so he can’t step up on Maatta
  • Detroit Faults
    P. Datsyuk – loses Maatta in the left corner of Detroit’s zone as he turns up the boards when Maatta turns below the goal line
    J. Howard – fails to stop the puck when he tries to poke check Maatta and allows it to dribble through his legs into the net

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1st Red Wings Goal (Kronwall), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    N. Kronwall – knocks the dump-in attempt by Dupuis back into the neutral zone (cont.), gets the puck from Helm at the top of the Penguins zone, fakes to his forehand and switches to his backhand to skate around Hornqvist, then takes a quick shot on net from the top of the circles that goes past the right arm of Greiss as he is screened completely
    D. Helm – picks up the loose puck at the red line and skates down the left-side boards into the Penguins zone, then pulls up at the top of the left faceoff circle, skates back to the left point, and passes the puck over to Kronwall entering the middle of the zone
    L. Glendening – stands at the top of the crease and screens Greiss so he never sees Kronwall’s shot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Dupuis – turns the puck over at the Red Wings blue line as the Penguins are changing when he tries to dump the puck in along the boards but has it stopped in the neutral zone by Kronwall
    P. Hornqvist – gets beat at the top of the zone by Kronwall’s move to the backhand, allowing him to get an unchallenged shot off
    R. Scuderi – stands in front of Glendening on the crease, both allowing him to screen Greiss and also adding to the screen himself

3rd Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – gets a loose puck in his defensive zone and passes it across the ice to Kunitz along the left-side boards in the neutral zone
    C. Kunitz – takes the pass and skates into the Red Wings zone down the left side, then pulls to the top of the left faceoff circle and fires a snapshot that beats Howard’s glove
    P. Hornqvist – weaves his way to the slot as Kunitz brings the puck into the zone, which takes both Ericsson and Kronwall to the net and keeps the defense away from Kunitz
  • Detroit Faults
    J. Ericsson – steps up on Hornqvist skating to the crease instead of moving around him to step up on Kunitz with the puck

2nd Red Wings Goal (Zetterberg), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    N. Kronwall – tracks down a loose puck at the Red Wings blue line and passes it across the ice to DeKeyser
    D. DeKeyser – carries the puck through the right side of the neutral zone to center ice, then pulls up at the red line and makes a pass to Zetterberg entering the middle of the Penguins zone
    H. Zetterberg – gets the puck as he skates past a flat-footed Sutter at the Penguins blue line, skates it to the high slot, and rips a wrist shot past the glove of Greiss into the top corner of the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Sutter – doesn’t have his head on a swivel despite covering the blue line, so he doesn’t see Zetterberg picking up speed towards him and then gets caught flat-footed as Zetterberg skates past his coverage with the puck

3rd Red Wings Goal (Kronwall), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    D. Helm – blocks the empty-net attempt by Dupuis in the Red Wings zone
    P. Datsyuk – picks up the loose puck after Helm’s block, carries it out into the left side of the neutral zone, and passes it to his right for Abdelkader crossing center ice (cont.), receives Zetterberg’s pass on his backhand in the slot, decides not to shoot, and passes the puck to Kronwall skating into the high slot
    J. Abdelkader – cuts to the middle of the ice as he crosses into the Penguins zone and moves the puck to Zetterberg along the left-side boards in the Penguins zone
    H. Zetterberg – takes the puck down towards the left corner of the Penguins zone and centers a pass to Datsyuk in the slot
    N. Kronwall – corrals the puck and rips a wrist shot from the high slot past the glove of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Dupuis – tries to shoot a puck at an empty net through three Red Wings at the top of the right faceoff circle and has it blocked, sending the Red Wings the other way; then later gets caught chasing Comeau and Datsyuk into the slot instead of watching high part of the zone, so he is no where near Kronwall like he should be when Datsyuk makes the pass out to the high slot
    B. Comeau – can’t keep up with Datsyuk going to the slot, allowing Zetterberg’s pass to get to him and then can’t defend him as he passes the puck back to Kronwall

4th Red Wings Goal (Abdelkader), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    H. Zetterberg – tips Martin’s attempted pass at the Penguins goal line into the slot
    J. Abdelkader – steps forward into the slot to one-time the puck over the right shoulder of Greiss for the winner
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – tries to play the puck up the middle from behind his goal line, but has his pass deflected by Zetterberg to Abdelkader in the slot for a turnover
    P. Hornqvist – is closer to the puck than Abdelkader when Zetterberg tips the puck to the slot, but reacts slower and gets beat on quickness and positioning as Abdelkader gets to the puck first and scores

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