10/28/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 8 New Jersey Devils 3

1st Devils Goal (Zubrus), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    D. Severson – gets the puck off of the opening faceoff in the Devils zone and smacks it up the right-side boards to Jagr just outside the Penguins blue line
    J. Jagr – centers the puck for Zajac entering the Penguins zone as the Devils enter with a 3-on-2
    T. Zajac – immediately passes the puck to his left for Zubrus
    D. Zubrus – quickly takes a shot from a couple of feet above the left faceoff circle that ramps up off of Letang’s blade and beats Fleury’s glove into the top corner of the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Sutter – can’t stop Severson’s pass along the boards, then loses his balance along the boards so he can’t get back into the play as the Devils enter the Penguins zone with a 3-on-2
    K. Letang – tries to stop the shot by Zubrus, but the puck ends up ramping off of his blade up high on Fleury

1st Penguins Goal (Comeau), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Dupuis – intercepts Schneider’s pass below the goal line, then centers the puck to the crease, where it goes off of Schneider’s stick as he tries to recover
    B. Comeau – whacks the loose puck into the net before Schneider can get back into position
  • New Jersey Faults
    C. Schneider – goes behind his net to play the puck and blindly backhands it towards Merrill without seeing Dupuis coming in to intercept it, then tries to recover and deflects the puck towards Comeau in front

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2nd Devils Goal (Josefson), Shorthanded

  • New Jersey Contributions
    S. Gionta – blocks Crosby’s one-touch pass with his skate in the high slot and sends the puck caroming up towards the Devils blue line
    J. Josefson – taps the loose puck past Malkin at the blue line, skates down to the Penguins zone on a breakaway, holds the puck on his forehand, then switches to his backhand and lifts a shot over Fleury’s left pad
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Crosby – tries to make a one-touch pass through the high slot in the Devils zone but he passes it directly into Gionta’s skate, sending it caroming towards the blue line
    E. Malkin – gets caught being indecisive at the blue line and takes a half-step forward to the loose puck, which keeps him away from it and also leads to him being flat-footed as Josefson pushes the puck past him for a breakaway

3rd Devils Goal (Ruutu), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    A. Greene – gets a loose puck in the corner of the Devils zone, skates it out of the Devils zone, cuts through the middle of the neutral zone, and skates it past Dupuis at the Penguins blue line before passing the puck to Gionta on his right
    S. Gionta – takes Greene’s pass and then first a low wrist shot on net from the top of the right faceoff circle that produces a rebound
    T. Ruutu – gets to the rebound in front since Letang is busy tying up Greene and lifts it over Fleury
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Dupuis – lets Greene get around him at the blue line, then doesn’t follow him to the net, which forces Letang to follow Greene and not cover Ruutu going to the net for a rebound, (and doesn’t shift over to Ruutu either after not following Greene)

2nd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins a faceoff in the right circle of the Devils zone to the right boards for Hornqvist
    P. Hornqvist – taps the puck back to Letang at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Malkin, holds it as he looks for a centering pass, then feeds it back to Malkin in the high slot
    K. Letang – moves the puck over to Malkin at the left point
    E. Malkin – winds up for a slapshot, but instead passes the puck down to Hornqvist, now to the left of the net (cont.), one-times Hornqvist’s pass over the left shoulder of Schneider into the net
  • New Jersey Faults
    D. Severson – in the penalty box for holding
    T. Zajac – isn’t in the penalty box, but caused the too many men penalty by jumping on the ice and immediately playing the puck before his man was on the bench

3rd Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – gets the puck off of Boucher’s broken stick and holds it in the defensive zone as Boucher changes, then makes a long pass up the right-side boards to Hornqvist entering the Devils zone
    P. Hornqvist – carries the puck down to the right faceoff dot and takes a hard wrist shot that beats Schneider over his left shoulder
  • New Jersey Faults
    R. Boucher – tries to take a pass at the Penguins blue line, but his stick breaks, turning the play into a turnover to Despres, who then has an open passing lane as Boucher steps off the ice to the bench

4th Penguins Goal (Adams), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – intercepts Zajac’s pass in the high slot of the Penguins zone, then pushes it up to Adams exiting the penalty box to the Devils blue line for a breakaway
    C. Adams – enters the Devils zone on a breakaway, carries the puck to the slot, moves it to his forehand, and flicks it past Schneider’s glove
  • New Jersey Faults
    T. Zajac – tries to make a pass across the high slot in the Penguins zone that is intercepted by Sutter
    (Neither of the defensemen because they are in perfect position until Zajac turns the puck over, then don’t have time to recover)

5th Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – picks up a loose puck behind the Penguins net and moves it to Kunitz skating up the defensive zone (cont.), lifts the puck over Schneider, who can’t recover on the deflection in the slot
    C. Kunitz – centers the puck to Despres exiting the defensive zone (cont.), deflects the shot by Despres in the slot to the left side of the crease where Crosby is standing
    S. Despres – carries the puck into the right side of the Devils zone and stops abruptly at the point as both teams skate into the zone, then fakes a wrist shot, pulls the puck to a few feet above the right faceoff circle, and takes a wrist shot towards the net
  • New Jersey Faults
    J. Merrill – stays with Despres entering the zone, then backs off of him to cover in front of the net, leaving Despres with unlimited time and space to work with

6th Penguins Goal (Dupuis), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – gets the puck along the right-side boards in the neutral zone and moves it up towards the Devils blue line
    O. Maatta – chips the puck at the blue line into the Devils zone
    S. Downie – knocks the puck past Greene before he can play it along the boards, takes the puck to the right corner of the zone, and then passes it across the slot to the inside of the left faceoff circle for Dupuis
    P. Dupuis – corrals the puck as Clemmensen tries to get in position and then lifts the puck over Clemmensen’s right shoulder
  • New Jersey Faults
    B. Salvador – in the penalty box for holding
    A. Greene – can’t handle the puck along the boards after Maatta chips it in, then loses Downie with the puck going to the right corner
    S. Gionta – gets caught puck-watching and stays too close to where the puck is, completely ignoring the far side of the ice where both Dupuis and Sutter were getting themselves open

7th Penguins Goal (Downie), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – dumps the puck into the Devils zone from the left-side boards hard enough that Clemmensen can’t stop it behind the net and it goes to the right-side boards (cont.), gets the puck along the left-side boards and moves it to Maatta at the left point (cont.), waits til the puck hits the ice off of Comeau and then fires a wrist shot past Clemmensen’s right shoulder before he can track the puck
    B. Comeau – gets to the puck first at the right-side boards and then passes it back behind the net for Downie on the left-side boards (cont.), knocks the bouncing puck with his leg towards Downie at the bottom inside corner of the left faceoff circle
    O. Maatta – passes the puck to Ehrhoff at the middle of the blue line
    C. Ehrhoff – holds the puck as Sutter cuts through the high slot and then passes the puck to him at the top of the right faceoff circle
    B. Sutter – skates down to the right faceoff dot and takes a wrist shot that produces a rebound that bounces back into him and then to Comeau
  • New Jersey Faults
    T. Zajac – isn’t in the penalty box, but caused the too many men penalty by jumping into the play and pressuring Downie before his man was at the bench
    D. Severson – completely misses his attempt to play the puck when it’s going from Comeau to Downie in front of the net and doesn’t try to block Downie’s shot either

8th Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – intercepts Merrill’s pass in the neutral zone, carries the puck into the Devils zone, and then takes a slapshot from the high slot that beats Clemmensen’s blocker
  • New Jersey Faults
    J. Merrill – tries to center a pass for Ruutu in the neutral zone and passes it directly to Crosby skating towards the Devils zone
    S. Clemmensen – doesn’t get squared up to Crosby’s shooting lane and then just misses the puck with his blocker because he isn’t in position

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