11/1/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Buffalo Sabres 0

1st Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – gets the puck back in his own zone and moves it to Maatta on his left side in the defensive zone
    O. Maatta – passes the puck to Crosby picking up speed through the neutral zone
    S. Crosby – takes the pass off of his skate, knocks it up to his stick, then carries it through the neutral zone, into the offensive zone, and into the slot, where he loses it as Gorges and Myers converge on him
    P. Hornqvist – follows Crosby and gets to the loose puck, putting a quick backhander on Enroth  that is stopped with a rebound sitting in the crease
    C. Kunitz – crashes the net and backhands the rebound under Enroth’s left pad
  • Buffalo Faults
    T. Myers – turns to the outside as Crosby moves to the inside, which forces Gorges to converge on Crosby, which in turn forces Mitchell to move to Hornqvist, which leaves Kunitz untouched to crash the net

2nd Penguins Goal (Comeau), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    O. Maatta – shoves Stafford off of the puck in the defensive zone, creating a loose puck in the high slot
    P. Dupuis – chips the loose puck in the high slot forward into the body of Comeau in front of him
    B. Comeau – knocks the puck back down to the ice and passes it up to Malkin along the right-side boards at center ice (cont.), gets the puck from Malkin, carries it into the slot, and rips a wrist shot past Enroth’s glove
    E. Malkin – carries the puck into the offensive zone and centers it to Comeau as he crosses into the middle of the zone
  • Buffalo Faults
    D. Stafford – tries to carry the puck across the middle of the Penguins zone, but gets knocked off of it by Maatta as the Penguins start a rush the other way with the turnover
    R. Ristolainen – gets caught shading too close to the boards on Malkin’s zone entry, so he is essentially out of the play and forces Benoit to deal with a 3-on-1 as Comeau enters the slot to score


3rd Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – retrieves a bouncing puck at the left point in the Sabres zone and leaves the puck along the boards for Letang
    K. Letang – picks up the puck and moves it to Malkin at the top of the right faceoff circle
    E. Malkin – holds the puck and then passes it to Kunitz along the goal line to the right of the net
    C. Kunitz – makes a one-touch pass to Hornqvist at in the inside corner of the right faceoff circle
    P. Hornqvist – one-times the puck past Enroth’s blocker
  • Buffalo Faults
    M. Moulson – not in the penalty box, but realizes the Sabres have too many men on the ice and can’t change fast enough before the call is made

4th Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – stops the puck along the right-side boards as Girgensons tries to chip it past him, and then knocks the puck down to Kunitz in the right corner (cont.), gets the puck from Letang, skates down to the right faceoff dot, and passes the puck back to Letang
    C. Kunitz – moves the puck up to Letang at the right point (cont.), tips Letang’s shot in front of the right post so it goes over Enroth’s pad and in
    K. Letang – skates the puck to the middle of the blue line and then passes it to Crosby at the top of the right faceoff circle (cont.), corrals Crosby’s pass and takes  a snap shot from the top of the zone
  • Buffalo Faults
    M. Weber – in the penalty box for roughing
    Z. Girgensons – tries to chip a puck past Crosby from the right corner of the Sabres zone, but it ends up as a turnover

5th Penguins Goal (Malkin), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – picks up a loose puck along the half-boards on the right side of the Sabres zone after a blocked shot, then moves it to Ehrhoff at the middle of the blue line (cont.), one-touches Ehrhoff’s pass across the ice to Malkin above the left faceoff circle (cont.), holds the puck as he skates towards the middle of the zone and then passes it back to Malkin at the left point
    C. Ehrhoff – makes a one-touch pass back to Crosby (cont.), bobbles Malkin’s pass and then eventually chips the puck back to him along the left-side boards
    E. Malkin – skates in to the left faceoff dot and then passes the puck back to Ehrhoff at the top of the zone (cont.), gets the puck from Ehrhoff and chips it across the ice to Crosby at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Crosby and steps into a slapshot that hits Enroth’s right shoulder and deflects down into the net
  • Buffalo Faults
    T. Ennis – in the penalty box for interference
    J. Enroth – has the angle and vision to make the save, gets a piece of Malkin’s shot, but deflects it down into the net

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