11/8/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 6 Buffalo Sabres 1

1st Penguins Goal (Letang), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – retrieves a loose puck behind the Sabres net after he shot the puck wide, then carries it to the left corner, turns towards the slot, and sends a pass through the slot that goes to Letang along the right half-boards (cont.), gets the puck from Letang and passes it right back to him driving to the net at the inside corner of the right faceoff circle
    K. Letang – carries the puck down to the right side of the right faceoff dot and passes the puck back to Crosby, now behind the net (cont.), one-times Crosby’s pass past Enroth’s right shoulder
  • Buffalo Faults
    M. Moulson – skates out to Letang to step on him, but then skates past him when he passes the puck to Crosby and allows him to skate towards the net uncovered

2nd Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Hornqvist – steps up on Gorges along the right-side boards in the the Sabres zone and pokes the puck away from him towards the corner for Kunitz (cont.), redirects Letang’s one-timer in the slot past Enroth’s right pad
    C. Kunitz – swats the puck up the right boards towards Crosby above the right faceoff circle
    S. Crosby – moves the puck to the right point for Letang (cont.), gets the puck from Letang and passes it back to him at the left point (cont.), gets the puck from Letang and passes it back to him again (cont.), gets the puck from Letang again, looks to the slot, and sends the puck back up to him at the top of the zone
    K. Letang – carries the puck to the middle of the blue line and then moves it back to Crosby above the right circle (cont.), gets the puck from Crosby, skates to the middle of the blue line, and then passes it back to Crosby next to the right faceoff dot (cont.), gets the puck from Crosby again and passes it to Malkin above the left faceoff circle (cont.), gets the puck from Malkin and moves it back to Crosby at the right faceoff dot (cont.), one-times Crosby’s pass towards the net
    E. Malkin – looks towards the net and then gives the puck back to Letang at the top of the zone
  • Buffalo Faults
    D. Stafford – in the penalty box for high-sticking
    J. Gorges – skates away from the left corner with the puck but then doesn’t move it before getting swarmed in the right corner by Kunitz and Hornqvist and losing the puck

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3rd Penguins Goal (Letang), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    M. Fleury – stops the puck behind the Penguins net and plays it around to Kunitz half way up the boards
    C. Kunitz – swats the puck up the left-side boards to Hornqvist at center ice
    P. Hornqvist – carries the puck into the left side of the Sabres zone and drops it off for Crosby following him
    S. Crosby – carries the puck down to the left faceoff dot, pulls up and back towards the left-side boards, shifts back and forth along the boards until he loses Gorges, tries to carry the puck towards the middle of the ice, and loses it to a stick check by Gionta that sends the puck directly to Martin above the right faceoff circle
    P. Martin – sets himself up for a shot above the right faceoff circle and instead passes the puck to Letang a few feet to his left and higher in the zone
    K. Letang – one-times Martin’s pass through a screen and beats Enroth’s glove
  • Buffalo Faults
    J. Gorges – screens Enroth in the slot so he never sees Letang’s shot

4th Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets a loose puck in the right corner of the Sabres zone after Flynn deflected an attempted pass there, then passes the puck to Kunitz along the goal line halfway between the corner and the net
    C. Kunitz – makes a one-touch pass to Hornqvist just inside the right faceoff dot
    P. Hornqvist – one-times Kunitz’s pass past Enroth’s blocker
  • Buffalo Faults
    D. Stafford – in the penalty box for slashing

5th Penguins Goal (Bortuzzo), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Ehrhoff – picks up a loose puck next to Fleury’s pads, takes it behind the Penguins net, and fires it out to Crosby exiting the zone along the left-side boards
    S. Crosby – carries the puck to the Sabres blue line and passes it to his right to Kunitz entering the zone (cont.), carries the puck to the left faceoff dot and passes it back to Bortuzzo entering the top of the zone
    C. Kunitz – gets the puck from Crosby, skates into the left faceoff circle, and drops the puck off for Crosby above the left faceoff circle
    P. Hornqvist – drives to the net while Crosby has the puck, which draws the attention of two Sabres and leaves Bortuzzo unnoticed entering the zone
    R. Bortuzzo – gets the pass from Crosby in the high slot, fakes a shot that gets Enroth to go down, then pulls the puck to the inside corner of the right faceoff circle and fires a wrist shot past Enroth’s glove
  • Buffalo Faults
    J. Gorges – drops to the ice in the slot looking for a block when Bortuzzo gets the puck, which leaves him essentially out of the play as Bortuzzo cuts to the right and easily fires it past Enroth
    C. Stewart – can’t backcheck quickly enough to get to Bortuzzo, which forces the Sabres into defending a 4-on-3 situation

1st Sabres Goal (Girgensons), Even

  • Buffalo Contributions
    B. Gionta – picks up a loose puck behind the Penguins net after it caroms between Girgensons and Scuderi, fights through a poke check from Bortuzzo, and passes the puck up the left-side boards to Gorges at the left point
    J. Gorges – takes a one-timer towards the net from the left point
    Z. Girgensons – redirects the shot by Gorges in front of the net so it goes past Fleury’s glove
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Comeau – takes a bad route to the puck when Gionta passes it up the boards, leaving him out of position to pressure Gorges at the point or play the puck

6th Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Comeau – knocks down Gorges behind the Sabres net as he’s playing the puck, so Gorges ends up playing the puck to Letang at the right point (cont.), picks up the rebound as he faces away from the net to the right of it and makes a backhand pass to Malkin in the slot
    K. Letang – one-times the puck from Gorges towards the net, where Enroth makes a save but leaves a rebound
    E. Malkin – uses his right skate to kick the puck to his stick blade and fires the puck past Enroth’s right pad
  • Buffalo Faults
    J. Gorges – gives the puck away to Letang at the right point in the Sabres zone as he’s hit by Comeau
    C. Stewart – over-commits to Comeau when he gets the rebound and isn’t in position to do anything against Malkin in the slot
    T. Myers – watches the play unfold from the backside of the crease and never steps up on Malkin or steps into the play

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