11/18/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Montreal Canadiens 0

1st Penguins Goal (Bennett), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Bennett – receives Beaulieu’s errant pass a few feet above the left faceoff circle, carries the puck into the slot, and rips a wrist shot past Price’s blocker into the top left corner of the net
  • Montreal Faults
    N. Beaulieu – makes a bad pass in his own zone to Weise, sending it through his legs and straight to Bennett above the left faceoff circle

2nd Penguins Goal (Downie), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – gathers the puck in the neutral zone after Beaulieu can’t swat it past him from the Canadiens blue line, carries it into the right side of Montreal’s zone, then chips it down the right-side boards for Sutter (cont.), taps the puck into an open net as Price has no chance of getting across to sto pthe shot
    B. Sutter – gets to the puck next to the right faceoff circle and throws it around the boards behind the net for Bennett in the left corner of the Canadiens zone
    B. Bennett – stops the puck in the left corner and knocks it towards the left faceoff dot away form Parenteau, then retrieves it, keeps it there as Pacioretty tries to skate through it, and makes a pass to Letang entering the high slot
    K Letang – skates into the right side of the slot and then makes a pass through the slot to Downie, who is uncovered at the left side of the crease
  • Montreal Faults
    N. Beaulieu – swats at a puck at the Canadiens blue line as he’s backing into the defensive zone, but he swats it right to Downie in the neutral zone
    M. Pacioretty – tries to step up on the puck while Bennett has it at the left faceoff dot, but skates through the area and only gets a piece of the puck, leaving Bennett there with the puck still
    P. Parenteau – doesn’t follow Downie towards the crease, which leaves him wide open for the tap-in; also lost Bennett earlier in the play along the boards


3rd Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Martin – picks up the loose puck in the Penguins zone after Plekanec lost it in his skates and passes it up to Downie along the right-side boards
    S. Downie – makes a one-touch pass to Bennett exiting the Penguins zone
    B. Bennett – carries the puck through the neutral zone, into the right side of the Canadiens zone, and all the way down to the right corner before passing it back out to Sutter trailing the play into the high slot
    B. Sutter – takes Bennett’s pass in the high slot, carries it a few feet further into the slot, and fires a wrist shot over Price’s right shoulder into the net
  • Montreal Faults
    T. Plekanec – tries to play a pass from Galchenyuk with his left skate in the Penguins zone, but he doesn’t hit the puck cleanly and loses it in his skates for a turnover
    B. Gallagher – gets caught watching Bennett  carrying the puck into the corner, so he skates too deep into the zone and doesn’t stay high to cover Sutter for the Bennett-to-Sutter pass or the goal

4th Penguins Goal (Crosby), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – gets a loose puck at center ice, skates it towards the Canadiens blue line, and chips it to Crosby along the right-side boards as they cross into the zone
    S. Crosby – carries the puck halfway down the right-side boards and makes a centering pass towards Hornqvist (cont.), taps the puck into the open net as Price has no chance of getting across to stop him
    P. Hornqvist – lets the puck go through his legs in the high slot to Malkin at the top of the left faceoff circle, which draws Gilbert to him in the slot and gives Malkin an open shooting lane (cont.), gets to the rebound first and tries to shove it through Price, which causes it to bounce over to Malkin at the top of the crease
    E. Malkin – takes a wrist shot that is stopped by Price with a rebound sitting the crease (cont.), angles his right skate to kick the loose puck over to Crosby at the right side of the crease
  • Montreal Faults
    A. Galchenyuk – in the penalty box for tripping

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