11/21/14: New York Islanders 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (SO)

1st Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – gets the puck at the outside edge of the right faceoff circle in the Islanders zone after fanning on a shot attempt that was hindered by Leddy, then passes it to Letang above the right faceoff circle (cont.), gets the puck from Letang and sends it across to Martin at the left point
    K. Letang – makes a one-touch pass back to Downie, now along the boards next to the right faceoff circle
    P. Martin – steps into a high slapshot at the left point
    B. Sutter – tips Martin’s shot in front of Johnson’s chest and knocks it down between his legs and into the net
  • NY Islanders Faults
    J. Tavares – is the last man into the zone and wanders towards the slot where everyone is already covered, so he leaves Martin wide open at the left point and doesn’t contribute to any defensive effort

1st Islanders Goal (Martin), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    T. Hamonic – skates back to the Islanders zone and retrieves a loose puck near the faceoff circles, skates it to the middle of the zone, and passes it up to Martin streaking down the left side of the neutral zone
    M. Martin – takes Hamonic’s pass just outside of the Penguins zone, crosses into the left side of the zone, and takes a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beats Fleury on his short-side
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – vacates the far side of the ice as the last man for a line change and also gets in the way of Maatta, who is the first defenseman changing onto the ice, so he can’t get to Martin to defend him
    M. Fleury – stays within his crease instead of stepping out to challenge Martin as he’s streaking down the left-side boards and allows a stoppable wrist shot to beat him short-side from the top of the left faceoff circle

2nd Islanders Goal (Kulemin), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    N. Kulemin – steals the puck in the neutral zone from Martin, skates it into the right side of the Penguins zone, takes it to the top of the right faceoff circle where he’s challenged by Letang, shifts to the middle into the slot around Letang, then fires a wrist shot that goes off of Fleury’s left pad and into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – gets the puck off of the faceoff in the neutral zone and then loses it right away to Kulemin outside of the Penguins blue line
    K. Letang – tries to step up on Kulemin at the left faceoff circle and loses positioning on him as he shifts to the slot
    M. Fleury – positions himself to make the save on Kulemin but doesn’t get the puck cleanly, so it hits off of his left pad and goes into the net

3rd Islanders Goal (Strome), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    J. Bailey – intercepts Scuderi’s clearing attempt/pass in the right corner of the Penguins zone, then tries to center the puck to the top of the crease, where it goes off of Fleury’s stick and back to the left point for Hickey
    T. Hickey – takes a slapshot from the left point towards the net
    R. Strome – has Hickey’s shot go off of his right skate at the top of the crease and past Fleury’s left pad
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    R. Scuderi – gets to a loose puck in the left corner of the Penguins zone and ties to wrap it around the boards behind the net, but plays it to Bailey at the right corner of the zone

2nd Penguins Goal (Comeau), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    O. Maatta – retrieves a dumped-in puck back in the Penguins zone, carries it  towards the blue line, and passes it to Kunitz along the left-side boards in the neutral zone
    C. Kunitz – carries the puck across center ice and enters the left side of the Islanders zone, then passes the puck to Comeau skating past him to the top of the left faceoff circle
    B. Comeau – takes Kunitz’s pass, skates the puck on his backhand behind the net, and then tries to center the puck to the front of the crease, where it hits Martin’s skate and goes into the net
  • NY Islanders Faults
    M. Martin – has the puck go off of his skate in front of the crease and into the net
    C. Johnson – overplays Comeau skating to the goal line on the left side and then can’t get back to the right side to cover his post when Comeau sends the puck in front of the net

4th Islanders Goal (Leddy), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    J. Boychuk – stops Hornqvist’s clearing attempt along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone and plays the puck down to the right of the net for Lee
    A. Lee – stops the bouncing pass along the goal line, fights off Hornqvist to win a puck battle, skates the puck to the right corner of the Penguins zone, then turns back to skate behind the net and moves the puck behind the net to Strome
    R. Strome – gets the puck behind the net, skates it towards the left corner, and makes a pass to Leddy, who is uncovered just inside the left faceoff dot
    N. Leddy – takes a one-timer from inside the left faceoff dot that gets past Fleury’s glove
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Hornqvist – retrieves a failed clearing attempt in the right corner of the Penguins zone and then tries to play it up the boards, where it goes to Boychuk for another failed clearing attempt, then loses a puck battle to Lee next to the net
    C. Ehrhoff – lets Strome go behind the net with the idea of crossing in front of the net to cover him, but then cuts in too close to the crease and gets his stick tied up with Fleury, so he’s unable to reach his stick out to defend Strome’s pass to Leddy
    N. Spaling – gets caught watching the puck and doesn’t pay attention to Leddy, so he defends open space and can’t get to Leddy in time to prevent the pass to him or the shot from him

3rd Penguins Goal (Spaling), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – holds the puck in the Penguins zone as the forwards get set up and then  makes a stretch pass up the right side to Spaling entering the Islanders zone
    N. Spaling – carries the puck down the boards, through the corner, and behind the net as he is well covered by Hickey, then he falls behind the net and pushes the puck to Hornqvist who is skating into the corner to help (cont.), jams the loose puck in the crease under Johnson’s left pad into the net
    P. Hornqvist – picks up the puck from Spaling in the right corner of the Islanders zone and moves it up the boards to Malkin halfway up the right-side boards (cont.), one-times Malkin’s pass towards the net, where the puck hits off of Kulemin’s stick and Spaling’s leg before landing in the crease
    E. Malkin – holds the puck along the right-side boards until Nelson challenges him as Hornqvist is skating into an open area in the high slot, then passes the puck to Hornqvist in the high slot
  • NY Islanders Faults
    N. Kulemin – deflects Hornqvist’s shot into Spaling and then also gets a piece of it as Spaling is shooting to send it under Johnson’s pad

4th Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Ehrhoff – retrieves a dump-in in the Penguins zone and moves it to Malkin in the defensive zone
    E. Malkin – skates the puck through the middle of the neutral zone, into the right side of the Islanders zone, pulls up next to the right faceoff circle along the boards, and then centers the puck to Hornqvist on the inside edge of the right faceoff circle
    P. Hornqvist – stops Malkin’s pass and takes a quick wrist shot that beats Johnson’s glove
  • NY Islanders Faults
    J. Tavares – backs a couple of strides away from the area on the inside of the right faceoff circle where Hornqvist ends up going to for Malkin’s pass, so he’s unable to step up on Hornqvist or defend the pass

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