11/28/14: Carolina Hurricanes 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 2

1st Hurricanes Goal (Tlusty), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. McClement – deflects Ehrhoff’s attempt to play the puck up the boards off of the boards so it goes to Tlusty in the neutral zone behind him
    J. Tlusty – gets the puck in the neutral zone, skates down the left-side boards into the Penguins zone, carries the puck down to a couple of feet above the goal line, and throws a wrist shot towards the net that goes off of the back of Maatta’s right leg and over Fleury’s right shoulder
    J. Liles – drives to the front of the net, forcing Maatta to back up into a position where the puck goes off of him and past Fleury
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Ehrhoff – gets the puck along the boards at center ice as he’s backing up and tries to chip it up the boards, but McClement gets a stick on it, which turns it into a turnover to Tlusty in the neutral zone
    O. Maatta – backs up towards the crease and has Tlusty’s shot go off of his right leg and over Fleury’s right shoulder

1st Penguins Goal (Letang), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – falls behind the Hurricanes net with the puck, but plays it off of the back of the net from the ground to knock it to Spaling skating through (cont.), gets Spaling’s rebound and pushes it in front of the crease for Letang while also boxing Lindholm into the crease area and keeping him against Ward so neither player can move on the rebound
    N. Spaling – gets to the puck in the right corner of the Hurricanes zone, skates above the goal line, and puts a wrist shot on net that Ward saves with a rebound going in front
    K. Letang – skates to the net, gets the puck from Crosby, and throws it into the net as Ward can’t recover with traffic in the crease
  • Carolina Faults
    E. Lindholm – is behind the net with the puck when Crosby falls, but he can’t figure out where the puck is behind him before Crosby knocks it away while on the ice
    J. Skinner – doesn’t stay with Letang skating to the front of the net and is a stride behind him as Letang shoots the puck in


2nd Hurricanes Goal (Dwyer), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. Faulk – poke checks Adams in the neutral zone, causing him to lose the puck and leave it sitting in the middle of the zone
    J. Tlusty – picks up the loose puck in the neutral zone as he’s skating out of the Penguins zone, then skates across the neutral zone and through Zach Sill before passing the puck back across Sill to Dwyer entering the left side of the Penguins zone
    P. Dwyer – skates the puck down the left side of the Penguins zone and takes a quick wrist shot from just above the left faceoff dot that beats Fleury’s glove into the top right corner of the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Adams – tries to skate the puck through the neutral zone but loses it when Faulk poke checks him for a turnover
    Z. Sill – can’t stop Tlusty in the neutral zone when he skates the puck through him, then doesn’t defend the pass back to Dwyer entering the Penguins zone
    S. Despres – skated away from his side of the ice to step up on Tlusty skating across the neutral zone, which left the entire side of the ice open for Dwyer to skate down and take his shot

2nd Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    R. Scuderi – steps up on Rask entering the Penguins zone and pokes the puck away from him, forcing a turnover that rolls to Despres
    S. Despres – gets the rolling puck in the Penguins zone and passes it up the boards to Kunitz exiting the zone
    C. Kunitz – takes the puck to the blue line and passes it across the ice to Crosby at center streaking down the right-side boards
    S. Crosby – takes the pass from Kunitz, carries it into the right side of the Hurricanes zone, cuts towards the middle of the ice above the right faceoff circle, and drops a pass for Hornqvist skating behind him towards the right-side boards
    P. Hornqvist – picks up the puck from Crosby, skates it to just above the right faceoff dot, and fires a wrist shot that beats Ward over his left shoulder
  • Carolina Faults
    V. Rask – turns the puck over in the Penguins zone when he tries to skate through Scuderi

3rd Hurricanes Goal (Gerbe), Powerplay

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. Faulk – finds the loose puck in a group of 7 players in the left corner of the Penguins zone and throws it back to Rask at the left point (cont.), gets the puck back from Rask and tries to center it, but has it go off of Adams skate back to Rask
    V. Rask – moves the puck towards the middle and then passes it back to Faulk at the top of the left faceoff circle (cont.), gets the deflected puck at the blue line and passes it down to Lindholm to the outside of the right faceoff circle
    E. Lindholm – makes a quick pass across the middle of the ice to Gerbe at the inside of the left faceoff circle
    N. Gerbe – corrals the puck and then wrists it over Fleury’s right shoulder before he can get set due to the pass across
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Crosby – in the penalty box for goalie interference

4th Hurricanes Goal (Tlusty), Powerplay

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. Tlusty – gets to a loose puck at the Penguins blue line after a shot was blocked in the neutral zone and throws it into the empty net to put the game away
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    O. Maatta – in the penalty box for tripping

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