12/15/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 2

1st Penguins Goal (Sutter), Shorthanded

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – picks up the loose puck in the Penguins zone after Filppula pushes it towards him, then chips it into the neutral zone past Hedman trying to pinch in to get the puck, then catches up to the puck entering the right size of the Lightning zone, where he carries the puck to the inside of the right faceoff dot and fires a wrist shot that should go wide, but instead goes off of the knob of Bishop’s stick and into the net
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    V. Filppula – tries to gain control of a loose puck in the corner of the Penguins zone, loses control of the puck, then pushes it out to Sutter in the middle of the zone
    V. Hedman – tries to step up on Sutter picking up the loose puck in the Penguins zone, but doesn’t get a piece of the puck or Sutter, allowing Sutter to skate past him for a breakaway
    B. Bishop – gets a piece of Sutter’s shot, which is going wide of the net, and deflects it into the net with the knob of his stick

1st Lightning Goal (Drouin), Powerplay

  • Tampa Bay Contributions
    A. Stralman – gets the puck behind the Lightning net and carries it out through the defensive zone before passing it up to Drouin entering the neutral zone (cont.), gets the puck from Kucherov and moves it to the right point for Johnson (cont.), gets the puck from Johnson and moves it to Kucherov at the left point
    J. Drouin – carries the puck into the middle of the Penguins zone and then passes it to Kucherov at the left point (cont.), knocks Johnson’s rebound into the net before Fleury can recover despite being tied up by both Scuderi and Letang properly
    N. Kucherov – pulls up with the puck at the left point and passes it to Stralman entering the middle of the zone (cont.), gets the puck from Stralman and skates it down to the left faceoff circle, where he fakes a shot and then passes the puck through the slot to Johnson at the right faceoff dot
    T. Johnson – carries the puck down to the right faceoff circle and then passes it back to Stralman, now at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Kucherov and takes a quick shot that Fleury saves, with a rebound rolling into the crease
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Downie – in the penalty box for tripping

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2nd Penguins Goal (Rust), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    A. Ebbett – intercepts Boyle’s pass below the goal line in the Lightning zone and immediately passes the puck out to the slot for Rust
    B. Rust – takes the pass and fires a wrist shot over Nabokov’s glove into the net
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    B. Boyle – turns the puck over with a bad pass off of the backboards behind the net that Ebbett intercepts
    E. Nabokov – makes a bad pass to Boyle from behind the net to his skate in front of the net and then gets caught very deep in his crease so Rust can easily pick the corner

3rd Penguins Goal (Downie), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – gets the puck in the corner of the Penguins zone and sends it up to Malkin at center ice (cont.), gets the puck from Downie, skates it to the middle of the blue line, then passes it to Malkin at the outside edge of the left faceoff circle
    E. Malkin – carries the puck into the Lightning zone and then chips it to the right-side boards for Downie (cont.), gets the puck from Letang, holds it, then passes it down to Hornqvist along the goal line to the left of the net
    S. Downie – pulls up halfway down the right-side boards and then moves the puck back to Letang at the right point (cont.), knocks the loose rebound in the crease into the net
    P. Hornqvist – quickly turns and takes a shot on Nabokov that goes off of his chest, then off of Carle’s back before landing in the crease
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    R. Callahan – in the penalty box for holding
    M. Carle – drops to the ice in front of the crease so that the rebound goes off of his back and back into the crease, then he’s down on the ice so he can’t defend the area either as Downie scores

4th Penguins Goal (Dumoulin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – gets to a loose puck in the right corner of the Lightning zone with four Tampa Bay players around him, skates the puck behind the net and to the left corner of the zone, then passes the puck out to Dumoulin at the right point
    B. Dumoulin – corrals the pass from Downie and takes a wrist shot that goes off of the left skate of Hedman and through Nabokov’s five-hole
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    A. Stralman – hesitates on playing Downie behind the net and instead runs into the net, taking himself out of the play and allowing Downie to skate free with the puck
    V. Hedman – deflects Dumoulin’s shot with his skate through Nabokov’s five-hole

2nd Lightning Goal (Kucherov), Even

  • Tampa Bay Contributions
    V. Filppula – deflects Comeau’s attempted pass to Letang so that it goes off of Letang’s skate and to the left faceoff dot where Kucherov is
    N. Kucherov – picks up the loose puck at the left faceoff dot after it goes off of Letang’s skate, takes the puck in on Fleury alone, fakes to his backhand, pulls the puck back to his forehand, slides the puck through Fleury’s five-hole as he spreads wide to try to cover the fake backhand
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Comeau – has the puck in the Penguins zone and tries to make a pass to Letang skating through the middle of the zone, but Filppula deflects it so it goes off of Letang’s right skate and to the left faceoff dot in the Penguins zone, where Kucherov is skating to pick up the turnover

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