12/20/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Florida Panthers 1

1st Penguins Goal (Spaling), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – gets the puck behind the Penguins net and backhands it along the boards to Dumoulin skating up the right side
    B. Dumoulin – pulls up and chips the puck off of the boards high into the air so it lands in front of Goc entering the neutral zone
    M. Goc – settles down the bouncing puck, but loses control of it before he gets to the red line
    S. Downie – follows Goc and picks up the loose puck, skates it through center ice, and then passes it to his left for Spaling entering the left side of the Panthers zone
    N. Spaling – takes one stride into the Panthers zone and takes a slapshot that knuckles towards the net and hits Luongo’s glove before going past his right shoulder as he tries to catch it with his glove (on his left hand)
  • Florida Faults
    R. Luongo – tries to catch Spaling’s knuckling shot across his body with his glove and lets in a soft goal that goes off of his glove and by his right shoulder

2nd Penguins Goal (Pouliot), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Downie – beats out Fleischmann to a puck in the left corner of the Panthers zone, then moves the puck back to Scuderi at the left point (cont.), gets the puck behind the net from Spaling, skates towards the left corner, cuts up to the left faceoff dot, and makes a pass through the slot to a wide-open Pouliot at the right faceoff dot
    R. Scuderi – wrists the puck towards the net and it ends up going to Spaling at the top of the left faceoff circle
    N. Spaling – carries the puck to the left side boards and then throws the puck down the boards for Downie behind the net
    D. Pouliot – corrals the puck as he drifts backwards towards the right corner and fires a wrist shot that beats Luongo’s glove just inside the post
  • Florida Faults
    T. Fleischmann – has the inside lane to get the puck in the corner and gives up positioning and the puck to Downie so the Penguins get possession back
    B. Campbell – tries to cover Downie going behind the net, but then completely loses him when he turns back to the left corner and cuts up to the left faceoff dot
    J. Jokinen – keeps his eyes on high area of the zone and realizes too late that Pouliot is skating down to the right faceoff dot, so he can’t cover the pass to him or get there to cover the shot


1st Panthers Goal (Trocheck), Powerplay

  • Florida Contributions
    A. Ekblad – gets a loose puck at the right point in the Penguins zone after a shot ringed off the post and bounced back to him, then he skates it towards the middle of the blue line and passes it back to the right point for Huberdeau
    J. Huberdeau – carries the puck to the outside edge of the right faceoff circle and then sends a low wrist shot towards the net
    V. Trocheck – deflects Huberdeau’s shot in front of Fleury so it goes off of the bottom of his blocker, off the far post, and in
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Harrington – in the penalty box for high-sticking

3rd Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – picks up a loose puck at center ice that the Panthers dumped into traffic, then passes it up to Rust entering the right side of the Panthers zone (cont.), gets the puck from Comeau, winds up for a slapshot, and instead goes with a fake to pass the puck to Letang skating into the left point
    B. Rust – stops abruptly upon entering the zone and chips the puck down the right-side boards for Comeau as the Penguins fill the zone
    B. Comeau – gets the puck and brings it back up the right-side boards before passing it to Despres at the right point
    K. Letang – carries the puck down into the top of the left faceoff circle and then slides the puck towards Crosby to the left of the crease
    S. Crosby – redirects Letang’s pass from just above the goal line past Luongo’s outstretched stick
  • Florida Faults
    J. Huberdeau – strays from his area at the point where Letang is to pressure Despres unnecessarily, which leaves Letang wide open for a pass and to skate deeper into the zone to find Crosby

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