12/22/14: Florida Panthers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (SO)

1st Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets a loose puck halfway down the right-side boards in the Panthers zone and passes the puck back to Despres at the middle of the blue line
    S. Despres – holds the puck for a second, then wrists it towards the net
    P. Hornqvist – deflects the shot by Despres just in front of the crease past Luongo’s right arm
  • Florida Faults
    B. Pirri – gets caught following Kunitz into the zone instead of staying high by Despres, which gave Crosby an open lane to Despres and Despres time to hold the puck before shooting it towards Hornqvist

1st Panthers Goal (Jokinen), Even

  • Florida Contributions
    D. Kulikov – stops Harrington’s clearing attempt at the left point and passes the puck down to Bolland in the left corner of the Penguins zone
    D. Bolland – carries the puck up the left-side boards next to the faceoff circle, then carries it back down to the corner and centers a pass to the inside corner of the faceoff circle for Jokinen
    J. Jokinen – stops Bolland’s pass and quickly rips a shot past Fleury’s glove from in tight
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Despres – is no longer in the penalty box for slashing, but is just exiting and hasn’t joined the play yet
    S. Harrington – stops the puck on the crease, takes his time, and then weakly backhands it to the left point in the Penguins zone where Kulikov keeps it in
    M. Goc – steps to Jokinen’s back when he gets the puck, but whiffs on the stick lift as Jokinen stops the puck and then shoots it without opposition


2nd Panthers Goal (Hayes), Even

  • Florida Contributions
    A. Barkov – skates to Spaling as he gets to the puck along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone and pins him against the boards as they battle for the puck
    S. Bergenheim – pries the puck away from Spaling against the right-side boards in the Penguins zone, skates off the boards to the top of the right faceoff circle, then makes a pass down to Hayes at the bottom of the right faceoff circle
    J. Hayes – takes one stride towards the net and puts a bad angle shot on Fleury that sneaks under his blocker and above his right pad as it bounces into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    N. Spaling – gets positioning to protect and clear a puck along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone, but gets pinned by Barkov and ends up losing the puck to Bergenheim
    M. Fleury – doesn’t get set quickly enough for the shot by Hayes and lets it trickle in between his blocker and right pad into the net

3rd Panthers Goal (Hayes), Even

  • Florida Contributions
    A. Barkov – retrieves his own rebound behind the Penguins net and continues skating it to the left corner of the zone, then pushes it to Bergenheim along the left side of the goal line when he’s pressured by Malkin and Scuderi
    S. Bergenheim – tries to backhand a pass to the front of the net, but it’s deflected by Pouliot into Fleury’s left arm, sending the puck rolling over him to the crease just in front of the right post
    J. Hayes – pokes the puck into the net as Fleury lays down, scrambling trying to cover the puck
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    R. Scuderi – continues following Barkov into the corner despite Malkin sliding to pick up coverage on him, which leaves Bergenheim sneaking open behind the net and next to the goal line; then can’t cover the pass from Barkov to Bergenheim
    D. Pouliot – deflects Bergenheim’s pass awkwardly into Fleury, then doesn’t tie up the stick of Hayes as he takes multiple stabs and pushing the puck past Fleury’s arm

2nd Penguins Goal (Spaling), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – skates back behind the Penguins net to pick up the puck, carries it to the blue line, then passes it to Rust at the red line in the left side of the neutral zone (cont.), gets the puck back from Rust and centers it to Pouliot at the middle of the blue line
    B. Rust – carries the puck with speed into the left side of the Panthers zone and down to the left faceoff dot, where he pulls up and passes the puck back to Despres at the left point
    D. Pouliot – skates a small circle as he gets control of the puck, then sends a wrist shot towards the net
    N. Spaling – deflects Pouliot’s shot with his right leg so it goes past Luongo’s right arm and into the net
  • Florida Faults
    D. MacKenzie – in the penalty box for slashing

3rd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    E. Malkin – intercepts Upshall’s attempt to play the puck behind the net, cuts above the right-side goal line, then jams the puck into Luongo’s left pad twice, and finally puts the puck past his right pad into the net while getting knocked over
  • Florida Faults
    S. Upshall – gets the puck along the right-side boards in the Panthers zone and tries it play it through the corner behind the net, but gives it away to Malkin in the process

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