12/29/14: New Jersey Devils 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Despres – recovers a dump-in by the Devils in the Penguins zone and moves the puck behind the net for Pouliot
    D. Pouliot – moves the puck up the right-side boards to Kunitz just inside the Penguins blue line
    C. Kunitz – carries the puck to the Penguins blue line and then passes it ahead for Crosby, who is skating by him entering the neutral zone with speed
    S. Crosby – carries the puck through the right side of the neutral zone, moves the puck underneath the stick Greene at the Devils blue line so Greene loses a step on him as he tries to turn, then carries the puck down to the right faceoff dot and takes a backhand shot that beats Schneider over his left shoulder just under the crossbar
  • New Jersey Faults
    A. Greene – gets beat and loses a step on Crosby as he challenges him 1-on-1 at the Devils blue line but can’t stop the puck or impede Crosby going past him

1st Devils Goal (Zajac), Powerplay

  • New Jersey Contributions
    T. Zajac – knocks Spaling off of the puck in the middle of the Penguins zone and knocks the puck over to Harrold at the left point (cont.), gets to the rebound at the inside corner of the right faceoff circle and flicks it over Fleury as he’s scrambling after making the initial save
    P. Harrold – loops around the left point to halfway down the left side-boards and passes the puck down to Zubrus in the left corner of the Penguins zone (cont.), gets the puck from Greene, looks to the net, then passes the puck back to Zidlicky
    D. Zubrus – moves the puck behind the net to Cammalleri in the right corner (cont.), redirects Zidlicky’s shot from the point so it hits Fleury’s pads and bounces out towards the right faceoff circle
    M. Cammalleri – passes the puck up to Zidlicky at the right point (cont.), fakes a one-timer from Greene’s pass and then passes it back to Zidlicky
    M. Zidlicky – fakes a one-timer, settles the puck down, and passes it to Harrold above the left faceoff dot (cont.), makes a one-touch pass off of Harrold’s pass over to Cammalleri above the right faceoff circle (cont.), one-times the pass from Cammalleri on net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    A. Ebbett – in the penalty box for boarding
    N. Spaling – gets the puck in the middle of the zone, tries to stick-handle it, but loses control of it as Zajac knocks him off of the puck and steals it


2nd Devils Goal (Jagr), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    J. Merrill – picks up the puck in the Devils zone after Megna falls and loses it, then passes it up to Jagr skating down the left side of the neutral zone
    J. Jagr – skates down the left side of the neutral zone, cuts across to the right side of the ice as he crosses the Penguins blue line, skates just inside the top of the right faceoff circle, and finally rips a wrist shot past Fleury’s right pad
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    J. Megna – skates into the Devils zone with the puck and tries to abruptly stop, but falls down and turns the puck over to Merrill
    S. Despres – doesn’t maintain a tight gap as Jagr skates to the right side of the zone and gives Jagr way too much room to skate in and pick his shot

3rd Devils Goal (Henrique), Even

  • New Jersey Contributions
    A. Henrique – intercepts Kunitz’s centering pass in the Penguins zone and puts a backhand shot on net that Fleury stops (cont.), knocks the loose puck into the net past Fleury’s right pad
    T. Zajac – pokes at the rebound so it stays along Fleury’s right pad and he can’t cover it
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Kunitz – gets control of the puck along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone and centers the puck in the zone directly to Henrique for a turnover

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