12/31/14: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Carolina Hurricanes 1

1st Hurricanes Goal (Staal), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    A. Sekera – retrieves a loose puck below the goal line in the Hurricanes zone and passes it up to Tlusty above the faceoff dot
    J. Tlusty – carries the puck into the neutral zone, to center ice, and then passes it to his right for Lindholm entering the right side of the Penguins zone (cont.), drives towards the net and pulls Sutter and Letang back to the crease, which gives Staal room to receive the pass and take an open shot
    E. Lindholm – carries the puck halfway down the right-side boards as he watches the middle of the Penguins zone and then passes the puck to Staal in the high slot as Tlusty clears out the defenders from the area
    E. Staal – corrals the puck and continues moving to his right as Fleury is moving across the crease the other way due to the pass, then fires a wrist shot past Fleury’s glove before he can recover
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – follows Tlusty towards the net even though Sutter is clearly staying with him the whole way through the zone, so he doesn’t step up on Staal and also partially screens Fleury as Staal is moving across the slot before he takes his shot

1st Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    A. Ebbett – reaches his right arm and stick around Hainsey in the right corner of the Hurricanes zone to poke the puck off of his stick and further down into the corner to Bennett
    B. Bennett – gets the puck in the corner, quickly turns himself to face the zone, and quickly passes the puck to Kunitz above the right faceoff dot
    C. Kunitz – pulls Bennett’s pass back and whips a wrist shot over the glove of Ward as he skates towards the inside of the right faceoff circle
  • Carolina Faults
    R. Hainsey – gets to a puck in the right corner of the Hurricanes zone but loses it as Ebbett pokes it away from him for a turnover

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2nd Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Bennett – knocks Bellemore’s passing attempt from the left faceoff circle to Sutter skating into the high slot
    B. Sutter – corrals the puck and then wrists it towards the net, where it hits off of Hainsey on the way to the net and goes past Ward’s right arm
  • Carolina Faults
    B. Bellemore – tries to poke a loose puck away from the slot up to Dwyer near the left faceoff dot in the Hurricanes zone, but he can’t get enough on the puck and it is intercepted by Bennett
    R. Hainsey – deflects Sutter’s shot as he’s diving to block it so that it ends up going past Ward’s right arm into the net

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