1/2/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 6 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

1st Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins an offensive zone faceoff in the left circle back to Malkin at the left point
    E. Malkin – rotates to the middle of the blue line and passes the puck back and forth with Letang twice at the right-side boards until he finally rotates to the left-side boards and passes the puck to Letang at the middle of the blue line
    K. Letang – gets the puck from Malkin while he’s at the middle of the blue line and then passes it back and forth twice with Crosby above the right faceoff circle before stopping and taking a snapshot that Bishop makes the initial save on
    C. Kunitz – finds the rebound from Letang’s shot rolling over Bishop’s left pad and swats it into the net as he gets knocked over
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    A. Stralman – in the penalty box for tripping
    A. Sustr – shifts his body in front of Bishop during Letang’s shot but doesn’t block it, so he partially screens Bishop and keeps him from making a clean save on the initial shot

2nd Penguins Goal (Ebbett), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    E. Malkin – skates past Stamkos at the Penguins blue line, takes the puck away from him, skates across the defensive zone, and drops the puck off for Scuderi (cont.), gets the puck from Ebbett, splits between Garrison and Kucherov, and rifles a shot that hits the right post but sets the goal lights and horn off
    R. Scuderi – makes a quick pass back across the defensive zone to Despres
    S. Despres – looks up from the defensive zone and passes the puck to Ebbett crossing through the neutral zone just outside of the Lightning blue line
    A. Ebbett – backhands the puck outside of the Lightning blue line to Malkin entering the Lightning zone with speed (cont.), gets the rebound off of the post in the high slot, moves deeper into the slot on his backhand, and lifts a backhander over Bishop’s glove
    B. Rust – draws Barberio to the left faceoff circle so he can’t get to Ebbett when he gets to the slot
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    S. Stamkos – has the puck at the Penguins blue line and loses it as Malkin skates by and just takes it away from him
    J. Garrison – doesn’t square up to Malkin when he’s entering the zone and loses him when he goes in to take the shot that hits the post
    O. Palat – tries to play the bouncing rebound before it gets to Ebbett, but he misses the puck and then loses positioning on Ebbett, giving him an open lane to the net


3rd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Rust – chases Stamkos high in the Lightning zone and gets a stick check on him that causes him to lose control of the puck
    E. Malkin – skates into the zone and takes the puck from the reach of Stamkos when he loses control of it, takes it to the top of the left faceoff circle, cuts back to the left point, and passes the puck across the ice to Ebbett at the top of the right faceoff circle (cont.), crashes the crease and lifts the loose puck past Bishop before he can get across the crease
    A. Ebbett – corrals Malkin’s pass and then sends the puck above the right faceoff circle to Despres skating in (cont.), knocks the puck from the back of Rust’s legs across the crease in front of Bishop
    S. Despres – takes a wrist shot on net from the top of the right faceoff circle that hits Rust in the back of the legs and drops near the bottom inside corner of the right faceoff circle
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    S. Stamkos – loses the puck in the defensive zone to Malkin as Rust is chasing him, then doesn’t stay with Malkin when he crashes the crease and knocks the loose puck into the net

1st Lightning Goal (Boyle), Even

  • Tampa Bay Contributions
    O. Palat – comes away from a six-man scrum along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone with the puck, tries it skate it down the right side but has the puck poked by Ehrhoff to the right-side boards again, where he retrieves it and then passes the puck to Carle at the right faceoff dot (cont.), gets his right skate on Carle’s centering attempt to stop the puck in front of the crease
    M. Carle – skates in between Ehrhoff and Bennett with the puck and takes a backhand shot on net from the goal line, then retrieves his own rebound and takes the puck behind the net, spins off of a check from Letang, and centers the puck to the front of the net from below the goal line
    B. Boyle – slides the loose puck under Greiss after Palat stops it with his skate in front of the crease
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Bennett – loses track of Carle skating in from the point to take the pass from Palat and go deeper into the zone
    C. Kunitz – doesn’t slide down to the crease on Palat quickly enough when Letang is forced to go below the goal line to challenge Carle
    B. Sutter – loses positioning on Boyle on the crease and can’t tie him up with the puck in front

2nd Lightning Goal (Hedman), Even

  • Tampa Bay Contributions
    V. Hedman – gets to a puck in the left corner of the Penguins zone and throws it towards the front of the net, where it hits off of the glove of Greiss and falls into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    T. Greiss – tries to glove Hedman’s pass to the front of the net and ends up knocking the puck into the net on himself

4th Penguins Goal (Ehrhoff), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    D. Pouliot – stops a  Lightning clear at the Penguins blue line and passes the puck up to Crosby along the right-side boards at center ice
    S. Crosby – throws the puck across the ice to Bennett at the left side of center ice
    B. Bennett – skates the puck down the left side into the Lightning zone, gives Stralman a head fake to the middle and then cuts back to the outside, which leaves Stralman flat-footed so he can only get a light shove on him, then stops in the left corner and makes a backhand pass to the high slot for Ehrhoff
    C. Ehrhoff – winds up and takes a hard slapshot that beats Nabokov’s glove
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    A. Stralman – bites on Bennett’s head-fake so he can only shove Bennett to the outside and loses coverage on him
    B. Boyle – drops to block Ehrhoff’s shot in front of Nabokov and screens him from seeing the shot early enough to stop it

3rd Lightning Goal (Killorn), Even

  • Tampa Bay Contributions
    S. Stamkos – wins a neutral zone faceoff back to Hedman in the defensive zone
    V. Hedman – passes the puck across the defensive zone to Stralman
    A. Stralman – passes the puck up off the right-side boards for Connolly, who has his stick lifted by Scuderi so the puck goes to Killorn entering the right side of the Penguins zone 1-on-1 against Despres
    A. Killorn – skates down the right side of the Penguins zone, beats Despres along the outside, cuts in front of the crease, and slides the puck just under the right skate of Greiss into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Despres – loses Killorn to the outside and lets Killorn get behind him to skate across the front of the crease and score

5th Penguins Goal (Downie), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    N. Spaling – ties up Stralman behind the Lightning net along with Crosby as they battle for the puck
    S. Crosby – gets the puck off of Stralman, skates below the left side of the goal line towards the left corner, and backhands a pass to Downie at the inside high edge of the left faceoff circle
    S. Downie – starts to pull back for a wrist shot, holds the puck and drags it as Hedman slides out of position past him, then wrists the puck over Nabokov’s glove
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    A. Stralman – gets the puck behind the Lightning net and doesn’t control it or decide what to do with it, so he holds it too long until Spaling and Crosby get there to steal it from him
    V. Hedman – drops to the ice in front of Downie, taking himself out of the play as Downie holds the puck and then shoots without any opposition

6th Penguins Goal (Downie), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets to a loose puck in the corner of the Penguins zone that Scuderi and Stralman are battling for, then passes it across the front of the net to Letang
    K. Letang – skates the puck up to center ice and makes a backhand pass across the ice to Downie skating by himself in the neutral zone
    S. Downie – carries the puck into the slot and slides it into an empty net with the goalie
  • Tampa Bay Faults
    None – Tampa was pushing to get a goal with the extra attacker and everyone was positioned appropriately for that

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