1/3/15: Montreal Canadiens 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Canadiens Goal (Pacioretty), Even

  • Montreal Contributions
    B. Gallagher – lifts the stick of Harrington in the Canadiens zone to take the puck away from him and swats it forward into the neutral zone for Pacioretty (cont.), takes the pass from Pacioretty in his skates and can’t control it, knocking the puck below the goal line (cont.), hits Fleury with his shoulder as he crosses through the crease and knocks him off of his angle for Pacioretty’s shot
    M. Pacioretty – skates down the right side of the neutral zone into the Penguins zone, pulls up halfway into the Penguins zone, and moves the puck to Gallagher at the right faceoff dot (cont.), deflects Gilbert’s shot down into Harrington so the puck drops in front of them and then fires the loose puck past Fleury, who is off of his angle because Gallagher pushed him to the side
    A. Galchenyuk – skates below the goal line to retrieve the puck that Gallagher couldn’t control, then passes the puck up the right side boards to Gilbert at the right point
    T. Gilbert– takes a quick wrist shot towards the net that Pacioretty deflects into Harrington
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Rust – makes a pass from behind the Canadiens net towards the point even though Harrington had left the point to skate deeper into the zone, which leaves Harrington in a foot race for the puck
    S. Harrington – gets to the loose puck first but has it taken away from him by a stick lift from Gallagher

2nd Canadiens Goal (Desharnais), Even

  • Montreal Contributions
    D. Weise – steps up on Bennett as soon as he gets the puck and steals the puck from him, then pushes it forward along the left-side boards for Plekanec entering the Penguins zone
    T. Plekanec – skates into the Penguins zone and makes a pass to his right to Desharnais in the middle of the zone
    D. Desharnais – skates towards the top of the right faceoff circle using Scuderi as a screen, winds up, and takes a slapshot that goes off of the inside of Fleury’s blocker and into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Bennett – gets the puck from Despres in the neutral zone and gets immediately pressured by Weise, who steals the puck from him in the neutral zone and goes the other way
    R. Scuderi – doesn’t step up to close the gap on Desharnais and screens Fleury so he can’t pick up the shot cleanly on the way in


1st Penguins Goal (Perron), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – intercepts a centering pass in the defensive zone and passes the puck to Downie skating up the right-side boards (cont.), follows Perron into the offensive zone and picks up the loose puck that went into the air, carries it down towards the right corner of the Canadiens zone, then makes a saucer pass to Perron in the high slot
    S. Downie – takes a stride with the puck and then passes it up to Perron exiting the Penguins zone
    D. Perron – carries the puck through the neutral zone and into the Canadiens zone, then tries to make a pass to the right to Downie but it gets knocked into the air (cont.), one-times Crosby’s pass from the high slot past Price’s right pad before he can get across the net
  • Montreal Faults
    T. Plekanec – tries to center a puck in the Penguins zone and ends up passing it right to Crosby for a Penguins breakout, then doesn’t stay tight on Perron after they collide in the offensive zone and lets Perron get the pass from Crosby

3rd Canadiens Goal (Gilbert), Even

  • Montreal Contributions
    A. Markov – knocks a rebound away from Letang and the net in the Canadiens zone
    P. Subban – picks up the loose puck and passes it up the right-side boards past Ehrhoff to Pacioretty exiting the zone
    M. Pacioretty – skates down the right-side boards through the neutral zone and makes a pass into the middle of the Penguins zone towards Gilbert in a 2-on-1 situation as Downie tries to pressure him as the lone man back
    T. Gilbert – picks up the puck in the high slot, corrals it for a wrist shot, clutches quickly, and fires it past Fleury’s blocker
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Ehrhoff – gets caught too deep in the Canadiens zone and can’t catch up to Pacioretty or Gilbert as they take a 2-on-1 against Downie

4th Canadiens Goal (Emelin), Even

  • Montreal Contributions
    J. Sekac – retrieves a missed shot in the right corner of the Penguins zone, carries it halfway up the boards, fights off Adams and Goc, and kicks the puck down to Bournival skating up the boards towards him (cont.), kicks the puck down the right-side boards again, this time to Eller standing in the corner (cont.), skates towards the high slot and gets in the way of Downie so he can’t get out to Emelin
    M. Bournival – gets Sekac’s pass and then loses the puck in Sekac’s skates as he’s skating by
    L. Eller – makes a pass through the middle of the zone that makes it all the way to Emelin just inside the blue line
    A. Emelin – pushes the puck forward, hesitates until there is a screen in front, then takes a slapshot that goes past a screen by Downie and Bortuzzo and beats Fleury’s glove as he never sees the shot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Downie – gets caught too deep in the zone when Eller has the puck and can’t get back out to Emelin at the point to defend the shot aside from screening Fleury
    R. Bortuzzo – stands behind Downie and a little bit to the left to create an even bigger screen on Fleury

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