1/20/15: Philadelphia Flyers 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (OT)

1st Flyers Goal (Simmonds), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    L. Schenn – receives Bennett’s errant pass at the top of the Penguins zone, holds the puck for a second as he backs up to change the shooting angle and avoid Malkin’s legs, then takes a wrist shot that finds its way past several bodies and past the glove of Greiss, who never has a chance to see it
    W. Simmonds – runs into Harrington in the slot and stays engaged with him to help create the screen
    M. Raffl – goes to shove Harrington while he’s engaged with Simmonds, creating an even bigger screen that Greiss can’t see through
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Bennett – wins a puck battle in the left corner of the Penguins zone, then blindly throws the puck up the middle of the zone to L. Schenn by the blue line for a turnover
    S. Harrington – stops in front of Greiss in the slot to shove Simmonds and gets tangled up with both Simmonds and Raffl, creating a giant screen that Greiss can’t see through

1st Penguins Goal (Kunitz), Shorthanded

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Kunitz – reaches out and pokes a one-handed pass attempt at the Penguins blue line between Streit to Voracek out to the neutral zone, picks up the puck in the neutral zone, carries it into the left side of the Flyers zone with Crosby joining him for a 2-on-1, takes the puck to the left faceoff dot while looking pass, then shoots the puck past Emery’s blocker
    S. Crosby – jumps into the rush when Kunitz gets the puck in the neutral zone to make it a 2-on-1 break and force Streit to watch the pass instead of stepping towards Kunitz
  • Philadelphia Faults
    M. Streit – tries to tap the puck one-handed at the middle of Penguins blue line to Voracek at the point, but has the puck intercepted by Kunitz


2nd Penguins Goal (Bennett), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    N. Spaling – blocks L. Schenn’s attempt to get the puck down the boards from the right point in Pittsburgh’s zone, then battles with Schenn for the puck and gets it free, finally pushing it up to Bennett entering the neutral zone (cont.), drives to the net to back Schenn up to the crease when Malkin is holding the puck, which opens a passing lane to Bennett
    B. Bennett – carries the puck into the left side of the Flyers zone on a 2-on-1 with Malkin against Del Zotto, then passes the puck to Malkin on his right at the top of the zone (cont.), gets the pass from Malkin, corrals it quickly, then fires it past Emery’s blocker before he can get across to the post
    E. Malkin – stops the pass, continues skating sideways/backwards to the right faceoff circle, then abruptly stops as Del Zotto drops to the ice and slides to the right corner of the Flyers zone to create a 3-on-1, holds the puck as he looks to the net while Spaling skates to the crease to back up Schenn, then makes a pass to Bennett at the bottom of the left faceoff circle
  • Philadelphia Faults
    L. Schenn – fails to get the puck in deep when Spaling blocks the puck, then loses a battle to Spaling, who pushes the puck up to Bennett for an odd-man rush
    M. Del Zotto – drops to the ice as Malkin is carrying the puck to the right faceoff circle and takes himself out of the play by sliding into the right corner, turning a 3-on-2 into a 3-on-1

2nd Flyers Goal (VandeVelde), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    S. Couturier – gets to his own rebound to the right of Greiss near the goal line in the Penguins zone and taps the puck towards the right-side boards for Lecavalier
    V. Lecavalier – skates the puck halfway up the right-side boards and then makes a pass across to Del Zotto at the left point
    M. Del Zotto – settles the puck down, takes one stride forward, and wrists the puck towards the net with VandeVelde at the bottom of the left circle in between him and the net
    C. VandeVelde – deflects Del Zotto’s shot between his legs from the bottom inside corner of the left faceoff circle so it goes past the right pad of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Arcobello – gets completely lost in coverage when the puck is going to Del Zotto and he skates high into the zone to open space instead of going anywhere near the only open man on the ice (VandeVelde) down by the net

3rd Flyers Goal (Giroux), Powerplay

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    M. Streit – retrieves the puck in the Flyers zone, carries it up to the neutral zone, then passes it up to Voracek crossing center ice (cont.), gets the puck from Giroux, skates around Martin as he goes down to block shooting options, then passes the puck back to Voracek at the top of the right circle
    J. Voracek – accepts Streit’s pass and enters the left side of the Penguins zone, then crosses towards the middle and makes a pass to Giroux entering the right side of the zone (cont.), gets the puck from Streit and quickly wrists it on Greiss, who can’t figure out exactly where the puck is on a glove save, puts his glove behind his back, then drops the puck behind him and kicks it forward as he tries to lay on it
    C. Giroux – carries the puck down to the right faceoff dot and makes a pass through the slot to Streit skating towards the left circle (cont.), finds the puck as Greiss kicks it forward trying to cover it in a scramble and wrists it past Greiss and Scuderi on the goal line
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    E. Malkin – isn’t in the penalty box, but was the reason for the too many men on the ice penalty

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