1/28/15: Washington Capitals 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 0

1st Capitals Goal (Ovechkin), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    M. Green – checks Sill against the boards as they’re battling for a puck in the Capitals zone so Sill can’t play the puck
    J. Beagle – gets the loose puck in the corner of the Capitals zone and plays it behind the net to the opposite corner for Hillen (cont.), gets the puck from Backstrom, carries it down to the right corner of the Penguins zone where he’s tripped by Martin, then tries to play the puck below the goal line and it goes off of Martin’s skate to Backstrom skating by
    J. Hillen – moves the puck up to Backstrom exiting the middle of the zone
    N. Backstrom – carries the puck out of the defensive zone, then passes it to the right-side boards for Beagle in the neutral zone (cont.), gets the puck off of Martin’s skate in the right faceoff circle, carries it to the right-side boards, then passes it across the ice to Alzner at the left point
    K. Alzner – holds the puck for a second and then takes a wrist shot towards Fleury from the left point
    A. Ovechkin – boxes out Despres from the front of the net and deflects Alzner’s shot so it goes past Fleury’s right arm and in
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – falls as Backstrom skates by him and takes out Lapierre so they both lose the ability to cover him
    M. Lapierre – tries to follow Backstrom but cuts too deep towards the corner so he’s not in good position for where Backstrom gets the puck and then he collides with Martin and loses coverage completely
    S. Despres – gets completely dominated and boxed out by Ovechkin in front of Fleury so he can’t come close to even distracting Ovechkin from deflecting the shot

2nd Capitals Goal (Ovechkin), Powerplay

  • Washington Contributions
    A. Ovechkin – retrieves a loose puck after a shot went wide to the left-side boards in the Penguins zone, backs up to the left point, then passes the puck to Green at the right point (cont.), one-times Green’s pass past Fleury before he has a chance to get across the crease
    M. Green – holds the puck and then moves it to Backstrom who comes up the right-side boards for the pass (cont.), gets the puck back from Backstrom, takes one stride towards the net as he’s looking to shoot, then makes a pass to Ovechkin above the left faceoff dot
    N. Backstrom – carries the puck down to the bottom of the right faceoff circle, holds it for a few seconds, then backhands a pass to Green just above the high slot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    R. Bortuzzo – in the penalty box for interference
    P. Martin – is the only guy not tied to a passing lane or man with Ovechkin wide open and he moves away from Ovechkin’s shooting lane when Green gets the puck, giving Ovechkin time and a lane to beat Fleury


3rd Capitals Goal (Fehr), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    B. Laich – hits Letang as he’s trying to play the puck in the left corner of the Penguins zone, forcing a turnover to Ward along the left-side boards
    J. Ward – pushes the puck back to Orpik at the left point
    B. Orpik – quickly wrists the puck on net where Fleury makes a save and produces a rebound on the bouncing shot
    E. Fehr – tries to shoot the rebound past Fleury once, which is saved, then gets the rebound below the goal line to the left of the net, pulls the puck above the goal line, flicks it over Fleury’s right arm before he has a chance to fully recover
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – gets to a puck in the left corner of the Penguins zone, gets control of it, but then gets knocked off of it by Laich as he’s trying to play it, so it rolls to Ward along the left-side boards for a turnover; then eventually stops on the play in front of the crease as Fehr recovers his own rebound and shoots it in without opposition
    S. Despres – gets caught drifting too far up in the defensive zone and leaves Fehr alone in front of the net for his initial chance alone on Fleury

4th Capitals Goal (Green), Even

  • Washington Contributions
    B. Holtby – stops a dump-in behind the Capitals net, then passes it to Green skating to the corner
    M. Green – flicks the puck up the boards to Brouwer, still in the defensive zone (cont.), corrals Kuznetsov’s pass, glides to the inside of the left faceoff circle, and rips a wrist shot against the grain past Fleury’s left arm
    T. Brouwer – turns and moves the puck up the boards to Johansson trying to exit the defensive zone
    M.  Johansson – gets cut off trying to exit the zone, but pushes the puck forward to Kuznetsov in the neutral zone, where Green joins him for an immediate 2-on-1 against Bortuzzo
    E. Kuznetsov – carries the puck to above the right faceoff circle in the Pens zone, then passes it across the zone in front of Bortuzzo to Green in the high slot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    Z. Sill – sees Ehrhoff pinching and Ebbett sliding into Ehrhoff’s spot, but stays engaged with Hillen instead of paying attention to Green streaking up ice behind him, then also gets in the way of Adams with Hillen so he’s hindered trying to get back too for the 2-on-1 against Bortuzzo

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