2/1/15: Nashville Predators 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 0

1st Predators Goal (Josi), Even

  • Nashville Contributions
    F. Forsberg – retrieves a blocked shot near the bottom of the left faceoff circle in the Penguins zone, carries the puck up to the top of the left circle, then passes it to Josi at the blue line
    R. Josi – one-times Forsberg’s pass towards the net and it goes off of the stick of Despres past Fleury’s glove into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Despres – deflects Josi’s shot with his stick past Fleury’s glove from in front of the crease

2nd Nashville Goal (Bourque), Even

  • Nashville Contributions
    G. Bourque – one-times the errant pass in the slot from Despres past Fleury’s glove
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Despres – gets the puck in the left corner of the Penguins zone, tries to pass it in front of the Penguins net for a breakout, but turns it over directly to Bourque in the slot


3rd Nashville Goal (Nystrom), Even

  • Nashville Contributions
    T. Beck – pulls the puck away from Crosby’s skates and feeds it to Nystrom alone in the slot
    E. Nystrom – gets the pass in the slot, dekes to his backhand, then back to his forehand, and beats Fleury as he’s sprawled out in a desperation save attempt
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Pouliot – has the puck in the right circle of the Penguins zone and makes a bad pass behind Crosby skating through the middle of the zone for a turnover, then skates past Nystrom, leaving him alone in front
    S. Crosby – lackadaisically turns as he tries to play the puck with his skates, allowing Beck to steal it from his skates before he can make a play on the puck
    P. Martin – pushes up too far as the puck is turned over and can’t stop the pass from Beck so Nystrom ends up alone in front of Fleury

4th Predators Goal (Fisher), Powerplay

  • Nashville Contributions
    S. Weber – gets to a dump-in in the Penguins zone in the right corner and plays the puck around the boards behind the net to Fisher at the left-side boards (cont.), gets the puck from Josi, then moves it back to him at the middle of the blue line
    M. Fisher – holds the puck at the left faceoff circle and then passes it back to the left point for Josi (cont.), one-times Forsberg’s pass off of Bortuzzo’s stick and into the net
    R. Josi – passes the puck to Weber at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Weber, skates to the top of the right circle, then passes the puck back to Forsberg
    F. Forsberg – carries the puck down to just above the right faceoff dot and makes a short pass to Fisher at the inside of the right faceoff circle
    J. Neal – sets a screen in front of Fleury and engages with Bortuzzo to make the screen bigger, so Fleury never sees the shot and Bortuzzo ends up deflecting it in
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Crosby – in the penalty box for slashing
    R. Bortuzzo – screens Fleury as he’s jostling with Neal in front and then deflects Fisher’s shot into the net
    Z. Sill – loses track of Fisher skating behind him to get into an open shooting position in the slot

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