2/6/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Calgary Flames 0

1st Penguins Goal (Perron), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Kunitz – breaks up Giordano’s breakout pass in the Flames zone so the puck ends up in the high slot
    S. Crosby – skates in front of Giordano gets to the puck in the high slot first, then passes it to Perron, who is by himself at the inside of the right faceoff circle
    D. Perron – skates a stride in towards Hiller and rips a wrist shot past his blocker
  • Calgary Faults
    M. Giordano – gets the puck in the left corner of the Flames zone and tries to pass it up to the middle of the blue line for a breakout, but has it deflected away by Kunitz

2nd Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – wins a faceoff in the left circle of the Flames zone back to Scuderi at the left point (cont.), redirects the puck from Despres past Hiller’s glove
    R. Scuderi – passes the puck to Despres at the middle of the blue line
    S. Despres – makes a one-touch pass that bounces to Sutter’s stick at the bottom inside corner of the left faceoff circle
    N. Spaling – goes straight to the net off of the faceoff, which draws two defenders over and opens up the passing lane between Despres and Sutter, with Sutter uncovered
  • Calgary Faults
    D. Wideman – follows Spaling directly to the front of the net even though Russell is already there, which leaves the passing lane to Sutter and Sutter himself wide open to get the puck from Despres


3rd Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    R. Bortuzzo – wins a puck battle along the boards in the defensive zone and knocks the puck out to Pouliot in the defensive zone
    D. Pouliot – circles behind the Penguins net and then passes the puck to Perron to start the breakout
    D. Perron – chips the puck up the left-side boards to the middle of the neutral zone
    C. Kunitz – picks up the puck along the left-side boards at center ice with Crosby next to him, then carries the puck down the boards into the Flames zone and centers the puck to the slot for Crosby to skate into
    S. Crosby – gets a step on Byron when he’s leaving the defensive zone and stays ahead of him entering the Flames zone as he skates to the slot and gets a one-handed redirection on Kunitz’s pass to put the puck past Hiller’s blocker into the net
  • Calgary Faults
    P. Byron – has Crosby marked the entire time from the Penguins zone, but can’t keep up with him to break up the pass from Kunitz or stop the redirection for the goal

4th Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Martin – gets the puck in the corner of the Penguins zone and throws it across the defensive zone to Letang
    K. Letang – holds the puck as the Penguins start to break out and then passes it to Kunitz exiting the left side of the defensive zone
    C. Kunitz – carries the puck through the neutral zone and centers it to Crosby entering the middle of the Flames zone
    S. Crosby – splits the gap between Brodie and Giordano, takes the puck to the inside edge of the left faceoff circle, then snaps the puck past Hiller’s blocker into the net
  • Calgary Faults
    T. Brodie – gets caught staring down Kunitz with the puck and doesn’t realize that Crosby is breaking to his left, then gets beat by Crosby to the net
    M. Giordano – gets caught too far away from the play as everyone is entering the Flames zone, so he can’t get to Crosby quickly enough as he bursts through to the net

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