2/12/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Ottawa Senators 4 (SO)

1st Penguins Goal (Letang), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – wins a faceoff in the left circle of the Senators zone to Bennett on his right
    B. Bennett – moves the puck to Letang along the left-side boards, then ties up Cowen in front of the net so he can’t get to the post to defend Letang
    K. Letang – skates the puck down along the boards, behind the net, and takes a wraparound backhand attempt that goes off of Lehner’s left pad, then his goalie stick, and through his five-hole into the net
  • Ottawa Faults
    J. Cowen – gets tied up with Bennett in front of the net so he’s unable to go to the post to defend Letang coming around from behind the net
    R. Lehner – makes the initial pad save on Letang, but leaves his stick too far in front of him so the puck goes off of it and through his five-hole, into the net

2nd Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    R. Scuderi – picks up the puck at the Penguins blue line after a Senators dump-in goes off of the linesman and stops there, then flips the puck up to the offensive zone for Crosby
    S. Crosby – catches up to the puck just above the left faceoff dot in the Senators zone and rips a slapshot past Lehner’s left shoulder inside the far post
  • Ottawa Faults
    None – it was a bad bounce off of the linesman and a perfect shot by Crosby

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3rd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Comeau – gets to a loose puck along the right-side boards in the Senators zone and sends it across the ice to Malkin alone at the left faceoff dot
    E. Malkin – holds the puck as he sizes up Lehner and then wrists it over his right shoulder into the net
    P. Hornqvist – plants himself in the slot when Comeau gets the puck, which causes Karlsson to run into him so he can’t get over to defend Malkin getting the puck
  • Ottawa Faults
    M. Zibanejad – gets a little too far from Comeau on his coverage coming back into the Senators zone and lets Comeau get the loose puck and pass it off to Malkin
    E. Karlsson – leaves his coverage of Malkin to go to the front of the net, then can’t get back to Malkin when he runs into the back of Hornqvist

1st Senators Goal (Zibanejad), Powerplay

  • Ottawa Contributions
    C.  MacArthur – gets to a loose puck in the right corner of the Penguins zone and plays it up to Hoffman at the right point
    M. Hoffman – moves the puck to Ceci at the left point
    C. Ceci – holds the puck at the blue line and the moves it to Ryan along the left-side boards
    B. Ryan – circles to the left faceoff dot, pulls back towards the boards, circles to the faceoff dot again, then passes the puck to Zibanejad along the goal line to the left of the net
    M. Zibanejad – gets the pass on his forehand, spins towards the net to pull the puck in front of the crease on his backhand, then quickly shuffles the puck through the five-hole of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – in the penalty box for hooking
    R. Bortuzzo – cheats towards the slot even though Sutter is already covering the man there, which allows Ryan to skate to the faceoff dot and pass the puck down to Zibanejad next to the net by himself

2nd Senators Goal (Hoffman), Even

  • Ottawa Contributions
    M. Zibanejad – wins a faceoff in the right circle of the Penguins zone back to Ryan
    B. Ryan – skates to the top of the right faceoff circle and moves the puck back to Karlsson at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Hoffman, takes a couple of strides into the high slot, then makes a backhand pass to Hoffman above the right faceoff dot
    E. Karlsson – passes the puck to Hoffman along the right-side boards
    M. Hoffman – makes a one-touch pass to Ryan skating towards the high slot (cont.), corrals the puck from Ryan and rips a wrist shot over the glove of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    Z. Sill – gets caught chasing Karlsson out too far at the blue line so Ryan and Hoffman have an open passing lane to work with behind him
    R. Scuderi – drops too far back towards the crease when Despres has the guy there, so Hoffman has enough room to get the pass from Ryan and take his wrist shot unhindered

4th Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Kunitz – intercepts Ceci’s pass at center ice, carries it to the right-side boards, then takes a wrist shot from the outside corner of the right faceoff circle that Lehner stops, leaving a rebound right in front of his pads
    S. Crosby – skates to the front of the net and taps the puck through Lehner’s five-hole as he didn’t know where it was
  • Ottawa Faults
    C. Ceci – tries to make a pass from the Senators zone to the Penguins blue line, but has it picked off by Kunitz at center ice for a turnover
    R. Lehner – stops Kunitz’s shot but loses track of the puck, which falls right in front of his five-hole for Crosby to tap in

3rd Senators Goal (Stone), Even

  • Ottawa Contributions
    E. Karlsson – picks up a bouncing puck just outside of the Penguins blue line, carries the puck into the zone, pulls up and skates to the top of the right faceoff circle, then tries to throw the puck on net, but it hits Perron’s stick and bounces down to the goal line to the right of the net
    K. Turris – gets the rolling puck at the goal line to the right of the net, pulls it back away from the defense, then passes it above the goal line for Stone
    M. Stone – one-times the puck under Greiss from just outside of the crease
    M. Michalek – stands in front of Greiss as he’s battling with Bortuzzo and partially screens Greiss from the pass between Turris and Stone
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    R. Scuderi – turns away as Karlsson is shooting the puck, then loses track of the puck as it bounces near his skates, and finally gets knocked over by Stone while he’s lost trying to find the puck so he ends up out of the play

4th Senators Goal (Turris), Even

  • Ottawa Contributions
    M. Borowiecki – gets the puck in the defensive zone and passes it back to Gryba
    E. Gryba – makes a pass from the defensive zone up the middle of the ice to Turris entering the Penguins zone
    K. Turris – gets his stick on Gryba’s pass at the Penguins blue line, has the puck go off of Martin in front of him, picks up the puck as he skates past flat-footed Martin, goes in on Greiss 1-on-1 with the puck in front of him, and swats a backhander that sneaks through the five-hole of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – tries to knock the puck off of Turris, gets a piece of it, but loses the puck and Turris going to the net
    T. Greiss – opens up his five-hole as Turris swats a backhander with no other shooting options and lets the puck trickle in through his five-hole

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