2/17/15: Washington Capitals 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Capitals Goal (Ovechkin), Powerplay

  • Washington Contributions
    M. Green – knocks the puck off of Bennett’s stick as he’s skating through the neutral zone and knocks the puck off of Ward in the neutral zone
    J. Ward – has the puck hit off of his stick and bounce to Ovechkin at center ice
    A. Ovechkin – gets the puck at center ice and carries it into the Penguins zone with Letang turning the wrong way and Despres getting on the ice late, so he ends up with a breakaway and carries the puck to the slot, pulls it to his backhand, and lifts the puck over Fleury’s right pad and stick into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Comeau – in the penalty box for tripping
    B. Bennett –  tries to chip the puck through the neutral zone but doesn’t get enough on it, then tries to follow it up but can’t stay with it as Green knocks it away from him
    K. Letang – gets caught skating too far into the neutral zone while no one has possession of the puck and then turns away from Ovechkin as he picks up the puck so Letang can’t defend Ovechkin going in on Fleury
    S. Despres – is far too slow to jump on the ice as Martin is waiting next to the door to come off so he has no chance to chase down Ovechkin on the breakaway

1st Penguins Goal (Downie), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – gets the puck behind the Penguins net and plays it below the goal line to Martin (cont.), gets the puck from Downie, skates down the left side into the Capitals zone, carries the puck just past the left faceoff dot, then centers it for Adams in the slot
    P. Martin – moves the puck around the corner to Downie along the boards
    S. Downie – pulls up with the puck in the defensive zone and passes it across the ice to Letang skating through the neutral zone down the left-side boards (cont.), skates to the top of the crease and shoots the loose puck over sprawled-out Holtby
    C. Adams – gets tied up with Hillen going to the net, has Letang’s pass go off of his skate, into Holtby, and off of Hillen’s skate before it goes out to the top of the crease towards Downie
  • Washington Faults
    J. Hillen – gets tied up with Adams and accidentally kicks the puck back out to where Downie is skating into the slot so Downie can easily shoot it over Holtby


2nd Capitals Goal (Ward), Powerplay

  • Washington Contributions
    A. Ovechkin – gets the puck along the right-side boards in the Penguins zone and moves it down to Backstrom in the right corner of the zone
    N. Backstrom – holds the puck for a second and then makes a pass across the top of the crease to Ward waiting on the back side of the crease
    J. Ward – one-times the puck past Fleury’s right pad before he can stretch out to get from post to post
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Kunitz –  in the penalty box for boarding (though I marked it down as a bad call, it was still an unnecessary hit and could have been interference, leading him to be in the box either way)
    K. Letang – in the penalty box for slashing
    P. Martin – gets caught in no man’s land in the slot where he’s covering no players and no passing lanes, then realizes Ward is on the back side of the crease too late to stop the pass or defend him

3rd Capitals Goal (Carlson), Shorthanded

  • Washington Contributions
    J. Carlson – gets the puck off the boards from Letang and throws it down the ice from behind his own blue line into the empty net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – slides the puck weakly along the boards just into the Capitals zone for a turnover directly to Carlson

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