2/21/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 St. Louis Blues 2

1st Penguins Goal (Comeau), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Comeau – stops a clearing attempt by Lindbohm with his body, gets the puck at the bottom of the right faceoff circle in the Blues zone, then skates to the inside corner of the circle and backhands the puck through Elliott’s five-hole into the net
  • St. Louis Faults
    P. Lindbohm – gets the puck below the goal line in the Blues zone and tries to clear it up the ice, but throws the puck directly into Comeau at the bottom of the right faceoff circle for a turnover and can’t recover to stop Comeau from scoring

2nd Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – gets a loose puck along the left-side boards in the Blues zone, carries it down to the left corner, and passes it behind the net to Crosby in the right corner
    S. Crosby – holds the puck for a second, looks up, and sends it to Hornqvist entering the top of the slot
    P. Hornqvist – corrals Crosby’s pass and wrists it past the glove of Elliott into the net
  • St. Louis Faults
    V. Tarasenko – in the penalty box for holding
    D. Backes – gets caught watching the puck as Letang moved it to Crosby, so he doesn’t realize Hornqvist is moving into an open area until it’s too late to reach him


3rd Penguins Goal (Comeau), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Comeau – blocks Gunnarsson’s attempt to move the puck in the neutral zone and picks up the puck skating into the left side of the offensive zone, then skates it down to the outside edge of the left faceoff circle and drops it to Kunitz skating behind him (cont.), deflects the slapshot by Despres in the slot and puts it past Elliott’s right pad
    C. Kunitz – skates to the left corner of the Blues zone and tries to make a pass across the slot to Malkin that goes off of Jackman’s skate but still gets to Malkin
    E. Malkin – gets Kunitz’s deflected pass above the right faceoff circle and taps it back to Despres at the blue line
    S. Despres – stops Malkin’s pass, turns himself towards the net, and fires a low slapshot towards the net
  • St. Louis Faults
    C. Gunnarsson – tries to play a puck in the neutral zone, but plays it directly into Comeau for a turnover that sends the Penguins into the offensive zone

4th Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Martin – gets the puck in the defensive zone, carries it to the Penguins blue line, and passes it to the right for Perron exiting the Penguins zone
    D. Perron – carries the puck to center ice and backhands it to Sutter entering the right side of the Blues zone
    B. Sutter – skates into the right side of the Blues zone and moves the puck to Comeau above the right faceoff circle (cont.), picks up the puck as Comeau loses it above the right faceoff circle, then carries it on his backhand to the middle of the slot and flicks a backhander past Elliott’s glove that he just whiffs on
    B. Comeau – gets his stick on Sutter’s pass, but loses control of it, right back to Sutter who skates in behind him
  • St. Louis Faults
    V. Tarasenko – was in the penalty box for cross-checking and the penalty had just expired so he wasn’t back in the play yet for the 5-on-4 situation
    A. Steen – loses his balance when he tries to knock the puck off of Sutter’s stick after he gets it from Comeau, so he can’t keep up with or defend Sutter skating to the slot
    B. Elliott – has his glove in place for Sutter’s backhander and just whiffs when he moves his glove forward

1st Blues Goal (Jaskin), Even

  • St. Louis Contributions
    V. Tarasenko – steals the puck from Hornqvist in the right corner of the Penguins zone with a stick lift, then taps the puck to Lehtera along the right-side goal line
    J. Lehtera – makes a one-touch pass to Jaskin alone at the inside of the right faceoff circle in front of the net
    D. Jaskin – takes two strides towards the middle of the slot, fakes a shot as Greiss is moving side to side, then sneaks a shot through the five-hole of Greiss that slides into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Hornqvist – gets the puck in the right corner of the Penguins zone, but loses it on a stick lift by Tarasenko
    S. Crosby – skates to the right-side boards where Pouliot is already supporting Hornqvist, so he’s not in position to do anything against Jaskin alone in front of the net

2nd Blues Goal (Cole), Even

  • St. Louis Contributions
    D. Jaskin – wins a puck battle in the left corner of the Penguins zone and drops the puck to Tarasenko at the left faceoff dot
    V. Tarasenko – tries to make a pass to the right point, but it goes off of Crosby’s skate to Jackman at the left point instead
    B. Jackman – holds the puck for a second and then passes it to Cole above the right faceoff circle
    I. Cole – one-times the puck past a screen by Stastny and past the blocker of Greiss into the net
    P. Stastny – sets a screen in front of Greiss as the pass is going from Jackman to Cole so that Greiss can’t cleanly see Cole’s one-timer
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Pouliot – doesn’t realize he needs to rotate to Stastny in front when Martin goes out to Cole, so Stastny is left alone to completely screen Greiss
    P. Martin – takes a couple of strides to Cole when Jackman gets the puck, but then glides the rest of the way, allowing Cole to get the unhindered one-timer off

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