2/22/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Florida Panthers 1

1st Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – pressures Kopecky in the right faceoff circle in the Panthers zone, knocks him over, and takes the puck below the goal line to the right of the net, then cuts towards the net and centers the puck to the top of the crease for Hornqvist
    P. Hornqvist – fights through the sticks of Kulikov and Gudbranson to push the puck through Montoya’s five-hole into the net
  • Florida Faults
    T. Kopecky – gets knocked over by Letang and loses the puck to him for a turnover in the Panthers zone

2nd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    E. Malkin – gets the puck just outside of the Panthers blue line after Jokinen pokes it to him, cuts into the zone past Kulikov who can’t recover on Jokinen’s turnover, skates down to the right faceoff circle just inside the right faceoff dot, and backhands the puck off of Montoya’s stick and through his five-hole into the net
  • Florida Faults
    J. Jokinen – reaches out to poke a loose puck in the neutral zone back to his defense, but he pokes it directly to Malkin outside of the Panthers blue line, which basically acts as a breakaway pass for Malkin


3rd Penguins Goal (Martin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    P. Martin – pokes the stick of Hayes in the neutral zone, forcing him to lose the puck to Hornqvist just outside of the Panthers blue line (cont.), gets the puck from Crosby, carries it down to the inside of the left faceoff dot, and rifles a wrist shot over Montoya’s glove
    P. Hornqvist – stops in the neutral zone with the puck and backhands it into the Panthers zone to Crosby on his right side
    S. Crosby – gets the puck along the right-side boards, pulls up as Martin skates into the zone, then passes the puck to him skating into the high slot
  • Florida Faults
    J. Hayes – loses the puck in the neutral zone after a poke check by Martin, leading to a turnover to Hornqvist
    N. Bjugstad – commits to following Hornqvist towards the net before he realizes Martin is trailing the play, so he’s caught out of position to stop the Crosby-to-Martin pass or defend Martin

4th Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – pinches down into the left corner of the Panthers zone to get a stick on the puck at the same time that Gudbranson hit it to keep the puck in the left corner
    P. Hornqvist – follows Letang and knocks the puck down the boards behind the net to Crosby (cont.), one-times Crosby’s pass, which is stopped by Montoya, then gets his own rebound in front of the crease and lifts a backhander past Montoya
    S. Crosby – redirects the puck from behind the net out to Malkin at the bottom of the right faceoff circle (cont.), gets the puck back from Malkin, moves to the right corner, then cuts back along the boards towards the trapezoid and backhands a pass to Hornqvist above the goal line
    E. Malkin – holds the puck as he backs up to the right faceoff dot and sends it back to Crosby below the goal line to the right side of the net
  • Florida Faults
    A. Petrovic – in the penalty box for high-sticking
    E. Gudbranson – drops to the ice to prevent the pass between Crosby and Hornqvist, but can’t stop the pass and then can’t recover in time to defend Hornqvist on the crease

5th Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    Z. Sill – chips a loose puck away from Petrovic at the outside of the left faceoff circle in the Panthers zone down into the left corner for Malkin
    E. Malkin – gets the puck below the goal line, skates to the crease, and lifts a backhander that goes off of the side of Montoya’s mask and into the net
  • Florida Faults
    A. Petrovic – lost control of the puck in a battle with Malkin skating through the corner of the Panthers zone and then lost it completely when Sill chipped it away from him
    A. Montoya – doesn’t challenge Malkin at all as he comes into the crease on his backhand and then starts to move just enough so Malkin can shoot the puck off of the side of his mask into the net

1st Panthers Goal (Upshall), Even

  • Florida Contributions
    V. Trocheck – pushes forward on a faceoff in the right circle in the Penguins zone and gets the puck, then centers it towards Upshall going to the net
    S. Upshall – redirects the puck on top of the crease past Fleury’s blocker as he’s trying to get across the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Lapierre – wins the faceoff back to no one and then doesn’t impede Trocheck going to the puck, essentially winning the faceoff back for Trocheck to take
    R. Bortuzzo – doesn’t have his stick down on the ice and isn’t prepared to defend the pass from Trocheck, which gets past Bortuzzo to Upshall for the redirection goal

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