3/1/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Columbus Blue Jackets 3

1st Blue Jackets Goal (Wisniewski), Powerplay

  • Columbus Contributions
    J. Wisniewski – retrieves a puck at the left point in the Penguins zone after Fleury saved it and it caromed around the boards to the point, then passes the puck to Johansen at the left faceoff dot (cont.), one-times Johansen’s pass just inside the left post out of the reach of Fleury trying to get across to it
    R. Johansen – skates up the left-side boards, to the left point, and then to the middle of the blue line as Wisniewski skates to the slot to clear room and then backs up to the left circle, then Johansen passes the puck to Wisniewski at the left faceoff dot
    S. Hartnell – screens Fleury while Johansen as the puck at the top of the zone, so Fleury has to look around him and can’t smoothly move across his crease trying to stop the one-timer goal
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – in the penalty box for hooking
    B. Sutter – stays back as Wisniewski skates around the high slot and to the left circle, which leaves Johansen with half of the zone to skate into before he passes the puck to Wisniewski for the one-timer

1st Penguins Goal (Malkin), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Kunitz – gets to his own rebound in the high slot after a shot was blocked in the Blue Jackets zone, then carries it to the top of the left faceoff circle and drops it for Malkin skating up the left-side boards at full speed
    E. Malkin – skates through a poke check from Atkinson at the left point, to the right point, where he skates around Foligno and then skates to just below the right faceoff dot, from where he takes a backhander that sneaks in between the glove and left pad of McElhinney
  • Columbus Faults
    N. Foligno – tries to poke check Malkin at the right point, but misses with the poke check and then loses positioning on him as a result of it
    C. McElhinney – drops down to stop Malkin’s backhander, but doesn’t get down cleanly for it, so it sneaks in between his glove and left pad and dribbles into the net

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2nd Penguins Goal (Perron), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins a faceoff in the right circle in the Blue Jackets zone to the right-side boards for Kunitz
    C. Kunitz – immediately moves the puck up the right-side boards to Letang at the right point
    K. Letang – passes the puck across the top of the zone to Malkin at the left point
    E. Malkin – winds up for a slapshot and then passes the puck down to Perron just above the goal line to the left of the net
    D. Perron – tries to make a pass across the slot to Crosby, but the puck goes off of Johnson’s glove and past McElhinney’s right pad into the net
  • Columbus Faults
    J. Wisniewski –  in the penalty box for delay of game
    F. Tyutin – in the penalty box for high-sticking
    J. Johnson – deflects Perron’s attempted pass with his right glove past McElhinney into the net

3rd Penguins Goal (Malkin), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets a puck in the right corner of the Blue Jackets zone after Malkin threw it into open space, then passes it up to Pouliot at the right point (cont.), gets the puck from Pouliot, then passes it across the middle of the ice to Letang skating near the left faceoff dot
    D. Pouliot – moves the puck over to Letang at the left point (cont.), gets the puck back from Letang, then passes it to Crosby above the right faceoff circle
    K. Letang – passes the puck back to Pouliot, who is now at the middle of the blue line (cont.), gets the puck from Crosby, skates towards the goal line, then backhands a pass to Malkin at the inside of the left faceoff circle
    E. Malkin – one-times Letang’s pass through McElhinney’s five-hole
  • Columbus Faults
    F. Tyutin – in the penalty box for high-sticking

4th Penguins Goal (Pouliot), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    K. Letang – intercepts Prout’s clear attempt at the left point in the Blue Jackets zone, then passes the puck to Crosby at the left half-boards (cont.), gets the puck back from Crosby, skates to the middle of the blue line, then gives the puck back to Crosby above the left faceoff circle
    S. Crosby – moves the puck down to Hornqvist below the goal line to the left of the net (cont.), gets the puck back from Hornqvist and passes it back up to Letang at the left point (cont.), gets the puck back from Letang, skates to the left faceoff dot, then throws the puck lightly towards the net for Hornqvist to redirect
    P. Hornqvist – holds the puck and then sends it back to Crosby, now in the left corner of the zone (cont.), redirects Crosby’s pass off of McElhinney and the puck rebounds to below the right faceoff dot
    D. Pouliot – skates to the puck as it rebounds to the bottom of the right faceoff circle and fires a wrister over McElhinney before he can get across the crease
  • Columbus Faults
    J. Boll –  in the penalty box for closing his hand on the puck
    D. Prout – gets the puck off of a faceoff in the Blue Jackets zone and tries to clear the puck up the boards, but sends it directly to Letang at the left point

5th Penguins Goal (Downie), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    D. Winnik – gets the puck below the goal line to the right side of the net in the Blue Jackets zone after Savard poked it away from Sutter, then passes it out to Downie on the high inside edge of the right faceoff circle
    S. Downie – corrals the puck and immediately fires a wrist shot in one motion that hits just inside the far post, beating McElhinney’s blocker
  • Columbus Faults
    J. Johnson – skates off of the boards with Downie and then loses track of him as Downie stops near the circle and Johnson drifts a little too far into the slot so he can’t defend the pass or shot

2nd Blue Jackets Goal (Johansen), Shorthanded

  • Columbus Contributions
    R. Johansen – reaches out and pokes Letang’s pass before Pouliot can control it, then kicks the puck forward from Pouliot’s skates, takes the puck through the neutral zone and into the Penguins zone on a breakaway, fakes to his backhand, pulls to his forehand, and lifts a wrist shot over Fleury as Fleury tries to poke check and roll for an attempted kick save
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – makes a slow backhand pass from the high slot off of a faceoff towards Pouliot at the right point that gets picked off by Johansen
    D. Pouliot – reaches out to get the pass as Johansen reaches for it, but he can’t get the pass, then loses the puck in his skates and lets Johansen skate away with it unimpeded for a breakaway

3rd Blue Jackets Goal (Foligno), Even

  • Columbus Contributions
    S. Hartnell – picks up the puck after Perron loses it in the Blue Jackets zone and passes it to Foligno exiting the middle of the zone (cont.), gets the puck back from Foligno, pulls up right before the Penguins blue line, and centers the puck to Foligno entering the Penguins zone
    N. Foligno – carries the puck towards center ice and moves it back to Hartnell skating down the right-side boards (cont.), gets the puck back from Hartnell as he enters the Penguins zone, then he takes a stride in and shoots a wrister through Bortuzzo’s legs that gets past Fleury’s glove into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Perron – loses control of a puck along the boards in the Blue Jackets zone to Hartnell
    R. Bortuzzo – reaches out for a poke check as Foligno enters the zone and misses, which turns him into a big screen for Foligno’s shot
    M. Fleury – gets a piece of the long wrister from the top of the zone, but can’t get enough to stop it

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