3/15/15: Detroit Red Wings 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Red Wings Goal (Sheahan), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    B. Smith – gets the puck back in the Red wings zone, skates it through the neutral zone, into the Penguins zone, to the top of the left circle, and fires a wrist shot that goes off of a skate and back to the right point Zidlicky is entering the zone
    M. Zidlicky – winds up as he drifts to the middle of the top of the zone and fires a slapshot past Spaling and towards a screen by I. Cole and Sheahan in the slot
    R. Sheahan – deflects Zidlicky’s shot as it passes by and puts it into the net with Fleury not even reacting since he never saw the initial shot through the screen
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    I. Cole – steps up to Sheahan in the slot to tie him up, but instead stands behind him to form a massive screen for Fleury and doesn’t tie him up at all, which allows Sheahan to deflect the puck into the net
    N. Spaling – gets sucked too deep into the defensive zone in the 4-on-4 situation and isn’t anywhere close to stepping up on Zidlicky at the blue line as he adds to the screen on Zidlicky’s shot

2nd Red Wings Goal (Pulkkinen), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    M. Zidlicky – gets a rebound rolling along the boards halfway down the right-side boards in the Penguins zone, then passes the puck to the top of the zone for Kronwall
    N. Kronwall – starts to wind up for a shot, but then passes the puck to Pulkkinen at the top of the left faceoff circle
    T. Pulkkinen – one-times Kronwall’s pass from the top of the left faceoff circle past Fleury’s blocker on the short-side just inside the post
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Fleury – gets across the crease during the pass from Kronwall to Pulkkinen, but doesn’t get square to the shot or cover the angle to protect his short-side as Pulkkinen slaps it past his blocker


3rd Red Wings Goal (Zidlicky), Powerplay

  • Detroit Contributions
    P. Datsyuk – gets into a four-man scramble in front of the Penguins net for a loose puck and kicks the puck back to Zidlicky in the high slot
    M. Zidlicky – carries the puck back to the right point and passes it to Zetterberg below the right faceoff dot (cont.), one-times Zetterberg’s pass over the left shoulder of Fleury and just under the crossbar for a goal
    H. Zetterberg – glides to the bottom of the right faceoff circle and looks for the pass across the crease, then passes the puck back up to Zidlicky above the right faceoff dot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    C. Kunitz – in the penalty box for roughing
    B. Sutter – in the penalty box for tripping

4th Red Wings Goal (Zetterberg), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    G. Nyquist – gets to a loose puck at the top of the Penguins zone just ahead of Sutter, skates around Sutter along the top of the zone and circles to the top of the left faceoff circle in a 3-on-2 situation, holds the puck as Ehrhoff tries to block his lane to the net, goes to the slot as Ehrhoff glides out of the way, then backhands a pass out of the reach of Ehrhoff to the goal line to the left of the net for Zetterberg
    H. Zetterberg – takes Nyquist’s pass at the goal line and slides it at a very tight angle past Fleury, who had no chance to recover on the play with Nyquist skating into the slot alone
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Sutter – chases after a loose puck in the Penguins zone that is moving towards the middle of the blue line, but he reaches out for it and doesn’t get it as Nyquist picks it up, then he allows Nyquist to get around him to give the Red Wings an automatic 3-on-2 in the Penguins zone
    C. Ehrhoff – doesn’t cover the passing lane between Nyquist and Zetterberg as he instead goes for a stick lift on Zetterberg that misses as Zetterberg scores

5th Red Wings Goal (Pulkkinen), Even

  • Detroit Contributions
    R. Sheahan – wins a puck battle in the corner of the Red Wings zone and pushes the puck behind the net
    D. DeKeyser – gets the puck behind the net, carries it out halfway through the Red Wings zone, then backhands a pass to Pulkkinen exiting the left side of the zone
    T. Pulkkinen – skates through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 with Andersson against Cole, carries the puck to the top inside corner of the left faceoff circle, and breaks his stick taking a slapshot that goes off of Cole’s stick, across the slot, off of Perron’s skate, and into the net
    J. Andersson – joined Pulkkinen on the 2-on-1 rush, which kept Cole from stepping up earlier on Pulkkinen and forced Perron into trying to tie up Andersson near the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Lovejoy – gets caught up ice, which leads to the 2-on-1, Cole staying back on Pulkkinen, and Perron trying aggressively to backcheck on Andersson as the puck goes in off of his skate

1st Penguins Goal (Perron), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Lovejoy – pinches down the right-side boards in the Red Wings zone as he follows Jurco and prevents a clearing attempt as the puck sits at their skates
    P. Hornqvist – gets to the puck along the boards in the midst of the board battle, takes the puck, and slides it down through the corner to Crosby below the goal line to the right of the net
    S. Crosby – holds the puck and then passes it out from behind the goal line to Perron at the inside of the right faceoff circle
    D. Perron – one-times Crosby’s pass past the blocker of Mrazek, off the right post, and into the net
  • Detroit Faults
    T. Jurco – is slow to realize that he’s the man that needs to step to Perron  and he just glides there with his stick out, not even coming close to covering Perron for the one-timer

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