3/21/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Arizona Coyotes 1

1st Coyotes Goal (Rieder), Shorthanded

  • Arizona Contributions
    D. Moss – picks up the puck Crosby lost in the neutral zone, enters the right side of the Penguins zone with a 2-on-1 against Martin, carries the puck to the top of the right faceoff circle, then makes perfect pass past the sticks of Martin and Letang to Rieder skating into the slot
    T. Rieder – corrals the pass and flicks it past Fleury’s blocker as he’s trying to slide across the crease for the save attempt
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    S. Crosby – gets the puck in the neutral zone and loses control of it as it bounces off of his stick crossing the red line, causing him to overskate it on a turnover that sends the Coyotes going back 2-on-1 into the Penguins zone

1st Penguins Goal (Sutter), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Sutter – gets hit by Smith’s clearing attempt and knocks the puck into the net with his pants
  • Arizona Faults
    M. Smith – stops the puck along the backboards  to the right of the net, then tries to clear the puck up the middle of the ice, but shoots it directly at Brandon Sutter, who has the puck go off of his pants and into the empty  net with Smith behind it
    J. Vitale – in the penalty box for tripping


2nd Penguins Goal (Winnik), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins a faceoff in the right circle in the Coyotes zone, then taps a bouncing puck to Letang at the middle of the top of the zone
    K. Letang – one-times the puck on-edge towards the net
    D. Winnik – skates through the slot as Letang is taking the shot and gets his stick at torso-level on Letang’s shot, deflecting it past Smith’s right shoulder into the net before he can react to the deflection
  • Arizona Faults
    None – Arizona players were positioned well off of the faceoff, but the puck bounced and was deflected for a fluke goal

3rd Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even (ENG)

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets to a rebound from a blocked shot in the Penguins zone just inside the blue line, carries the puck to the left-side boards to the red line, and fires the puck into the empty net
  • Arizona Faults
    None – The puck rebounded out of the reach of everyone after a blocked shot and Crosby had enough room to get it to the red line and shoot it into the empty net

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