3/26/15: Carolina Hurricanes 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 2

1st Penguins Goal (Sutter), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – takes the puck from J. Staal at the left point in the Hurricanes zone, skate it into the left faceoff circle, and makes a pass to Lovejoy in the high slot (cont.), gets to the loose puck after it hits off of the back of the net and chops it towards the front of the net where it hits Ward and drops into the crease
    B. Lovejoy – corrals the pass and takes a wrist shot from the high slot that goes wide to the left of the net where it bounces off of the back boards and off of the back of the net
    B. Sutter – finds the puck underneath Ward’s pads as Ward doesn’t know where it is and Sutter backhands the puck into the net on the scramble
  • Carolina Faults
    J. Staal – tries to skate around/through Crosby to exit the Carolina zone and loses the puck to Crosby
    J. Liles – stays on Sutter going to the crease and lifts his stick when the puck is behind the net, but skates too far behind him as Crosby moves the puck back to the front, so he’s unable to defend against Sutter takes free swings at the puck in the crease

1st Hurricanes Goal (E. Staal), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. Staal – intercepts Scuderi’s pass behind the Penguins net, comes around from the left side of the net and backhands a weak pass towards the slot for E. Staal
    E. Staal – gets the puck at the inside of the left faceoff circle and wrists it just over the left pad and underneath the glove of Fleury
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    R. Scuderi – gets to a loose puck in the right corner of the Penguins zone and tries to backhands it behind the net, giving it away to J. Staal


2nd Hurricanes Goal (Faulk), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    B. Malone – picks up a loose puck at the Hurricanes blue line after a shot to the Hurricanes net went wide, then he passes the puck along to Rask entering the left side of the neutral zone (cont.), gets the puck back from Malone, skates down to the left corner just above the goal line, and passes the puck across the slot to Murphy by himself on the right side of the slot
    V. Rask – carries the puck through the neutral zone, into the left side of the Penguins zone, and chips the puck up to Malone skating past him as Letang steps up on him
    R. Murphy – takes the pass from Malone and quickly snaps it past Fleury before he can get across for the shot
    J. McClement – skates to the crease and engages Pouliot there so that he’s unable to break up the pass across the slot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – steps up on Rask entering the zone in a 3-on-2 situation, which allows Malone to get past him uncovered with the puck going deep into the zone
    B. Sutter – glances over at Murphy skating into the slot but doesn’t keep his stick in front of himself in the passing lane, allowing the pass to get from Malone to Murphy for the goal

3rd Hurricanes Goal (McClement), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    R. Hainsey – breaks up Comeau’s pass for Sutter in the Hurricanes zone and knocks the puck to Faulk with room to exit the zone
    J. Faulk – skates the puck into the left side of the neutral zone and moves it up to Malone just outside the left side of the Penguins zone
    B. Malone – slows the play down and just crosses into the Penguins zone as the Hurricanes enter the zone, then he passes the puck across the ice to McClement above the right faceoff circle as he enters the zone with speed
    J. McClement – gets the puck above the right faceoff circle, glides a couple of feet into the inside of the circle before Pouliot can reach for him, and wrists the puck past Fleury’s blocker so it hits the post and goes into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Comeau – tries to backhand a pass in the Hurricanes zone from the boards that gets broken up by Hainsey for a turnover
    D. Pouliot – gets caught too far back with no one around him when McClement gets the puck, so he’s unable to step up on McClement in a timely manner or get his stick on the shot

4th Hurricanes Goal (Semin), Even

  • Carolina Contributions
    J. Faulk – blocks Letang’s shot in the Hurricanes zone, picks up the puck after Letang overskates it, and passes it up to Nash exiting the middle of the zone
    R. Nash – carries the puck through the neutral zone into the Penguins zone in a 3-on-2 situation, then passes the puck to the left to E. Staal above the left faceoff circle (cont.), gets the puck back from E. Staal, carries it to the left of the crease, then backhands the puck in front of the crease to Semin wide open in front of the net
    E. Staal – holds the puck for a second as he glides to the top of the left faceoff circle and then passes it back to Nash cutting through the inside of the left faceoff circle
    A. Semin – wrists the puck into a mostly empty net as Fleury has no chance to even push across to stop the shot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    K. Letang – takes a shot in the Hurricanes zone that is blocked, then has the puck bounce over his stick as he overskates it, leading to an initial 4-on-2 rush going the other way; then makes a bad read on the rush back to the defensive zone and skates to E. Staal, who is already being watched/covered by Martin, which leads to a bad rotation of coverages
    D. Perron – stays with Nash going to the net, but doesn’t even try to lift his stick despite being in position to do so and doesn’t play the passing lane between Nash and Semin, which essentially leaves him not playing defense
    D. Winnik – has a clear view of the situation to see Perron dealing with a 2-on-1 at the net, but glides back through the zone and doesn’t make any effort to rotate to pick up Semin going to the front of the net

5th Hurricanes Goal (Nestrasil), Powerplay

  • Carolina Contributions
    E. Staal – gets a loose rebound behind the Penguins net and plays it around the boards to Lindholm along the right-side boards near the right faceoff circle (cont.), makes a one-touch pass from the slot to Nestrasil standing to the right of the net by himself
    E. Lindholm – holds the puck, then cuts in to the faceoff circle above the right dot and makes a center pass to E. Staal in the slot
    A. Nestrasil – chips the puck past Fleury’s glove before he can slide over to make the save
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Perron – in the penalty box for cross-checking

2nd Penguins Goal (Cole), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    B. Bennett – takes the puck away from Liles exiting the Hurricanes zone, carries it into the neutral zone, and moves it along to Adams in the neutral zone
    C. Adams – carries the puck into the middle of the Hurricanes zone and makes a backhand pass to Cole at the right point, then continues going to the net and physically pushes the defense back towards the crease so no one can step up on Cole
    I. Cole – skates the puck to the top of the right faceoff circle and takes a wrist shot that goes over the left shoulder of Ward, off the crossbar, and into the net
  • Carolina Faults
    J. Liles – tries to skate the puck out of the Hurricanes zone but has it stolen from him by Bennett

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