3/28/15: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Arizona Coyotes 2

1st Coyotes Goal (McGinn), Even

  • Arizona Contributions
    J. Vitale – pressures Pouliot in the Penguins zone until Pouliot finally turns the puck over behind the net, then pushes the puck out to the left faceoff circle for Crombeen
    B. Crombeen – gets tied up with Spaling as he pushes the puck to the left corner of the zone, but he gets his stick on the puck as Spaling loses his balance and pushes it back to Dahlbeck at the left point
    K. Dahlbeck – stops the puck along the boards and takes a slapshot towards the net
    T. McGinn – deflects Dahlbeck’s shot at the inside of the left faceoff circle so it goes past the right arm of Greiss
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Pouliot – has the puck in the Penguins zone, keeps dropping back towards the goal line to avoid pressure from Vitale, and then loses the puck to Vitale below the goal line
    N. Spaling – pushes Crombeen off of the puck in the left corner, but then loses his balance and almost falls over, which allows Crombeen to get the puck again and pass it back to Dahlbeck

1st Penguins Goal (Winnik), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins a faceoff in the right circle in the Coyotes zone and passes the puck back to Martin at the right point
    P. Martin – takes a quick shot towards the net
    D. Winnik – deflects Martin’s shot at the inside of the right faceoff circle, which forces Smith to make a quick right pad save as he kicks the puck back out to the slot, then Winnik fires the rebound from the slot past Smith’s right shoulder before he can completely recover
    P. Hornqvist – goes directly to the front of the crease off of the faceoff, which draws both defenders back to him on the crease and leaves Winnik alone in the slot for the deflection and rebound goal
  • Arizona Faults
    O. Ekman-Larsson – stays deep at the top of the crease for the whole play as his partner ties up Hornqvist, so there’s too big of a gap for him to defend Winnik in any way


2nd Penguins Goal (Downie), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    E. Malkin – picks up the puck in the Penguins zone, goes behind the net, then passes the puck to Crosby in the middle of the zone
    S. Crosby – carries the puck out of the Penguins zone, through the middle of the neutral zone, into the left side of the Coyotes zone as he gets around Moss, then down to the outside edge of the left faceoff circle before he makes a backhand pass off of the boards back to Downie entering the zone along the boards
    S. Downie – pulls the puck to the inside of the zone as Moss loses him turning for the pass along the boards, carries to the top of the left faceoff circle, then takes a slapshot that beats Smith on his blocker side
  • Arizona Faults
    A. Campbell – in the penalty box for high-sticking
    D. Moss – loses Crosby to the outside as he enters the zone, then turns to the boards to stop Crosby’s pass, which leads to him getting flat-footed and losing Downie to the inside as Downie puts himself into a good shooting lane for the goal

3rd Penguins Goal (Crosby), Powerplay

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – gets the puck at the left faceoff circle in the Coyotes zone after it’s swatted  away from the front of the crease, then makes a pass across the ice that’s deflected by a skate and bounces to Martin at the right point (cont.), has Pouliot’s pass go off of his stick, off of his right knee, off of his right skate, and into the net
    P. Martin – passes the puck to Malkin along the right half-boards (cont.), gets the puck from Malkin, winds up for a slapshot, then passes back to Malkin in the right circle
    E. Malkin – skates the puck into the right circle and passes it back to Martin at the blue line (cont.), gets the puck back from Martin and makes a pass across the ice to Pouliot at the outside edge of the left faceoff circle
    D. Pouliot – passes the puck to the front of the crease for Crosby
  • Arizona Faults
    M. Stone – in the penalty box for high-sticking

2nd Coyotes Goal (Rieder), Even

  • Arizona Contributions
    M. Stone – chases down a puck in the Coyotes zone with an empty net, avoids Downie chasing after the puck, and moves it to Dahlbeck in the middle of the zone for a breakout
    K. Dahlbeck – carries the puck to the blue line and passes it to Arcobello skating through the left side of the neutral zone
    M. Arcobello – skates into the left side of the Penguins zone, cuts to the middle high in the zone, and makes a pass across the ice that goes off of Kunitz’s stick but still to Doan in the right faceoff circle
    S. Doan – makes a one-touch pass towards the net that deflects off of Pouliot’s stick and ends up going to Rieder skating to the bottom of the left faceoff circle
    T. Rieder – flicks the puck into the net from the inside corner of the left faceoff circle as Greiss has no chance of getting across for the desperation save
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – starts to step up on Arcobello cutting across the zone despite Kunitz being there to defend him, which leaves Martin in the middle of the ice covering no one as two Coyotes forwards are going to the net
    E. Malkin – gets caught watching the puck as it goes to Doan and doesn’t notice the Coyotes forwards going to the net, so he ends up right behind Martin, also covering no one

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