4/1/15: Philadelphia Flyers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Penguins Goal (Crosby), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – wins a faceoff in the right circle of the Flyers zone back to Cole along the right-side boards (cont.), stays ahead of Couturier as he goes to the net and flicks the loose puck from Hornqvist past Mason’s blocker before he can get to the post
    I. Cole – takes a wrist shot towards the net that hits Schultz and falls at the feet of Schultz and Hornqvist
    P. Hornqvist – wins the puck battle against Schultz on the crease and knocks the puck to the right side of the crease just above the goal line where Crosby is skating into the area
  • Philadelphia Faults
    N. Schultz – loses the puck battle and gets pushed aside by Hornqvist in front of the crease
    S. Couturier – doesn’t keep up with Crosby going to the post, allowing him to get the puck and flick it in past Mason

1st Flyers Goal (Lecavalier), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    V. Lecavalier – wins a faceoff in the right circle in the Penguins zone back to Bellemare skating behind the faceoff dot (cont.), has the rebound come off of Fleury directly to his stick in the slot, then skates another stride to his left as Fleury tries to recover and slides the puck past him into the net
    P. Bellemare – skates the puck towards the right-side boards, pulls up at the edge of the faceoff circle, and takes a quick bad angle shot on Fleury that Fleury blockers directly into the slot
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Fleury – gives up a very bad/uncontrolled rebound on a bad angle shot, sending the puck directly into the slot for Lecavalier
    N. Spaling – completely misses on an attempted stick lift on Lecavalier, which allows him to get the rebound from Fleury, then can’t get a stick on the puck or Lecavalier to prevent the goal


2nd Flyers Goal (Schenn), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    C. Colaiacovo – gets the puck behind the Flyers net and plays it along the boards to Read
    M. Read – takes two steps and passes the puck across the ice to Schenn exiting the right side of the Flyers zone
    B. Schenn – carries the puck through the neutral zone, cuts to the middle of the ice, brings it to the middle of the Penguins blue line, and backhands a pass over Perron’s stick to Couturier crossing into the Penguins zone in a very tight 3-on-3 situation (cont.), gets the puck after it’s knocked away from Manning’s skate in the slot and Perron fans on it, then rifles it past Fleury’s left pad as he’s trying to read the bouncing puck
    S. Couturier – stops the bouncing pass from Schenn in front of Cole and centers it as all six players skate into the high slot
    B. Manning – stops Couturier’s centering pass with his right skate, then has the puck knocked away from his skate by Scuderi so it drops back to Perron and Schenn
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    D. Perron – misses the puck after Scuderi pokes it away from Manning’s skate, which allows Schenn to get it and throw it past Fleury, who can’t read the play because of the bodies and pinball movement of the puck

3rd Flyers Goal (Schenn), Powerplay

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    J. Voracek – gets a rebound in the right corner of the Penguins zone, holds the puck there, then passes it up to Streit at the right point (cont.), one-times the pass from Streit in the manner of a slap-pass to the top of the crease for Schenn
    M. Streit – carries the puck to the middle of the blue line, winds up for a shot, then passes the puck to Giroux above the left faceoff circle (cont.), gets the puck from Giroux and passes it to Voracek at the top of the right faceoff circle
    C. Giroux – makes a one-touch pass back to Streit at the blue line
    B. Schenn – redirects Voracek’s slap-pass one-timer past Fleury’s right pad before he has a chance to slide across for it
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Lovejoy – holds his stick in front of him with two Flyers behind him on the crease, so he’s in no position to defend any passing lane, tie up the players behind him, or defend anyone around him in general
    *Note – Though Downie was in the penalty box for tripping, I am not marking him down as partially at fault because it was a bad call. Downie didn’t make contact with Schenn on the trip and he didn’t put himself in a position where he could reasonably think he would get called for a penalty either (Cole’s skates took out Schenn).

4th Flyers Goal (Colaiacovo), Even

  • Philadelphia Contributions
    S. Couturier – wins a faceoff in the right circle of the Penguins zone so the puck goes behind him
    V. Lecavalier – angles his right skate as he skates behind Couturier on the faceoff win so the puck hits it and goes back to Manning at the right point (cont.), stops the pass from Manning and fires it towards the net
    B. Manning – moves the puck back to Lecavalier, now halfway down the right-side boards
    M. Raffl – redirects Lecavalier’s shot so it hits off of Fleury’s mask and drops back down to the crease, then backhands the rebound but is stopped by Fleury’s right pad as the puck kicks out in front of the crease, where Lapierre partially fans on an attempt to play it and sends it directly to Colaiacovo in the left faceoff circle
    C. Colaiacovo – steps to the puck at the inside of the left faceoff circle and immediately fires it over Fleury before he has a chance to recover from the previous two saves
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – loses track of Raffl getting behind him in front of Fleury for the redirect and the unchallenged rebound attempt
    M. Lapierre – partially fans on his attempt to clear the puck from in front of the crease, sending it directly to Colaiacovo, who shoots it right back into the net

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