4/10/15: New York Islanders 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Islanders Goal (Cizikas), Shorthanded

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    C. Cizikas – wins a faceoff in the Islanders zone back to the corner (cont.), receives Clutterbuck’s pass in front of the Penguins blue line, skates it into the zone on a breakaway, and rifles a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Fleury into the net
    N. Leddy – gets to the puck in the corner off of the faceoff and throws it behind the net for Clutterbuck in the opposite corner
    C. Clutterbuck – gets the puck on his backhand, pulls it to his forehand as he looks up, then makes a pass from the corner of the Isles zone to Cizikas breaking in between Martin and Malkin through the neutral zone approaching the Penguins blue line
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    P. Martin – is slow to leave his area along the boards when Clutterbuck gets the puck in the opposite corner in the Isles zone, so he’s out of position as Cizikas starts breaking out of the zone and he never has any chance of catching Cizikas as he skates up for a breakaway

1st Penguins Goal (Scuderi), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    S. Crosby – knocks Kennedy off of a loose puck along the backboards in the Islanders zone, skates to the goal line to the right of the net, to the backboards, then to the goal line again as he evades Kennedy before passing the puck to Martin at the right point (cont.), gets the puck after Martin’s shot rebounds off of the glass to the right of the net, then throws the puck towards the crease from the goal line, causing it to slide to the bottom of the left faceoff circle
    P. Martin – takes the pass at the right point, move sit towards the middle of the ice, hesitates on a shot, then takes a wrist shot that goes wide to the right of the net towards Crosby
    R. Scuderi – gets to the puck at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and takes a wrist shot that goes off of the glove part of Halak’s blocker and bounces down into the net
  • NY Islanders Faults
    T. Kennedy – beats Crosby to a dump-in into the Islanders zone, but then gets knocked off of the puck by Crosby and can’t keep up with him as he skates around before passing to Martin; also loses the battle to Crosby for the puck when Martin’s shot comes off of the glass
    C. Cizikas – stays towards the middle of the ice away from Scuderi despite every other Penguin being covered by an Islander, so he’s slow to get to Scuderi when the loose puck comes out to him and Cizikas can’t get the puck or prevent a shot


2nd Islanders Goal (Tavares), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    B. Strait – gets the puck at center ice, drops back to his own blue line, and passes it along the blue line to Visnovsky near the right-side boards (cont.), stops the pass from Kulemin at the left point and takes a low slapshot towards the net
    L. Visnovsky – takes two strides forward and passes the puck up to Kulemin entering the right side of the Penguins zone
    N. Kulemin – redirects the puck towards the right corner of the Penguins zone, chases it down just ahead of Lovejoy, gets it in the right corner and abruptly pulls up to lose Lovejoy, then takes a stride up the boards and passes the puck across the ice to the left point for Strait
    K. Okposo – deflects Strait’s shot at the inside of the left circle so it ends up bouncing off of Fleury’s left pad and towards the bottom of the right circle
    J. Tavares – fires the rebound past Fleury before he has a chance to get across in desperation
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Lovejoy – releases on his coverage of Kulemin after Kulemin passes the puck to Strait, but doesn’t notice that Tavares is hovering behind him near the goal line and isn’t in position to play the rebound or stop Tavares from scoring on the rebound

3rd Islanders Goal (Grabner), Even

  • NY Islanders Contributions
    J. Bailey – takes a faceoff in his own zone against Crosby and knocks the puck forward into Crosby’s skates so Crosby ends up kicking it to the middle of the zone
    M. Grabner – picks up the loose puck in the middle of the Islanders zone, enters the neutral zone at full speed, skates past Cole as he enters the Penguins zone, skates the puck to the inside of the left faceoff circle, and rips a wrist shot that beats Fleury’s glove
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    I. Cole – can’t keep up with Grabner in the neutral zone as Grabner blows past him for a breakaway on Fleury and scores

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