4/20/15: ECQ Game 3 – New York Rangers 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

1st Rangers Goal (Hagelin), Even

  • NY Rangers Contributions
    J. Miller – gets the puck along the boards in the Rangers zone after it’s knocked away from a puck battle behind the net, then passes it to Girardi below the goal line as both teams look to change
    D. Girardi – holds the puck as everyone starts to move out of the zone and passes it across the zone to Yandle
    K. Yandle – starts to skate forward to exit the left side of the Rangers zone, then passes the puck through the neutral zone to Hagelin breaking into the middle of the Penguins zone
    C. Hagelin – splits Cole and Malkin coming off the bench as he takes the pass from Yandle, enters the Penguins zone on a breakaway, and takes a slapshot from the slot that just gets under Fleury’s left pad before he can get down to stop it
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    I. Cole – sees Hagelin breaking towards the middle of the Penguins blue line but doesn’t adjust to get the passing lane in time to prevent the breakaway
    R. Scuderi – makes an extremely sloppy change as he stares at the bench instead of keeping an eye on the play, so he’s caught on the ice by the bench during a slow change as Hagelin enters the zone for a breakaway

2nd Rangers Goal (Kreider), Even

  • NY Rangers Contributions
    K. Yandle – knocks Lapierre off of the puck in the corner of the Rangers zone
    D. Boyle – picks up the loose puck after Yandle and Lapierre skate past it, then makes a pass to Stepan skating through the Rangers zone
    D. Stepan – carries the puck to the Rangers blue line and passes it to his left for Kreider skating through the neutral zone
    C. Kreider – carries the puck into the left side of the Penguins zone, cuts through the middle of the ice in front of the defense, and passes the puck to Brassard at the outside edge of the right faceoff circle (cont.), knocks the puck out of the air as it bounces to the left of the net off of the backboards and puts it past Fleury before he can scramble to get to the post
    D. Brassard – holds the puck in the right corner and then passes it up to Girardi coming to the right point
    D. Girardi – moves the puck to Staal at the left point
    M. Staal – takes a slapshot wide to the left of the net so the puck bounces off of the backboards and back above the goal line to the left of the net where Kreider is
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Lapierre – takes the puck deep into the Rangers zone but loses it when he’s knocked away from it by Yandle, starting the Rangers’ breakout the other way
    P. Martin – abandons his coverage area at the right point (out of the penalty box) to challenge Brassard in the corner, opens up Brassard’s passing option to the point and forces Crosby and Winnik to rotate, which they have no chance of doing in time to take away the rest of the play


1st Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    R. Scuderi – pinches down to the right corner of the Rangers zone to get a loose puck and knocks it behind the Rangers net for Hornqvist
    P. Hornqvist – gets to the puck behind the net and knocks it back over to Kunitz, who had just gotten up in the right corner after falling to the ice (cont.), finds the loose puck as it comes off of skates into the slot to his stick and rifles the puck past Lundqvist who has no chance of reading the play in the middle of the scramble
    C. Kunitz – immediately passes the puck back to Cole at the left point
    I. Cole – backs up with the puck to the blue line, then takes a wrist shot towards the net
    S. Crosby – gets his stick on Cole’s wrist shot to knock it down in the slot in a giant scramble of players
  • NY Rangers Faults
    M. Staal – fans on the puck going around the boards to Hornqvist behind the net, then is late to get to Kunitz, then skates directly in front of Lundqvist so he interferes with his own goalie on the goal

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