4/22/15: ECQ Game 4 – New York Rangers 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (OT)

1st Penguins Goal (Hornqvist), Even

  • Pittsburgh Contributions
    C. Kunitz – knocks Staal off of the puck against the backboards in the Rangers zone after a dump-in, gets control of the puck, and plays it behind the net for Crosby
    S. Crosby – tries to push the puck to Hornqvist at the crease, but the puck slides past him, off of the skate of Glass, and to Martin above the slot
    P. Martin – makes a backhanded one-touch pass to Lovejoy at the right point
    B. Lovejoy – corrals the pass and takes a quick wrist shot towards the net
    P. Hornqvist – deflects Lovejoy’s shot with the shaft of his stick two feet in front of the crease so the puck drops down and goes through Lundqvist’s five-hole
  • NY Rangers Faults
    M. Staal – gets to the puck first after the Penguins dump it in, but then gets knocked off of it by Kunitz after being too slow to play it / too worried about Kunitz approaching

1st Rangers Goal (Brassard), Even

  • NY Rangers Contributions
    R. McDonagh – skates back to the Rangers zone to retrieve the puck, takes it behind the net, then backhands it to the corner for Girardi with pressure coming (cont.), gets the puck from Zuccarello, enters the left side of the Penguins zone with speed, takes the puck to the corner, and tries to make a centering pass that goes off of Lovejoy’s skate and stays in the corner for Nash following up
    D. Girardi – gets immediately pressured and moves the puck halfway up the boards to Zuccarello
    M. Zuccarello – takes a couple of strides and makes a pass across the ice to McDonagh, who had continued skating into the left side of the neutral zone
    R. Nash – picks the puck up in the left corner and throws it in front of the net where Fleury tries to catch it, but he only gets a piece of it as the puck goes off of his glove and hits Brassard at the top of the crease
    D. Brassard – has the puck go off of Fleury’s glove, off of his body, and drop down into the crease, where he jams at it as Fleury tries to stretch out to cover the post, but Fleury slides off of the post and Brassard gets the puck behind Fleury’s skate and jams it into the net
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    M. Fleury – reaches out to glove Nash’s pass in the air to the front of the net and knocks it into Brassard so it falls into the crease where Brassard can finish the play
    P. Martin – loses positioning on Brassard in front as Brassard shoves him aside and makes a play on the puck
    C. Kunitz – gets to Brassard before he can jam the puck into the net, but slashes down on Brassard’s stick instead of trying to lift it, so Brassard can still force the puck into the net


2nd Rangers Goal (Hayes), Even

  • NY Rangers Contributions
    K. Hayes – wins a faceoff in the left circle of the Penguins zone back to Yandle at the left point (cont.), is tied up by Sutter but gets his right skate on the puck to kick it back to the middle of the top of the crease for Hagelin (cont.), quickly shoots the puck into the net before Fleury can fall backwards for a desperation save attempt
    K. Yandle – plays the puck down the boards towards St. Louis in the left corner, who lets it go to Hagelin in the right corner
    C. Hagelin – passes the puck up to Hunwick at the right point (cont.), tries to shoot the puck but can’t get a clean shot off due to Fleury’s left pad, then gets control of the puck next to the net as it comes off of his right skate at the goal line and he backhands the puck into the crease past Lapierre, and under Fleury’s left arm so it gets through to Hayes on the other side of the crease
    M. Hunwick – throws the puck back down the right-side boards for St. Louis behind the net
    M. St. Louis – gets the puck behind the net, turns away from Lovejoy to come out from behind the right side of the net, and throws the puck across the front of the crease towards Hayes
  • Pittsburgh Faults
    B. Lovejoy – over-pursues St. Louis behind the net and loses his coverage of him as St. Louis cuts above the goal line and gets a pass across the crease
    M. Lapierre – turns into Hagelin as Hagelin is trying to get the loose puck near the crease, but Lapierre takes himself out instead of disrupting Hagelin and falls to the ice as he can’t cover the pass through the crease

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