Looking at Touches - Minnesota at Edmonton

The season is over!  But the evaluation of some of these nimrods is ongoing.  For those of you who have been reading at C+B all season you'll know that I've done a few installments of this series where I note every time an Oiler touches the puck in a given period to get a handle on things like which guys are winning puck battles and which guys can make or receive passes and which guys are making gaffes in their decision-making.  I've done three games before this one and after the jump I'll take a look at the first period of the March 5th game against the Minnesota Wild.  I thought it would be a fun one to look at because it was the Oiler debut for Aaron Johnson, Ryan Whitney and Ryan Jones as well as a bunch of guys the organization is going to need to make a decision on over the summer.  And once again, special thanks to The Falconer, who gave me the idea of logging touches in the first place.

If you want to read through all of the data I've collected, it's posted below.  Anytime I thought a "mistake" was made I bolded the text.  As per Bruce's excellent suggestion, anytime I thought a player made a "superior" (as opposed to "routine") play I italicized the text.  Every time Dennis King tracked a scoring chance, that's been noted in brackets.  Obviously these are all judgment calls and you may have seen any one particular play differently. All of the players are listed by jersey number and not name so I'll provide a legend here.  I've also used several other abbreviations and conventions that I'll explain below.  That said, I know a lot of people will just want a broad overview of the data so I'll post some of my own impressions on a few players first.  It's important to remember that we're only talking about  one period of hockey and so what gets noted here are more "things to look for" or "things to reflect on" as we watch the games or think about who the Oilers might sign and not definitive conclusions about how any individual player will perform (or has performed) over a longer period of time.

From the Wild: Derek Boogaard is pretty brutal.  This was the game where he kneed Ryan Jones and it was just an awful play.  Jones was forgiving after it happened but he probably shouldn't have been.  It wasn't the kind of thing where there was a quick movement that turned a legal hit ugly.  No sir, it was a Marchment-ugly sticking out of the knee. 

From the Wild II: They talked about ramping up the excitement after ditching Lemaire but this game didn't exactly feature a hard fore-check.  When Koivu's group wasn't on the ice this game featured a lot of the Wild sitting back.  The Wild were also a lot less hard on the puck than I would have imagined.  Again Koivu's group stood out but the Oilers' smaller players didn't look overmatched all that often.

#2 Aaron Johnson - He can make the simple pass which is great.  When he had the puck, he usually decided to make the simple play with it and when he did it worked.  A few times he decided to get aggressive and that often didn't work.  He once got caught following his pass on a rush and then again trying to stand up a forward at the blue-line.  Both instances led to scoring chances against the Oilers.  If I were the defensive coach I would be encouraging him to keep it simple.  Overall, I like Johnson well enough to keep him around as a 7th or 8th defender for next season.

#6 Ryan Whitney - He was good with the puck in this game.  He handles it well and deals well with pressure when he has some speed.  He also generally makes good passing decisions.  Unlike Grebeshkov, passing mistakes weren't monumental.  He seemed to miss well when he missed and he didn't miss often. 

#28 Ryan Jones - He seemed strong on the puck in this one.  He certainly isn't afraid to engage along the wall and around the face-off circle.  He wasn't the best Oiler taking and making passes which might be something to look for going forward.  His performance after taking the knee from Boogaard obviously comes with the caveat that his knee was injured.

#41 Taylor Chorney - He made a lot of poor choices in this one and a lot of them had to do with positioning.  I think he must still be accustomed to being (one of) the fastest skaters on the ice because some of the decisions are pretty inexplicable otherwise.  Pinching in when you already have two forwards deep while penalty killing is not a high percentage option.  Playing a 1-on-1 close to the middle of the ice is pretty odd.  He seems to think he can get back in time or make up for poor position to start with... and he can't.

#46 Zack Stortini - Stortini had an effective period.  He's slow, and it costs him but when he gets to where the puck is he's effective and he was a big part of the Oilers' goal this period (they won the period 1-0).  The biggest thing he needs to work on to move up the lineup, IMO, is his skating.  If Stortini becomes a plus skater he could actually be a pretty darn good checker, especially if he gets good enough to get around at center.  Having him take those extra battles down low in the defensive zone would be very helpful.

#49 Theo Peckham - He is bad.  People seem to see something in him, but man, this guy is not a good defender.  He took one minor penalty in this period and deserved two of them.  I get the feeling that this is not atypical.  His passing skills aren't so good and his skating skills aren't so good.  That's a problem.  He's a good physical presence which I like, but that's about it.  Until he becomes a decent defender as well, he's a liability.

And now for the legend, in case you want to look at the complete play-by-play:

2 - Aaron Johnson

6 - Ryan Whitney

10 - Shawn Horcoff

12 - Robert Nilsson

13 - Andrew Cogliano

16 - Ryan Potulny

19 - Patrick O'Sullivan

27 - Dustin Penner

28 - Ryan Jones

38 - Jeff Deslauriers

41 - Taylor Chorney

43 - Jason Strudwick

46 - Zack Stortini

49 - Theo Peckham

67 - Gilbert Brule

77 - Tom Gilbert

78 - Marc Pouliot

89 - Sam Gagner

91 - Mike Comrie

 

BO1 - "First" break-out pass.  A pass from low in the defensive zone to a player along the boards.

BO2 - "Second" break-out pass. A pass to a player skating through the middle who clears the zone.

DZ - Oilers defensive zone (always)

"Far" - Always the side of the ice furthest from the main camera

FO - Faceoff

"Near" - Always the side of the ice closest to the main camera

NZ - Neutral Zone

OZ - Oilers offensive zone (always)

 

GAME ON

 

10 loses NZ FO, Min. dumps puck to DZ.

77 first to puck in DZ, scrambled to front of net.

10 taps puck into near corner.

77 retrieves puck in near corner, avoids check, skates behind net.

77 DZ pass to 6 in near corner completed.

6 DZ pass to 77 completed.

77 BO2 pass to 10 completed.

10 skates w/ puck through NZ and into OZ, OZ pass to 12 on far boards completed.

12 dumps puck around net and into near corner for 27.

27 misses puck, Min. retrieves, clears zone.

 

Min. dumps puck to DZ, 38 stops puck behind net, pass to 41 in near corner completed.

41 dumps puck into NZ, Min. retrieves.

 

Min. attempts to carry puck into DZ, 78 checks attacker at blue-line, puck to NZ.

Min. dumps puck to DZ.

43 retrieves puck behind net, puts puck around the near boards for 28.

28 checked by Min. defender, puck scrambled to middle of ice.

78 loses race to loose puck

Min. shot blocked by 43, clears puck to blue-line but not out.

43 scrambles puck at blue-line out of play.

 

89 loses DZ FO, leads to shot from point, tipped toward the net.

38 makes the save (Min. SC), rebound to near corner, Min. retrieves, leads to missed shot.

Min retrieves puck in corner, creates shot, blocked and retrieved by 2.

2 DZ pass to 78 completed.

78 skates puck into NZ, NZ pass to 28 completed.

28 skates puck into OZ, 28 shot blocked, 28 retrieves, OZ pass to 2 at point completed.

2 one-time shot misses net.

89 retrieves rebound behind net, almost banks puck in off goaltender.

 

67 loses OZ FO, Min. break-out, carry puck into DZ.

77 intercepts Min. pass into slot, clears puck to near boards.

19 retrieves puck along near boards, pass to 13 over blue-line misses.

67 wins 1-on-1 puck battle along far boards to retrieve puck, cross-ice NZ pass to 19 intercepted.

13 poke-checks Min. fwd, puck goes to 77 in DZ.

77 stick-handles around fore-checker, dumps puck into NZ.

Min. retrieves puck, carry into DZ, 77 poke-checks Min. fwd., puck to 67 on back-check.

67 DZ pass to 6 along near boards completed.

6 pressured by Min. fwd., moves puck behind net for 77.

77 retrieves puck, BO1 pass to open wing stolen by Min. fwd.

19 intercepts Min. pass into slot, dumps puck to far corner.

77 retrieves puck, BO2 pass to 13 misses, 19 recovers puck in stride, skates into NZ.

19 carries puck into OZ, creates shot in the middle of the ice from about 30 feet (Edm. SC)

Min. goalie freezes puck.

 

16 loses OZ FO.

91 intercepts Min. BO1 pass, 19/46 win 2-on-2 puck battle.

91 OZ pass to 41 at point misses.

41 retrieves puck in DZ, skates into NZ, NZ pass to 91 at OZ blue-line completed.

91 tips puck into OZ.

Min. retrieves puck, 46 strong forecheck forces puck toward crease, Min. goalie freezes puck.

 

16 wins OZ FO to 46 at far boards.

46 OZ pass to 43 at point completed.

43 dumps puck behind net.

46 loses race to puck, Min. retrieves.

91 deflects Min. BO1 pass out of play.

 

10 loses NZ FO.

Min. dumps puck high into DZ, 38 catches and freezes puck.

 

10 loses DZ FO.

38 stops Min. wrist shot from near boards, rebound to far corner.

12 retrieves puck along far boards, DZ pass to 6 open in slot completed.

6 DZ-to-NZ pass to 27 completed.

27 stripped by Min. Def. at OZ blue-line.

Min. moves puck to NZ, play stopped because of Min. hand-pass.

 

89 wins NZ FO back to 2 (78 strong in FO support).

2 NZ pass across to 49 completed.

49 pass to 28 in NZ tipped into OZ.

89/28 win 2-on-2 puck battle behind net on fore-check.

89 skates puck into far corner and up boards, cycle pass to 28 in far corner completed.

28 loses 1-on-2 puck battle in corner, Min. dumps to blue-line.

2 holds blue-line, dumps puck into far corner.

28/78 lose 2-on-3 puck battle in far corner.

89 intercepts Min. BO2 pass, stripped of puck by Min. Fwd.

 

Min. skates puck through NZ, dump-in to DZ.

2/89 lose 2-on-1 puck battle behind net, puck pushed to crease, 38 pushes behind net.

2 wins 1-on-1 puck battle behind net, BO1 pass to 28 completed.

28 DZ pass to 49 completed.

49 skates puck into NZ, soft dump-in to OZ intercepted at OZ blue-line.

 

Min. dump-in to DZ, retrieved behind net by 38, BO1 pass to 27 completed.

27 BO2 pass to 10 completed.

10 stripped of puck in NZ, Min. carries puck back into OZ.

Fore-check by 12 forces pass, 10 wins 1-on-1 puck battle at OZ blue-line, dumps puck into OZ.

Min. retrieves puck, break-out to NZ, dump-in to DZ.

41 retrieves puck behind net, slaps puck around boards for 12.

12 cross-ice BO2 pass to 27 completed.

27 dump-in to OZ, Min. goalie plays puck into near corner.

27 retrieves puck in near corner, OZ pass to 12 in far corner completed.

12 OZ pass to 41 in high slot completed.

41 shot partially blocked by Min. Def.'s stick, puck goes softly wide.

27 retrieves puck behind net, OZ pass to 12 along far boards completed.

12 bad-angle shot along far boards blocked.

43 retrieves puck at OZ blue-line, dumps puck along boards for 10.

10 loses 1-on-1 puck battle, Min. Def. dumps puck into NZ.

41 retrieves puck in NZ, dump-in to OZ and change.

 

Min. retrieves puck, moves to NZ, dump-in to DZ.

43 wins 1-on-1 puck battle in DZ corner, BO1 pass to 19 completed.

43 BO1 pass to 19 on wrong side, Min. Fwd. checks 19, puck to 6 in near corner.

6 DZ cross-ice pass to 67 completed.

67 dumps puck into NZ.

Min. retrieves, dump-in to DZ, Min. change.

 

38 stops puck behind net and leaves for 6.

6 BO1 pass to 67 completed.

67 stick-handles around fore-checker, moves into NZ, dump-in to OZ.

77 wins race to puck along near boards, dumps behind net for 19.

19 pushes puck to slot, no Oiler there, Min. retrieves.

67 intercepts Min. pass at OZ blue-line, pass to 19 on near boards completed.

19 OZ pass to 13 behind net completed.

13 OZ pass to 77 at point completed.

77 shot from point tipped by 19 in front (Edm. SC).

Min. retrieves puck in corner, dumps puck to NZ.

 

6 retrieves puck in DZ, skates around while teammates change, DZ pass to 16 misses, puck to NZ.

Min. dumps puck into DZ, 77/46 win 2-on-2 puck battle.

46 soft BO1 pass to 16 intercepted.

46 strips Min. Fwd. along boards, BO2 pass to 16 completed.

16 skates puck into NZ, flips puck softly ahead of 91 along near boards.

91 picks up puck in OZ, skates into corner, OZ pass to 46 behind net completed.

46 takes puck to crease with jam shot (draws two defenders).

91 retrieves rebound at side of net, wrap-around to far side (Edm. GOAL).

 

89 loses NZ FO, Min. retrieves, missed pass sends puck into DZ.

2 retrieves puck in DZ, DZ cross-ice pass to 89 along near boards completed.

89 DZ pass to 49 behind net completed.

49 DZ pass to 2 in slot completed.

2 BO1 pass to 78 along near boards completed.

78 DZ-to-NZ pass to 28 not received cleanly (high pass).

Min. retrieves puck in OZ, pass through NZ tipped forward by 2.

89/28 lose race to puck in NZ, Min. Def. dumps puck to far boards.

2 retrieves puck, NZ pass to 78 completed.

78 gains OZ, takes a hit into far boards but leaves puck for 89.

89 shot from bad angle blocked, puck to near corner.

28 retrieves puck along near boards, dumps puck to far corner.

28 kneed by Min. Fwd. (The Boogaard Knee!) and Min. touches puck for whistle.

 

EDMONTON POWER PLAY

 

10 scrambles OZ FO, 12 picks up puck, OZ pass to 6 at point completed.

6 OZ pass to 12 along far boards completed.

12 OZ pass to 6 at point completed.

6 OZ pass to 77 at near point completed.

77 holds, shot from point blocked by Min. Def., puck to NZ.

 

6 retrieves puck in NZ, receives pressure from Min. Fwd., skates back to DZ and behind net.

6 skates puck into NZ, dump-in to OZ.

Min. first to puck, slam puck around boards.

6 tries to keep puck in at blue-line, puck scrambled with Min. Fwd. and into Min. bench for whistle.

 

13 scrambles NZ FO, 67 picks up puck, NZ pass to 77 completed.

77 NZ pass to 67 completed.

67 NZ pass to 13 misses (behind)

13 retrieves puck along near boards, NZ pass to 77 completed.

77 carries puck, leaves for 13 who is coming from behind with speed.

13 skates puck over OZ blue-line, OZ pass to 19 completed.

19 forces pass to 67 in slot, tipped by Min. Def., puck back to DZ.

 

6 retrieves puck behind net, skates into NZ, NZ pass to 77 completed.

77 NZ pass to 13 completed.

13 skates puck over OZ blue-line into traffic, stripped of puck, Min. Fwd. dumps to NZ.

 

13 retrieves puck in NZ, soft NZ pass to 6 along near boards completed.

6 stripped of puck by Min. Fwd., puck dumped to DZ.

 

2 loses 1-on-1 puck battle in DZ corner.

2/16/91 win 3-on-2 puck battle in DZ corner.

2 takes puck behind net, skates puck into NZ, NZ pass to 16 misses but it works as dump-in.

16 retrieves puck behind net, OZ pass to 46 at side of net not received cleanly (46 misses one-time)

Min. retrieves puck, dumps puck into DZ.

 

2 retrieves puck behind net, NZ pass to 46 at blue-line completed.

46 takes puck into OZ along near boards, stops at hash marks, OZ pass to 41 in high slot completed.

41 one-time shot stopped and frozen by Min. goalie (Edm. SC).

 

89 loses OZ FO, 78 pressures Min. Def., kicks puck toward 89 but misses him.

Min. carries puck to NZ, dumps puck into DZ.

 

TEAMS BACK TO EVEN STRENGTH

 

49 retrieves puck in far corner, DZ pass to 43 in near corner completed.

43 BO1 pass to 89 completed.

89 skates puck into NZ, NZ pass to 78 completed.

78 tips puck into OZ.

78 retrieves puck in near corner, follows behind net, OZ pass to 89 on far boards completed.

89 OZ pass to 78 in far corner not received cleanly (puck skipped on 78)

Min. Def. retrieves puck, pressured around net by 78, 19 intercepts Min. BO1 pass along near boards.

19 OZ pass to 89 in stride completed.

89 wrist shot from FO dot misses the net (Edm. SC), puck goes around boards, 43 can't hold blue-line.

Puck sails into DZ, 43 retrieves puck, DZ pass to 49 completed.

49 whiffs on pass and puck is stolen by Min. Fwd.

49 grabs Min. Fwd. and takes holding penalty.

19 touches the puck to stop play.

 

MINNESOTA POWER PLAY

 

10 scrambles DZ FO to near boards, 77 loses 1-on-1 puck battle, puck to Min. point.

10 pressures Min. Def. who backs off and 27 stretches to knock puck into NZ.

Min. retrieves in NZ, skates back to OZ, skates to NZ, dump-in to DZ.

6 retrieves puck in DZ and clears puck into OZ.

 

Min. retrieves puck in DZ, skate puck into OZ, shot from near point tipped in slot but misses wide (Min. SC).

77/6 win 2-on-2 puck battle behind net, 6 DZ pass to 16 on near boards completed.

16 skates puck to NZ, NZ pass to 78 completed.

78 skates puck to OZ, OZ cross-ice pass to 16 deep in OZ intercepted.

Min. regains control in OZ, skate puck into NZ, dump-in to DZ.

13/41 win 2-on-2 puck battle into near corner, 41 DZ pass to 19 on near boards completed.

19 skates puck through NZ into OZ, soft shot from top of FO circle while 13 drives net.

Min. goalie gloves puck, drops for Min. Def., skates to NZ, stripped of puck by 13.

13 skates into OZ while 19 drives net, OZ pass to trailing 41 completed.

41 skates toward slot, backhand shot blocked, Min. break-out 2-on-1.

Min skate into OZ 2-on-1 against 43, pass across successful, 38 makes sliding blocker save (Min. SC), puck out of play.

 

10 loses DZ FO to near boards, 10/77 trap Min. Fwd., puck scrambled to near corner.

2 retrieves puck in near corner, shoots puck up boards, blocked by Min. Fwd.

77 scrambles puck along boards, 2 retrieves, shoots puck up boards, blocked by Min. Def.

Min. control and make several passes, 2 misses passing lane and 77 late to recover on pass to slot, shot tipped wide by Min. Fwd. (Min. SC).

Min. retrieves in near corner, move puck to point, shot from point partially blocked by 2.

Min. Fwd. retrieves puck in slot for shot (Oilers outnumbered in slot 3-to-2) (Min. SC).

38 makes save and freezes puck.

 

16 wins DZ FO to far boards, 16 dumps puck into NZ.

 

TEAMS BACK TO EVEN STRENGTH

 

Min. dump-in blocked by 43 at DZ blue-line, 43 DZ to NZ stretch pass to 91 completed.

91 behind-the-back OZ pass to 16 intercepted.

Min. dump-in through NZ into DZ but icing waived off.

 

43 retrieves puck in DZ, skates to NZ, dump-in to OZ.

Min. retrieves, move puck to NZ.

77 checks Min. Fwd. in NZ along far boards, creates loose puck.

46/91 lose race to loose puck in NZ, Min. skates puck to OZ.

46 hits Min. Fwd. creates loose puck

91 retrieves puck in DZ, DZ pass to 6 completed.

6 DZ pass to 16 on near boards completed.

16 skates to NZ, NZ pass intended for 46 cross-ice deflected by Min. Fwd. into near boards.

Min. first to puck but 46 stick-checks Min. Fwd. with puck going out of play.

 

89 loses DZ FO, Min. carries puck to NZ, dump puck softly along DZ far boards.

6 retrieves puck along far boards, dumps puck into NZ.

Min. retrieves puck, but pass in NZ is tipped out of play by Min. Fwd.

 

89 wins NZ FO (good support from 28), puck kicked back to 49 in DZ.

49 DZ pass cross-ice to 2 completed.

2 skates to NZ, NZ pass to 28 intercepted with 2 following his pass.

Min. get puck to Fwd. at DZ blue-line, 1-on-1 with 49.

49 stick-checks then body-checks Min. Fwd., puck to DZ far corner.

49/89 win 2-on-2 puck battle, 49 skates behind net under pressure, DZ pass to 89 in high slot misses.

Min. Fwd. retrieves, dumps puck into DZ near corner.

49 retrieves puck, DZ pass cross-ice behind goal-line to 2 completed.

2 skates through DZ, DZ pass to 89 completed.

89 skates into NZ, dump-in to OZ.

28 retrieves puck in OZ, checked by Min. Def., 28 hits Min. Def. in face with stick and takes high-sticking penalty.

28 touches puck to stop play.

 

MINNESOTA POWER PLAY

 

10 wins DZ FO back to 77.

77 shoots puck around boards for 27.

27 chips puck into NZ.

 

Min. retrieves puck, skate back into OZ, bring puck through NZ, dump-in to DZ.

10 retrieves puck in DZ near corner, leaves puck in corner for 6.

6 loses 1-on-1 puck battle, puck to near point.

10 blocks pass from near point, creates loose puck.

6 retrieves puck and clears to NZ.

 

Min. retrieves puck in OZ, quick pass to DZ blue-line and catch Oilers out of position.

19 takes wrong man leaving Min. Fwd. wide on near side.

41 blocks back-door pass from Min. Fwd., clears puck to near corner.

13 retrieves puck and clears into OZ.

 

Min. retrieves puck in OZ, skate through NZ, dump-in to DZ.

41 loses race to puck in far corner, puck around to near point, high point shot stopped by 38, rebound in crease.

43 clears rebound to near corner, Min. retrieves.

Oilers (19/13/41/43) provide tight coverage on puck carrier, wide box.

13 poke-checks Min. Def. and puck goes out to NZ.

Min. retrieves and quickly break-in to DZ, 43 caught on bad change, 41 doesn't take away passing lane, Min. with near 2-on-0 as 16 and 2 try to recover, Min. Fwd. misses net (Min. SC).

Min. retrieves puck, move puck to far point, 19 blocks shot, Min. retrieves, puck to near point.

Min. dumps puck to near corner, 2 wins 1-on-1 puck battle as puck slides to 38 who leaves it for 41.

41 shoots puck into OZ.

 

Min. retrieves puck in OZ, skate puck into DZ.

2 blocks Min. shot from far boards.

78 retrieves puck, dumps puck into NZ.

 

TEAMS BACK TO EVEN STRENGTH

 

28 retrieves puck in NZ, dumps puck into OZ.

Min. retrieves puck in OZ, skate to NZ, 12 intercepts Min. NZ pass.

12 chops puck up far boards in NZ.

Min. retrieves puck in NZ, skate back to OZ.

12 intercepts Min. OZ pass, dump to 27 in corner is intercepted by Min. Def.

Min. Def. dumps puck softly into DZ.

 

6 retrieves puck in DZ, DZ pass to 10 completed.

10 DZ-to-NZ pass to 77 completed.

77 skates through NZ, NZ-to-OZ pass to 12 completed.

12 OZ cross-ice pass to 10 tipped away by Min. Fwd, Min. rush back 2-on-2 with 12/6

12 releases his man to cover trailer and blocks back-door pass intended for his original man.

Min. retrieves puck and passes to slot, 10 blocks shot from slot.

Min. retrieves puck and passes to far point, 10 deflects point shot wide of net (27 has no stick).

77 retrieves puck in far corner, reverse pass behind the net for 6.

6 skates into near corner, passes puck behind the net for 77.

77 DZ pass to 13 with speed as Min. makes change.

13 skates through NZ, dump-in to OZ.

13 pressures Min. goalie into dumping puck toward far boards.

67 retrieves puck along far boards, pass back to point intercepted as point men are retreating.

Min. Fwd. in 1-on-1 with 41, beats 41 wide though 41 is almost in the middle of the ice so the shot comes from inside the FO dot38 stops both the original shot (SC Min.) and tight rebound and freezes puck.

 

16 loses DZ FO, puck to far point.

38 stops shot from far point and freezes puck.

 

10 loses DZ FO, puck to far point.

41 blocks Min. pass to slot.

12 reaches out to tap puck to 27, puck intercepted by Min. Fwd.

41 intercepts Min. dump-in from NZ into DZ, NZ pass to 12 completed.

12 skates deep into OZ, leaves puck along far boards for 10.

10 dumps puck around boards to open space in near corner.

41 takes puck along near boards, and taps puck to 12 in near corner.

12/27 lose 2-on-2 puck battle in near corner, Min. passes puck into NZ, dumps puck into DZ.

27/41 lose race to puck, Min. controls in DZ, passes around perimeter.

27 engages Min. Fwd. along near boards, steals puck, pass to 43 behind the net completed.

43 BO1 pass to 12 on far boards completed.

12 stick-handles around Min. Fwd., skates puck into NZ, high dump-in to OZ.

89 hurries Min. Def. who dumps puck up near boards.

78 intercepts puck along near boards, OZ pass to 89 in near corner completed.

89 OZ pass to 28 on FO dot deflected away, puck to near boards.

28/78/89 win 3-on-3 puck battle along near boards, 89 cycles puck down into near corner for 28.

28 carries puck around net into far corner, OZ pass to 2 behind net completed.

2 skates to near corner, cycle pass to 28 in near corner completed.

28 forces pass to 89 in front of net, blocked by Min. Def., creates loose puck.

2 wins race to puck and skates to far point, pass to 89 in far corner completed.

89 skates up far boards, cycle pass to 78 completed.

78 pushed down from behind, loses puck, Min. gets puck to NZ, dump-in to OZ.

49 steps up for hit on Min. Fwd. on dump-in.

 

38 slows puck behind net, and leaves for 2 in far corner.

2 DZ pass cross-ice behind net for 49 completed.

49 DZ pass to 13 misses, puck into NZ.

Min. retrieves, 2 gets caught trying to stand-up Min. Fwd. at blue-line, Min. 2-on-1 on 49.

49 blocks Min. pass across to break up 2-on-1 and puts puck in near corner.

67 loses 1-on-1 puck battle in near corner, Min. moves puck behind net, then to near boards.

38 stops Min. wrist shot from far boards, rebound in crease.

49 slaps rebound behind net, pins Min. Fwd. behind net, but Min. Fwd. moves puck to far corner.

2/13 lose 2-on-1 puck battle in far corner as Min. Fwd. moves puck behind net.

49 tackles Min. Fwd. behind net (this should have been an obvious holding penalty), loose puck to near corner.

Min. retrieves puck, move it behind net, then to FO dot for one-time shot, 38 stops shot through screen (Min. SC).

49 retrieves puck, DZ pass to 19 completed.

19 DZ pass to 67 not completed (67 muffs it) and puck goes to OZ.

Min. retrieves and moves puck to DZ blue-line.

19/16 lose 2-on-2 puck battle as puck moves into DZ far corner.

6 wins race to the puck in far corner.

 

END OF PERIOD

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