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The Breakdown: The 5-on-1

Saturday, 05.26.2012 / 9:00 AM CT / Feature
By Eric Postma
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The Breakdown: The 5-on-1
The point shot from Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timmonen briefly gets lost in the maze of bodies parked in front of Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec goes down on the right side of the crease to make the initial stop, but the puck bounces out to his left. Jakub Voracek is there ready to pounce and he swats at the puck. Pavelec makes an incredible diving save and snatches the puck out of mid air, robbing the Flyers of a sure goal.


THE BREAKDOWN:

The play opens as Blake Wheeler deflects the puck out of the zone and away from the pinching Panthers defenceman. The charge begins and every Winnipeg skater on the ice jumps into the rush. Wheeler feeds the trailing Randy Jones, who sends the puck right back to Wheeler. Bryan Little comes in on the backdoor and fires the pass from Wheeler off Jose Theodore and into the back of the net.

THE BROADCASTERS:

“There’s a highlight reel goal, a textbook 3-on-1, a little give and go between Jones and Wheeler, Wheeler backdoor to Bryan Little, and that was pretty.” - Shane Hnidy, TSN Radio 1290

THE PLAYERS:

“I’ve never seen that before ever. I was actually really nervous because I looked up and heard the crowd going crazy, so I figured 2-on-1, 3-on-1, whatever, and there was all five guys, so I didn’t know where to go with the puck. Jones seemed like a good option, so I gave it to him, hoping he wouldn’t give it back, he gave it right back to me, and thank god I was able to find Little, ‘cause I’ve never seen that before ever.” - Blake Wheeler

THE COACH:

“The 5-on-1 is not something we work on very often. Goalies don’t like that play; the fear is that it might be a 4-on-0 coming back the other way. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one. It was a goal that was executed; five can create confusion with too many options to pass, but it was good to get a goal there.” - Claude Noel

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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