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The Breakdown: The 5-on-1

Saturday, 26.05.2012 / 10:00 AM / 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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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