Game 5 was a game of interchanging periods of domination, good goaltending, plenty of chances and plenty of blame to be spread around. Head to your torch and pitchfork store, because you need to load up on supplies.
Cory Emmerton loses the faceoff, Kyle Palmieri picks up the puck. Patrick Eaves follows. As Palmieri turns and shoots a wrister, Eaves does a strange little shake move, to actually get out of Palmieri’s way. Anywho, the puck finds it’s way through the four people screening Jimmy Howard and into the net. Responsibility: Cory Emmerton (0.5), Patrick Eaves (0.5)
Brendan Smith takes a holding penalty. Getzlaf gets a long pass, glides into the zone, waits, waits, waits, and finally puts it past Jimmy Howard. Joakim Andersson is backchecking and has Perry, but pulls off him and glides towards Getzlaf. That leads to Nicklas Kronwall staying back to account for the pass to Perry instead of challenging Getzlaf. Responsibility: Brendan Smith (0.5), Joakim Andersson (0.5).
Brian Lashoff gets walked in the corner by Ben Lovejoy. BEN LOVEJOY. Lovejoy steps out of the corner and dishes to Nick Bonino backdoor, who Andersson doesn’t pick up. Game over. Series one game from being over. Season one game from being over. Responsibility: Brian Lashoff (0.5), Joakim Andersson (0.5)
(Power Play). Henrik Zetterberg with great control of the puck down in the corner, spins off a guy or two and dishes to Johan Franzen, who tries to throw it back door to Pavel Datsyuk. The pass hits an Anaheim defenseman’s skate and goes on net. Franzen beats Jonas Hiller to the puck sitting on the goal line and taps it in. Responsibility: Henrik Zetterberg (0.33), Johan Franzen (0.33), luck (0.33)
Datsyuk wins a battle for the puck in the defensive zone, comes up the boards and gets tripped. While on the ice, Datsyuk slides it to Zetterberg, who fires it low far side forcing Hiller to kick the rebound out to his left, where Samuelsson is waiting to bang it in. Responsibility: Pavel Datsyuk (0.33), Henrik Zetterberg (0.33), Mikael Samuelsson (0.33).
Your four non-stars from Wednesday’s game:
1. Joakim Andersson (-1 goals)
2. Brian Lashoff (-0.5 goals)
3. Cory Emmerton (-0.5 goals)
4. Patrick Eaves (-0.5 goals)