Breaking Down Hartnell's Recent Power Play Surge

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The next example of “the play” comes from Hartnell’s first of three goals in the second period of Sunday’s game against the Bruins.

Vorachek makes the pass to Timonen who skates over and feeds the puck to Giroux’s spot near the boards. Hartnell is off to the right of the screen next to the net waiting for Giroux to get the puck.

Once Giroux gets the puck all four of the Bruins defenders and goalie Tim Thomas turn their attention to Giroux and the puck, leaving Hartnell free to get set in his spot in between the box that the four penalty killers have set up in.

 

Giroux actually had more space to make the pass than he did against the Devils. Now look at the Bruins defenders, number 55 Johnny Boychuk and number 11 Gregory Campbell have no chance of making a play. Number 20 Daniel Paille can only flail his stick at the puck to no avail. Goalie Tim Thomas has no idea where the puck is because he was being screened by Boychuk, so he is going to have little time to react to the shot from Hartnell. Only Zdeno Chara sees Hartnell at the last second and points his stick as if to say who was watching him.

 

Hartnell is able to take the shot cleanly and only Thomas stands in the way of the one timer. Because of the inadvertent screen set by his own defender, Thomas doesn’t even see the puck until it is off of Hartnell’s stick and has to make an educated guess as to where the puck is going to go. He guesses wrong as the puck goes over his blocker and into the back of the net.

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