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Xs and Os: Wennberg’s Goal vs. Philly

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Let’s see how Saturday’s lone goal was scored...

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In what is hopefully the first of a series, Pale Dragon breaks down the tape to show how a key play happened:

Saturday’s showdown was mostly a quiet affair for the first 33 minutes. Then the Blue Jackets broke through with what was the only goal of the game. Here’s how it happened.

Here we see the value of a strong forecheck. Scott Hartnell chases the puck into the corner and frees it from the Flyer. Notice Kyle Quincey in the bottom right of the screen, making his way to the wall. Great anticipation from the veteran blue liner, to see where the puck is likely to end up:

The puck gets knocked towards the blue line and Quincey is in the right place to receive it. Everyone is bunched up, so skating the puck in is a smarter move than looking for a quick pass. At this point every other Jacket will start moving to center ice, effectively creating room for Quincey along the board. Quincey’s best move happens next:

HI EVERYONE JEFF BOOTH FROM THE 10TV DOPPER 10 RADAR TEAM. WE WILL GET YOU BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED POST BUT FIRST WE HAVE A WARNING OF A TORNADO YESTERDAY THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD OF.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS A WEATHER SYSTEM MOVING IN AND THERE ARE REPORTS OF A TORNADO AT THE COUNTY LINE BETWEEN MADISON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NEAR HILLIARD. OR IT MAY HAVE BEEN A SMUDGE ON SOMEONE’S MIRROR. WE DON’T KNOW.

WE WILL RETURN TO THE POST AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS RECAP OF A TORNADO WARNING. YOU SHOULD HAVE SOUGHT SHELTER IN A BASEMENT OR WINDOWLESS FIRST STORY ROOM. WHICH MEANS NO LONGER WATCHING THIS REPORT ON TV. CAN YOU GET WEATHER INFO ON YOUR PHONE? I DON’T KNOW. I ASSUME NOT.

I AM NOW BEING TOLD WE HAVE NO VIDEO, AND ALSO THAT THE TORNADO WARNING WAS OVER 24 HOURS AGO. WE WILL NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR POST. FOR UP TO THE MINUTE FORECASTS, PLEASE CHECK 10TV.COM

oh I guess you can get that information on the inter-

End result: GOAL. That snapped a 4 game pointless streak and 12 game goalless streak for Wennberg. Still, that’s his 13th goal of the season as he continues a breakout season.

I hope you found this breakdown informative, and appreciate all the little elements that go into a successful scoring play.