Just dump the puck in.
That’s what Capitals defenseman John Carlson was thinking when he sent it into the Pens’ zone in the second period and headed for the bench. It had been a long shift, and he was just trying to get a change. Then he noticed the guy who was supposed to be swapping with him—Mike Green—had his hands in the air, celebrating.
Carlson’s shot had gone in the net, which Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun had prematurely left.
Green himself had been involved in a jaw-dropping goal in the first, when a hit from the Pens in their zone left him slow getting up by the boards. Everyone shifted to the other side of the ice, forgetting about Green, who managed to get up and skate back to midway in the Pens’ zone.
It was at that point that Mike Ribeiro sent the puck away from the boards to Woltek Wolski, who was nearer the center of the Pens’ zone.
“I got the puck, and my first reaction was to shoot,” Wolski said. “Greenie yelled out right at the last second.”
Green was wide open. ...