Photo: Geoff Burke
At 1:28 of the third period on Wednesday, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to give the Caps a 1-0 lead. Twenty-four seconds later the Penguins answered to tie the game. On the ice for the Caps at that time was Brooks Orpik and Tate (?) Chroney. One of these two was at fault.
To start the play, the Penguins have the puck in their defensive zone, indicated by the arrow in the top right of the image below. At left, indicated by the red box, is Orpik manning a Penguins forward. Just above them in your frame is Beau Bennett.
In the next image, the Pens defender is about to make a pass up the ice. Everything seems cool. Both defenders have reasonable spacing and the forwards are doing decent backchecking. Nothing here looks too bad.
If you can’t handle defensive breakdowns, this is where you should avert your eyes. In the image below, Nick Bonino is the Pens forward inside the red box, fairly contained by three Caps. Bonino receives the pass and, in one swoop, chips it on to Beau Bennett who DEAR GOD IS HANGING OUT ALL BY HIMSELF. Orpik got caught puck-watching and tracking Bonino, who was contained well enough, leaving Bennett all by himself.
You know what happened next.
Watch the full video of the breakdown below.
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