How Tomas Plekanec scored his goals in 2013 - Part 2

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Plekanec was actually the inspiration behind this project last season, as his season without wingers produced his first sub-20 goal season in a long time. Let's look at this year's goals and compare them to last year.


February 18th, 2013: Max Pacioretty passes to Tomas Plekanec at the Hurricane's blueline and the two of them gain the offensive zone. Plekanec doesn't look too dangerous from the left side boards, but he winds up and lets go of a hard slap shot that hits Cam Ward in the collar bone area, stunning him, then bounces over him and into the net. This goal was an individual effort off the rush.


March 3rd, 2013: Andrei Markov dangles around a Bruins checker and sends the puck to P.K. Subban. Subban controls the puck and passes to Michael Ryder on left side boards, who immediately finds Plekanec streaking into the slot uncovered. Plekanec fans on his attempted snap shot but gets enough on it that it goes through Tuukka Rask's legs. This goal was a team effort on a zone play. Picking apart Boston with passing is fun to watch.


March 3rd, 2013: Whoever created this highlights package should be shot for that first angle. Anyway... Ryder causes some havoc on the forecheck, which allows the puck to rim around the boards to Alex Galchenyuk. As soon as Galchenyuk has it, he sends a hard pass to Tomas Plekanec in the slot, who puts a wrist shot past Evgeni Nabokov. This goal was a team effort on a zone play.


March 9th, 2013: Ryder causes a turnover that Andrei Markov recognizes and pounces on, whacking the puck into the slot where Plekanec snaps a shot through Cedrick Desjardins. This goal was a team effort on a zone play.


March 16th, 2013: A harmless dump in turns sour for the Devils as Marek Zidlicky makes a horrendous decision from the corner, sending the puck slowly up the middle of the ice. Jarred Tinordi in his first NHL game pinches in and one-times the easy lay up, and Tomas Plekanec tips it past Martin Brodeur. The goal was a team effort on a zone play.


March 30th, 2013: As a penalty to P.K. Subban expires, Andrei Markov finds the puck on the boards and flips it up to Tomas Plekanec, who is instantly on a 2-on-1 break with Subban. They pass it back and forth before crossing the blueline, but Plekanec takes the puck in and elects to take a slap shot, which beats Martin Biron. This goal was an individual effort off the rush.


April 27th, 2013: Josh Gorges rims the puck around the boards in the defensive end to Brandon Prust, who finds Plekanec in flight on the left side. Plekanec gains the Maple Leafs' zone, creates some distance between the puck and Mike Kostka, and rips a wrist shot over James Reimer's shoulder. This goal was an individual effort off the rush.

Tomorrow we'll compare this season's goals to last season's along with those from 2010-11.


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