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Breaking down how the Penguins forechecked their way to scoring a goal against the Avalance

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For the third game in a row, we're breaking down how the Penguins aggressive forecheck is creating offense and goals. Let's take a look at how this offensive sequence led to Matt Cullen's goal.

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Midway through the 1st period of the game between the Penguins and the Avalanche, the Penguins forechecked their way to yet another goal.

The Penguins had deployed their forward unit of Matt Cullen, Conor Sheary, and Chris Kunitz.

They got the puck deep, and sent Sheary and Kunitz as the first two players in to chase down the puck.

As Sheary and Kunitz went to the corner, they made their way past the Avs defenders; Tyson Barrie and Francois Beauchemin. Matt Cullen trailed later, and Avs forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla covered the slot and net-front. We can use the word "covered" loosely for Iginla, which we will circle back to shortly.

Such a low-key great play made here by Conor Sheary. With Nathan McKinnon and Beauchemin closing in on him, he did the soccer-equivalent of a backheel, kicking the puck behind him to Matt Cullen.

The puck took a slight bounce off of Beauchemin and came right to Matt Cullen. Here is where the word "covered" comes into play. What in the world are you doing, Jarome Iginla?

Cullen quickly turned the puck from backhand to forehand and put a shot on net.

A rebound popped right back out to Cullen and he held the puck just long enough to get another quality shot on net, and put it past Cal Pickard.

The following sequence will show you how he shot, held it and hesitated, and shot again.

A little bit of a defensive breakdown in front of the net, but mainly this goal was created by the forecheck. A nice bounce didn't hurt, but the pressure itself helped create the situation and put the opportunity for a goal in play.