Midway through the 3rd period, the Penguins were trailing the San Jose Sharks by a score of 2-1, and had the momentum going for them They needed a goal to tie it, and Patric Hornqvist, the arguable heart and soul of the Penguins came through yet again. He did not score the tying goal, but he did everything to help create it.
Can you guess how he did that? If you answered 'with a ferocious forecheck yet again,' you would be correct.
Let's take a look.
The play starts with Ian Cole controlling the puck inside his own blue line and he attempts a long-distance stretch-pass.
He targets hitting Matt Cullen at the opposing blue line, as to avoid icing being called against the Penguins. He and Cullen both succeed and the puck is directed towards netminder Martin Jones.
As Martin Jones directs the puck towards the corner and away from his net, Brenden Dillon heads to the same corner to corral the puck, as Patric Hornqvist is circling the offensive zone.
As Brenden Dillon takes the puck to the corner, he turns his back on Patric Hornqvist. Perhaps he was thinking that he wouldn't get hit this way, or that Hornqvist may take a penalty. Neither happened.
Hornqvist threw a very hard check on Dillon into the corner, but did so without it being reckless or malicious. It was enough to knock the puck loose, but not so much as to warrant a penalty.
As the puck pops loose from the corner, Scott Wilson flew into the area and grabbed possession of the puck.
As Wilson closed in on the goal, both Paul Martin and Joonas Donskoi were just kind of hanging out.
Wilson took a few quick strides towards the net and beat Martin Jones clean.
All in all, the time and space, as well as the possession were created by that ferocious forecheck of Patric Hornqvist that we have grown to love. Wilson took advantage of a nice position to gain the puck, but it wouldn't have been possible without that offensive zone pressure.
And oh yeah, Patric Hornqvist went on to score the game-winning goal in regulation as well. What a player.