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Breaking down Viktor Arvidsson’s goal from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final

The Nashville Predators tied the series at 2-2 last night and Viktor Arvidsson helped make it happen.

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Midway through the 2nd period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final last night, the Penguins were trailing by a goal with the score 2-1 and looking to tie the game. In the blink of an eye, with a puck battle won, a desperate diving play, and some bouncing pucks, Viktor Arvidsson found himself alone in on net with Matt Murray, and it was suddenly 3-1.

Let’s take a look at it clip by clip.

As Ian Cole attempts to pin James Neal to the boards and keep the puck in the offensive zone, he loses the battle.

A falling James Neal manages to chip a bouncing puck over Evgeni Malkin’s stick, and towards Mike Fisher, who is entering the neutral zone.

The puck also bounces over Mike Fisher’s stick and moves towards Justin Schultz, while Patric Hornqvist is trying to keep pace with Viktor Arvidsson on the far side of the ice.

Fisher starts falling down himself and Arvidsson gained a tiny step on Hornqvist.

Fisher does end up falling down, but manages to chip the puck up and over towards Arvidsson, who has broken free.

A perfect little bounce over Justin Schultz’s stick, and the puck lands perfectly on Arvidsson’s tape, who has plenty of room now to get in front of Hornqvist and in on Matt Murray.

High glove and that’s all she wrote. 3-1, and ultimately goodnight.


See you guys on Thursday for Game 5.