As we’ve discussed in here in the past, hockey gives you tremendous opportunities by embedding you in the action, but it also rips them away from you by limiting the area of the ice you can photograph.
Saturday’s post-matinee but pre-primetime puck drop teased me with a lot of good puck movement and bodies busily banging into the boards around me, but it offered little in the way of goal action. Not just the actual scoring, either. Saturday left me with surprisingly few Tristan Jarry images — an abnormality since I shoot the goaltender for the majority of the second period in these games hoping for a Frank Pietrangelo moment.
I was able to nab part of the reaction of Derick Brassard’s first goal for the Penguins, though, and you’ll see that below. It was a fleeting moment caught in the chaos between me and No. 19’s twisting body, but I’m happy to have something from it.
And, of course, there are contingency plans in place for overtime goals since I’m in the defensive zone for the extra 5 minutes. Last year, there were a lot of images of Marc-Andre Fleury raising his arms as a goal was scored by the Penguins. There’s been a bit of that this year between Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith, but I opted to watch for the bench’s reaction over the goaltender’s.
That image is what you see up above; the players hit the ice to swarm Sidney Crosby as the fans go nuts in the stands. Not a bad way to celebrate a comeback win. Let’s take a look at the rest: