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Sunday’s Best: Close to the action, far from the lamp

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.

The bench reacts as Sidney Crosby buries the game-winner. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

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:

Evgeni Malkin fights his way through a congested slot. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Brandon Davidson celebrates his goal with some fist bumps. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Derick Brassard eyes the Islanders cage. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Riley Sheahan reaches, but can’t tip a shot that’s just too wide for his stick. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Evgeni Malkin comes down on the wrist of Ryan Pulock while fighting for a loose puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Phil Kessel brings the puck into the offensive zone where he could hop and shoot simultaneously at any time. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tom Kuhnhackl ties up Casey Cizikas after Riley Sheahan is kicked from the dot. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jake Guentzel fights to leave the zone with the puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Olli Maatta turns away from the speedy Mathew Barzal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Derick Brassard cycles high with the puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Derick Brassard screams under the celebratory arms of Dominik Simon after Brassard netted his first Penguins goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby saucers a pass into space intended for Patric Hornqvist. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry watches a shot past the block attempt by Brian Dumoulin. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby raises his stick to the crowd after being named the game’s No. 1 star. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS