The hope of any photographer is to capture the story of the game in their best frames. So, when the Penguins win, 3-1, over the Stars, a room full of photographers is — ideally — editing images that tell that story.
What happens, though, when every photographer in the room says, “man, that’s three straight games without a photo?” Someone saying that doesn’t at all mean that they couldn’t tell the story. They just mean that the story couldn’t be told in that single image you hope to make anytime the puck drops.
The problem, especially in hockey, is that what you can capture is subject to variables completely out of the photographer’s control. Where the action happens, what’s between you and the subject, etc.
Goals are scored at the other end of the ice in hockey as much as they are in front of you, so you work around the obstacles and create a photo that helps tell the story. If all you can get is a player bumping the gloves of his teammates on the bench, then that’s what you use to tell the story of a goal you can’t otherwise see.
Sometimes, your best photo tells a part of the whole story, but doesn’t tell it in a single frame. If the Penguins would have lost, I could have told the story in a single frame — the one you see above. Despite Casey DeSmith’s sprawling efforts, he couldn’t keep the puck out of the net when presented with a 5-on-3 disadvantage.
Hopefully the rest of the selections from Sunday’s evening matchup tell the rest of the story: