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Small Plays

Ference's 'Small Play' puts Krejci on the board

Monday, 06.03.2013 / 6:25 PM / Small Plays

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Visa presents "Small Plays" which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results. Here is a recent example from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ference's big drive: The Penguins had outplayed the Bruins for much of Game 1 before the scoreless tie was broken. When it finally was, however, Boston was the team celebrating courtesy of one-timer by David Krejci. The eventual game-winner, it was one of two goals Krejci would have on the night, and while Nathan Horton got the primary assist, it was Andrew Ference who set the stage. Ference had already led the rush up ice after reaching back for a pass from Milan Lucic, but after crossing the blue line and dishing the puck to Horton Ference continued driving toward the net until he stood right next to Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun as the puck puck went in. Ference's drive pulled Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray toward the crease, which opened a wide swath of ice, giving Horton an open lane to feed Krejci for the score..

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round