Game 4: PENGUINS (2-1) at SHARKS (1-2) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC SAP Center – San Jose, California We’ve hit the crossroad in this series. The Sharks can tie this thing up tonight, or the Pens can take a commanding 3-to-1 lead in the series. If the double-minor penalty to Nick Bonino […]
Here’s the landscape of Pittsburgh right now. Yinzers who don’t watch hockey often, and only watch the Playoffs. Yinzers who don’t watch hockey at all, but saw yellow towels waving and got emotion. Normal Penguin fans that panic. Those one or two Pittsburgh media members who raise alarms just enough to get people talking. Tim Benz. […]
Sharks 3 Pens 2 (OT) Where the Sharks logo eats the Penguins logo before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final. A video posted by Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) on Jun 4, 2016 at 6:01pm PDT Series: Pens lead 2-1. Goals Lovejoy (2) unassisted Hornqvist (8) from Lovejoy, Maatta Penalties Hagelin (tripping) – Careless (tries to […]
Yahoo.com gets 43 million hits a day. And despite it being a total disaster business-wise, people still visit. It’s the Stanley Cup Finals now, so fringe interest in hockey is high. On the front page of Yahoo, content is curated from various sites. Most notably, SB Nation for example, gets a front-row ticket on Yahoo […]
This game was the thinnest of the lines. If the Penguins score the second goal of the game to make it 2-0, the Cup is probably in the building Monday night.
Neither team was overwhelming good or bad in this game, but the Sharks made the last good play, and the Penguins the last bad mistake. It doesn’t take much, but that’s what it is so you have to deal.
Number one thing to remember
In the third period the Penguins opened perfectly. The Sharks looked scared. But everything changed when Joe Thornton got hit in the face by a Nick Bonino high stick. The Sharks got a four minute penalty, which was questionable by the way It was Matt Murray’s moment. Murray was really good to that point. We thought he might have put his name on the Conn Smythe trophy in the second period. But one goal changed that. The Penguins literally killed all of the penalty, but just as time was expiring on that penalty Joel Ward wired one past Murray.
Just as Crosby and Letang had drawn up the OT winner in Game 2, they drew up the Penguins demise in Game 3.
The whole play started with Crosby trying to force a pass to Letang. The Sharks picked it off, went the other way
Joel Ward in your mouth.com
66, your thoughts:
That’s a classic rich person’s “fuck off.”
First really soft goal we’ve seen Murray give up.
The whole play changed the game. People could pretend Joe Thornton was good again, and the Penguins were staggered. Thankfully, Martin Jones sucks, so the Penguins had plenty of chances to win the game, they just couldn’t convert.
There was no way this was ending early. It felt like it could be a long one. The Penguins had a ton of chances. Nick Bonino had a rebound go wide. By the way has Martin Jones made a save all series where there wasn’t a huge rebound?
OT’s pace was fast. Joonas Jobbernskoi was the Sharks best player in Game 3. He won it:
There is that thin line. Malkin lost sight of the puck for a split second. That split second let Jobbernskoi get a step on him. Amazing way to get the shot off really. Almost equal to a fall away jumper. Probably one Murray would like back, but it’s really just a better play by Jobbernskoi.
- Ben Lovejoy’s night was nothing short of improbable. A goal, and an assist. It will get lost in history, but man.
- Penguins couldn’t get more than one powerplay in Game 3. Sharks got away with a ton of shit.
- Martin Jones kind of sucks, so yea.
- Penguins fourth line had some really great moments, and some really scary moments. Game was so even.
- Penguins have scored 11 goals in the last minute of periods this playoff season. (H/T to Bob Grove)
The 8:00 PM EST start for Game 3 meant an early start for the Californians in attendance. For some reason, they seem to be very tired. The dim lighting probably isn’t helping things, as fans are apparently dropping left and right. So much so that the incomparable Hockey Night In Punjabi caught the zzzzzz’s in […]
Game 3: PENGUINS (2-0) at SHARKS (0-2) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN SAP Center – San Jose, California You’ve heard it before: A playoff series doesn’t start until the home team loses a game. They call it the best-of-seven-game series for a reason. It’s the Stanley Cup Final and that alone is reason […]
Mike Lange is from Sacramento — roughly two hours from San Jose — and is still a frequent visitor to the place he used to call home. He still has plenty of family there. He went to college there. He got his start in broadcasting there. It’s still a huge part of his life. The […]
Jeff Zatkoff has some free time these days. Since he has been relegated to serving as the backup to the backup, he has lent services over to NHL.com as a contributing writer –And I’ll be damned if he isn’t keeping the best journal of this series right now. Check out this excerpt from his review […]
Pens 2 Sharks 1 (OT) Series: Pens lead 2-0. Goals Kessel (10) from Bonino, Hagelin Sheary (4) from Letang, Crosby Penalties Cole (interference) – Unnecessary (leans into and knocks over Couture in the middle of the offensive zone while the Pens had a dominating shift with the puck) Forward Thoughts Neither the box score nor […]
Number 1 thing Faceoff in Overtime, Sharks zone. All postseason long the Penguins have played short OT’s. This is a scary thought, because you feel like a double-ot classic is looming. Crosby wins the face-off. Letang’s not going to make a good first pass. He never does. As this season goes, we’re wrong. Conor Sheary […]
My God. If you weren’t already sweaty, just have a listen to the incomparable Mike Lange do his vignette for Game 2…
If you read the analysis of hockey pundits across North America leading up to the Stanley Cup final, you’d have walked away with the impression that the San Jose Sharks are all seven foot tall monsters. Words like power, heavy, and physicality were prevalent around the scouting report for the western conference champions. Those adjectives […]
Game 2: SHARKS (0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Pens stormed out of the gate and took command of Game 1 right from the start. After one period, shots were 15-4 and the scoreboard was 2-0. The Sharks are one of the […]
Check out this from the NHL PR Department: So in the NHL-era of Stanley Cup competition, Rust and Sheary are the only two rookies to open the scoring for a Stanley Cup Final. Somewhere* Dan Bylsma is rolling over in his grave**. *-Buffalo **-Buffalo
He had all of five goals in the regular season, but after his sixth goal of the postseason — a new Penguins playoff rookie record — we wondered aloud how the Sharks could slow down Bryan Rust. Patrick Marleau’s answer to this question was to drop a bionic elbow to the side of Rust’s head: […]
Pens 3 Sharks 2 Series: Pens lead 1-0. Goals Rust (6) from Schultz, Kunitz Sheary (3) from Crosby, Maatta Bonino (4) from Letang, Hagelin Penalties Cole (hooking) – Bad (loses Karlsson entering the Penguins zone and hooks across the front of his chest to pull him back) Malkin (slashing) – Inconsequential (gets into a shoving […]
Number one thing – The Game winner
The Paul Martin era in Pittsburgh was one that was conflicted. There are a lot of people that really liked him. There were a lot of people that hated him. And others were indifferent. Even on our blog, it was pretty split. But the one undeniable truth about the Paul Martin era was that it was riddled by baffling playoff performances.
Flash forward to Monday Night, May 30th. 2-2 game. Late third period. Paul Martin has played a stellar game. He actually blocked a shot with his body, he almost checked someone. But with less than four minutes to play, Paul Martin fell asleep:
Nick Bonino is just one of those guys that is simply always at the right place at the right time. Non-concussed Letang with a just disgusting pass. Right in Paul Martin’s mouth. Just glorious. This pic says it all:
Second biggest thing- Bryan Rust
Two part night for Bryan Rust.
- He fucking scored another goal. First of the game.
- He got murdered by Patrick Marleau
The Marleau hit is a strange one. It’s def a headshot, but slowed down it was more or less Marleau’s back that did the damage:
Not sure what to make of it.
Marleau on the Rust hit: pic.twitter.com/bhBWMp356a
— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) May 31, 2016
Third – Matt Murray again
The biggest thing we’ll take away from these playoffs is Matt Murray’s ability to make the next save. There was a time, in the second period that this game was on the ropes. Matt Murray gave up two goals, but he didn’t give up that crippling third one. The nets just feels so much different with him in it.
Just note there will be a lot of PGH media members down playing what Murray is doing, because Marc-Andre Fleury is a good guy. But when you think about this run Murray’s top of the mountain.
Other things to remember
- Vintage Ben Lovejoy game. At fault for the game-tying goal. Massive bad penalty in the third period.
- Kris Letang’s pass to Nick Bonino should have a bridge named after it.
- Joe Thornton punched Evgeni Malkin in the head.
- Brent Burns is a psycho.
- Connor Sheary with his first goal since the Rangers series.
- One point for Crosby. Sneaky good game from him. Look at this pass he made to Hornqvist in the third period:
- Something about Crosby in this series that just feels like he is going to just go nuts.
- Still kind of think Martin Jones sucks, but whatever.
- Max Talbot was at the game, people cheered about it. He’ll be playing hockey in Russia next season so yea that’s where he is at.
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Pens 2 Lightning 1 Series: Pens win 4-3. Goals Rust (4) from Kunitz, Malkin Rust (5) from Lovejoy, Malkin Penalties Malkin (interference) – Unnecessary (knocks Palat down from behind a little too long after Palat plays the puck away) Cole (elbowing) – Inconsequential (elbows Paquette after a whistle and gets into a scrum with him, […]
Hey, thanks for stopping by again. Is it 2020? Or 2019? Did you get a Tesla. LOL. Are you looking for a trip down memory lane? Come on in. So the Internet’s still great, huh? Glad you stopped by. We still do the same. We go back and read posts during the 2008 and 2009 runs just […]
Feburary 18, 2016. The Penguins were – at some sportsbooks – 2000 to 1 to win the cup. At some, during the first month of the Sullivan era they were 2800 to 1: God almighty.