That’s a Wrap! The Penguins Win the Stanley Cup

kim kardashian
Before the festivities and the sixth game could really start there was a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.  The first notable play of the night was not a shot on goal or a massive hit, but a slash to Joe Thornton’s leg by Sidney Crosby that the referees missed. At 17:16 the Penguins gave the puck away for the first good scoring chance by either team but Matt Murray turned it away with help from Kris Letang. At 16:25 Phil Kessel had a shot to open the scoring but he whiffed on the shot attempt. Through five minutes in the game, the Penguins only had two shots and San Jose had zero.
At 14:21 Evgeni Malkin had a slap shot attempt that was saved by Martin Jones. Although both teams were not generating much offense it still felt like they were playing fast, versus clutch and grab hockey.  At 13:23 after a turnover, San Jose had a two on one opportunity that was turned away by Matt Murray for their first shot on goal, At 12:10 the first penalty was committed by Dainius Zubris on Bryan Dumolin and at 11:44 Dumoulin made the Sharks pay with a blast that opened the scoring. A scary play happened at 11:23 when Melker Karlsson of the Sharks lost his balance in a collision with Olli Maata and appeared to injure his leg and had to be helped off the ice.  
At this point, the crowd got into it with a chorus of boos directed at Maata although replay seemed to show that they were seeing the play through teal colored lenses. This seemed to perk the Sharks up a bit as from about the 10-minute mark to the 6-minute mark San Jose sustained some offense and at 7:30 they had a breakaway chance broken up by Chris Kunitz. During this stretch, the Penguins defense and forwards came up with several other great blocks, clearances, or pass breakups. At 4:48 Karlsson returned to the ice which regardless of which team you are rooting for is a good sign given how bad the play looked that removed him. At 3:44 Brett Burns shot twice in quick succession, both stopped, and on the other end Pittsburgh forced three great plays by Martin Jones in fifteen seconds roughly. In the waning minute of the period, both teams had chances to change the score that Jones and Murray stifled. After one period Pittsburgh had outshot San Jose 9 to 4, continuing their playoff long dominance of that category, (At one point in these playoffs the team outshot opponents for 12 games straight) and both teams blocked 7 shots.
Before the second stanza, the Sharks and NBC both played short video tributes to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe who died Friday. Once action resumed the Sharks fired furiously at Matt Murray for about the first ninety seconds after a chance by Pittsburgh on the other end. At 18:09 Martin Jones robbed Nick Bonino, who was trying to double Pittsburgh’s lead, with his right leg pad. After that play, the Sharks resumed their assault on Murray who somehow held off another minute long attack by San Jose. The Penguins may have been getting outshot early in the second period but when they did get a chance, Jones had to deny them with every inch of padding on his uniform.
At 13:34 the Sharks finally tied it with a goal by leading playoff scorer by Logan Couture. However at 12:14, Pittsburgh’s star defenseman Kris Letang got the lead back for Pittsburgh after sustaining a minute long attack in front of San Jose’s net. At 9:32 Joe Pavelski missed a wide open net that would’ve tied the game and at 8:19 Phil Kessel hit a tricky shot that Jones turned away. Worth noting is that at this point the game the Sharks were playing without Marc-Edouard Vlasic who was in the locker for an undisclosed reason which means the Sharks were down one defenseman which in an elimination game is an unenviable position of the highest order.
Patrick Marleau joined the list of Sharks who could’ve tied the game but were denied by Murray. At 5:12 Joel Ward joined that list with a shot off of Murray’s glove. At 4:52 the Penguins had a two on one chance that they inexplicably could not get passed a sprawled out Jones. At 3:19 the Penguins had a three on two but Jones. ever the competitor snuffed it. Finally after almost eight minutes of game time, Vlasic returned to the bench and into the game for his next shift. Sidney Crosby, with about ninety seconds left, had a great chance to extend the lead but Justin Braun saved his team from a two-goal deficit with a clutch stick-block. After two periods it was 2-1 Penguins and it appeared the fat lady may have been getting out of her car to start rehearsal. The Penguins were outshot 13 to 11 in the second period but they maintained a 20-17 shot advantage.
The final chapter of this game started with a chance by the Sharks at 19:07 that Murray was completely out of the net for. Coincidentally as NBC Announcer Doc Emerick pointed out today, June 12th, is the seventh anniversary of the last Penguins last championship win in 2009 and after the initial Sharks chance the Penguins enjoyed a minute long surge. At 14:34 Connor Sheary committed a hooking penalty to put the Sharks on a crucial power play. The Sharks tried desperately to capitalize off the man advantage but Matt Cullen and the rest of the second penalty kill unit for Pittsburgh played admirably and the Sharks ended the power-play without an equalizer. As the clock became the Sharks enemy they kept trying to blast the equalizer only to have shots glance of the bodies of the Penguins defensemen. Then at 8:58 Brett Burns committed a slashing penalty to stop a breakaway attempt by Phil Kessel which put the Penguins on the power play. Pittsburgh did not generate any offense on this power play but they made San Jose play conservative which stifled their comeback efforts at least temporarily.
With 6:22 the Stanley Cup was removed from its box which only served to ratchet my pulse which only got faster at 5:40 when Kessel nearly blasted home what would’ve surely been a Cup clincher. At 4:13 Karlsson shot too high and missed a great chance to tie the game. The Sharks through 16 minutes of the third period had an abysmal 1 shot on target after 17 shots in the previous two. With 2:55 the game stopped for a hand pass violation but it could’ve meant 2 hours and 55 minutes for all I felt. With 1:42 the Sharks pulled Jones for the desperate final effort to force a Game 7. Unfortunately, for the Sharks faithful the Russian roulette play of hockey didn’t work and with 1:02 left Patrick Hornqvist fired home the empty-net goal to make it 3-1. The final score was 3-1 and the Pittsburgh Penguins were Stanley Cup Champions and Bettman presented the Cup amid a chorus of boos from saddened Sharks faithful. The Conn Smythe selection of Sidney Crosby was a head-scratcher as Phil Kessel had more points and a better plus/minus, Matt Murray was phenomenal, and Martin Jones of the losing Sharks is the only reason this series went six. This concludes another exciting season.

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