Penguins vs. Sharks: The Biggest Takeaways from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final

June 10th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
The Stanley Cup was in the house for Game 5 of the Cup Final, and Pittsburgh Penguins fans were ready to rock.

All game-day fans were talking about winning the first championship at home in Pittsburgh since the Pirates' historic victory over the New York Yankees in 1960. CBS Pittsburgh's Bob Pompeani and John Shumway told the story in the hours before Game 5.

The San Jose Sharks faced elimination on Thursday, a dire circumstance for such a successful team. The Sharks lost the first two games of the series, meaning the goal was trying to win four of five—something no team has done since the Boston Bruins in 2011.

The story of Game 5 was San Jose goalie Martin Jones, who time and again stoned the oncoming Pittsburgh barrage. Jones stopped 44 of 46 shots, many from point-blank range. His save on Nick Bonino was one of the statement plays of the entire season—and thrust Jones into Conn Smythe Trophy consideration.

Some key Sharks players (Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski) hit the scoresheet offensively, and that could bode well for Game 6.

Pittsburgh had some impressive stats too—seven shots from ...

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