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Wow. Crazy game last night in Pittsburgh to say the least. My daily bracket pick of 5 goals or less was already in jeopardy when there were 5 goals scored in the first period. The Sharks came out and did what they needed to do and was to score early and they did that when Brent Burns wrapped around the net and ripped a shot on net and squeaked through Murray 1:04 into the game. I personally thought Murray should have had that, but hey, goalies make mistakes at times too and Murray has made very few up to this point.
Logan Couture finally had a break out game during the finals as he registered 3 points (1G, 2A), so he stepped up in a big way. He ended up scoring the second goal of the game on a beautiful tip that went over Murray's shoulder.
As for the Penguins they came back strong as well after they went down 2-0. Evgeni Malkin who has arguably been the best player in these past two games got it going for the Pens. He took a shot on the power play that ended up deflecting off one of the Sharks players in front of the net. A little over a minute later Nick Bonino took a shot that hit teammate Carl Hagelin in front of the cage that went into the net. At this point I thought the Sharks were finished even though it was tied up at 2. I was glad to see that San Jose proved me wrong. Rookie Melker Karlsson ended up potting one toward the end of the first as nobody picked him up in the slot and Karlsson took a quick wrester that hit Murray and went in. Murray almost had it as it squeaked in.
Now as for the second and third period, the Sharks are lucky that the Penguins didn't score three or four goals. They were DOMINATING for both periods. Malkin And Crosby had so many great chances, but Sharks goalie Martin Jones came up huge last night and ended up making 44 saves last night. If Jones didn't play like that, we could have seen a blow out, and a terrible way for the Sharks to go out. But here we are on this beautiful Friday morning talking about how this series is headed back to the Shark Tank.
Sidenote: Pavelski ended up scoring the empty net goal last night, and the Sharks are hoping that Pavelski can go back to playing like his old self.
Game 6 is Sunday at 8 PM on NBC in San Jose.