Stanley Cup Final: Sharks trying to match 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted June 14, 2016

Sharks centre Logan Couture lauded the unit's speed and effective stickwork earlier in the series.

"Well, I mean, they get back quickly", Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of the Penguins unheralded defense.

How did it come to this?

According to National Hockey League stats, the Penguins have skated 254 minutes, 53 seconds in the Final - all while either tied or ahead. But the Sharks can't say that.

Thornton has had a stellar regular-season career since the Boston Bruins made him the No. 1 draft pick in 1997, and he has a well-earned reputation as one of the best passers in the game. "We've been able to get the big goal when we needed it".

The Penguins have had issues closing out opponents in the past, but if the Sharks don't pressure them with their best play of the series, they will most likely watch their opponent and the city of Pittsburgh celebrate Thursday night.

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The Pirates' World Series wins in 1971 and 1979 came on the road in Baltimore, and, of course, all six of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl wins have come at neutral-site games out of town. But that is basketball. Just getting here to this point, through three tough playoff rounds that have tested a team's character. "They get a ton of attention". It is not out of the question for the talented team from Northern California to rattle off three consecutive wins, which is exactly what they will need to do in order to hoist Lord Stanley's trophy for the first time in the history of their illustrious franchise. It's also hard to believe that the older guys won't drag along the younger players with them.

"I'm more frustrated with wins or losses more than anything", Pavelski said after the Sharks' 3-1 loss on Monday. "Our guys did a good job (in Game Four)".

Pete DeBoer, the Sharks head coach, had it right last week.

If that happens in Game 5 and it forces the Penguins into another 3,000-mile trip across the country, who knows what could happen?

The Penguins have. And the Sharks?

The Sharks are 2-0 in the playoffs when they've had two days between games in middle of a series. None of the three could pull the proper trigger on their shot and score. (He also has a goal and 18 shots in the Cup Final).

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"He just took his play to another level".

"I'm not going to talk about what they're going to have", Hagelin said. "Moving forward, I think that's going to play a big role in giving ourselves a chance". We've got to find out. "Unlike other years when you have to make a lot of changes you have the ability to keep it together and improve". We don't want to go home yet. We're not even thinking about Game 6 at home. The Sharks have stayed outside of that area and have not screened Murray or jumped on enough rebounds to make a difference in the series. The Sharks have no option but to bear down and test him.

"We've earned an opportunity, and that's it", Pittsburgh forward Matt Cullen said.

One of the factors limiting Pavelski's effectiveness has been Pittsburgh's propensity to block shots. It's nice when you have a group that has been there as opposed to one or two guys. "It's four vs. five". The Penguins' sticks have too often blocked any passes out of the double team.

Joe Pavelski and Phil Kessel share little in common outside the fact they're both from Wisconsin and were teammates on the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. Did I mention that the Penguins seem to be the better team?

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