Stanley Cup Final schedule
The Penguins lead the series, three-games-to-two.
Game 1: Penguins 3, Sharks 2
Game 2: Penguins 2, Sharks 1 (OT)
Game 3: Sharks 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
Game 4: Penguins 3, Sharks 1
Game 5: Sharks 4, Penguins 2
Game 6: Sunday, June 12, Penguins @ Sharks, 5 p.m.
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 15, Sharks @ Penguins, 5 p.m.
In his best playoff performance to date, Martin Jones made 44 saves to force Game 6 back in San Jose as the Sharks won at Consol Energy Center on Thursday, 4-2. Brent Burns and Logan Couture staked the Sharks an early 2-0 lead that they quickly gave back, but Melker Karlsson’s second goal in as many games late in the opening frame was the difference. Evgeni Malkin (power play) and Carl Hagelin scored for Pittsburgh.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Sharks defenseman played a team-high 27:54 in Game 5, his most in the playoffs in a regulation game, finishing with a plus-two rating while primarily opposing the Sidney Crosby line with partner Justin Braun (25:01 of ice time). For the first time in the series, coach Pete DeBoer reduced his third defense pair’s minutes, while giving more responsibility to Vlasic and Braun. That’s likely to continue as long as the Sharks are alive.
Penguins: Patric Hornqvist. The Penguins’ right wing didn’t get on the scoresheet in Game 5, but was one of the team’s more effective forwards, finishing with a game-high seven shots, 10 shot attempts, and six hits. The 29-year-old, acquired by Pittsburgh along with Nick Spaling for James Neal in the 2014 offseason, has 12 points (8g, 4a) in 23 playoff games while skating mostly with Sidney Crosby.
Joonas Donskoi – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Melker Karlsson
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (starter)
Conor Sheary – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin – Nick Bonino – Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr
Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole – Justin Schultz
Matt Murray (starter)
Goals per game: 3.22
Goals-against per game: 2.30
Power play: 24.6 percent
Penalty kill: 80.6 percent
Goals per game: 3.04
Goals-against per game: 2.35
Power play: 22.7 percent
Penalty kill: 84.6 percent
Sharks: Tomas Hertl (lower body) is out.
Penguins: Trevor Daley (broken ankle) is out.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 1-9 all-time when trailing a series three-games-to-two. They are 6-4 all-time in Game 7s, including 1-0 this season.
In Game 6s the Sharks are 6-16 all-time, and 1-1 this season.
Facts and figures
*Martin Jones’ 44 saves in Game 5 were the most in a regulation Stanley Cup Final game since the beginning of the expansion era (1967).
*The Sharks are 2-0 in elimination games, beating the Penguins in Game 5 and Predators in Game 7 of the second round.
*The Stanley Cup Final has not gone seven games since 2011 (Boston def. Vancouver).
*Logan Couture (29 points) is one point shy of becoming just the fourth player in the last 20 years to reach 30 points in a single playoff season.
*Brent Burns’ 23 points (7g, 16a) in the most by a defenseman in the playoffs since Brian Leetch (34 points, 1994).
“Every team's different. But the longer it goes, you just feel that pressure, 'You got to get it done, you got to get it done.' And when it doesn't happen it creates a little frustration and you're like, 'We could have been done with this days ago and we're still going.' I think that gets in your head a little bit." – Justin Braun