Morning Free Association: Stanley Cup Final Game Five

Penguins fans gathered in bulk to watch what they thought would be a Stanley Cup victory on Thursday night.

The storylines before the game include:

  • an absurdly huge crowd outside the stadium, prompting the Penguins to put up a 2nd video screen. The scene looks reminiscent of playoffs in Vancouver or Toronto

  • Phil Kessel seems like the obvious choice for Conn Smythe if the Pens close out the series tonight, but Matt Murray is getting just as much attention from the potential voters
  • And of course, one of our memories

First Period:

Unlike previous games in this series, the first period was “where it’s at” tonight. Brent Burns scores 1:04 into the period on the very first shot of game.

Logan Couture scores 1:49 later on a deflection from a pass from along the boards

Dainius Zubrus goes to the box (puck over glass) to the cheer of the crowd at Consol Center. SCOOORE! By Phil Kessel with a beautiful cross-ice pass to Evgeni Malkin, who bangs it in off a defender Justin Braun‘s skate. It’s now 2-1.

22 seconds pass, and, ….

Score! Nick Bonino off Carl Hagelin and into the net. (Off a turnover by Brenden Dillon) It’s a tie game, 2-2.

A 2nd power play (Burns high stick) results in 2 or 3 posts but no scores.

After the 1st 3 shots of the game (all San Jose), the Pens dominate play with 11 SOG to 1 by the Sharks.

With about 5 minutes left, Dillon does something right, passes to Couture who slips it with a nifty backhand pass back to Melker Karlsson who snaps a shot off the bottom of Matt Murray‘s glove through traffic. 3-2, Sharks.

This prompts the following Wysh comment:

Murray did not look so great in the 1st period.

Second Period:

The 2nd starts out much less frenetic and a bit more even. The penalties don’t go the Pen’s way this time.
First, this boarding by Roman Polak gets missed by no-one anywhere, except for the guys who count.

Then they get caught for too many men on the ice. (But that one is really their own fault). They successfully kill that penalty.

Halfway through the period, the Penguins start to assert themselves, dominating shots on goal and crashing the net and making Martin Jones scramble on several occasions. They would get 11 SOG to 2 for the Sharks in the last 10 minutes of the period.
Pens lead on shots on goal with 32 to 15 after 40 minutes. Other stats are fairly even, but Sharks have not gotten much attacking zone time.

Third Period:

Sharks get some pressure, but Penguins are better overall. Martin Jones keeps the score unchanged. He would make 14 stops this period.

In the last 2 minutes of the period, the Penguins go empty net and immediately regret it. Joe Thornton feeds Joe Pavelski in the slot to make it 4-2.

With 3 seconds left, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Sidney Crosby get into some rough play, and each will get… to play game 6 on Sunday.

Sharks win 4-2, Penguins still lead the series 3-2.

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phonymahoney
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My apartment search is going rottenly. Nobody is answering emails. At all.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Call them hoes

phonymahoney
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They don’t give their numbers, or I would!

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Satan81
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If you ever get a chance to see the Stanley Cup, I highly recommend chatting up the caretakers. Some fun conversations with them.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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My girlfriend is applying to post doctoral positions. There is one she is very interested at the College of Charleston in, Charleston, SC. She told me this via text, and before I could even get to google, she sent a link for the local hockey rink and the rules for enrolling. I was very touched!

Satan81
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Gordie Howe has passed away. \_ \_ \_

Gordie Howe Dies, Red Wings Confirm

phonymahoney
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Oh no!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

The man…the Legend…The Whaler….

Satan 81's Sister
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Sticktaps to Woodrow.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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A true legend

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

And that’s sad news.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Aw crap. Motorcycle week starts tomorrow.

carvinbass18
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Shittiest week in NH

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Race weekends aren’t a picnic either. Especially if you’re trying to get through Concord.

carvinbass18
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Absolutely. Avoiding 106 during race weeks is the greatest thing to do.

phonymahoney
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Hey peeps. Welcome back.

Already 9:00 and I’ve done nothing today. AHHH

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Nothing wrong with Nothing.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I’ve done nothing most of the week. My head has not been kind to me, though.

Satan 81's Sister
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Yay we’re back! Already tired thinking about tomorrow. Work 5:30-1:30 then have two graduation parties to go to. WHY ARE MY FRIENDS’ KIDS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL?!? I DON’T LIKE THIS FEELING OLD THING!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I feel like mentioning I’m 26.

Satan 81's Sister
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GET OFF MY LAWN!

Thetallest81
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WHO IS THAT WALKING THEIR DOG ON MY SIDEWALK!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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That was a good game

carvinbass18
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Good morning folks. Glad to be back!

  • Training someone on testing for a little while until parts arrive. It’s been fun
  • Okay Sharks, can you make a come back our are you just going to stretch this out then lose. Cause that’s not okay. Either win it all or lose game 6 okay?
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  • Thetallest81
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    Hmmm….want to hire a test engineer? lol

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning!

    Welcome back! I found this two days ago which I never knew existed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ice_hockey_nicknames . Yes. Wikipedia has a list of NHL nicknames. It does include some Bruins classics like “Raptor Jesus” and “Yeti”. However, it has a glaring omission of “Hi, I’m Chad Johnson”

    Interview #2 went well. We’ll see what happens from here. I still need to decide if I want it – I’m concerned from what I’ve heard that I’d be stepping into a company that is similar to mine when I stepped in 3.5 years ago. BUT, it also sounds like they are actually TRYING to move in the right direction. I don’t know what to think.

    This is the cold that never ends. It just goes on and on my friend. Some people started sneezing once not knowing what it was. And now we just keep coughing on forever just because this is the cold that never [gunshot]

    I’ve gone mental. Got a good weekend planned though and the wife is around, which wasn’t the original plan, so that’s nice.

    phonymahoney
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    I have actually seen this before – a long time ago – and it hadn’t been awesomely edited yet!

    Satan81
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    Jyrki Jokipakka’s nickname is “Kevin”.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    We sure its not “KevAn”?

    carvinbass18
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    also now the song that never ends is stuck in my head we're fighting

    carvinbass18
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    Phil Kessel’s Chauffeur

    ahhhahahaha stupid Bozak

    UnstableElement
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    I also like one of JVR’s: “Better than Luke Schenn”

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