Morning Free Association, June 13

Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final was played in San Jose last night. Was it the final or penultimate game of the season?

Cuba Gooding, Jr is the best hockey fan there is. He brings an opinion and won’t let a few FCC regulations get in his way of expressing it.

Directly before the game, the NHL paid respect to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

First Period:

Dainius Zubrus trips Brian Dumoulin at 7:50. Twenty-six seconds later, Dumoulin returns the favour by scoring a power play goal.

Later in the period, Melker Karlsson takes a nasty fall into the boards and is temporarily injured. Peter DeBoer and the fans wanted a call against Olli Maata but they wouldn’t get it. Karlsson would return before the end of the period.

Penguins take a 1-0 lead into the next period.

Second Period:

Before the second period began, tribute was paid to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

At 6:27, Logan “Croatian Tom Cruise” Couture wrists one in on Matt Murray, who deflects it with his own pad for San Jose’s only goal of the game.

Pittsburgh answers quickly with a goal of their own 79 seconds later when Kris Letang bangs one in from the left faceoff circle.

Later in the period, Chris Kunitz‘s pass-first mentality causes him to miss an opportunity on an open net as Martin Jones was sliding to his left. At his left, was a waiting Evgeni Malkin, who received the pass from his teammate but was unable to make the play.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic disappeared for a good chunk of time in the second, for about 8 to 10 minutes. Reporters in the rink made note of it on Twitter, including one of our faves, Amalie Benjamin, but no one on the announcing crew did.

Shame on you, Doc and Eddie.

Penguins take a 2-1 lead into the Third.

Third Period:

There haven’t been many penalties in this game, in fact only one through two periods. Conor Sheary hooks Justin Braun just more than five minutes in to the period, giving the Sharks their first power play opportunity of the game. However, their highly-touted power play units fail to score. Pittsburgh is blocking so many shots this game as in previous games. In fact, the Sharks only have one shot on goal through much of the Third; they notch a second shot on goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

With under two minutes left in the game, the Sharks go empty net…which backfires when the Sharks turn over the puck and Patric Hornqvist scores.

Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup. The Sharks look dejected.

A chant of “Let’s Go Sharks!” bounces around the arena before the teams line up for the traditional handshakes. As they go through the formalities, the Meat Puppets “Backwater” plays somewhat appropriately in the background:

Oh, San Jose, you made a good run of it, you did.

Why the fuck did Sidney Crosby win the Conn Smythe? Wasn’t Matt Murray or Phil Kessel (or just about anyone else more deserving of it)?

Phil Kessel has the Cup.

Thankfully, sensible Sharks fans booed Gary Bettman every time he spoke during the trophy ceremony.
What was cool about the ceremony:

  • Trevor Daley, lost with a broken leg in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning, was on the ice to celebrate and receive the cup after Crosby
  • Pascal Dupuis, forced to retire early in the season due to blood clot issues, suited up one last time to be the third to skate with the cup

Anyway, the season is over! Time to start thinking about the next one…

What’s on tap?

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