Stanley Cup Finals - Game 1
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Sharks vs Penguins
Sidney Crosby continues his playoff leading play. He was PIT's top Offensive Forward in Game 1, leading his team in Overall Contributions for the third game in a row.
Nick Bonino led PIT in Defensive play, and also added the GWG. It was his best game of the Playoffs but still fell shy of Crosby in Overall Contribution in Game 1.
It was a quiet night for Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin.
On the back end, Justin Schultz had his best game of the playoffs to lead PIT's D-core in Overall Contribution. Schultz' performance was a 73% improvement over his next best game.
Kris Letang was the Offensive leader on the PIT blueline.
Ben Lovejoy, after playing well above his average since Daley's injury, had his toughest outing of the Playoffs.
Joe Pavelski continues to lead SJS Fowards. He was the top Overall and Defensive Contributor. Tied with Tomas Hertl Offensively.
SJS' bottom 6 Forwards were outplayed by PIT's bottom 6.
Roman Polak led the Sharks D-core in Overall Contributions.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic had his worst game of playoffs, while Justin Braun had his second worst outing.
SJS gave up more Offense on the Rush in Game 1 than they have in any other game in these playoffs.
PIT Forwards had their 3rd highest Defensive Contribution level of the playoffs. It was San Jose's 2nd lowest.
Both D-cores had difficulties defending the Rush. The exception was Brenden Dillon who was the strongest D on the ice defending the Rush. In those situations, PIT's Forwards helped out after mistakes were made, whereas SJS Forwards compounded their team's miscues.
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