Stanley Cup Finals - Game 2
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Sharks vs Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel were all very strong for PIT. Having one of these three on each of PIT's top three lines provides great depth.
These same three are among the lowest rated Defensively, but Patric Hornqvist, Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust all have made strong Defensive Contributions to help each line.
Justin Schultz was PIT's Overall leader on the back end. His strong performance was based not so much on many great plays, but, rather on a very clean and almost mistake free game.
Kris Letang was in 2nd spot behind Schultz, but contributed much less. He was 4 times more active than Schultz but Contributed much less on this night.
Brian Dumoulin had his 2nd weakest game of the playoffs.
Logan Couture was by far the best Sharks Forward in Game 2.
Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney also had strong outings, with Hertl enjoying his strongest 4 game stretch of the playoffs.
Notably absent from the top three were Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Pavelski had his lowest performance of his last 9 playoff games. Thornton's last 5 games have been well below his playoff average while his previous 7 games were all at, or above, his playoff average.
Paul Martin led the SJS blue line in Overall Contributions, comprised mostly of strong Defensive Contributions.
Brent Burns had his weakest game of playoffs. He did many good things but struggled with puck management and defending the rush. Since a very strong three game playoff segment ending on May 23 vs STL, each of his next three games have trended downwards.
PIT created almost twice as much Offense as SJS.
On the Forecheck, PIT's speed and pressure created a 61% advantage, with Carl Hagelin leading both teams in Contributions on the Forecheck.
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