STANLEY CUP FINALS - Game 5
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Sharks vs Penguins
Logan Couture delivered his best game of the Playoffs when SJS needed him most. He led in Defense, Offense and Overall.
Joe Pavelski was right behind Couture Defensively and had his second of two strong games after posting two of his weakest performances in Games 2 and 3
Melker Karlsson turned in his best game of the playoffs. After a weak Game 1 of the Finals, his contribution has risen impressively each game.
Brent Burns had a very strong Offensive performance which overcame some defensive lapses, driving him into the Overall lead among the SJS D.
As a D-core, this was SJS's lowest contribution of the playoffs
Evgeni Malkin had an inspired performance. He eclipsed his previous best game by 27% and lead all players in offensive and overall contributions.
Both Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby were a ways back from Malkin but turned in strong offensive performances to round out PIT's top 3. Crosby had a bounce back game after his weakest two game segment of the playoffs in Games 3 and 4 of the Finals.
Carl Hagelin had a strong Offensive night but some Defensive miscues slid him down the pack.
Eric Fehr was the defensive leader. Nick Bonino's miscue on the game winning goal dropped him out of top spot on what was otherwise a strong Defensive performance.
Brian Dumoulin led PIT's blue line Defensively and Overall. Olli Maatta was the Offensive leader. Breakout turnovers hurt the Offensive contributions by PIT's D-core.
Justin Shultz had his weakest performance in his last 8 games
It was SJS's best night on the forecheck. They pressured PIT's D into numerous turnovers.
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