Game Notes PIT vs S.J
San Jose Sharks (Head Coach: Peter DeBoer) at Pittsburgh Penguins (Head Coach: Mike Sullivan)
NHL Game #412, CONSOL Energy Center, 2016-06-01 06:00:00PM (GMT -0600)
Penguins 2-1 (OT)
Referees: Wes McCauley, Kelly Sutherland, Dan O’Halloran
Linesmen: Pierre Racicot, Derek Amell, Brian Murphy
Three Stars: Conor Sheary; Phil Kessel; Justin Braun
- Another intense game. You’d almost think this was important to the players or something.
- I saw someone call it ‘go kart’ hockey – good name!
- Penguins up 2-0 – after all the Western dominance, who saw that coming? According to the NHL, the Penguins now have an 88.9% chance of winning the Cup.
- Joe Thornton led the Sharks in faceoffs 62.5% (5-3), and on-ice 5v5 shot attempts (59%). He led Crosby head to head. Whatever ails this team, it’s NOT Jumbo Joe, so let’s leave the ‘choke’ narrative on the shelf where it belongs.
- Before the series, I recall one commentator (can’t remember who specifically) picking Pittsburgh because he felt their scoring depth would overwhelm the weak Sharks third pairing. Interestingly, that’s exactly what the first goal was, with the Penguin third line exploiting the weak San Jose pairing of Polak and Dillon.
- That said, in the first game, it was the top two pairings that had absolutely brutal games. This one, the Sharks D improved their play overall, but pairings two and three were not good.
- You can see this especially in the raw vs danger-weighted metrics for the Braun and Vlasic pairing – they did OK on the raw metrics, but got absolutely torched on the danger metrics. They actually were in line with the other pairs as far as shot distance against goes, so it was the inability to create anything remotely dangerous when they were on the ice that was the culprit.
- You might retort “but Braun had a goal!” (and was also one of the three stars)… to which I’d say a 51 ft snap shot isn’t exactly frightening. Sometimes that’s how it works. I will admit, I wasn’t watching any specific pairing, including his, all that carefully. Maybe Vlasic was the one struggling. But by danger weighted stats, it was not a good game for them.
- Bottom line is that the Sharks can’t win without top rank performances from both the Burns and Vlasic pairings, and only one of those pairings was adequate tonight.
- Especially telling is how much of an edge the Penguins had (again) in shot distance.
- Jultz had another solid game. I don’t get the hate – it’s not like he didn’t have the occasional run of solid games for the Oilers either. Good on him for bringing it on the big stage.
Reminder: most of the stats below are for 5v5 in regulation time only, not OT; they are also from the San Jose point of view.
Game at a Glance
- Justin Braun led the way for the Sharks with 1 goal (but got torched on the danger weighted shots)
- Brent Burns blasted 4 shots on goal, and was most active on the team with 10 shot attempts
- Joe Thornton was the faceoff champ at 62.5% (5-3), and led the team in on-ice 5v5 shot attempts at 58.8% (20-14).
- Melker Karlsson trailed the team in 5v5 on-ice shot attempts at 29.4% (5-12)
- Brenden Dillon, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns each thumped the other team 5 times
Who Won the 5v5 Shot Battle?
|Which Battle||Who Won||By How Much|
|Shots||PIT||26 to 18 (59.1%)|
|Average Shot Distance Against (ft)||PIT||33 to 44|
|Corsi||PIT||50 to 43 (53.8%)|
|Score & Venue Adjusted Corsi||PIT||50 to 43 (53.7%)|
|Fenwick||PIT||36 to 29 (55.4%)|
|Dangerous Fenwick||PIT||33 to 23 (58.5%)|
How the Players Did (On Ice Shot Attempts)
New chart! Shows how the players did directly comparing raw Corsi with DangerousFenwick. Look for big discrepancies one way or the other.
Forwards are sorted by decreasing CF%. Defensemen and pairs sorted by increasing DFA60. Forward lines by decreasing DFF%. Positions are as listed by the NHL roster page, not necessarily where they played.
The DFA/60 (how much how bad the D gave up) are pretty much OK across the board. It’s the terrible DFF% (balance of danger) for Braun and Vlasic that really stands out.
|P. Martin B. Burns||18:55||33.94||31.3||18||19||48.6||48.9||48||51.1|
|M. Vlasic J. Braun||15:47||39.16||28.2||12||10||54.5||55.1||40||12.9|
|B. Dillon R. Polak||14:35||39.91||28.2||10||15||40||39.4||44.4||47.4|
Lots of line mixing … what do we call that, the Boerlender?
|P. Marleau M. Karlsson M. Nieto||02:16||2||1||66.7||65||100||100|
|J. Donskoi L. Couture J. Ward||04:41||7||1||87.5||87||83.3||93.4|
|J. Pavelski J. Thornton T. Hertl||15:55||20||12||62.5||62.9||73.3||60.4|
|P. Marleau J. Donskoi L. Couture||08:43||4||6||40||39.9||37.5||25.2|
|J. Ward C. Tierney M. Nieto||06:45||3||9||25||25.7||25||23|
|N. Spaling T. Wingels M. Karlsson||04:22||3||5||37.5||38.2||37.5||20.4|
Defense Pairings – Shots Given Up
Forward Lines – Shots Taken
Head to Head
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