We are couple of hours into the Game 3 on home ice of San Jose Sharks who play their first NHL finale in their NHL franchise's history. They are just celebrating 25 years, nice birthday and long journey from Cow Palace to SAP ,Palace' Center. There was a press meeting with the Sharks coach Pierre de Boer etc. I just remind you that the game starts at 8pm in San Jose and Pittsburgh Penguins have 2:0 lead. Those two games are played on home ice rink of the Sharks in California, than each game on rival's ice and the winner needs to secure four winning games, so max is 7 games. It is just a beginning of the journey to Stanley Cup. Two winners from each conference meet for NHL finals, Pittsburgh Penguins won the cup donated by Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor.
Pittsburgh Penguin's coach Sullivan remembers Cow Palace as ice arena for The Sharks and the beginning in 1991. I just highlight some important points. There is injured Hertl for the home team, there is a trash talk by Couture who claims now that any player cheats on face offs, not just Crosby. Also Jumbo Joe aka Joe Thorton. It is maybe for linesmen to looking after Crosby who has amazing stats on face offs, he won 245 from 465 face offs this regular reason. The coaches spoke about penalties and penalty kill and power. It is visible from the previous games how well behaved the teams are, compared to typical fights on the ice. I will speak about that on the radio.
Penguins said they need to stay away from penalty box because the Sharks are able to use any chance to score the goal. They just draw five penalties and their PP success rate is 26,7%. Back to Crosby and Thorton who tried to mess up with Jonathan Toews years back, there was trash talk and provocation on the captain of the Penguins by Jumbo Joe but Sid the Kid is not a crybaby anymore and he skated away, so no fight. Anyway Crosby is usually protected as the star player and scoring machine of the team but he has very strong legs to keep balance on the ice and fights well. The most famous and funny fights to see SidneyCrosby being involved in are dances on the ice with Canadian fellow from hated rival team of Philadelphia Flyers, with captain Claude Giroux.