Congrats to Phil Kessel on Penguins Cup Victory

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As the Pittsburgh Penguins enjoy their Stanley Cup victory, the post-championship narrative in Toronto now shifts, oddly, to Phil Kessel. Far more than a passenger in Pittsburgh, Kessel is now a Cup champion. Congrats, Kessel. Well done. Why Leafs fans are “supposed” to be upset by Kessel’s success is as confusing as it is  inaccurate. Congrats to Phil Kessel on […] READ MORE


San Jose Sharks: What Went Wrong?

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For the San Jose Sharks, three issues during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final cost them a chance to force Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is hard to point to any one moment in the series when looking for what went wrong for the Sharks. Except for empty net goals, a single goal decided […] READ MORE


Martin Jones Game 5 Performance Was One for the Ages

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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones Game 5 performance in the Stanley Cup Final was one for the ages. It set a Sharks record for most saves in a regulation postseason victory, improved the Sharks to 4-0 in Game 5’s in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and most importantly, forced the entire series back to San Jose. […] READ MORE


Sharks Game 3 Update: Hertl Out

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Tomas Hertl is out with a lower-body injury will not play in Game 3 tonight. Hertl has been a key contributor on the San Jose Sharks top line throughout the post-season and was one of the few Sharks making an impact in the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. DeBoer said Hertl has arguably […] READ MORE


San Jose Sharks Game 3 Game Plan

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As the Stanley Cup Final shifts to the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks Game 3 game plan should include, or at least be considering, some adjustments. As outlined before, the Sharks road to the Final has leaned heavily on a solid defensive corps that head coach Peter DeBoer trusted with a relatively even distribution of […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Make Sharks Pay for Slow Start

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Game one of the Stanley Cup Final goes to the home team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a true thriller from start to finish, despite the fact that the visitors didn’t look like they came ready and the Penguins made the San Jose Sharks pay for their slow start at 12:46 when unlikely hero of game seven […] READ MORE


Stanley Cup Final Struggles for Expansion Teams

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Since the San Jose Sharks joined the National Hockey League as the 22nd franchise, Stanley Cup Final struggles for expansion teams of the 1990’s have been the norm. Beginning in the 1991-92 NHL campaign, nine teams have entered the NHL as brand-new franchises: Franchise Inaugural Season San Jose Sharks 1991-92 Ottawa Senators 1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning […] READ MORE


2016 Stanley Cup Final Preview

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The Last Word on Sports 2016 Stanley Cup Final preview breaks down the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the San Jose Sharks. The Penguins are playing for their second Stanley Cup with captain Sidney Crosby and fourth in franchise history. The Sharks are in uncharted waters, playing for the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 25 […] READ MORE


How The Sharks Advanced To the Stanley Cup Final

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With the San Jose Sharks 5-2 victory in game six of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, they’ve advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 25 year franchise history. Waiting a quarter century for a chance to fight for hockey’s crowned jewel isn’t the most exciting situation for […] READ MORE