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San Jose Sharks Stave Off Elimination With Game 5 Victory

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The San Jose Sharks stayed alive in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5. Thousands of fans lined the streets to see the Penguins with a chance to win their first Stanley Cup on home ice, but left disappointed after a stellar performance by Martin Jones. He ended up with 44 saves, and was named the game’s second star. The Penguins now lead the series 3-2.

The goals came quickly early in the first period. It was San Jose who got on the board first just over a minute into the game with a goal by Brent Burns. He took it out from behind the net, spun around in the low slot and fired it short side past Murray. 

Burns gets the Sharks off to a quick start in Game 5

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016

Logan Couture doubled the Sharks lead almost immediately thereafter with a slight redirection on a Justin Braun shot. 

Couture with the redirect makes it 2-0 Sharks early

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016

The lead didn’t last long; Pittsburgh scored two minutes later on a power play. Evgeni Malkin took a cross ice pass from Phil Kessel, waited, and banked it in off Braun’s skate to cut the lead to 2-1. 

Phil Kessel to Malkin

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016

22 seconds later the game was tied. Nick Bonino stickhandled along the wall and wristed a shot at the net. Carl Hagelin deflected it past Martin Jones for the Penguins second goal. 

Bonino banks it in off Hagelin to tie up

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016

Later in the first period, the Sharks reclaimed the lead. Logan Couture backhanded a pass to Melker Karlsson in the middle; Karlsson snapped off a stoppable shot that nevertheless hit off Murray’s glove and into the net.

Great feed from Couture to Karlsson and Sharks reclaim the lead

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016

Pittsburgh dominated the rest of the game, but Jones stood on his head for the remaining two periods. Pittsburgh ultimately ended up outshooting San Jose 46-22, and led in shot attempts by a margin of 76-36, per war-on-ice.

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However, Jones was equal to everything the Penguins threw at him. Notable was a left-toe save on Nick Bonino on an almost-empty net. The Sharks added an empty netter by captain Joe Pavelski with just over a minute left, and ended up as 4-2 winners.

Game 6 will be played Sunday night at 8pm EST in San Jose. Pittsburgh will have another chance to win the Cup.

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