1. They’ve played with a lead
The Penguins have not trailed in a whole series. They mislaid in overtime in Game 3 though have never played from behind. As Sharks manager Peter DeBoer forked out after San Jose’s Game 4 loss, personification with a lead allows your group so many advantages, including adhering to your diversion plan, rolling 4 lines with stroke and avoiding a enticement to force things in sequence to emanate offense. It’s what San Jose had for 3 rounds before a Cup finals, when a Sharks constantly played with a lead. But it’s Pittsburgh that has scored initial and set a dash in all 4 finals games so distant — a pardon feeling, to be sure, and one that allows a Penguins to not deviating from manager Mike Sullivan’s plan.
Pavelski, Thornton, Logan Couture and Burns have no goals nonetheless in a Cup finals interjection to a extensive defensive pursuit by a Penguins, particularly on Pavelski, so far. The Sharks’ captain entered a Cup finals with 13 goals in 18 playoff games, a clearly unstoppable force — during slightest if we asked a Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Pittsburgh has finished a good pursuit of tying time and space on a Sharks’ tip players. It seems like there’s a Pittsburgh actor right in their face as shortly as they hold a puck. The Pens are simply smothering them.
5. Sidney Crosby is being Sidney Crosby
The best actor in a universe has been a best actor in a Cup finals. No. 87’s all-around diversion has been again on full arrangement in a series, generally during a defensive end. He’s a front-runner for a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and has cemented that with an impactful championship series.