Eastern Conference Finals - Game 7
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Lightning vs Penguins
PIT played a strong team game to cap off the Eastern Conference Finals.
Sidney Crosby was the top Overall Contributor for the third time in the series. It was his strongest Defensive game of the series.
Evgeni Malkin also executed well defensively with his strongest Defensive game of series.
Brian Rust was the top Offensive Contributor for the Pens, making most of his Contributions at the end of Sequences, as the shooter.
Conor Sheary had his best game since Game 5 of the NYR series.
On the back end, Olli Maatta was PIT's leader in Overall and Defensive Contributions. This was his best game of the playoffs.
As a team, this was Pittsburgh's highest Defensive Contribution of the series.
Looking at TBL:
Valtteri Filppula led TBL forwards in Overall and Defensive Contributions, driven by a strong night on the penalty kill.
Jonathan Drouin continued his strong Offensive play, leading all TBL's Forwards in Offensive Contributions in Game 7.
Both Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov had strong Defensive performances, but neither were able to generate much Offensively.
As a group, TBL Forwards had their second best Defensive Contribution of the series.
On TBL's blueline, Victor Hedman led the Defensemen in both Overall and Defensive Contributions by a wide margin. Outside of Hedman and Andrej Sustr, the Contribution level dropped off significantly for the rest of the TBL D Core in comparison to the Pens 3 thru 6 D slots.
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