Stanley Cup Finals - Game 3
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Sharks vs Penguins
Joe Thornton led all Forwards by a wide margin with his third best game of the playoffs. Most of his Offense was generated on passing plays in Offensive Zone Play, but he also made plays on the Rush.
Logan Couture had another strong game. He and Tommy Wingels led SJS Forwards in Defensive Contributions in Game 3.
Joe Pavelski had another sub-par night considering his usual level of excellence. It was one of his weakest Defensive games of these playoffs. Over the last two games, Pavelski's level of Contribution has dipped to its lowest level over his last 10 playoff games.
On the back end, Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were the outright leaders for the Sharks, ranking 1 and 2 respectively in Overall Contributions. Braun finished the game just shy of matching his best performance of the playoffs, while Vlasic performed well above his personal playoff average.
Paul Martin struggled a bit on a few Defensive reads and had his 2nd weakest game of the playoffs.
Patric Hornqvist led the Penguins' Forwards in Offensive and Overall Contributions. He also had another strong Defensive game.
Tom Kuhnhackl led PIT in Defensive Contributions.
Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, and Tom Kuhnhackl, all had similar Overall Contribution levels, ranking 2 through 5 among PIT Forwards. These were all strong personal performances, with the exception of Malkin, who was below his playoff average.
Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby did not crack the top 5 for PIT Forwards in Overall Contributions. Game 3 was Crosby's 2nd lowest performance in these playoffs, but, as has been the case thus far, we can expect a bounce back performance from him.
On the Pittsburgh blueline, Olli Maatta and Ben Lovejoy led the PIT D-core with their best performances of the playoffs. Lovejoy had a good balance between Offense and Defense, while Maatta had a great Defensive game, effectively using an Active Stick to close passing and shooting lanes.
Ian Cole had one of his strongest playoff games. Brian Dumoulin also stepped up with his highest Contribution level of his last 12 playoff games.
Kris Letang led all D-men in Offense, but his low Defensive score bumped his net Contribution down to near the bottom of all PIT Defensemen.
SJS Forwards created more Offense at even strength than PIT Forwards for first time in the Finals.
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