After three games of the Stanley Cup Final, neither Joe Pavelski nor Evgeni Malkin have scored a single point. There have been 13 goals with 23 assists credited in the Final, but none have gone to San Jose’s scorer of 100 points so far this season, or Pittsburgh’s scorer of 73.
Keeping it clean in the Final
Both players form pivotal roles in their team’s power plays. Pavelski has nine playoff powerplay points along with 28 in the regular season, and Malkin has scored 27 power play points during the regular season, along with seven in the post. So a cause for this drought might come from both teams cutting down the amount of penalties they’ve conceded. In Game 1 San Jose perpetrated four minors, whilst the Pens were dealt for three. Only one of these power plays turned into a goal, with San Jose’s second unit scoring, via Tomas Hertl. A combined total of seven minors were dealt over Game 2 and 3, with Nick Bonino’s High Sticking double minor seeing Joel Ward score in the very last second of the man-advantage – but that has been put down on the record as an even-strength goal. Joe Pavelski and Evgeni Malkin are culprits of one minor penalty each; the limited amount of time on the powerplay may have hindered each player’s ability to get the scoring rolling in the Stanley Cup Final.
DeBoer senses a breakthrough
As reported by Rotoworld Sharks coach Peter DeBoer believes that his star American will break through soon. DeBoer said: “It’s tough this time of year. “Every round, he’s getting a lot of attention, just like [Sharks defenseman] Brent Burns is getting a lot of attention, just like [Sharks center Joe Thornton] is getting a lot of attention. I have no doubt he’s going to break through here. He has all year for us. “It’s just a matter of time.” Despite the lack of scoring, Joe Pavelski has still performed well for the San Jose Sharks, especially in the faceoff circle. In Game 3 he won and incredible 10 of 13 duels, but San Jose just aren’t utilising the possession. If San Jose’s Captain America can break out of this slump, their offensive threat will go up tenfold.
Sullivan wants the next level Malkin
In an interview with NBC Sports, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that he needs Evgeni Malkin to go up a gear, as he knows he can. Sullivan stated: “He is buying into our team concept here. “He’s been a big part of this playoff success. But certainly, I know that there’s another level that he has to help us win.” On June 4th the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the birth of Geno’s first child, which happened to weigh seven pounds and one ounce – the same number as Evgeni Malkin’s jersey, #71. The big Russian center obviously expressed his delight, and it might spur him on to reach that next level play in Game 4. The Stanley Cup Final continues tonight, at the Shark Tank, with the game starting at 8m ET.