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Brent Burns registered a pair of assists in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

His two-point effort helped the Sharks bounce back from a two-goal deficit, but the Penguins got the only marker in the third period to post a 3-2 victory on Monday night. Burns has 16 assists and 22 points in 19 playoff matches.
May 31 - 8:40 AM

Matt Murray saved 24 of 26 shots in a 3-2 win against San Jose in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

With that the 22-year-old rookie now boasts a 12-4 playoff record. Murray's play throughout the postseason is a big part of the reason why the Penguins have gotten this far. He didn't come even close to single-handedly winning this game for Pittsburgh - after all, the Penguins did have a 41-26 edge in shots, but he did his part.
May 30 - 11:15 PM

Martin Jones stopped 38 of 41 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.

Jones faced 15 shots in the opening frame and a staggering 18 in the third period. As you might expect, those are the two periods where Pittsburgh generated all of its offense. St. Louis had considerably more difficulty getting shots on goal in the Western Conference Final. In fact, the last time Jones faced at least 40 shots in a single game was on May 5 against the Nashville Predators in the second round.
May 30 - 11:12 PM

Patrick Marleau found the back of the net in the Sharks' 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 Monday night.

Marleau now has five goals and 13 points in 19 playoff games. Tomas Hertl scored the Sharks' other goal. Brent Burns assisted on both markers. Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi each registered an assist.
May 30 - 11:07 PM

Nick Bonino scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

There was some initial speculation about whether or not Bonino would even be available for Game 1 after he seemed to be hurt when he blocked a shot in Game 7. That led to him missing a couple practices, but it ultimately didn't slow him down. He now has four goals and 16 points in 19 playoff contests. Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary netted the Penguins' other two goals. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Carl Hagelin, Justin Schultz, and Olli Maatta each registered an assist.
May 30 - 11:05 PM

Bryan Rust might have sustained a concussion during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Rust appeared to be struck in the head by Patrick Marleau and consequently went to the locker room. He attempted to return to the game, but he only participated in one shift before leaving again.
May 30 - 10:43 PM

The Penguins have confirmed that Nick Bonino will play in Game 1.

Bonino will play alongside Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel on the third line. Those three have had a lot of success in the playoffs and Bonino specifically is going into the Stanley Cup Final with three goals and 15 points in 18 contests.
May 30 - 7:58 PM

Martin Jones will play between the pipes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Not that you needed confirmation of that, but here it is anyways. Jones has helped guide the Sharks this far by posting a 2.12 GAA and .919 save percentage in 18 playoff starts.
May 30 - 7:55 PM

It looks like Matthew Nieto will indeed be scratched for Game 1.

Whether or not you want to refer to it as a healthy scratch is up to you. Nieto had been dealing with an upper-body injury, but he's also been medically cleared to play. Nieto took part in the Sharks' pregame warmup, but didn't skate on a line.
May 30 - 7:54 PM

Just to confirm, Matt Murray will start in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

That was expected, but we can confirm it now that the Penguins' have released their lineup. Murray has a 2.21 GAA and .924 save percentage in 15 playoff starts, so it would have been shocking if Pittsburgh went back to the rusty Marc-Andre Fleury.
May 30 - 7:52 PM

Nick Bonino is taking part in the Penguins' pregame warmups.

Just in case you needed further confirmation about his availability after he said Monday morning that he felt good. There was a time where his status was in doubt because he blocked a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and then missed a couple practices.
May 30 - 7:49 PM

Matthew Nieto (upper body) is medically cleared to play in Game 1 on Monday.

Although Nieto is available to play, there's still a good chance that he won't. He was on the ice late after the morning skate, which would suggest that he'll be scratched, healthy or otherwise.
May 30 - 7:36 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the Russian Federation has been told that Slava Voynov isn't eligible to play in the World Cup.

He remains suspended by the league, so he isn't allowed to play in the tournament despite being named to the team.
May 30 - 6:02 PM

Justin Braun is expected to play on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

His father-in-law passed away recently, but the Sharks defender is still projected to be in the lineup. Braun has contributed four assists and a plus-7 rating in 18 playoff games. We would like to extend our condolences for his loss.
May 30 - 5:50 PM

Troy Brouwer has thought about joining the Vancouver Canucks in free agency.

"Family and friends, playing for my hometown — it would be an experience for sure," he told Vancouver's News 1130 Sports on Monday. Brouwer is open to returning to the Blues if that works out too, but he can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
May 30 - 5:27 PM



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