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NHL Finals: Game 6 Tonight

June 12, 2016

Tonight in San Jose, opposite the Tony Awards for Broadway, the Pittsburgh Penguins will again try to win their 4th Stanley Cup title in a game vs the Sharks.

If they are successful tonight and I hope they are not because I dislike the Sharks or even particularly root for the Pens, but because I do not want the so often greedy NHL and NBC to get the financial bonanza of a 7th game.

Also the Penguins had their chance to win a title at home for the first time in last Thursday’s game 5 and I hope they do not get the chance to do so in a game 7.

One team in NHL history, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (vs the Detroit Red Wings), actually overcame a (3-0) Finals series deficit to win the title.

No other team down (3-1) in the NHL finals has ever won the crown. Since expansion and somewhat beyond at least since 1963, seven times a team up 3 games to 1 and playing at home in the finals has failed to win game 5. Additionally the L.A. Kings up (3-0) vs current Sharks’ coach Peter DeBoer’ New Jersey Devils failed to clinch at home up 3 games to none.

On 6 of those occasions including the Kings/Devils in 2012, when L.A. lost another potential title clincher in game 5 at New Jersey, the team leading (3-1) won the title in 6 games. Twice, the New York Rangers vs the Vancouver Canucks in 1994 and the Carolina Hurricanes vs the Edmonton Oilers in 2006, the series went 7 games.

 

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San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones, pictured above was brilliant in game 5, making 44 saves.

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