The NHL Stanley Cups Finals continue on Wednesday June 1st with a Game 2 scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of pro hockey bettors worldwide.
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It will be the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the San Jose Sharks, The Penguins and Sharks get Game 2 started from Pittsburgh at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC Sports Network has the coast to coast broadcast.
The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Pittsburgh Penguins favored by -135 odds with the return on the underdog San Jose Sharks at +115 odds. The goal total came in at five goals.
This Stanley Cup Finals is a battle between the speed of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the physical nature of the San Jose Sharks. Game 1 saw the Penguins speed lift them up to a 2-0 lead after one period. Then the Sharks responded with two unanswered goals in the second period to tie the game heading into the final period. Pittsburgh got the game winner late in the game at 17:27 as Nick Bonino was able to score at even strength. The Penguins outshot the Sharks by a 41-26 margin in the game. San Jose was 1 of 2 on the man advantage while the Pens go 0 of 3.
San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was concerned in the postgame press conference about how his team handled the speed of the Penguins. DeBoer felt that the Sharks did not play their game in defeat. It will be interesting to see if San Jose can radically change the playing style in this series and avoid giving up 41 shots per game. Most teams that are physical facing speed will look to hit at every opportunity. DeBoer commented how San Jose Sharks were spectators and couldn’t dictate their style. That could change should San Jose choose to flex their muscle in Game 2 like many pundits are expecting. Pittsburgh got a good performance from their rookie goaltender Matt Murry who kept the Sharks from scoring in the third period. Sharks goaltender Matt Jones was under constant pressure and was good to keep the Penguins within reach.