Nabokov Leads 25th-seeded ’09-’10 Sharks in Six-Game Upset of 8th-seeded ’92-’93 Penguins

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I did not see this series playing out the way it did. I mean, look at the 8th-seeded ’92-’93 Pittsburgh Penguins lineup. Anyway, the 25th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks pulled it off and they’re on to the Third Round.

The offense for the Penguins didn’t show up and they took too many penalties that resulted in an edge in special teams towards the Sharks. Only Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens averaged at least a point per game during this series. Both of them finished with seven points to tie for the team lead. Ron Francis was tied with defenseman Larry Murphy for second in overall scoring with five points each. Jaromir Jagr led Pittsburgh in goal-scoring with four goals over the course of the six games. Stevens was alone in second with three goals. All seven of Super Mario’s points were assists so he also was Pittsburgh’s top playmaker. Stevens was also second in assists with four. One interesting little stat was that Murphy totaled 22 penalties in minutes during the series, but almost all of that came from two separate 10-minute misconducts he received for arguing with officials. Goaltender Tom Barrasso had a sub-par series. He posted a 2-4-0 record with a 3.83 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.

It was the usual suspects that lead the way offensively for San Jose. Joe Thornton posted a series and team-high 11 points while Patrick Marleau was a close second with 10. Three other players averaged at least a point per game for the Sharks, Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe and defenseman Dan Boyle. Marleau led them in goal-scoring with six while Heatley was right behind him with five goals. Thornton was far and away the team’s top playmaker with nine helpers while Boyle was a relatively distant second with five assists. The biggest star for San Jose was their netminder though. Evgeni Nabokov went 4-2-0 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .925 save percentage while closing off the series with his first shutout of the tournament, a 35-save performance in the series-deciding 3-0 win in Game 6.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. SJS – G – Evgeni Nabokov – 6 GP   6 GS   4-2-0   2.83   .925 SV%   1 SO   6 Star Points
  2. SJS – C – Joe Thornton – 6 GP   2 G   9 A   11 P   +1   25 S   0 PIM   4 Star Points
  3. SJS – C – Patrick Marleau – 6 GP   6 G   4 A   10 P   +2   41 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 2 1 1 4
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 1 0 4 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘92-’93 PIT – 5   ‘09-’10 SJS – 4   (1-0   ‘09-’10 SJS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 3:45 – PP – SJS: D. Heatley (7) assisted by J. Thornton (7), T. Mitchell (1)
  • 2 – 0 SJS – 4:44 – PP – SJS: P. Marleau (4) assisted by D. Boyle (12), D. Heatley (8)
  • 2 – 1 SJS – 18:46 – PIT: K. Stevens (1) assisted by M. Lemieux (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 SJS – 12:55 – SJS: R. Clowe (4) assisted by D. Setoguchi (2), J. Thornton (8)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 SJS – 4:00 – PIT: J. Jagr (1) assisted by K. Stevens (1)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 5:52 – PIT: K. Stevens (2) assisted by M. Lemieux (2)
  • 4 – 3 PIT – 10:25 – PIT: S. McEachern (1) assisted by R. Francis (1)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 14:13 – SJS: P. Marleau (5) assisted by D. Heatley (9)
  • 5 – 4 PIT – 19:21 – PIT: L. Murphy (1) assisted by M. Lemieux (3), U. Samuelsson (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

4

Goals

5

52

Shots

50

2/4

PP

SH

2/4

50%

PP%

PK%

50%

GWG

L. Murphy (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Kevin Stevens (PIT)
  • 2nd Star: Mario Lemieux (PIT)
  • 3rd Star: Dany Heatley (SJS)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 2 0 2 4
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘09-’10 SJS – 4   ‘92-’93 PIT – 2   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 2:37 – SJS: D. Boyle (3) assisted by J. Thornton (9)
  • 2 – 0 SJS – 3:42 – SJS: D. Setoguchi (3) assisted by R. Clowe (4)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 SJS – 5:07 – PIT: J. Jagr (2) assisted by K. Stevens (2), M. Lemieux (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 SJS – 5:19 – SJS: D. Setoguchi (4) assisted by J. Thornton (10), R. Blake (3)
  • 4 – 1 SJS – 9:40 – SJS: J. Pavelski (3) assisted by P. Marleau (10)
  • 4 – 2 SJS – 13:43 – PIT: U. Samuelsson (1) assisted by L. Murphy (1), R. Tocchet (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

4

Goals

2

31

Shots

47

0/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

D. Setoguchi (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Evgeni Nabokov (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Devin Setoguchi (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Dan Boyle (SJS)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 2 2 0 4
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘92-’93 PIT – 4   ‘09-’10 SJS – 1   (2-1   ‘92-’93 PIT)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 PIT – 5:04 – PIT: J. Jagr (3) assisted by K. Stevens (3), M. Lemieux (5)
  • 2 – 0 PIT – 19:39 – PIT: P. Stanton (1) assisted by J. Mullen (1), R. Francis (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 PIT – 10:18 – PIT: R. Francis (1) assisted by S. McEachern (1), J. Mullen (2)
  • 4 – 0 PIT – 18:21 – PIT: R. Francis (2) assisted by S. McEachern (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 1 PIT – 13:16 – SJS: D. Boyle (4) assisted by M. Vlasic (3), M. Malhotra (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

4

Goals

1

30

Shots

44

0/1

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

P. Stanton (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ron Francis (PIT)
  • 2nd Star: Tom Barrasso (PIT)
  • 3rd Star: Shawn McEachern (PIT)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 1 1 0 2
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 1 1 4 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘09-’10 SJS – 6   ‘92-’93 PIT – 2   (2-2)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 18:19 – SJS: P. Marleau (6) assisted by D. Boyle (13), D. Heatley (10)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 19:18 – PIT: R. Tocchet (1) assisted by L. Murphy (2), U. Samuelsson (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 SJS – 1:36 – SJS: R. Clowe (5) assisted by J. Thornton (11), K. Huskins (3)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 9:34 – PIT: J. Jagr (4) assisted by M. Lemieux (6), K. Stevens (4)
  • 19:43 – L. Murphy (PIT) is given a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with official over penalty call

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 SJS – 0:18 – PP – SJS: P. Marleau (7) assisted by D. Boyle (14), S. Nichol (2)
  • 4 – 2 SJS – 1:49 – SJS: J. Pavelski (4) assisted by P. Marleau (11)
  • 5 – 2 SJS – 14:01 – PP – SJS: P. Marleau (8) assisted by D. Boyle (15), S. Nichol (3)
  • 6 – 2 SJS – 18:36 – SJS: P. Marleau (9) assisted by J. Thornton (12)

 

TEAM STATS:

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

2

Goals

6

31

Shots

40

0/3

PP

2/3

1/3

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

66%

33%

PK%

100%

GWG

P. Marleau (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Patrick Marleau (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Dan Boyle (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Thornton (SJS)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 4 0 1 5
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 2 0 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘09-’10 SJS – 5   ‘92-’93 PIT – 4   (3-2   ‘09-’10 SJS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 PIT – 0:07 – PIT: K. Stevens (3) assisted by M. Lemieux (7)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 4:27 – SJS: D. Heatley (8) assisted by P. Marleau (12)
  • 2 – 1 SJS – 4:47 – SJS: D. Heatley (9) assisted by J. Pavelski (2), D. Boyle (16)
  • 3 – 1 SJS – 7:04 – SJS: J. Thornton (10) assisted by P. Marleau (13)
  • 4 – 1 SJS – 12:37 – SJS: J. Thornton (11) assisted by R. Clowe (5), K. Huskins (4)
  • 4 – 2 SJS – 15:22 – SH – PIT: D. Tippett (1) assisted by M. Straka (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 6:59 – L. Murphy (PIT) is given a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with referee on a penalty call

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 SJS – 1:04 – PIT: S. McEachern (2) assisted by L. Murphy (3), J. Mullen (3)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 1:41 – PP – PIT: L. Murphy (2) assisted by R. Francis (3)
  • 5 – 4 SJS – 3:29 – SJS: D. Heatley (10) assisted by J. Thornton (13), M. Vlasic (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

5

Goals

4

30

Shots

34

0/3

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

D. Heatley (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dany Heatley (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Joe Thornton (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Patrick Marleau (SJS)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins 0 0 0 0
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘09-’10 SJS – 3   ‘92-’93 PIT – 0   (4-2   ‘09-’10 SJS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 1:32 – SJS: R. Clowe (6) assisted by D. Setoguchi (3)
  • 2 – 0 SJS – 1:35 – SJS: R. Clowe (7) assisted by J. Thornton (14), K. Huskins (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 SJS – 0:23 – SJS: D. Heatley (11) assisted by J. Thornton (15)

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#8 ‘92-’93 Penguins

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

0

Goals

3

35

Shots

39

0/1

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

R. Clowe (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Evgeni Nabokov (SJS)
  • 2nd Star: Ryane Clowe (SJS)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Thornton (SJS)

The ’09-’10 Sharks are back again in the Ultimate NHL Playoff. They are in their third UNP and have now advanced to the Third Round for the second straight tournament. Waiting for them in the Third Round are the 24th-seeded ’84-’85 Washington Capitals, who upset the 9th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders in six games earlier in the Second Round. The ’92-’93 Penguins are the third different team to represent the Steel City in the UNP and the franchise has not had any success so far. The franchise has not won a series in UNP play having been eliminated in the Second Round in each tournament.

Up next in the Second Round, the 15th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche face off against the 18th-seeded ’14-’15 Tampa Bay Lightning!

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