(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)
First Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
If it wasn’t for the goaltender, the Sharks would be done and gone. After giving up two goals in 22 seconds in the first, he did the proverbial ‘standing on the head’ to keep his team in it making 44 saves. Check out what could be one of his highlight reel ‘Saves of the Stanley Cup Final’ on Nick Bonino.
Martin Jones steals away a goal from Nick Bonino pic.twitter.com/DUr6yxAxok
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 10, 2016
Worst Star AND Best way to jinx a win: NBC
The U.S. rights holder went all in for the introduction to the game, waxing nostalgic about the athletes and champions from the city of Pittsburgh, and how the Penguins would be the first champions since the 1960 Pirates to claim the title in their own city. Mind you, the puck hadn’t even been dropped yet.
It took them approximately five minutes to mention the other team that happened to be playing.
Best way for NBC to totally redeem themselves with Sharks fans and series neutrals alike:
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 10, 2016
Best example of why Mike Milbury should stop trying to make jokes:
In the pregame, host Liam Mchugh phrased a question around Pete Deboer’s paraphrased quote of ‘dancing with the girl they brought to the dance.’
Milbury answered as such,”Well his date looks like she needs hairbrush [sic] and a little perfume in the women’s room because she’s looking a little haggard right now are the Sharks.”
Best guess of what Brent Burns said to his teammates this morning:
— Playoff Beard Blinn (@NHLBlinn) June 10, 2016
Doc’s reference to the Pittsburgh Pirates: He did the voiceover for the NBC introduction, but that doesn’t count. His in-game reference was about the current Pirates watching the game in the clubhouse and waiting to travel. The Pirates received the message and responded in kind:
— #VotePirates (@Pirates) June 10, 2016
Best Snapchat filter for Doc before he yells, “OH WHAT CHAOS?!” during the broadcast
— highheels&highsticks (@hiheelshisticks) June 10, 2016
Best way to make new friends: Take a selfie with Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and a bunch of other people in the restroom.
Antonio Brown is at the Sharks-Penguins games taking photos with EVERYONE. Even in the bathroom! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jwMQ3QQXSm
— Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) June 10, 2016
Best example of something that would be baseball players on the DL for three months: We love to hate the officials, but they’re as tough as they come. Didn’t even miss a call.
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 10, 2016
Best of the worst of Pierre McGuire:
“What a hockey play by everyone involved.” (We couldn’t even tell you what happened. It wasn’t related to a big goal, play or save.)
“Logan Couture, his skill is excessive. He played for Brian Kilrea.”
Our own Josh Cooper called out this unnecessary junior reference, and the ‘M’ in Marek vs. Wyshynski, Jeff Marek, followed up with a WAY BETTER factoid about Couture.
@JoshuaCooper NHL ref Paul Devorski’s mom was the delivering nurse when Logan was born. Bigger time fact there.
— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 10, 2016
The final whistle blew and a scrum broke out between the two teams. Pierre claimed it went back to PLAYER X and PLAYER Y playing in RANDOM JUNIOR LEAGUE for TEAM X and TEAM Y. Considering most of the men involved were in their late-20s to mid-30s… yeah that’s probably not the reason there was a dustup
After the game, Pierre got his one-on-one with Couture. He started the interview off with a question that was so enthusiastic, so dumb, and so Pierre.
“You looked like a man on a mission. When did you decide to come with that kind of game?”
Couture gave a smirk and a bit of a laugh with his response, “I guess tonight.”
Best way to show you’re a true fan: Even when the game is over, you refuse to leave to beat traffic.
Still holding out hope pic.twitter.com/uPpQGSYwow
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 10, 2016
Best way to make Biggie roll over in his grave: Have a bunch of pasty hockey fans tweet and say, “WE’RE GOING (GOING) BACK (BACK) TO CALI (CALI)” in reference to the series going back to San Jose.
Best prediction we’d like to see come true:
This will be Thornton if the Finals go to Game 7 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/HdWwlUEs3E
— The Hockey Gods! (@HockeyGods) June 10, 2016
Best chirp of the night: From retired Stanley Cup winner Andy McDonald
Witnessing history tonight…Brent Burns sets a NHL record with cross checks delivered
— Andy McDonald (@10_AMac) June 10, 2016
Best picture presented without context: