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Sharks vs. Penguins: Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Live Blog

11:05 p.m. ET: And here is the shot attempts chart from War on Ice. As you can tell, the Penguins pulled away at the end, and it showed with their late game-winner. 

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11:00 p.m. ET: Here is the final boxscore from Pittsburgh's Game 1 win over the Sharks. 

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10:54 p.m. ET: Game 1 hero Nick Bonino spoke with NHL on NBC's Pierre McGuire on the win. 

"We can't expect it to be easy. They're the best team in the West. It's going to be hard every period," he said. 

10:53 p.m. ET: The Penguins take Game 1, 3-2. This could be a classic series. What a phenomenal game with back-and-forth action along with drama. 

10:51 p.m. ET: The Sharks get a power play almost right after that Bonino goal. Great chance for San Jose. 

10:49 p.m. ET: Kris Letang to Nick Bonino in front, perfect shot by Boninio. It's now 3-2 Penguins at the 17:27 mark of the third. Brent Burns broke his stick on the play, which opened up the passing lane. 

10:44 p.m. ET: Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has been excellent this game. He made a brilliant save on Patric Hornqvist and then a secondary chance on Sidney Crosby. He has made 35 saves on 37 shots on goal so far. 

10:37 p.m. ET: Rust has reportedly left the Penguins' bench again. Tough loss for Pittsburgh for an important player on Evgeni Malkin's line. 

10:31 p.m. ET: NBC's Pierre McGuire reported Bryan Rust went to the "dark room" to make sure no head injury was suffered after the Patrick Marleau hit. 

10:24 p.m. ET: Patrick Marleau gets two minutes after a sholder check to the head area of Bryan Rust. Call is illegal check to the head. Marleau isn't a dirty player, but he definitely hit Rust's head with that check. Video showed trainer talking to Rust on the bench. 

10:18 p.m. ET: The third period is about to start. What type of adjustments should the Penguins make to combat the Sharks' strong second period?

10:08 p.m. ET: According to Sportsnet Stats, Patrick Marleau has the most postseason goals since 1997-98. He has 65 including one in Game 1. As Wysh pointed out earlier, this was his first Stanley Cup Final goal. 

10:06 p.m. ET: In case you missed it, Joe Thornton got a little feisty on Evgeni Malkin in that second period. No penalties were called on this play. 

10:04 p.m. ET: Here is the puck possession flow chart through two periods. 

10:02 p.m. ET: This is NHL game No. 1,577 for Patrick Marleau. That that was his first Stanley Cup Final point, in his first Stanley Cup Final game. - WYSH

10 p.m. ET: End of two periods. Here is the boxscore!

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9:58 p.m. ET: With 1:08 left in the second, the Penguins get a power play. Trip by Joe Pavelski. He slammed his stick on the ice. Was not happy about it. 

9:54 p.m. ET: Brent Burns rips a shot toward the net off a feed from Logan Couture. Patrick Marleau corrals the rebound and wraps it around on Matt Murray. It's now 2-2 with under two minutes to go in the first period. 

9:53 p.m. ET: "Joe Thornton with that magnificent beard from the Charles Dickens era" - Doc Emrick 

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates in warm-ups prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

9:47 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is at Consol Energy Center to cheer on the Penguins. First in-arena celebrity sighting of the Final! 

9:43 p.m. ET: NBC's Pierre McGuire just asked Sharks coach Peter DeBoer about why his team has played better in the second period. 

"First period a little bit of nerves," DeBoer said. "We just regrouped after the group and wanted to throw our best game at them. That’s what we’re doing right now." 

9:36 p.m. ET: Sharks are playing a much better second period. Here is the shot attempts flow chart from War on Ice. Notice the teal line creeping up. 

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9:32 p.m. ET: Here’s the Brent Burns play that set up the Hertl goal. This and that backcheck he had before, and Burns is alone atop the “Sharks playing a solid complete Game 1” leaderboard. - WYSH

9:24 p.m. ET: The Penguins learn the hard way that you can't put the Sharks on the power play. Tomas Hertl is lethal in front of the net. 2-1 Penguins at the 16:58 of the second period. Nice jam play in front off Matt Murray's stick. 

9:21 p.m. ET: The Sharks will go to their first power play. Drawn by Melker Karlsson. It's on Ian Cole. San Jose's power play has been lethal this postseason. 

9:18 p.m. ET: The second period has started! Patrick Marleau fires wide on a scoring chance 2-on-1. 

9:17 p.m. ET: One last look about how the Sharks got dominated in the first period of Game 1.

9:15 p.m. ET: Another note on the Penguins' dominance that period:

9:09 p.m. ET: NBC showing a piece on how Sidney Crosby has matured. Clearly that's tha narrative they're pushing. Before the game Keith Jones pointed out how Crosby does less jawing to referees and at opponents. 

9:04 p.m. ET: Our own Jen Neale points out some photoshop action on the NBC broadcast. 

9:01 p.m. ET: End of one period, score is 2-0 in favor of the Penguins. Here are your stats for that frame. Also, total shot attempts are 27-14 in favor of the Penguins. 

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8:52 p.m. ET: Incredible speed shift by the Penguins. Carl Hagelin with a breakaway and was defended by Brent Burns. Then Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino both had chances and Jones made the saves. Shots are 14-4 in favor of Pittsburgh. 

8:48 p.m. ET: Sidney Crosby wins a foot race down the ice, finds Conor Sheary and it's 2-0 Penguins at the 13:48 mark of the first. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was again on ice for San Jose. He's now a minus-2 this game. 

8:46 p.m. ET: Bryan Rust gets the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final. Penguins up 1-0 at the 12:46 mark of the first period. Marc-Edouard Vlasic on ice for the Sharks. You don't see a lot of goals scored with Vlasic on the ice. 

8:45 p.m. ET: The Penguins had their first power play and didn't score. Dangerous moments but no dice. Shots are 7-2 in favor of Pitt. Here's the high sticking penalty by Dainius Zubrus. 

8:41 p.m. ET: I'd estimate there are less than 100 Sharks fans here, based on their jerseys and my eyeballs. - WYSH

8:37 p.m. ET: Max Talbot is in the house as a fan:

Very long, very loud ovation for him, as he swung the Penguins' rally towel. -WYSH

8:34 p.m. ET: A terrifying moment for Sharks fans:

And then relief

8:32 p.m. ET: Some nice back and forth action between the Sharks and Penguins. Sidney Crosby's line had a few good chances, and then Nick Spaling had an open shot on Matt Murray. Both young goaltenders have been tested and are holding up early on in a pressure packed situation. 

8:30 p.m. ET: Strong start for the Sharks. They've gone 5-for-5 on faceoffs and Brenden Dillon crushed Evgeni Malkin behind their net. Statement moment perhaps by Dillon?

8:20 p.m. ET: Hockey players love to kick around soccer balls before games in the basements of arenas. Sometimes the soccer balls get stuck in various objects.

8:09 p.m. ET: Before Game 1, NBC did a piece on the best beard for the Sharks between Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. We did our take on beards earlier. Seems like Thornton got the most votes. 

8 p.m. ET: Welcome to Puck Daddy's Stanley Cup Final Live Blog for Game 1 between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins! Make sure to check back over the course of the game as we keep you updated with all the news and happenings on the ice and off the ice around the game. 

We'll start out with Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy talking about Game 1.

Also here's Brent Burns walking into Consol Energy Center.

Enjoy Game 1, everyone! And here are our predictions for the Final. 


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