Ramblings – Game 1 lives up, Juuse Saros, Stanley Cup narratives, and more (May 31)

Neil Parker


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Game 1 excitement and follow through, Juuse Saros, all kinds of Stanley Cup narratives and more ..


In December, San Jose and Pittsburgh were both on the outside of the playoffs looking in and each 20-1 to win the Stanley Cup.

I'm more fired up for this series than any other. 

I'm writing this ahead of the game, and there are a number of links to solid reads all written ahead of the game.

Reading the below articles added to the excitement, and while I'll be sharing them after Game 1, I still recommend going through.

The star power and narratives of two powerhouse offenses with depth and solid goaltending makes this must-watch television. It's going to be fantastic.




Here is a quick read about Phil Kessel's scoring during these playoffs, and throughout his career during the postseason.

"Kessel has produced 37 points in 36 career playoff games. Kessel trails only St. Louis phenom Vladimir Tarasenko in playoff goals per game. Tarasenko has outscored him by 0.03 goals per game.

Lambert also notes that Kessel has 12 primary goals (goals or first assists) this postseason. That ties him for third in the league with Brent Burns and Nikita Kucherov, behind only Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.

Kessel’s primary points per 60 minutes is fourth in the league, behind Andrew Shaw, Jason Pominville and Couture."




And a similar quick piece on Joe Pavelski.

"Only [Alex] Ovechkin and [Steven] Stamkos, both No. 1 picks over all, have more goals than Pavelski over the past five seasons and only Ovechkin has scored more since the start of the 2013-14 campaign."

"A look at Pavelski’s tally of 13 post-season goals rev