By the numbers: Game 64 vs. Pittsburgh

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Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:56 Torres breakaway from Wingels, save 13 15 22 31 52 57 16 17 22 37 41 47 5v5
Home 1 17:55 Torres rebound, save 13 15 22 31 52 57 16 17 22 37 41 47 5v5
Away 1 16:54 Crosby backhand off turnover, miss 5 8 19 31 44 88 2 4 15 27 37 87 5v5
Away 1 16:32 Kunitz breakaway off turnover, save 8 19 22 31 52 88 2 4 14 37 49 87 5v5
Home 1 13:43 Thornton off turnover, save 10 19 27 31 61 81 2 4 15 27 37 57 5v5
Home 1 10:07 Marleau from Pavelski, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 4 15 16 37 44 5v4
Home 1 10:05 Pavelski rebound from Marleau, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 4 15 16 37 44 5v4
Home 1 9:03 Torres backhand from Wingels, miss (5v4 PP) 5 13 31 52 57 88 3 27 37 41 49 5v4
Away 1 7:48 Crosby from Niskanen, miss 8 19 27 31 61 88 2 14 22 37 47 87 5v5
Away 1 4:52 Matta rebound from Glass, goal 12 27 31 39 61 88 3 15 27 37 44 57 5v5
Away 1 3:40 Kunitz from Malkin, goal (5v4 PP) 27 31 37 57 61 2 14 18 37 71 87 4v5
Away 2 18:31 Neal from Malkin, save 5 12 15 31 44 83 2 3 18 36 37 71 5v5
Away 2 17:52 Malkin from Kunitz, save (5v4 PP) 5 8 12 31 44 2 14 18 37 71 87 4v5
Home 2 15:50 Burns from Pavelski, miss 8 13 22 31 52 88 3 16 17 22 37 47 5v5
Away 2 8:41 Malkin from Neal on 2on1, save (4v4) 8 31 52 61 83 2 18 37 47 71 4v4
Home 2 1:05 Demers from Pavelski, save 5 8 19 27 31 57 2 22 36 37 44 87 5v5
Home 3 19:40 Marleau rebound from Boyle, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 3 4 15 27 37 5v4
Home 3 19:11 Pavelski one-timer from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 2 4 15 16 37 5v4
Home 3 14:43 Marleau, goal (4v5 SH) 5 12 27 31 57 14 18 37 47 71 87 4v5
Away 3 14:22 Maatta from Sutter, goal (5v4 PP) 31 39 44 57 61 2 3 16 17 36 37 4v5
Home 3 13:09 Burns from Pavelski, goal (5v4 PP) 5 8 19 27 31 88 4 14 37 44 49 87 5v5
Home 3 12:19 Boyle rebound from Pavelski, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 4 16 27 37 44 5v4
Home 3 12:17 Marleau rebound from Boyle, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 4 16 27 37 44 5v4
Home 3 12:03 Marleau from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 39 4 16 27 37 44 5v4
Home 3 9:15 Burns breakaway from Thornton, goalpost 8 19 31 44 61 88 2 4 22 36 37 87 5v5
Away 3 6:59 Crosby from Kunitz, miss 12 19 31 44 61 88 3 4 14 22 37 87 5v5
Home 3 6:48 Nieto from Marleau, miss 5 12 27 31 39 83 3 4 22 36 37 71 5v5
Away 3 3:34 Niskanen from Neal, save 12 22 31 39 52 57 2 18 36 37 44 71 5v5
Away 3 1:35 Sutter from Scuderi, save 5 13 31 39 52 57 3 4 16 18 37 71 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 15:50 3 3 02:14 1 0 03:34 1 1
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 14:46 4 4 05:49 7 0 03:11 0 1
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 04:31 1 0 00:00 0 0 01:30 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 14:23 1 4 05:49 7 0 02:29 1 1
13 TORRES, RAFFI 11:28 3 1 01:52 1 0 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11:40 2 1 00:13 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 14:31 4 4 05:49 7 0 00:00 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 14:25 3 2 05:40 7 0 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 14:49 4 2 00:00 0 0 02:36 1 1
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 8 9 8 0 1 3
37 BURISH, ADAM 05:01 0 0 00:00 0 0 01:21 0 1
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 14:20 1 3 05:33 7 0 01:54 0 1
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 16:46 1 3 00:00 0 0 03:04 0 2
52 IRWIN, MATT 12:52 3 4 02:33 1 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 13:19 3 2 00:14 1 0 01:23 1 2
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:38 2 4 00:06 0 0 02:34 0 2
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 06:46 1 0 00:13 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 11:35 1 2 01:57 0 0 00:00 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 13:50 3 5 01:58 1 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 6 5 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 9 4 3 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Ovr 17 12 8 9 8 0 0 0 1 3 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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Generating eight shots in eight minutes of power play time is the performance of an upper-echelon 5-on-4 team. Generating eight scoring chances in eight minutes, as the Sharks did on Thursday night, is extremely impressive. That was the best the top unit has looked since the team's first-round sweep of Vancouver almost a year ago. More of that down the stretch and into the playoffs would be welcome. There weren't a ton of chances at even-strength in this game so it's hard to put too much stock into the individual numbers but I think the Couture line legitimately struggled five-on-five; they were matched up against Evgeni Malkin and he got the best of them. I love Matt Nieto but I don't think playing his off-wing on that line is the best place for him.

5v5 Zone Entries

# Player Overall Entries Shots Per Overall Entry Controlled Entries Shots Per Controlled Entry % Of Entries With Control
5 DEMERS, JASON 2 0.5 2 0.5 100
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 8 0.75 8 0.75 100
10 DESJARDINS, ANDRE 4 0.75 3 1 75
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 5 0.4 5 0.4 100
13 TORRES, RAFFI 4 0.25 3 0.33 75
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 3 1 2 1 67
19 THORNTON, JOE 6 0.33 4 0.5 67
22 BOYLE, DAN 2 0.5 1 1 50
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 2 0.5 1 1 50
37 BURISH, ADAM 2 0 1 0 50
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 4 0.5 3 0.67 75
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 1 0 0 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 0 0 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 6 0.33 3 0.67 50
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 3 0.33 1 1 33
81 KENNEDY, TLER 4 0 1 0 25
83 NIETO, MATT 1 1 1 1 100
88 BURNS, BRENT 5 0.4 1 1 20
Sharks Overall 62 0.45 40 0.65 65
Penguins Overall 58 0.38 30 0.43 52

Just a monster game for Joe Pavelski on zone entries, in addition to almost every other facet of the game. Ironically, the one area I thought he struggled was the power play where the remainder of his unit was downright dominant. A 65% overall controlled zone entry rate is incredibly high given that the league average is around 48% and is likely the Sharks' best performance in this category all season. If the Sharks can play like this in the neutral zone on a consistent basis, there's no stopping them.

5v5 Zone Exits

# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Outs Pass-Outs Turnovers Icings Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 13 5 0 2 5 1 15.5 30.0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 8 2 2 2 2 0 50.0 66.7
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 3 2 1 0 0 0 33.3 100.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 1 1 1 0 1 50.0 66.7
13 TORRES, RAFFI 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 75.0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 8 3 3 1 1 0 50.0 80.0
19 THORNTON, JOE 11 3 3 2 2 1 45.5 57.1
22 BOYLE, DAN 11 2 1 5 3 0 54.5 66.7
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 12 4 3 2 3 0 41.7 66.7
37 BURISH, ADAM 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 37.5
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 10 5 2 1 2 0 30.0 80.0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 19 9 1 3 5 0 21.1 40.0
52 IRWIN, MATT 12 4 1 5 2 0 50.0 75.0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 2 0 1 1 0 0 100.0 100.0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 6 4 1 0 1 0 16.7 69.2
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 3 0 0 1 1 1 33.3 60.0
83 NIETO, MATT 6 2 0 1 3 0 16.7 83.3
88 BURNS, BRENT 3 0 1 0 2 0 33.3 33.3
Overall 135 48 21 27 34 4 35.6
55.2

San Jose didn't spend a lot of time in the defensive zone in this game; credit their forwards for providing options and puck support to facilitate quick breakouts. James Sheppard in particular had a nice, understated game as the third-line center getting the puck moving in the right direction. Matt Irwin and Dan Boyle's shot differential numbers don't look great from this game but they did acquit themselves well in terms of exits, especially Irwin considering his recent struggles.

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