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Lord Stanley's Cup was packed up back in its case last night, ready to travel to San Jose for a game on Sunday

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In the midst of everyone debating whether Kessel, Murray, or Crosby will win the Conn Smythe trophy, everyone forgot there's another candidate: Martin Jones. No one is forgetting him now. Last night he stopped 44 of 46 SOG while the Sharks' offence devoured Matt Murray.

And was that not one hell of a fun game? The Sharks were up 2-0 three minutes in to the game. Two minutes later it was tied 2-2! It was nuts! That's when Jones turned on beast mode and put up a brick wall which some of the best scorers in the NHL could not pass.

It must have been frustrating for the Penguins' fans, reportedly more than 20,000 of them were outside the arena in a giant viewing party.

Anyone else want to bet the "only one viewing party per series" rule will surprisingly go away if there is a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh?

Game 5: San Jose puts the celebration on hold - PensBurgh
The Sharks come out strong in the first period and Martin Jones stands on his head and there will be a Game 6 on Sunday in San Jose

Watch this ridiculous back pass by Couture here.

These plays are so dangerous, but when they work, they are golden. Another angle

The Penguins had their own sweet goal by Malkin. Look at him make a deliberate bank shot off a Sharks player here to get it past Jones.

Murray let in 3 (one Sharks goal was EN) but he also made some good saves, though far fewer because the Sharks had only 22 SOG.

And I don't know WTF this is, but I am leaving it here anyway

The Draft

Follow along with SB Nation's 2016 NHL Mock Draft
With the obvious top 6 done, today it gets interesting with picks 7, 8, and 9 up for selection by Five For Howling, Die By The Blade, and Eye On The Prize.

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HOT TEAK ALERT! Patrik Laine is not where you think he will be.

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Don’t overthink this draft, Jarmo. Take Jesse Puljujarvi, and let’s go from there.

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