Jones turned in another strong performance in Sunday's Game 6, stopping 24 of 26 shots, but it wasn't enough to stop him and the Sharks from watching the Penguins celebrate winning the Stanley Cup. He kept Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin from finding twine in the series' deciding game, but goals by defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin sank the Sharks, who weren't able to get much going offensively again. San Jose was outshot in five of the series' six games, and although Jones acquitted himself extremely well, that's a lot to overcome. His playoff stats -- 14 wins, a .923 save mark and a 2.16 GAA -- speak volumes about what Jones offered during this lengthy run, and it wouldn't be surprising in the least to see him playing for Lord Stanley's Cup again in the coming seasons.
Jones will man the crease for Sunday's Game 5 matchup against the Penguins. Jones performed admirably in Game 5, stopping 44 of the 46 shots he faced to help the Sharks return the series to San Jose. He may need a similar effort in Game 6 if he wants the series to extend into a series-deciding Game 7.
Jones was the star for the Sharks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, making 44 saves on 46 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Penguins. With the Penguins looking to close out the series on home ice and dominating while they were at it -- they outshot the Sharks by a ridiculous 46-21 margin -- Jones was the difference, forcing the series to Game 6 by making an incredible number of awe-inspiring saves. His teammates did stake him to an early 2-0 lead, which he promptly gave back within two minutes or so, but after that, Jones played the part of an impenetrable fortress. That said, he's going to have an awfully hard time gaining two more wins if the Sharks keep getting outplayed as dramatically as they were in this game. Still, they're headed home with happy faces and plentiful momentum heading into Game 6 on Sunday, when Jones will surely once again be protecting the net.
Jones will be the road goalie against the Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday. Down 3-1 in the series, Jones and the Sharks face possible elimination Thursday. The tall backstop in teal has given up 10 goals total against the Pens in the Stanley Cup Finals, playing at a high level except for Game 4 on Monday, when he surrendered three goals on 20 shots. Jones desperately needs some of the Sharks' top offensive weapons to strike for scores -- Joe Pavelski has been held pointless in the series, and "Jumbo" Joe Thornton has only done damage in Game 3. No matter the outcome in the upcoming contest, Jones can take pride in his fine play this season, his first campaign as a full-time goalie and first as a Shark. He reached 37 wins in the regular season and heads into Game 5 with a skinny 2.17 GAA.
Jones allowed three goals on 20 shots Monday in a 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The loss drops Jones to 13-8 with a .920 save percentage and 2.17 GAA in this playoffs. More importantly, he and the Sharks are now on the brink of elimination heading into Game 5 in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins can hoist their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history on Thursday. The Sharks' skaters did a good job in limiting the visitors to just 20 shots in this one, which was quite a feat after the Pens were able to throw 113 pucks at Jones in the first three games of the series. That said, they're still down 3-1 and will now be forced to defy the odds and win three games in a row to take home the Cup. On the bright side, Jones and the Sharks have gone on a three-game winning streak twice this postseason -- something they'll need to turn to for motivation in Game 5.
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