PITTSBURGH – Like the rest of his teammates, Bryan Rust saw the thousands of Pittsburgh Penguins fans assembled around CONSOL Energy Center in anticipation of a Stanley Cup raising on Thursday night.
“Traffic was terrible,” he said, with a laugh. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t do it on home ice.”
But while the Penguins were disappointed in the result, they weren’t disappointed in their effort.
“I think we played hard and well,” said Rust.
“Hockey doesn’t always go your way. Sometimes you think you deserve to win, and sometimes you think you shouldn’t,” he said. “I think we did a lot of positive things. We can clean up a few things.”
According to War On Ice, the Penguins had a score-adjusted Corsi rating of 58.1 at 5-on-5 in Game 5, to the San Jose Sharks’ 31.1. They nearly doubled them in scoring chances and had significantly more high-danger chances. In other words, despite the 4-2 loss, they carried the play, only to see goalie Martin Jones bail out his team with an epicRead More »from Penguins confident in their chances after Game 5 loss