SAN JOSE, CALIF. – While the pressure hasn't entirely shifted to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they also don't want to turn Game 7 into a crapshoot.
"Ideally not," defenseman Ian Cole said regarding the opportunity to get a second crack at winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday.
"As much as we'd like to win at home, the earliest we can win, the better. I don't think we want to mess around in a Game 7. You never know what can happen in a one-game series. We'll try to get it done [Sunday] night and go home happy."
If the Penguins put out the same effort as they did Thursday, they like their chances. Sharks goalie Martin Jones' career-high 44 saves in Game 5 were responsible for the season continuing for both teams.
"He played lights out," Cole said. "But maybe being on the road will be good for us. You're not looking to impress people, you don't have 10, 15 family members that are ready to celebrate.
"On the road, you can really buckle down and try to play a smarter, simpler and probably a harder game."
The way veteran Matt Cullen looks at it, "It's still in our control. If we bring out our best 60 minutes, we'll end up on the right side. It was a good effort last game for sure, but not 60 minutes. It's the Stanley Cup Final. You know you're going to need your best game to win.
"While it was pretty good, it wasn't enough. You can look at good fortune or bad breaks or whatever, but it doesn't matter ultimately. Bottom line is we get a second shot at this and we don't want to miss it."
Of 32 teams, the Sharks became the 15th to force a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final when trailing the best-of-seven series 3-1. Only six prior teams then forced a Game 7, with only one ultimately winning it all (the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings; Toronto was actually down 3-0 in that series).
So, momentum hasn't completely shifted yet.
"They know we're not going to quit," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "They're going to show up for Game 6, so are we."
Staying in the moment
Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray, 22, is 5-0 this postseason in games following a loss.
"If one goes in that he thinks he should have had, he has the ability to stay in the moment, try to make the next save," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's a real competitor. We love that about him. We love his makeup"
Up in the air
The Sharks, who traditionally have some of the longest and toughest road trips, have logged lots of airline miles this postseason. San Jose coach Pete DeBoer is running out of things to do.
"I found myself the other day watching my wife's 'Downton Abbey,'" he said, laughing. "I watched every movie humanly made. I was so embarrassed. I was curled up in the corner making sure nobody could see me watching a movie. I know some of you [reporters] watch it, too, so don't laugh too hard."
Injured Sharks winger Tomas Hertl likely will miss his fourth consecutive game.