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Penguins lose Game 5 to Sharks leaving Cole Harbour fans disappointed

Fans in Cole Harbour turned out to a local beverage room to cheer on their local star but the Pittsburgh Penguins were beaten 4-2 by San Jose, forcing the series back to San Jose for Game 6.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones the key to San Jose win. Series now goes back to California

Crosby fans in Cole Harbour cheer on Sid the Kid in Game 5. (CBC)

The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to wrap up their Stanley Cup final series with the San Jose Sharks Thursday night in Pennsylvania, leaving Cole Harbour fans watching a bit disappointed.

The Sharks won the game 4-2, but still trail in the series three games to two.

The Sharks scored two quick goals early in Thursday's game. They led 3-2 after the opening period, a wild 20 minutes of hockey with five goals scored.

"I certainly didn't think there would be that many goals scored in the first period," said Paul Martell, who wore his Sidney Crosby jersey to Big Leagues Beverage Room in Cole Harbour.

"Pittsburgh still has some time to come back and I think their depth will win the game for them."

But the second period was no better for Crosby's team. They had lots of chances to score but they couldn't beat San Jose goaltender Martin Jones who was easily the best player on the ice in Game 5.

"I think the boys got it, they're really coming on strong," said Josh Cross, one of many Pittsburgh fans wearing a Crosby jersey at the bar.

"They're getting a lot of pressure on them, getting more shots and Martin Jones is playing pretty good."

In the end the San Jose goaltender was the difference maker. He didn't give up a goal after the first period.

Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski scored into an empty net for his first goal of the series, clinching the game for San Jose. 

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, right, speaks to official Wes McCauley during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP )

Crosby was held off the scoresheet and hasn't scored a goal in six straight playoff games.

But Crosby fans like Ryan MacMillan aren't losing hope.

"He's going to score the game winner in Game 6 I hope," said Ryan MacMillan.

"If not in Game 6, then it will be in Game 7."

Two-dozen family and friends of Crosby from the Cole Harbour area were at the Consol Energy Center for the game. They were hoping to see him win the Stanley Cup.

All three times the Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, the clinching games were won on the road. Now both teams will fly back across the U.S. for Game 6 in San Jose on Sunday night.


Paul Palmeter is an award-winning video journalist born and raised in the Annapolis Valley. He has covered news and sports stories across the province for 30 years.