Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Penguins win in OT for 2-0 Cup final lead over Sharks

PITTSBURGH — Rookie Conor Sheary scored 2:35 into overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Sharks and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night.

Sheary's quick shot off a set faceoff play whipped the puck over the glove of goalie Martin Jones for the forward's first career playoff overtime goal, first career winning goal in the regular season or playoffs, and fourth career playoff goal.

The Sharks will hope home ice is an advantage Saturday night in Game 3 when the series shifts to San Jose.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby said the play that led to the winning goal was drawn up on the ice right before the faceoff. He told defenseman Kris Letang, also on the ice, not to one-time the puck.

Crosby won the faceoff, and Letang picked up the puck and passed it to Sheary.

"Sid told me he was winning the faceoff to me," Letang said. "It was up to me to make a play."

San Jose forward Logan Couture said Crosby wins offensive zone faceoffs so cleanly because he cheats and gets away with it because of who he is.

The Sharks fell to 0-4 in overtime games this postseason. The Penguins improved to 4-2.

Phil Kessel gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 8:20 of the second period, tapping the puck in from the right side of the net after getting set up by linemates Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin, a line that has combined to contribute 50 points in 20 playoff games. The goal was Kessel's 10th of the postseason.

Pittsburgh neutralized the Sharks offense for the majority of the game until San Jose tied it at 1 with 4:05 remaining in regulation on Justin Braun's goal on a slap shot from the point after getting a fortunate bounce off the right post after drawing only iron earlier in the game.

"We turned the puck over a ton. Again," Couture said.

Sons sue Hurricanes owner: Carolina owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is being sued by three of his sons for more than $100 million. The sons — Jason Karmanos, Peter Karmanos III and Nick Karmanos — say their father did not repay a loan he took out in 2013 from a limited partnership he created with them that was used in various ways to "support the Hurricanes." Their attorneys did not respond to requests from the Associated Press for comment. Hurricanes spokesman Mike Sundheim declined to comment.

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