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Sharks wins Game 3 in OT to draw within 2-1 in Stanley Cup final

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns passes the puck during Saturday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh in San Jose. The Sharks won for the first time in five OT games in this season’s playoffs.

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Sharks defenseman Brent Burns passes the puck during Saturday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh in San Jose. The Sharks won for the first time in five OT games in this season’s playoffs.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi scored 12:18 into overtime Saturday night as San Jose, in its home debut in its first Stanley Cup final, defeated the Penguins 3-2 to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Donskoi got the puck, brought it behind the net and, with two defenders between him and goaltender Matt Murray, deposited the puck shortside into the net.

The Sharks went to overtime for the fifth time in the playoffs this year, the second straight game against the Penguins. They lost all four before Saturday; no NHL team has ever lost five overtime games in one postseason.

Only one time since the league implemented a best-of-seven format for the Stanley Cup final has a team trailing 3-0 in the series rallied to win. That was 1942 when Toronto came back to beat Detroit.

San Jose right wing Joel Ward's goal 8:48 into the third period tied it at 2. With time expiring on a four-minute power play, Ward led a three-on-two rush and ripped a shot that found an opening through Murray.

The final minutes of regulation were a flurry, but Murray and Sharks goalie Martin Jones were up to the task as shot after shot was blocked by the defensemen in front of them and the series reached an extra period for the second straight game.

Nick Bonino took a double-minor penalty for high-sticking Joe Thornton at 4:48, giving San Jose the extended power play.

With 53 seconds remaining in the second period, Ben Lovejoy sent a shot at the net with teammates Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist applying a double screen on Jones with defenseman Brent Burns arriving too late. The puck was redirected by Hornqvist past Jones for his eighth goal of this postseason. Sheary made the key play by getting the puck deep in the zone for the Penguins.

The Penguins took an early lead when Lovejoy's long shot from the boards bounced off defenseman Roman Polak's shin pad and past Jones just 5:29 into the game.

But Justin Braun's goal in the first got the Sharks back into the fray in the franchise's first home game in a Stanley Cup final in its 25 seasons. The Sharks were without top-line forward Tomas Hertl. Coach Peter DeBoer said Hertl had a lower-body injury.

Kings: They re-signed defenseman Brayden McNabb, 25, to a two-year contract.

Playoffs

Stanley Cup final

PENGUINS 2, SHARKS 1

Game 1: Penguins 3, Sharks 2

Game 2: Penguins 2, Sharks 1, OT

Saturday: Sharks 3, Penguins 2, OT

Monday: at San Jose, 8, Ch. 8

*Thursday: at Pittsburgh, 8, Ch. 8

*June 12: at San Jose, 8, Ch. 8

*June 15: at Pittsburgh, 8, Ch. 8

* If necessary

Sharks wins Game 3 in OT to draw within 2-1 in Stanley Cup final 06/04/16 [Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 11:47pm]
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