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Sharks Win Game 3; Take Down Penguins in Overtime

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The Sharks Defeated the Penguins 3-2 in Overtime of Game 3

San Jose Sharks: 3    Pittsburgh Penguins: 2

After dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh, the San Jose Sharks took on the Pittsburgh Penguins at home in San Jose looking to cut the Pittsburgh series lead to 1 game. They found a way to get the win in overtime, tying the game twice before scoring in overtime. This was the first Stanley Cup final win in Sharks franchise history.

The Sharks received goals from Justin Braun, Joel Ward and Joonas Donskoi, who scored the overtime goal. Goaltender Martin Jones stopped 40 of the Penguins 42 shots in his first Stanley Cup Final win. The Penguins received goals from Ben Lovejoy and Patric Hornqvist, and goaltender Matt Murray stopped 23 of the Sharks 26 shots.

Lovejoy would start the scoring for the Penguins just 5 minutes into the first. Off of a turnover by the Sharks, Lovejoy took a hard slap shot that bounced on the ice right in front of Jones and under his blocker before entering the net. It was his second goal of the playoffs and gave the Penguins a 1 goal lead.

Minutes later, Braun tied the game up at 1. Joe Thornton passed the puck to Braun, who kicked it to his stick before firing a wrist shot from the point. Murray, who was screened by multiple players, never saw the puck coming and let the goal in, right past his glove tying the game at 1.

With only 52 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Hornqvist gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead. After a shot by Sidney Crosby that was blocked by a Sharks defender, Olli Maatta found Lovejoy with on the blue line with a quick pass. Hornqvist tipped the Lovejoy shot under the blocker of Jones and into the net, giving the Penguins a lead after 2 periods.

The Sharks would once again tie the game, this time with a power play goal by Ward. Nick Bonino put the Penguins down a man after taking a double minor for high sticking, giving the Sharks a 4 minute power play. Just off the bench, Ward entered the zone and fired a slap shot past Murray, tying the game at 2 and forcing overtime.

Just over ten minutes into overtime, the Sharks would win their first overtime game of the playoffs, losing their first 4, with a goal by Donskoi. As the puck came around the net, Donskoi picked it up behind the net and shot the puck from just below the faceoff circle. The shot went over the shoulder of Murray and into the net, clinching the overtime victory and cutting the series deficit to 1 game.

Game 4 between the Sharks and Penguins will be Monday night at 8 P.M. E.T. in San Jose.