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The Sharks hope their second residence Stanley Cup Closing recreation in franchise historical past goes in addition to their first, whereas the Penguins will look to present themselves an opportunity to clinch the collection at residence when the puck drops on the SAP Heart in San Jose for Recreation 4 on Monday.
San Jose is seeking to tie the collection up after notching its first Stanley Cup Closing win in franchise historical past in Recreation 3. Pittsburgh, in the meantime, seems to bounce again and put a 3-1 stranglehold on the collection earlier than it shifts again to Pennsylvania.
Joonas Donskoi performed hero in Recreation 3, scoring at 12:18 of additional time to present the Sharks a 3-2 victory. It was Donskoi’s sixth tally of the playoffs. The Penguins took the primary two video games of this collection in Pittsburgh, successful Recreation 1, 3-2, and Recreation 2, 2-1, in additional time.
Justin Braun (2) and Joel Ward (7) every additionally discovered the again of the web for the Sharks in Recreation 3. Joe Thornton had two assists, upping his whole to 17, one behind team-leader Logan Couture. Couture leads the NHL with 26 factors this postseason, whereas Joe Pavelski — who has but to notch a degree within the collection — leads the membership with 13 objectives.
Peter DeBoer put Couture, Thornton and Pavelski on the identical line because the Sharks tried to chop into their 2-0 deficit on Saturday.
“It helped us the opposite night time positive,” DeBoer mentioned through NHL.com. “It could be much like them shifting [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin and [Phil] Kessel collectively. You have got three nice gamers taking part in collectively. However in an effort to try this, that hurts you in different components of the lineup. It’s a must to be comfy you’ll be able to survive doing that with the opposite components.”
Ben Lovejoy (2) and Patric Hornqvist (8) every had a marker for the Penguins of their Recreation 3 loss. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh in objectives (10) and factors (19), whereas his linemate Nick Bonino (13) paces the membership in helpers. Evgeni Malkin has but to register a degree so far within the Stanley Cup Closing.
The Penguins have led nearly all of the collection, with the Sharks’ solely lead approaching the overtime-winner from Donskoi, however Pittsburgh definitely squandered a chance to take a 3-0 collection lead after outshooting San Jose 42-26 in Recreation 4.
“We had some possibilities,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby mentioned per NHL.com. “I believe each groups carried the play [at] completely different instances.”
The battle between the pipes stays the identical as rookie Matt Murray, who has had an ideal postseason, however allowed a softie in on Ward’s game-tying purpose Saturday, will oppose Martin Jones.
Murray yielded three objectives on 26 pictures in Recreation 3 and is 13-5 this postseason with a 2.15 goals-against common and a .924 save proportion. Jones turned apart 40 of the 42 pictures he confronted and is 13-8 this spring with a 2.13 GAA and a .922 save proportion.
Recreation Particulars & Reside Stream
Matchup: Penguins at Sharks Stanley Cup Closing Recreation 4
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: SAP Heart, San Jose, Calif.
Radio: Pittsburgh (105.9 WXDX); San Jose (KFOX 98.5);
Sequence: 2-1 Penguins.
Predictions: Our predictions for this collection will be seen right here.
Betting Odds: The most recent betting odds for this recreation will be discovered right here.
Watch On-line: This recreation will be stay streamed at no cost right here.
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