Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Penguins Take Game One Late

Bryan Rust (Notre Dame) opened the scoring in the first period, Conor Sheary (UMass) added to it, and Nick Bonino (Boston University) finished it in the third on Monday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins took Game One of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, 3-2, over the visiting San Jose Sharks.

Pittsburgh, which is seeking its first Stanley Cup since 2009 and its fourth overall, jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period, only to watch the Sharks, who are making their finals debut after 25 years, tie it up with two goals in the second stanza. The two teams then went back and forth until Bonino, a former San Jose draft choice, wristed home a shot from the slot with less than three minutes remaining in regulation for the win.

The Penguins outshot the Sharks, 41-26, but were 0-for-3 on the power play. San Jose was 1-for-2 with the man advantage, but couldn't get anything going on its second power play just after the hosts took back the lead late in the game. Game Two is Wednesday night (8 p.m., NBCSN) at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

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