Pen­guins off to a strong start in Stan­ley Cup final

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Nick Bonino’s third-pe­riod goal helped the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in the first game of the Stan­ley Cup final. The Pen­guins, who also host game two to­mor­row (4am UAE), opened the scor­ing 12:46 into the first pe­riod through Bryan Rust and 62 sec­onds later that lead was dou­bled by Conor Sheary. Three minutes into the sec­ond pe­riod, though, To­mas Hertl scored the Sharks’ first Stan­ley Cup final goal in fran­chise history and Pa­trick Mar­leau lev­elled the game with a fine wra­paround ef­fort on 38:12. The win­ner came with just 2:33 left as Kris Le­tang found Bonino, who re­stored Pitts­burgh’s ad­van­tage and got them off to a win­ning start in the seven-game se­ries. “It’s one game, but I think we did a lot of good things,” said Pen­guins cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby. “First and third we were re­ally strong, gen­er­ated a lot of chances. We saw a lot of their strengths, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond, with how good they are.”

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