Bonino the hero as Pens strike first
Scores with less than three minutes remaining to secure win
PENGUINS 3 nothing offensively, turned pucks over constantly and lost seemingly every battle and race to the puck.
If not for Jones, who made a key stop on Bonino shortly after Sheary’s goal, San Jose’s deficit may well have been three goals after the first.
A different road team emerged in the second, firing eight of the first nine shots and scoring three minutes into the period. The goal came courtesy of a San Jose power-play which led all teams in the post-season entering the final.
Hertl, stationed just above the goal-line to the left of Murray, stepped towards the goal as he guided a shot between the pads of the Penguins goalie.
The Sharks continued to push before evening the score at 2-2 with fewer than two minutes left in the second.
Burns got the play started in the offensive zone. Eventually, after Logan Couture won a battle for the puck in the corner, Burns got it back on his tape and fired from the point. Marleau grabbed hold of the rebound, zipping it around the net with a backhand into the goal, just ahead of Murray sliding from left to right.
It was the fifth goal of the playoffs for Marleau, who played in 165 post-season games before reaching his first Cup final, the most of any player.
The goal capped the Sharks’ comeback from a deep, early hole.
Effective for much of the playoffs, the Pittsburgh power play was held in check by San Jose’s penalty kill, empty in three opportunities.
The Penguins got their third power play of the game when Rust was hit unsuspectingly in the head by Marleau, who drew a penalty. Pittsburgh failed to muster even a single shot, however. Rust, meanwhile, played one shift after the hit and did not return. The teams both had quality chances in the third. Hertl came close to putting the Sharks ahead for the first time with Phil Kessel and Bonino each nearly giving the lead back to Pittsburgh moments later. Jones came up big again a little while after that, first turning down Hornqvist rushing in on a feed from Crosby. He then barely kept out Crosby’s attempt on goal from the corner.
Pittsburgh hung on with a crucial penalty kill in the dying moments after Ben Lovejoy was whistled for hooking.