Bonino the hero as Pens strike first

Scores with less than three minutes re­main­ing to se­cure win

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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