Pittsburgh (2-1) at San Jose (1-2)
When: Monday, June 6th 2016
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports
The San Jose Sharks got back into the Stanley Cup Finals with an overtime victory on Saturday and will now try and tie the series up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 on Monday. Joonas Donskoi’s turnaround shot at 12:18 of overtime from the left circle gave the Sharks a 3-2 win over the Penguins on Saturday night. It was Donskoi’s sixth goal of the postseason and one that could turn around this series. LW Tomas Hertl missed Game 3 with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer declared Friday a maintenance day for the 23-year-old top-liner, who took a couple spins on the ice while wearing a track suit before the team held a full practice. It appeared Hertl’s left ankle was wrapped and is considered day-to-day.
Pittsburgh once again outshot the Sharks 42-26, but didn’t get as many quality chances as they did in the first two games. Pittsburgh scored first for a third straight game. Ben Lovejoy’s soft wrist shot from the right boards went through the legs of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski and off the stick of Sharks defenseman Roman Polak past Martin Jones at 5:29 on the Pens’ fifth straight shot to open the game. Lovejoy finished with a goal and assist in the contest. Pittsburgh produced the first seven shots of the game and finished the period with a 14-6 edge over San Jose. The Penguins took a 2-1 lead inside the final minute of the second period on their last of six shots in the period.
I like San Jose again to tie this series. California-based teams are now 12-1 at home in the Stanley Cup Finals. Pittsburgh rookie goalie Matt Murry looks a little more uncomfortable in net. This could be one of those series’ that the home team wins every game.
Pick: Sharks -135