Thursday, June 9, 2016
Hockey: Jones, Sharks Hold Fast In Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh - With his team facing elimination, goaltender Martin Jones turned away 44 shots by the Pittsburgh Penguins to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 road victory. With the win, the Sharks stayed alive in the Stanley Cup Finals, and now trail the Pens 3-2 in the series. They return to San Jose to host Pittsburgh at 8 PM Eastern on Sunday.
The visitors jumped out to a 2-0 in the opening moments of the game, only to see the Pens tie it up at 2-2 with nearly 15 minutes still remaining in the period. The two teams combined for four goals in the first 5:06 to set a Stanley Cup Finals record for most goals to open a game. Melker Karlsson buried what proved the difference maker for San Jose with just over five minutes to play in the first.
Following the offensive outburst in the initial period were 38 minutes of scoreless hockey. Joe Pavelski scored an empty-netter in the waning moments of the third to provide the Sharks with the 4-2 winning margin.
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