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Quick Bite: Sharks blow 2 goal lead in loss to Penguins

In the Stanley Cup Final rematch, the Sharks fell apart in the third period and lost their second game of the season.

San Jose Sharks v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

After dominating the second period, the Sharks seemed to have this game in the bag. But the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-1) roared back in the third period to defeat the San Jose Sharks (3-2-0) 3-2 on Thursday night in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.

The first period saw each team create several opportunities, but no goals. The Sharks best opportunity was about 7 minutes into the game when Logan Couture came storming down the the left wing and shot a puck that went right off the crossbar and out of play. The Penguins and Sharks each had a power play late in the first period but couldn’t convert.

Entering the 2nd period of a scoreless game, the Sharks jumped the gun early. Joe Pavelski came into the zone and took a shot at Fleury, and Tomas Hertl found the rebound, putting it home for his second goal of the season. The Penguins appeared to tie the game at the 7 minute mark when Patric Hornqvist scored. But after further review, it was determined that Hornqvist batted the puck in with his glove and the goal was waved off. You can be the judge and decide if the right call was made.

The Sharks immediately took advantage of that momentum, scoring their second goal not long after. Marleau and Couture went tic-tac-toe, with Marleau burying it for a beautiful score.

The Sharks played a fantastic second period and lead 2-0 entering the 3rd.

But the game was far from over. 7 minutes into the third, Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins on the board with a turn around shot from the slot. The Penguins kept pushing forward and eventually tied it. Scott Wilson took the puck from the hash marks and slid a backhander right past Jones’ five hole. All of a sudden, the Penguins found life and we had ourselves a hockey game.

The Sharks had major penalty problems in the third and it cost them. On their second power play of the period, The Penguins cashed in. Patrick Hornqvist redeemed himself with a goal, and the Sharks found themselves down by 1. The Sharks couldn’t get a late goal and lost 3-2.

Notes

  • The Sharks simply dominated the second period. They outshot the Penguins 17-4 and clearly looked like the better team. Despite the loss, it seemed to be the best period of Sharks hockey this year.
  • In the exact opposite of the second period, the Sharks looked miserable in the third. The score should make this pretty self-explanatory, but they found themselves constantly chasing after the Penguins and outweighed by their momentum.

Fear The Fin Three Stars

  1. Evgeni Malkin
  2. Patric Hornqvist
  3. Patrick Marleau

The Sharks conclude their road trip on Saturday against the Red Wings.