DONSKOI, SHARKS CUT SERIES DEFICIT IN HALF WITH OVERTIME WIN
Joonas Donskoi (1-1-2) assisted on the tying goal midway through the third period and scored at 12:18 of overtime to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks trimmed the Penguins lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1 and won the the first-ever Stanley Cup Final game in San Jose.
* Donskoi became the sixth rookie to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Final and the second to do so in as many games:
Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Donskoi goes top-shelf to win Game 3
Overtime Goals by Rookies, Stanley Cup Final History
Joonas Donskoi (SJS): Game 3 in 2016 vs. PIT
Conor Sheary (PIT): Game 2 in 2016 vs. SJS
Brian Skrudland (MTL): Game 2 in 1986 at CGY^
Jacques Lemaire (MTL): Game 1 in 1968 at STL
Jimmy Peters (MTL): Game 2 in 1946 vs. BOS
Alf Pike (NYR): Game 1 in 1940 vs. TOR
^ Fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (0:09)
* Via Elias, Donskoi and Pittsburgh's Conor Sheary became the second pair of rookies to score overtime goals in consecutive games within a series (of any round) in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. That feat also was achieved by Max McNab (Detroit Red Wings) and Gerry Plamondon (Montreal Canadiens) in Games 1 and 2, respectively, of the 1949 Semifinals.
* Donskoi also became the fourth rookie in Sharks history to score an overtime goal during the postseason. The others: Andrei Zyuzin (1998), Niko Dimitrakos (2004) and Benn Ferriero (2011).
* Donskoi had his second game-winning goal of the playoffs (21 GP) after totaling one such goal during the regular season (76 GP). He also scored the series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at the Los Angeles Kings.
* Donskoi shares first among rookies with six goals this postseason and ranks second with 12 points. His six goals are one shy of the Sharks record for a rookie in one playoff year, set by Logan Couture in 2011 (7).
Home Team in Caps
SAN JOSE 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT) - PIT leads 2-1
STANLEY CUP FINAL REMAINS CLOSELY CONTESTED AFFAIR
The Sharks and Penguins played their third consecutive one-goal game to open the Stanley Cup Final, including the second straight that required overtime:
* The Sharks and Penguins have been tied or within one goal for 95.3 percent of total playing time thus far during the series (185:39 of 194:53). San Jose has not led at any point in the first three games.
* Overall, 13 of the past 15 games in the Stanley Cup Final have been decided by one goal dating to the sixth and final game in 2013.
* This marked the fourth time in the past five years that multiple games in the Stanley Cup Final have required overtime (also 2012, 2013 and 2014).
HOME TEAMS CONTINUE DOMINANCE
* The Sharks improved to 8-2 at SAP Center this postseason. They and the Penguins (9-3) are a combined 17-5 record on home ice during the playoffs; the other 14 teams collectively went 29-37.
* Home teams improved to 33-13 in the Stanley Cup Final since 2009, including 3-0 in this series.
* California-based teams improved to 12-1 at home in the Stanley Cup Final since 2003 (ANA: 6-0, LAK: 5-1, SJS: 1-0).
DID YOU KNOW?
With San Jose's victory, there will not be a sweep in any round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (15 total series).
Only two other playoff years have not featured a sweep since all four rounds went to the best-of-7 format in 1987: 1991 and 2002.
The Penguins outshot the Sharks 42-26, the 12th consecutive game they have outshot their opponent. Pittsburgh owns a 455-310 shots advantage in that span, including a 113-74 margin during the Stanley Cup Final . . . Sharks defenseman Justin Braun scored for the second straight game, a first in his NHL career (regular season and playoffs, 412 GP) . . . Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy (1-1-2) had his first career multi-point game in the postseason (55 GP) . . . Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (40 SV) improved to 8-2 on home ice this postseason (1.74 GAA, .938 SV%, 2 SO) . . . ICYMI: Click here for an all-access look at Game 2 between the Sharks and Penguins . . . Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch opened the doors to the Sharks' locker room prior to Game 3 . . . Center Casey Cizikas agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Islanders. . . The Kings signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a two-year contract . . . The NHL Broadcasters Association and Professional Hockey Writers Association announced that Sam Rosen and Bob Verdi will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, respectively.
2016 NHL COMBINE CONCLUDES IN BUFFALO
The 2016 NHL Scouting Combine, featuring No. 1-ranked European skater Auston Matthews as well as 113 more of the top draft-eligible players for this year's draft, concluded Saturday with fitness testing in Buffalo.
Click here for the top 25 scores from each test.
ICYMI: No. 4-ranked North American skater Jakob Chychrun penned a blog about his experience during the fitness testing.
ICYMI: PANTHERS UNVEIL NEW LOGO, UNIFORMS
The Panthers unveiled a new logo and uniforms during a special event at BB&T Center on Thursday.
Click here for complete details.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY'S ACTION
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