BONINO'S LATE GOAL LIFTS PENGUINS TO GAME 1 VICTORY
Nick Bonino, a sixth-round selection (No. 173) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 NHL Draft, scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:33 remaining in the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win against the Sharks in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
* Bonino scored his second game-winning goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (19 GP) after not having any during the regular season (63 GP). In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals, Bonino became the eighth player in Penguins history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime.
Video: Bonino nets late winner to propel Penguins in Game 1
* Five of Bonino's 12 career playoff goals have stood as winners (including three in overtime). He has eight such goals during the regular season (with one in overtime).
* Carl Hagelin (0-1-1) provided an assist on Bonino's goal. The "HBK Line" of Hagelin (5-8-13), Bonino (4-12-16) and Phil Kessel (9-9-18) has combined for 18-29-47 this postseason.
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, San Jose 2 - PIT leads 1-0
NAIL-BITING TREND IN GAME 1 CONTINUES
The Penguins and Sharks played the seventh consecutive one-goal game to open the Stanley Cup Final. The others (and their series results):
2016: SJS 2 at PIT 3 - TBD
2015: CHI 2 at TBL 1 - CHI won 4-2
2014: NYR 2 at LAK 3 (OT) - LAK won 4-1
2013: BOS 3 at CHI 4 (3OT) - CHI won 4-2
2012: LAK 2 at NJD 1 (OT) - LAK won 4-2
2011: BOS 0 at VAN 1 - BOS won 4-3
2010: PHI 5 at CHI 6 - CHI won 4-2
* The winning goal has been scored in the final five minutes of the third period or later in each of the past six Game 1s of the Stanley Cup Final.
ROOKIES STEAL THE SPOTLIGHT EARLY IN GAME 1
Rookies Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary scored 62 seconds apart to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the first period.
* Via Elias, it was the second time the opening two goals of the Stanley Cup Final were scored by rookies. In 1924, Montreal's Howie Morenz scored the first two goals of Game 1 in a 6-1 victory against the Calgary Tigers of the Western Canada Hockey League, two years before the Stanley Cup was competed for solely by NHL teams.
* Elias adds that Rust and Sheary became the first pair of rookie teammates to score in the same game of the Stanley Cup Final since 2009, when Justin Abdelkader and Jonathan Ericsson of the Detroit Red Wings did so in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.
* Rust, who scored for the third straight game (4-0-4), set a Penguins rookie record with his sixth goal of the postseason, surpassing the mark set by Michel Briere in 1970 (5).
DID YOU KNOW?
Since the Final went to the best-of-7 format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to win the Stanley Cup 77.6 percent of the time (59 of 76 series), including each of the past four years.
BURNS JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had assists on each of San Jose's goals, giving him six goals and 22 points this postseason (19 GP). Four defensemen have earned more points in a single playoff year since 1986:
34 - Brian Leetch (1994 w/ NYR)
31 - Al MacInnis (1989 w/ CGY)
25 - Ray Bourque (1991 w/ BOS)
23 - Larry Murphy (1991 w/ PIT)
22 - Brent Burns (2016 w/ SJS)
The Penguins became the first Eastern Conference team to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final since 2006 (Carolina Hurricanes) . . . Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who has appeared in 1,411 regular-season games (all with San Jose), scored while making his Stanley Cup Final debut in the city where he was chosen second in the 1997 NHL Draft . . . Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (24 saves) earned his 12th victory of the postseason, tied for the second-most wins by a rookie goalie in one playoff year . . . Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 38 saves, including 17 in the third period . . . Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (0-1-1) extended his point streak to six games (3-4-7) . . . The Sharks allowed 40-plus shots on goal in regulation for the second time in 2015-16 (regular season and playoffs) . . . The Penguins outshot their opponent for the 10th straight game (41-26), including 80-43 over the past two games.