SHEARY'S OVERTIME HEROICS LIFT PENGUINS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Conor Sheary scored at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks had tied the game with 4:05 remaining in the third period.
* Elias says that Sheary, an undrafted free agent who signed with the Penguins in July, became the fifth rookie to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Final and the first do so in 30 years:
Video: Sheary's overtime goal gives Pens 2-0 series lead
Overtime Goals by Rookies, Stanley Cup Final History
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)
* Sheary, who also scored in Game 1, had his first career game-winning goal including the regular season (63 GP). He ranks fourth among rookies with four goals and nine points during the Stanley Cup Playoffs (19 GP).
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 2, San Jose 1 (OT) - PIT leads 2-0
"HBK LINE" CONTINUES TO PRODUCE FOR PENGUINS
Phil Kessel provided the other goal for the Penguins with assists from linemates Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin.
* The trio has combined for 19 goals and 50 points in 20 games this postseason: Kessel (10-9-19), Bonino (4-13-17) and Hagelin (5-9-14).
* Kessel became the ninth player in Penguins history to reach double-digits in goals during a single playoff year and the first to do so since 2009 (Sidney Crosby: 15, Evgeni Malkin: 14).
ANOTHER OVERTIME IN GAME 2 OF THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime for the fifth time in the past six years:
2016 - SJS 1 at PIT 2 (Conor Sheary, 2:35 of OT)
2014 - NYR 4 at LAK 5 (Dustin Brown, 10:26 of 2OT)
2013 - BOS 2 at CHI 1 (Daniel Paille, 13:48 of OT)
2012 - LAK 2 at NJD 1 (Jeff Carter, 13:42 of OT)
2011 - BOS 2 at VAN 3 (Alexandre Burrows, 0:11 of OT)
* The Penguins improved to 28-26 in 54 all-time playoff overtime games, including a 17-16 record on home ice. They also improved to 2-0 in overtime games during the Stanley Cup Final, with their other OT game in Game 5 at the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 (Petr Sykora - 49:57).
DID YOU KNOW?
Since the Stanley Cup Final went to the best-of-7 format in 1939, teams that have taken a 2-0 series lead have gone on to win the Stanley Cup 89.8 percent of the time (44 of 49 series), including each of the past two instances (2012 and 2014, Los Angeles Kings).
* Home teams have swept the opening two games of the Stanley Cup Final 36 times in that span, ultimately winning the championship 33 times (91.7 percent). Two of those losses, however, have come in the past seven years: 2009 (PIT @ DET) and 2011 (BOS @ VAN).
Twelve of the past 14 games in the Stanley Cup Final have been decided by one goal (since 2013) . . . The Penguins picked up their ninth home win of the playoffs (9-3), equaling a single-year team record also achieved in 2009, 2008 and 1991 . . . The Sharks fell to 5-2 in games following a loss this postseason . . . Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, who lost his stepfather -- former NHL forward Tom Lysiak -- prior to Game 1, scored his second career playoff goal (44 GP) . . . Sharks forward Logan Couture (0-1-1) moved four points ahead in the postseason scoring race (8-18-26) . . . The Penguins outshot their opponent for the 11th consecutive game (30-22) . . . REMINDER: The Panthers will unveil a new logo and uniform Thursday at BB&T Center . . . ICYMI: The Blues signed coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract . . . Defenseman Grant Clitsome announced his retirement from professional hockey . . . Actor Joe Manganiello, a Pittsburgh native live tweeted Game 2.
REMINDER: "ALL ACCESS" CHRONICLES STANLEY CUP FINALISTS
ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup, the first-of-its-kind docu-series chronicling the 2016 Stanley Cup Finalists, debuts its third episode Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME in the U.S and 11:00 p.m. ET on Sportsnet in Canada.
Video: Sullivan leads Pens in Gm1 of the SCF vs. Sharks
NHL COMBINE CONTINUES IN BUFFALO
The 2016 NHL Scouting Combine continues through Saturday at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo, with 114 of the top eligible players for the 2016 NHL Draft taking part in one-on-one interviews with NHL teams, medical examinations and fitness testing.
ICYMI: Forward Auston Matthews, the No. 1-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting, sat down for a Q&A with NHL.com . . . Forward Jakob Chychrun, the No. 4-ranked North American skater, penned a blog for NHL.com about his interview with the Philadelphia Flyers that involved the scout who selected his father, Jeff, in the 1984 NHL Draft as well as his father's former teammate, current general manager Ron Hextall.