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Penguins players visit Google headquarters

Maatta, Murray, Sheary among those who take tour on off day Friday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

What do you do when you are ahead 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, are in the Silicon Valley and have an extra day between games? 

If you're members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, you visit Google headquarters.

Seven Penguins, including defenseman Olli Maatta, forward and Game 2 hero Conor Sheary and starting goalie Matt Murray, visited the tech giant's main campus Friday in the San Jose suburb of Mountain View, Calif. 

"It was pretty cool," Maatta said. "It helped get your head off hockey for a while, which was the point."

Defenseman Steve Oleksy, who organized the trip, went to high school with some Google employees. Oleksy posted a photo of the group enjoying a tour of the grounds in northern California. 

Tweet from @StevenOleksy: Thank you @google @kriskinnymccow for hosting us. The tour was amazing. I sure hope Google is hiring when I retire.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he was happy his players could enjoy trip and take a break from the intensity of the Cup Final. 

"I think it's important to get away from it," Sullivan said. "It's an intense battle. Sometimes just to get away from it, to take your mind off it, recharge your batteries, re-engerize yourselves I think is a good thing."

Sheary scored the game-winning goal 2:35 into overtime of Game 2 on Wednesday to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series against the San Jose Sharks. Game 3 is at SAP Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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