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Stanley Cup Final

Sheary, Burns, featured in 'ALL ACCESS' Episode 4

Showtime series gives viewers inside look at teams competing in Stanley Cup Final

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

SHOWTIME "ALL-ACCESS": Donskoi

SHOWTIME "ALL-ACCESS": Donskoi shines in OT

SHOWTIME "ALL-ACCESS" follows Joonas Donskoi as he gets the Sharks back into the Stanley Cup Final with an OT goal

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Showtime Sports on Saturday aired the fourth episode of "ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup," which chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Final series and the Stanley Cup Final. It's the first show to nationally televise the championship of one of the four major North American sports as it unfolds. It is narrated by 2016 Tony Award nominee Bill Camp.

Following a win in Game 2, the Penguins have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, winning each game at home, but everything has played out the way it's supposed to, according to Sharks forward Joe Thornton.

"Now we're supposed to win Game 3," Thornton says. "That's just how it is. Our game in the postseason at home has been unbelievable." 

A 3-0 series lead would seem insurmountable, and it's something defenseman Dresden Dillon doesn't want to think about. 

"It's a pivotal game. I think every game obviously in the Stanley Cup Final is huge but going down 2-0 on the road, that's not the way we wanted to start," Dillon says.

The rise of Conor Sheary

Sheary, a 24-year-old, baby-faced rookie, scored the overtime goal in Game 2 that gave the Penguins a 2-0 series lead but still gets the rookie treatment; his locker for Game 3 is tucked all the way in the corner of the dressing room.

"That's not a good spot there," Sheary says to several of his teammates.
Captain Sidney Crosby, who at 28 has already spent 11 seasons in the NHL, marvels at what the rookie has done.

"Sometimes it's better when you're young," Crosby says. "You're just enjoying the moment. You haven't had different experiences. Maybe you don't realize the situation but I think that whatever he is doing, whatever his approach is, it's working for him."

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Sheary admits it has been a whirlwind of a season but he realizes what is at stake.

"From my first call-up to my first playoffs and now my first Final all in my first year, it's been a lot more than I could have expected and I am just trying to embrace it and live in the moment as much as I can," Sheary says.

Game 3 in San Jose

The Penguins come out dominating again like they did in Games 1 and 2, with defenseman Ben Lovejoy scoring less than five minutes into the game. But Sharks defenseman Justin Braun ties the game 1-1 halfway through the period.

Patric Hornqvist tips a Lovejoy shot with under a minute left in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. The Sharks are 20 minutes away from going down 3-0 in the series, and it looks bleak after they fail to convert on a four-minute power play. But halfway through the period, Joel Ward ties the game.

The game heads to overtime, where the Sharks (0-4) haven't won in this year's playoffs. They pick a good time to end that streak when rookie Joonas Donskoi scores on a wraparound just over 12 minutes into overtime and the Sharks make it a series with a 3-2 win.

"We deserved that win," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer says. "Don't listen to the noise. I don't care what the shot clock says -- we deserved that win. [The Penguins] still haven't seen our best. We got another level to get to. This is a new series now."

For Donskoi, his sixth goal of the playoffs was by far his biggest.

"That felt so great," Donskoi says. "In front of the home crowd. First time in the Stanley Cup Final, so it was a great time to get it in."

Dumoulin the DJ; Burns the metalhead 

Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin gets the honor at practice of being in charge of the music in the locker room. 

"Should I throw hip-hop on?" he asks.

"Throw on some indie. Like some alternative," a teammate says.

The Penguins shout out band names, none of which Dumolin has ever heard.

"I don't know what indie acoustic is ... is it like Indian music?" he says.

"No taste in music," Lovejoy says.

Meanwhile, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns skips the locker-room music and gets a first taste of James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica practicing prior to their performance of the national anthem at SAP Center before Game 4.

"Got to get tonight," says Burns, whose Sharks trail the series 2-1. "The boys will be ready to go."

Hetfield and Hammett are huge Sharks fans.

"Kick [butt], brother," Hetfield says to Burns.

Sharks seek to tie series

San Jose is riding high coming off the overtime win in Game 3 and hopes to even the series. But as in each of the first three games, Pittsburgh scores first, in the first period and again in the second to take a 2-0 lead heading into the third.

The Sharks are unable to score on goalie Matt Murray until Melker Karlsson's goal halfway through the third gets the Sharks to within a goal. But despite the pressure, that's as close as they get. Eric Fehr scores late and a 3-1 Game 4 win gives the Penguins a 3-1 series lead.

"Now we go home, and we finish this job," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says.

Pittsburgh embraces chance to win Cup at home

The city of Pittsburgh hasn't seen a major pro sports championship won at home since 1960, when the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series, and the thousands of fans outside Consol Energy Center hours before the game starts show how much anticipation is building for Game 5.

The Sharks stop the trend of not scoring first and take a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. But the Penguins respond with two goals in the next three minutes to tie the game 2-2.

Karlsson scores late in the first, and it ends up being the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. Martin Jones makes 44 saves to put the Penguins' celebration on hold and bring the series back to San Jose for Game 6. 

"We definitely wanted to close it out here but it didn't happen and we've got to regroup and make sure we are ready for the next one," Crosby says.

The teams make the journey to San Jose, with the Penguins getting their second chance to win the Stanley Cup, and the Sharks looking to extend their season to a Game 7.

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The episode will also be available across multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites, applications, Facebook pages, and free On Demand channels.

The episode also will premiere on Sportsnet in Canada at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 12. 

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