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Stanley Cup Final

Penguins vs. Sharks: Game 3 Live Blog

A blow-by-blow account of the sights and sounds from SAP Center

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final continued the series' recent trend by giving fans a little extra as overtime was needed for the second straight game. Shawn P. Roarke chronicled the action on and off the ice from SAP Center on Saturday night:

12:18 into overtime: Sharks win! We have a series!

Forward Joonas Donskoi scored with a wrist shot after a relentless forecheck from Melker Karlssson to get him the puck for a 3-2 victory.

It is San Jose's first win in five overtime tries this postseason.

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Game 4 is Monday here.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Donskoi goes top-shelf to win Game 3

Start of overtime: All is to play for here.

The Sharks obviously have not had the best of luck in overtime this postseason, but no team has ever lost five OT decisions in one playoff ruin, so perhaps they are due.

The Penguins, meanwhile, have a habit of ending OT games early, so the first few minutes could be key.

San Jose has had the better chances since the start of the second period, but have 11 less shots on goal (33-22) that the Penguins. But, the Penguins have blocked 36 shot attempts, almost double the 19 by San Jose.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: All-time playoff OT records:@SanJoseSharks: 20-21 (9-9 at home; 0-4 in 2016)@penguins: 28-26 (11-10 on road; 4-2 in 2016)#StanleyCup

End of third period: We are off to overtime for the second straight Cup Final game. Game 3 is tied 2-2 after regulation.

Joel Ward scored the tying goal at 8:28 of the third period, but that was the end of the scoring. San Jose goalie Martin Jones made a huge save on defenseman Kris Letang with 13 seconds remaining in the period to keep the score level.

Pittsburgh forward Conor Sheary won Game 2, 2-1, with his goal off a faceoff at 2:35 of overtime.

San Jose is 0-for-4 in OT this postseason. Pittsburgh is 4-2, but 0-1 on the road.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: This marks the fourth time in the past five years that at least two games in the #StanleyCup Final have required overtime.

16:16 of third period: The Sharks have been pressing more in this game than in the previous two, but the Penguins defense continues to smother their opportunities.

Pittsburgh has blocked 33 shots in Game 3, including 10 attempts by Brent Burns. San Jose has also missed eight more shots while trying to avoid the clogged shooting lanes.

Pittsburgh has been on its heels for much of this game, but now they are trying to counter by occasionally putting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together on the same line.

12:18 of third period: The tying goal byWard came exactly four minutes into the four-minute power play.

Letang had jumped into the attack as the penalty expired, but Joe Thornton turned him over and started the puck the other way. Thornton has assists on both goals in this game.

It was Ward's seventh goal of the postseason and his second on the power play. Five of his seven goals have come at the Shark Tank.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Ward blasts home equalizer

8:48 of third period: The Sharks tie it 2-2 with a slapper from the blue line byWard that powered through Penguins goalie Matt Murray.

Ward's goal came at the end of a four-minute surge created by a double minor penalty assessed to center Nick Bonino for high stickingThornton.

Ward continues to score huge goals for these Sharks.

Start of third period: This is the most important period of the Stanley Cup Final.

If the Penguins can hold on, they will have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Only one team has ever erased that deficit in the history of the Cup Final.

If the Sharks can somehow find a way to get - and hold - the lead, they will have made this a series. San Jose has yet to lead in the series, though. 

It will be interesting to see how the next 20 minutes play out? Did the last-minute goal from Patric Hornqvist sap the momentum from a Sharks team that played its strongest period of the series? Or will the Sharks be able to redouble their effort and save their season.

Buckle up! There should be some high drama coming up.

End of second period: Pittsburgh took San Jose's best punch to date in this series and not only survived, but prospered, taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.

The Sharks owned the puck for much of the period and had three golden opportunities and also hit a post. But, it was Pittsburgh that scored, in the last minute of the period.

Hornqvist deftly tipped a shot by Ben Lovejoy that left Sharks goalie Martin Jones stranded at 19:07. It was Hornqvist's eight goal of the postseason and Lovejoy's second point of the night.

San Jose had nine shots in the period, while Pittsburgh had six.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Hornqvist deflects it past Jones

10:39 of second period: Sharks have five shots on goal in the first half of the period and are buzzing. Logan Couture hit a post on a 2-on-1 and the rebound was shoveled high in what was another great chance.

Now, the Sharks are on the power play as Carl Hagelin has been assessed a tripping penalty for taking down Melker Karlsson. The Sharks power play has been dangerous throughout the postseason and started their comeback in Game 1.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Couture hits the post with a wrist shot

6:47 of second period: Play has been in the Pittsburgh zone for much of this period.

The Sharks talked about testing Murray more and they have done so here. Murray made his best save of the series when he stoned defenseman Brent Burns on a one-timer from the low slot after a great pass from Melker Karlsson. Murray also deniedWard on a golden opportunity off a 2-on-1 rush.

Pittsburgh's only legitimate threat of the period came when Sidney Crosby had a partial breakaway, but was caught and pushed off the puck by defenseman Justin Braun, who is having a monster game.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Murray stones Burns in front

Start of second period: The Sharks have yet to have the lead in this series.

There have been 142:35 played in the series and San Jose has trailed for 59:29 of it. They can't continue to chase the game and hope to fight their way back into the series. They will have to find a way to dictate the play. 

They will need more from their forwards to do this. In the first period, the Sharks had six shots on goal. Three came from defenseman and another from fourth-line forward Nick Spaling.

By the way, there has been a scoring change on the San Jose goal. A secondary assist has been awarded to defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

End of first period: We are tied at 1-1 after the first home Stanley Cup Final period in San Jose Sharks history.

The Sharks could not like how it started with Pittsburgh scoring first, on a shot byLovejoy that bounced off the shin pad of San Jose defenseman Roman Polak, but San Jose found its way back into the game on a wrist-shot goal by defenseman Justin Braun.

After the goal, the Sharks gained some confidence in the attacking zone and were as hard on the puck as they have been in this series. They unleashed their power cycle game for extended stretches and hemmed Pittsburgh into its own end.

But, with all that said, Pittsburgh leads in shots, 14-6, and has been the more dangerous team so far.

16:18 of first period: The Sharks are applying some push back right now, winning shift after shift, but they can't find a way to get shots on Matt Murray.

They have just one shot since the goal by Braun almost 7 minutes ago. There have also been several big hits, including one on Lovejoy in the defensive zone and another by Polak on Evgeni Malkin in the Sharks' end.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Braun wrists one past Murray

11:00 of first period: We have a tie game!

Braun floated a shot through traffic that eluded Murray. The goal was set up by some impressive board work by Joe Thornton, who won a puck battle and slid the puck to Braun across the zone to change the point of attack. Braun got his shot off before the sliding Patric Hornqvist could block it.

Braun had San Jose's only goal in Game 2 as well. Thornton got his first point of the series on the goal, which came at 9:39. It was San Jose's second shot of the game.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Lovejoy hammers it past Jones

6:32 of first period: The Sharks are behind again, trailing 1-0 on a goal from Lovejoy. The shot bounced off the leg of Polak and past Jones at 5:29 of the first period.

The Penguins have led in each of the three games in the Final.

The fans here, though, are picking the Sharks back up as a "Let's Go Sharks!" chant breaks out right after the goal. The Lovejoy goal, his second, came on Pittsburgh's fourth shot.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Muhammad Ali moment of silence

5:23 p.m. PT: What a pre-game presentation!

The San Jose Sharks game presentation people hit every right note during the opening ceremony to Game 3.

They played "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica as they rolled a montage of historical highlights from the past 25 years. The fans roared as each hero from the past flickered on the scoreboard.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm3: Lynch joins the Sharks ahead of Game 3

Then, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, wearing a No. 24 Sharks jersey, opened the doors to the dressing room to let the Sharks onto the ice through the shark mouth. The players stormed onto the ice to the strains of "Seek and Destroy," also by Metallica as the crowd roared louder than it has all preseason.

After a moment of silence for Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, the players were introduced and the "Star-Spangled Banner" was sung.

Now, we are off. Game 3 is underway.

Tweet from @NHL: The world of sports - and the world at large - lost a courageous champion of sports and peace. #RIPMuhammadAli

4:53 p.m. PT: The Sharks took the ice for warmups at SAP Center, greeted warmly by a crowd that has filled about half the bowl already. Most of the fans are in teal t-shirts that say, 'Sharknado' on them and have a tornado logo on the front. The Penguins were not treated as warmly when they stepped onto the ice a few seconds later.

The biggest news of warmups is that forward Melker Karlsson is taking the place of the injured Tomas Hertl on the first line, at least according to line rushes. Karlsson has three goals and an assist in 20 games.

Dainius Zubrus, the replacement for Hertl on the roster, is playing on the fourth line with Nick Spaling and Tommy Wingels.

It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh deals with being on the road, the first time in four games they have been away from Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins have to deal with the three-hour time change, which has been a difficult process for Eastern-based teams going West in the Stanley Cup Final during the past decade. Five times since 2006, a Stanley Cup Final has featured a time change of two or more hours. When the series is played at the home of the Western team, the visitors are 3-13.

Plus, the Penguins have not had to do much travelling this postseason. In its first three rounds, the Penguins had to travel a bit more than 7,000 miles in beating the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the Sharks, they have travelled a little more than 20,000 miles in advancing past the Los Angeles Kings, the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues, plus a trip to and from Pittsburgh to open this series.

4:16 p.m. PT: The perfect weather for this series continued Saturday as temperatures started in the mid-60s and climbed to the mid-80s closer to game time. The atmosphere, as expected, is incredible as fans, mostly clad in teal, lined up almost three hours before game time to be a part of Sharks' history.

While being down 2-0 to Pittsburgh in a best-of-7 series is not the ideal way to return to California, the Sharks believe their crowd will help pull them through in Game 3 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and get them back into the series.

The sense of anticipation for the players -- and the fans -- to welcome the Stanley Cup Final to Northern California is palpable as this moment has been a quarter century in the making.

Tweet from @NHL: Let's get weird y'all. The #StanleyCup Final comes to San Jose.

The Sharks will need all the help they can get as they received a jolt of bad news this morning with the news that Hertl is out for Game 3 with a lower-body injury. Hertl was injured in Game 2, a 2-1 overtime loss at Consol Energy Center. Hertl finished the game, but he did not dress for practice on Friday and abandoned his skating session, without pads, after a few laps around the ice at the start of the session.

Zubrus, who was a healthy scratch in Game 2 to allow for the return of left wing Matt Nieto, is back in the lineup, but it is unclear who will play the right wing on the line that features center Joe Pavelski and left wing Joe Thornton.

The Penguins, who are making their first trip out of the Eastern time zone this postseason, are expected to go with the same lineup that has played in each of the first two games.

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