Friday, 10 June 2016

Rapid Reaction: San Jose Sharks 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- The San Jose Sharks were able to stave off elimination with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lead this best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 slated for 8 p.m. ET Sunday at SAP Center in San Jose, California

How it happened: Backed by an outstanding goaltending performance byMartin Jones, who finished with 44 saves, the Sharks held off the Penguins en route to victory. Sharks center Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, whileBrent Burns, Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski (empty-netter) added a goal each. A total of five goals were scored in the opening period. The Sharks gained a two-goal advantage for their first lead of the series, but it lasted only 4:01 as the Penguins scored twice in a span of 22 seconds to tie the game at 2-2. The Sharks regained the lead and finished the first period with a 3-2 advantage. The Penguins put on a strong push in the second period, but Jones came up with a couple of timely saves, including a crucial stop on Penguins center Nick Boninowith 4:52 remaining in the period. Bonino had the right side wide open but Jones made a tremendous pad save to secure the Sharks' one-goal lead.

What it means: The Sharks are back in this series and will have a chance to force a deciding Game 7 with a win in Game 6 on home ice Sunday at SAP Center. The Penguins remain one win away from a Stanley Cup victory.

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