For the large majority of the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, it looked as if the teams were headed for sudden death overtime. After all, the San Jose Sharks rebounded with a strong second period, equalizing the score at 2-2 in their opening Stanley Cup game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But Nick Bonino had other plans.
The 28-year-old Pittsburgh center netted the go-ahead goal with 2:33 left in the contest, propelling his team to a strong Game 1 win and setting the stage for Wednesday night’s matchup. “It’s one game, but I think we did a lot of good things,” said captain Sidney Crosby after the win.
Game 2 will again be played at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, where a sold-out crowd of 18,387 cheered their hometown Penguins to victory Monday night. For fans interested in watching the game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network Wednesday night, the Live Extra subscription service will allow for live streaming. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. ET, and NHL Live coverage with analysis, breakdown, and predictions will begin at 6:00 p.m. Coverage resumes after the game with NHL Overtime on NBC Sports at 11:00 p.m.
Crosby knows Game 2 won’t be easy.
“We saw a lot of their strengths especially in the second [period], with how good they are at getting pucks to the net and holding onto pucks down low. They play pretty fast,” he said of San Jose.
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