Sheary on target as Pens tame Sharks in overtime

Thu Jun 2, 2016 1:30am EDT
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(Reuters) - Conor Sheary scored early in overtime as the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins received another key contribution from one of their younger players to seize control of the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

The Penguins grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series when captain Sidney Crosby won a faceoff back to defenseman Kris Letang, who then found Sheary wide open in the high slot and the rookie blasted home the winner just 2:35 into the extra period.

"It usually doesn't work out like that when you draw up a play or even talk about a play," the 23-year-old Sheary told reporters. "I think they kind of lost me when I came off the wall there. I had a lot of time to shoot. It worked out."

Thanks to the stellar play of rookies like Sheary, Bryan Rust and goalie Matt Murray, the Penguins are just two wins away from their first NHL title since 2009.

Game Three shifts to San Jose on Saturday.

The Penguins were the dominant team in regulation, limiting the visitors to only 20 shots on goal with nine of those efforts coming in the third period alone.

The Sharks went more than 11 minutes of the second without putting a shot on Murray, who now has 13 playoff wins, two shy of the rookie record held by Patrick Roy (Montreal, 1986), Ron Hextall (Philadelphia, 1987) and Cam Ward (Carolina, 2006).

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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) tries to get to the puck between San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) , defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and goalie Martin Jones (31) in game two of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center.  Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports