San Jose hope to get untracked back home in Shark Tank

Thu Jun 2, 2016 4:46pm EDT
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(Reuters) - In dire need of a Stanley Cup revival back at home in the Shark Tank, San Jose prepare to host the Pittsburgh Penguins when the National Hockey League Finals resume on Saturday.

With the Penguins sweeping the opening two games of the best-of-seven on their home ice, the Sharks need to snap into focus at the SAP Center to get back on track in their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"Game One was decided in the last few minutes. Tonight is an overtime game," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said after Wednesday's 2-1 sudden-death loss.

"I think we'll hold off on the funeral. We have a lot of hockey left to play."

But to say the Sharks need to win Game Three is an understatement.

DeBoer no doubt will take solace in the achievement two years ago of the Los Angeles Kings, who lost the first three games in a first-round playoff series before coming back to win the series 4-3.

The team that lost that series was none other than San Jose.

Not that the Sharks would want to take their chances. Only four teams in NHL history have overturned such a deficit in a seven-game series.

The Sharks fell into a hole on Wednesday when rookie Conor Sheary, 23, ended Game Two with a goal at 2:35 of overtime on a set play off a faceoff won by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.   Continued...

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) celebrates after the game-winning goal by Conor Sheary (not pictured) past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) in the overtime period in game two of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center. Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports