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Penguins beat Sharks 3-2 in Game One


The Pittsburgh Penguins scored two goals 62 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead on the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Bryan Rust scored his fourth goal in his past three games at 12:46. After San Jose's Justin Braun missed on a pinch, Justin Schultz's shot banked off Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Rust was crashing the net at the perfect time to beat goalie Martin Jones.

Rust was the Penguins' hero in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final when he scored twice.

Sidney Crosby set up the Penguins' second goal when he corralled the puck in the corner and fed Conor Sheary for his third of the playoffs at 13:48. Sheary shot through a screen set by linemate Patric Hornqvist.

The Penguins came out flying and barely let the Sharks have the puck.

Pittsburgh outshot San Jose 15-4 in the first period, including 11-4 at even strength. The Penguins lead 2-0 on goals by Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary and it would've been worse if not for quick sticks by San Jose defenders and the play of goaltender Martin Jones.

Tomas Hertl put the San Jose Sharks right back in Game 1.

Hertl scored on the power play 3:02 into the second period to cut the Pittsburgh Penguins' lead to 2-1. It was Hertl's third goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With Ian Cole in the box for hooking, the Sharks got contributions from nearly every player on the ice on their first power play. Joel Ward kept the puck in at the blue line and fed it to Brent Burns, who got it to Joonas Donskoi and then Hertl.

Hertl beat Penguins goaltender Matt Murray with a sharp-angle shot.

The Sharks shook off what coach Peter DeBoer deemed some early jitters and a 2-0 deficit at the hands of Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary. A goal by Tomas Hertl on the power play got them going, but that was just the start.

San Jose outshot the Penguins 8-1 to begin the second period, and when Pittsburgh recaptured the momentum, goaltender Martin Jones was on his game. After getting skated around for the entire first period, the Sharks showed they can go stride for stride with the Eastern Conference champions.

Patrick Marleau had 64 goals in his 165 Stanley Cup playoff games going into Monday night. The biggest of his career came in his first Cup Final game.

Marleau scored 18:12 into the second period as the San Jose Sharks tied it at 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Marleau beat goaltender Matt Murray with a backhanded wraparound. The Sharks outshot the Penguins 13-8 in the period.

Nick Bonino scored with 2:33 left to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

The Penguins' penalty kill made Bonino's goal stand up by keeping the Sharks from scoring on a power play in the final minutes.

Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who got 24 saves from Matt Murray.

San Jose's Martin Jones had 38 saves, but couldn't get in front of Bonino's shot, which was made possible by Kris Letang's pass from behind the net.

Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which erased a 2-0 deficit to get back into the game.

Game 2 is Wednesday.


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