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Video: Chris Kunitz, wide open net … and he decided to pass?

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Chris Kunitz. Two-on-one. With Evgeni Malkin.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had what looked to be the perfect opportunity to take a commanding two-goal lead on the San Jose Sharks late in the second period of Game 6. Instead, Kunitz passed up a wide open net for one extra pass back to Malkin, who couldn’t corral the puck in time and missed his chance to score on Martin Jones.

The Penguins went into the second intermission with a 2-1 lead, as they look to clinch the Stanley Cup with a win tonight.

Could that be a turning point in this game? Can the Sharks conjure a comeback to force a Game 7?

Forever ‘Mr. Hockey’: A video tribute to the legendary Gordie Howe

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The hockey world remembered Gordie Howe on Sunday with a video tribute before the beginning of the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Known as Mr. Hockey, Howe passed away Friday at the age of 88.

Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks also wore special No. 9 decals on their helmets during warm-up prior to the beginning of Game 6.

Video: Sharks’ Karlsson limps off the ice after awkward into boards … and eventually returns

San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson limped off the ice and to the dressing room after an awkward fall into the end boards as he chased the puck in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone.

Karlsson appeared to lose an edge as he went toward the boards with Penguins’ defenseman Olli Maatta, doing the splits as he fell into the boards. Karlsson was in immediate pain, and needed the assistance of a trainer as he left the ice.

But he did return before the opening period ended.

For the Sharks, already without Tomas Hertl, that could’ve potentially been a key loss of one of their better depth forwards. Karlsson has two goals and three points in the last two games, including the winner in Game 5.

Sharks, Penguins honor Gordie Howe

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The San Jose Sharks and visiting Pittsburgh Penguins will honor the late Gordie Howe on Sunday, as the teams meet in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Howe passed away Friday at the age of 88.

Since his passing, tributes have been coming in for the legend known as Mr. Hockey. On Sunday, players for both teams will wear a No. 9 decal on their helmets during the pre-game warm-up, in honor of Howe.

Related:

Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky: A legendary bond

NHL mourns loss of ‘the incomparable Gordie Howe’

President Obama: Gordie Howe defined hockey ‘for a lifetime’

WATCH LIVE: Stanley Cup Final Game 6 – Penguins at Sharks

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck during the third period in Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have another opportunity to clinch their second Stanley Cup in eight years with a win tonight. The San Jose Sharks are looking to extend the series to seven games as the two teams clash in Game 6 on Sunday at SAP Center.

You can catch the game on NBC (8 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

Hornqvist: Despite loss, Pens ‘rolled over’ Sharks in Game 5

No doubt, Justin Schultz has a new lease on life

Still no Tomas Hertl for the Sharks in Game 6

Let’s take a step back and admire Penguins’ remarkable run of trades

Don’t expect Peter DeBoer to channel Herb Brooks

Malkin: The Sharks are a ‘good team, but they were a little bit lucky’