The Penguins have enjoyed remarkable production from defensemen not named Kris Letang during this series. Ben Lovejoy helped produce some big points in Game 3, while an ultra-rare Ian Cole goal stood as the only tally in the first period.
It came after Brian Dumoulin somehow didn’t score the 1-0 goal; when you consider Justin Braun‘s production for San Jose, the 2016 Stanley Cup Final has been surprisingly rich in offense for lesser-known blueliners.
Understatement: goals have been rare for Cole.
#Pens Ian Cole scores his first career postseason goal. It's his first goal since March 26, 2015.
So far, every contest in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final has been down-to-the-wire, with two straight overtime games really driving the tension.
Game 4 presents plenty of interesting questions. Can the San Jose Sharks “hold serve” by winning both home games or will the Pittsburgh Penguins take a 3-1 lead? Which struggling stars might break through? How cool will Metallica’s national anthem end up being?
Find out the answers to those questions (and more) as NBC presents Game 4 at the Shark Tank.
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Donskoi kept plugging away, however, and he scored the overtime game-winner in Game 3 while also assisting on a big Joel Ward goal.
Moments like these are about making a legacy: Donskoi’s huge goal already towers over those missed shots, and that will only loom larger over time. He’s the guy who scored the first Stanley Cup Final game-winner in Sharks history, after all.