Penguins grab another lead heading into third period

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The San Jose Sharks are finally finding a way to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins attack and carry possession, but it remains to be seen if those answers are coming too late.

Again, San Jose really gave Pittsburgh some transitional fits in the second period in particular, limiting the Penguins to a mere six shots on goal (after Pittsburgh managed 14 in the opening frame).

Unfortunately for the Sharks, one of those shots came from the point, a dangerous place lately in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

After scoring the 1-0 goal in Game 3, Ben Lovejoy sent another shot after a nice keep-in; Patric Hornqvist did the rest by deflecting the 2-1 tally in.

(You can see the goal in the video above.)

We’ll see if that goal deflates a Sharks team staring down the barrel of a possible 3-0 series deficit. Again, San Jose hogged the puck as people grimaced at missed calls, yet the Penguins “won” the second period when you look solely at the score.

On the bright side, the Sharks only need one goal to tie things up, and it could very well come thanks to a seemingly harmless shot … at least if Game 3’s three goals are any indication.

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See the first two goals from the first period here.