After a pretty strong (or at least even) first period, the San Jose Sharks are faltering.
The bright side might be that the margin isn’t THAT steep, at least as of this writing. The Pittsburgh Penguins fattened their lead, yet it’s still a reasonable mountain to climb at 2-0.
That’s not bad considering San Jose’s second-period lull:
Marvel at that combination as Kessel assisted on this Malkin tally, which stands as Pittsburgh’s first power-play goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final (see video above).
Such displays are already heating up Kessel-for-Conn-Smythe talk.
Imagine how unhappy Kessel’s loudest critics must feel right now …
Update: The game remains 2-0 heading into the third period. The Sharks couldn’t convert on a key power play chance after Brent Burns drew a penalty:
San Jose needs at least two goals in the third period or they’ll stare down a 3-1 deficit in the series. Buckle up.