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San Jose down Pittsburgh in overtime

Associated Press Associated Press 5/06/2016

Finland's Joonas Donskoi saved the series for San Jose by scoring in overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, cutting the Penguins' lead in the Stanley Cup Final series to 2-1.

Into the 13th minute of overtime, Donskoi took the puck behind the net, skated out and squeezed a shot between two defenders and over the right shoulder of Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray, who was crouching down for a low shot.

It ended a thrilling overtime period in which both goaltenders pulled off some sharp reflex saves, with the San Jose crowd delighted with its first taste of a Stanley Cup Final game.

"The atmosphere was incredible, right from warmups on," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.

"The fans here are just amazing. They've been waiting 25 years for this chance, and they didn't disappoint us."

Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy had the game's first goal at 5:29 of the first period, and Justin Braun tied it four minutes later.

Lovejoy assisted on Patric Hornqvist's redirection with 53 seconds left in the second period that put the Penguins up 2-1.

Joel Ward scored for the Sharks just as a power play was expiring midway through the third period to again tie the game.

It was only the second time this season that Pittsburgh had lost a game when leading after two periods, having won the other 49.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones made 40 saves, helping deliver a result which puts the Sharks in a good position to square the series when they host Game 4 on Monday.

"He's just a stud," Thornton said of Jones.

"Ever since he's been here, he's just so calm and so confident. You know every night he's going to show up and shut the door for us."

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