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  • Sharks vs. Penguins: Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Key Moment

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago

    The San Jose Sharks finally had their feet under them and started to roll against the Pittsburgh Penguins after the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Patrick Marleau’s late second period goal tied the game at 2-2 and San Jose’s early game woes, where they allowed a 2-0 lead, seemed over. 

    Then early in the third periodMarleau hit Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust with a shoulder near Rust’s head.

    From that point on the Penguins seemed to come alive. Pittsburgh fired 18 shots on goal in the third period to San Jose’s nine shots on goal. The Penguins also took 27 shot attempts to the Sharks' 17. 

    Pittsburgh’s speed game culminated with Nick Bonino’s game-winning goal with 2:33 left in the third.

    Rust left the game for concussion protocol according to NHL on NBC's Pierre McGuire, then returned to the bench, then eventually left for the rest of the game.

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  • Patrick Marleau drills Bryan Rust with hit to the head (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago

    Bryan Rust, who opened the scoring in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, left the game in the third period after he was hit in the head by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks.

    With the score tied at two, Rust carried the puck into the Sharks zone and attempted to dump it behind the San Jose defense. As he finished his unsuccessful attempt, Marleau came skating over and delivered a shoulder to the Pittsburgh Penguins forward’s jaw. 

    Here are two angles via @MyRegularFace:

    Marleau minor for hit to the head pic.twitter.com/a19dYmXeTR

    another angle pic.twitter.com/3ew6K3W1XV

    Marleau was given a minor for a hit to the head, a power play the Sharks ended up killing. Rust would go to the Penguins dressing room for a few minutes, but returned minutes later only to leave again.

    Marleau didn't think his hit warranted further punishment. “I don’t think so. I kept my shoulder in and elbow in and everything in,” he said.

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