PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 2-1 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
How it happened: Conor Sheary's goal 2:35 into OT gave the Penguins the victory. Phil Kessel gave the Penguins an early lead at 8:20 of the second period for a 1-0 advantage. It was his 10th goal of the postseason. Pittsburgh neutralized the Sharks' offense for the majority of the game until San Jose tied it at 1-1 with 4:05 remaining in regulation on Justin Braun's goal. Before the goal, there was an icing call on the Penguins, but if Kessel kept skating, the icing would have been waved off. Instead, the faceoff was to the left of Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray and the Sharks capitalized. At the start of this series, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said it was important for the team to stay disciplined and stay out of the penalty box because the Sharks' power-play unit is so potent. In Game 1, the Sharks went 1-for-2 on the power play. In Game 2, they went 0-for-2. The "HBK" line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Kessel continue to lead the way offensively for the Penguins. That trio has also done a solid job matching up against the Sharks' top line of Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton.
What it means: The Sharks are 0-4 in overtime games this postseason. Despite being down two games in this series, at least the Sharks have had success on home ice at SAP Center in San Jose, where they are 7-1 in the playoffs. After losing 2-1 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the first round, San Jose has won seven straight at home. If the Penguins can earn a split on the road, they will have an opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup at home in Game 5.