NHL Hockey Recap, San Jose Sharks Fall 3-2 to Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, October 20, 2016

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3-1-0, 3rd in Pacific Division October 20, 7:00 PM | PPG Paints Arena 2-1-1, 2nd in Metropolitan Division

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Line:San Jose Sharks -125. O/U: 5.5 Courtesy of gtbets-sportsbook.betnow-vegas-coverage.

San Jose at Pittsburgh, Box score
Final 1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 0 2
PIT 0 0 3 3
Rotation /Team /Time Opening Lines
10/20 7:05 PM
3 san-jose-sharksSan Jose
4 penguinsPittsburgh
PIT-C-Sidney Crosby-OUT | TV Schedule: 7 p.m. ET, CSN California (Anaheim) ROOT (Pittsburgh), NHL.TV
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NHL BETTING –Thursday, October 20th, San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Team /  Live in game Betting at gtbets-sportsbook Spread MoneyLine Total
san-jose-sharksSan Jose Sharks  -1.5 +230  -125   5.5 +105
penguinsPittsburgh Penguins  +1.5 -290  +105  5.5 -125
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Pittsburgh skated to a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Thursday in NHL action at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh won as a +112 underdog, while Over-Under bettors who played UNDER the total of 5.5 were rewarded at the payout window.

Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson, and Patric Hornqvist each scored for the Penguins in the victory. Malkin opened the scoring for Pittsburgh.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a 32-save effort for the Penguins.

San Jose got goals from Tomas Hertl, and Patrick Marleau in the loss, but it wasn’t enough.

San Jose got a 17-stop effort from Martin Jones in the loss.

Pittsburgh scored 1 times on 5 chances on the power play, while San Jose went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Pittsburgh lost the shots on goal battle to San Jose by a margin of 34-20.

Pittsburgh looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Predators. The Sharks will aim to get back on the winning track at Detroit.

PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t the high drama of the Stanley Cup final, but when the two teams from that matchup in June met again Thursday night, they played anything but a boring game.

And one with the same outcome.

The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins staged a third-period comeback with three goals to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena.

Not only did the Sharks (3-2-0) lead 2-0 after two periods, but the Penguins (3-1-1) also lost two defensemen — Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot — to unspecified injuries during the second.

“You know what? We were down to four (defensemen) and we said in the (locker) room we have to simplify the game here and play quick and we don’t have to be that cute out there,” said winger Patric Hornqvist, who scored the winner on a power play at 14:02 of the third, added an assist on Pittsburgh’s second goal and provided a spark by playing with incredible zeal.

“I think we came out and played our best period of the year so far and get a huge win,” Hornqvist said.

Hornqvist, near the crease, got the puck off the skate of San Jose’s Joel Ward and swatted at it. The puck went off Sharks defensemen Paul Martin and inside the left post to break a 2-2 tie.

The Penguins, who beat San Jose in six games last spring for their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, were playing without captain and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, who has a concussion, and top defenseman Kris Letang, who left Tuesday’s game at Montreal because of an upper body injury.

That was before they lost Maatta and Pouliot, who were playing as a pair in Pouliot’s season debut.

“I thought they all did a terrific job,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said of remaining defensemen Trevor Daley, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Ian Cole. “Anytime you go down two defenseman that early in the game, it’s tough. It puts a lot of pressure on those guys.

“I thought they did a great job simplifying their game. I thought mostly the second period, the second period were hard minutes for our defenseman, we were defending a lot. The third period, I thought our forwards took some pressure off them, playing a north/south game and holding onto pucks.”

As strong as Pittsburgh was in its comeback with goals from Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Hornqvist, they were equally out of kilter earlier in the game, falling behind 2-0 and being outshot 27-10 through two periods.

Tomas Hertl gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the second period. After goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (32 saves) stopped a shot by Joe Pavelski, Hertl caught up to the rebound just outside the left goal post and stuffed the puck past Fleury, who had lost his stick.

The Penguins thought they tied it at 13:19 of the second, but it was ruled upon review that Hornqvist punched the puck in with his gloved hand. Asked about the play, Hornqvist snapped, “I don’t know. Ask the ref.”

San Jose increased its lead to 2-0 at 16:15 of the second when Patrick Marleau finished off a short two-on-one with Logan Couture by sweeping the puck under Fleury’s pads.

The Sharks looked to be in control, but could not have known what was to come.

“I feel like they got a bounce or two, but the position we’re in, it shouldn’t matter how many bounces they get,” Pavelski said. “We have to seal that game.”

Malkin, shortly after exiting the penalty box for tripping Mikkel Boedker, ended goaltender Martin Jones’ bid for a shutout when his turning shot from the slot glanced off of San Jose defenseman Justin Braun and in, making it 2-1 at 6:47 of the third.

“I just skated and I think he touched my legs,” Malkin said of his penalty. “I’m a little bit mad … But we stayed 2-0 after my penalty. I’m a little bit mad, and scored.”

Hornqvist said the emotion was team-wide.

“I think we were all motivated. I think it started in the second,” Hornqvist said. “I got a little upset when they called my goal off. A little bit of emotion. And then we kept going in the third and we get that huge goal by (Malkin) to get us started. After that, we were a better team.”

Wilson scored his first goal of the season to tie it 2-2 at 9:01 of the third. After Hornqvist loosened the puck with a hit along the boards on Brenden Dillon and Matt Cullen swept it toward the slot, Wilson pounced on the puck and beat Jones with a backhander.

“You always feel good when you’re on the road when you’re up 2-0, and it seemed like we had more shots and we had most of the play,” Boedker said. “But the power play and penalties can change that. I think we got in some trouble with it and that’s tough to do in this league. They have good players on that team and they showed that again.”

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