Stanley Cup Final: What you need to know for Game 3
Sharks will be without Tomas Hertl
As the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks battle for the Stanley Cup, we'll keep you updated each game day on the important news involving players, starting lineups, injuries and more. Check back throughout the day to stay in the know.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, leading the Stanley Cup Final series 2-0 over the San Jose Sharks, are in California for Game 3 in San Jose tonight (CBC, CBC Sports app, 8 p.m. ET).
Home at last
San Jose will host the city's first-ever Stanley Cup Final playoff game today, but trail the Penguins 2-0 in the series after dropping the first two games on the road. The Sharks were an expansion team in 1991. This is the franchise's first time in the Stanley Cup Final after years of poor teams and under-performing playoff squads.
Hertl out Game 3
The Sharks' Tomas Hertl will miss Game 3 with a lower body injury. The wing missed Saturday's optional morning practice after also missing Friday's practice. He did complete a brief skate without equipment Saturday.
"He's got a little something," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told reporters. "[We] just kept him off [the ice]."
Hertl was one the the team's best players in the opening two games.
Kunitz moves to top power-play line
Chris Kunitz replaced Patric Hornqvist during Friday's practice on Pittsburgh's first power-play line. Hornqvist practiced with the second line.
"I don't think it changes," Kunitz told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We've switched it up a bit through the playoffs at different times. Sometimes, [the coaches] like the left look in front rather than the right hand there."
Kunitz also practiced with the first line prior to Game 1.
Kris Letang practiced with his Penguins teammates on Friday, having missed team skates and practices in recent days. The defenceman has been playing games but not practicing, suggesting he may have been nursing a mild injury which he's now recovered from.
DeBoer shares Muhammad Ali encounter
The San Jose Sharks head coach offered his recollections of meeting boxing great Muhammad Ali when he was 17.
DeBoer recalled the memory of Ali quite clearly, though it happened 30 years ago. Ali passed away at the age of 74 on Friday.
Attending his high school prom in the mid-1980s, DeBoer was in the lobby of the Royal Connaught Hotel in Hamilton when Ali and his entourage walked in. Sensing an opportunity to come into contact with the legendary figure, DeBoer approached the group and asked if he could meet the famed boxer. He was told to come up to Ali's room five minutes later, which DeBoer did alongside a few friends.
"He got out a Qur'an for each of us," DeBoer recalled of meeting Ali. "He wasn't preaching or trying to convert us, he just personalized each one for us, asked us some questions about what we were doing."
Pete DeBoer's story about meeting Muhammad Ali at prom (via <a href="https://twitter.com/asapsports">@asapsports</a>): <a href="https://t.co/N1vzlAsDcs">pic.twitter.com/N1vzlAsDcs</a>—@alex_prewitt
With files from The Canadian Press