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Sharks return home, facing 2-0 deficit to Penguins

  • San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi, from Finland, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal during overtime of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi, from Finland, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal during overtime of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. The Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) defends a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) defends a shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

The San Jose Sharks have returned to their home ice, hopeful the shift in venue will help spark a climb back into the Stanley Cup Finals with Pittsburgh.

After losing the first two games to the Penguins by one-goal margins despite being outplayed through much of the action and outshot 71-48, the Sharks are back at the comfort of the SAP Center. They're 7-2 there during the playoffs this year.

The Sharks have a couple of hurdles to clear. First-line forward Tomas Hertl won't play in Game 3 on Saturday night because of a lower-body injury. Then there's NHL history. Of the 49 teams who've taken a 2-0 lead since the final adopted a best-of-seven format in 1939, 44 have won the Stanley Cup.