Braun scored for the second consecutive game in Saturday's Game 3 overtime win over the Penguins.
Braun only has six points this postseason, but has gotten the Sharks on the board in back-to-back outings and is logging steady minutes on the blueline. The 29-year-old played 22:59 on Saturday, firing three shots on goal and blocking five shots. While the offense is a nice bonus, he's a steady defensive presence on the back-end who will continue to see quality ice time.
Playing with a heavy heart due to the passing of his father-in-law, Braun lit the lamp in the third period that drew the game even and helped send the contest to extra time. It was the 29-year-old's first goal of the playoffs, which isn't all that surprising considering he only had four markers during the regular season. The blueliner has five points in the postseason to date and will most likely stay relatively quiet the rest of the series.
Braun will be in the lineup for Game 2 against the Penguins on Wednesday, despite the passing of his father-in-law, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Braun will not head back to San Jose with the team after the conclusion of Game 2, instead heading to Atlanta for the funeral of his father-in-law, Tom Lysiak. While his status for Game 3 on Saturday remains cloudy, the extra day off likely means the blueliner will be able to return without missing any action. If he does sit out, look for Matt Tennyson to slot into his place.
Braun suited up for Game 1 after learning of his father-in-law's passing earlier that day. The blueliner logged 18:39 in ice time during Monday's contest, including four blocked shots. It is unclear whether or not the 29-year-old will be back for Game 3 on Saturday but look for either Dylan DeMelo or Matt Tennyson to slot into the lineup in his absence.
Justin Braun contributed two assists in 20:01 of ice time in Saturday's Game 5 win over Nashville.
Braun only has three helpers this postseason, but he's been logging steady minutes and is sporting a plus-2 rating. While he isn't know for being a huge offensive contributor, the 29-year-old will be relied on defensively once again in Game 6 on Monday.