Pittsburgh Penguins a Step Closer to 4th Stanley Cup
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are one victory away from capturing the fourth Stanley Cup championship in team history.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist as the Penguins beat the Sharks 3-1 at San Jose to take a three-games-to-one lead. Malkin ended a six-game goal drought by netting the eventual game-winner, beating Martin Jones on a power play 2:37 into the second period to put the Pens ahead 2-0. He also assisted on Ian Cole's first goal in 124 regular-season and playoff games, which opened the scoring 7:36 after the opening faceoff.
Phil Kessel set up the first two goals and Matt Murray turned back 23 shots as the Pens bounced back from Saturday's overtime loss to the Sharks. Murray blanked San Jose until Melker Karlsson beat him at 8:07 of the third period to get the Sharks within 2-1.
Eric Fehr (fehr) iced the victory with a late goal.
The Penguins can wrap up the series and their first Cup in seven years as early as Thursday at home.
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