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Penguins can't solve Sharks' Martin Jones in Game 5 loss

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2016 4:49 AM
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San Jose Sharks' Melker Karlsson, right, watches his goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

(Pittsburgh) -- Pittsburgh's hopes of ending the NHL's Stanley Cup Final in Game five have been thwarted by a red-hot goaltender.

The Penguins fired 46 shots at San Jose goaltender Martin Jones in a 4-2 loss, but still lead the series three games to two.

Jones, who has faced 179 shots in the series so far, repeatedly turned back the Pittsburgh attack to send the series back to California.

Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray allowed three goals on the first five shots he faced.

"It's never going to be easy. It's never going to be handed to you. We knew that. That's the beauty of a series," he said. "Just play. Just play through it and whatever happens, we're going to stick to our game plan and stick to our mindset."

Penguins center Sidney Crosby says his team didn't get off to an ideal start.

"They were playing to try to get it back home. I'm sure that was their mindset," he said. "So, we defintely wanted to close it out her. But, it didn't happen. We've gto to regroup and make sure we're ready for the next one."

Game six is Sunday in San Jose.

The Penguins squandered an opportunity to become the first Pittsburgh team to win a championship at home since the Pirates won Game 7 of the 1960 World Series over the New York Yankees on Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run.

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