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Penguins move to within one win of the Stanley Cup

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 7, 2016 4:27 AM
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Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr, center, celebrates after scoring a goal as San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, left, and right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) look on during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 6, 2016. Pittsburgh won the game 3-1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(San Jose) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are now one win away from hoisting the NHL's Stanley Cup for the first time since 2009.

The Pens got goals from Ian Cole, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Fehr to top the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the Final series. 

Malkin's goal was his first in seven games.

Right wing Phil Kessel had two primary assists to further his Conn Smythe Trophy campaign, as playoff MVP.

He says Game Five Thursday night in Pittsburgh will be a battle.

"We'll take it any way we can," he said. "Obviously, they're a good team and so they're going to come at us hard. We're just going to have to play our best hockey."

Rookie goalie Matt Murray made 23 saves to rebound from a shaky outing in a Game Three overtime loss Saturday night.

"My mindset has been, this whole time, to just stay in the moment and take things as they come and focus on being in the present and taking things one shot at a time," he said. "So like I said from day one, I'm just trying to have fun through all this and it's been an absolute blast so far."

Melker Karlsson scored the lone goal for San Jose, which got 17 saves from Martin Jones.

The Sharks outshot the Penguins 24-20 but couldn't capitalize on being on home ice in front of a jacked-up crowd at SAP Center.

Fehr took the suspense out of the ending with a goal in the final minutes of the third period.


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