Penguins One Victory Away From Stanley Cup Championship
Evgeni Malkin awoke from his Stanley Cup Finals slumber, scoring one goal and assisting on another as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on June 6th to take a commanding three games to one lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Malkin, one of Pittsburgh’s leading scorers during the regular season, had been scoreless in the Finals up to this point.
Phil Kessel continued his fine postseason with a pair of assists for the Penguins. He now has 10 goals and 11 assists in the post season. Goalie Matt Murray stopped 23 of 24 shots, and is making people forget that Marc-Andre Fleury is actually the number one goalie on the team. Or at least he was.
The Sharks really have their backs to the wall now. Not only do they have to play Game 5 in Pittsburgh (on June 9th), they also have history against them. The last time a team came back from being down 3-1 in the Finals to win it all was in 1942.