Pens prove mightier than the Sharks to close on Cup

Tue Jun 7, 2016 1:21am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins moved one win away from a fourth Stanley Cup triumph after Eric Fehr's late goal sealed a 3-1 road victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game Four on Monday.

Leading 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the star-studded Penguins have a chance to clinch their first NHL title since 2009, and first on home ice, when the teams return to Pittsburgh for Game Five on Thursday.

Pittsburgh's three previous titles were secured in Minnesota in 1991, Chicago in 1992 and Detroit in 2009.

"Obviously, we know what's at stake, but we don't have to change a thing," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told reporters.

"Just keep playing the same way we're playing and the results will take care of themselves."

Should the Penguins keep playing the stingy team defense they have exhibited in the first four contests, limiting the Sharks to only seven goals in the series to date, there is a fair chance they will be celebrating in front of their own fans.

Pittsburgh has blocked a lot of shots in this series and taken away the strength of the Sharks offense, San Jose's ability to deflect pucks from in close off shots from the point.

"That's a huge part of their offense, is trying to get pucks through from the point with shots and tips," Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray said.

"The more we can stop the puck from getting to our net front, I think the better chance we're going to have."   Continued...

Jun 6, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates a goal after beating San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) and Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) in the second period in game four of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports