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Zatkoff: Penguins have to keep it up in Game 5

Goalie says Pittsburgh is pleased with split in San Jose, has 'a lot of work left to do' against Sharks

by Jeff Zatkoff / Special to

Pittsburgh Penguins third-string goalie Jeff Zatkoff will be keeping his own blog throughout the course of the Stanley Cup Final. Zatkoff will check in after games and on some of the off days in between games.

Here is Zatkoff's blog following the Penguins' 3-1 win in Game 4 on Monday:

SAN JOSE -- I guess all those shots I let Eric Fehr take on me after practice finally paid off. That was a huge goal for us, off of a great feed by Carl Hagelin and with only 2:02 left.

San Jose was really pushing hard, but that goal gave us some much-needed breathing room for the remainder of the game.

It obviously was a big game for us. We know how good the Sharks have been on home ice and we wanted to come away with a split here at SAP Center. I can't say enough about how well the guys are playing.

It's obviously a big win for us, but we know we still have a lot of work left to do. They are a great team and winning the last game of a series is always the biggest challenge.

We didn't travel home after the game. We stayed the night in San Jose so we didn't arrive home at 5 a.m. ET. Leaving the next day allows us to get a good night's rest to recover and a day off for travel and time to adjust back to the Eastern time zone.

I know a lot of the boys like doing it that way, especially Matt "QC" Cullen, since he's a little older. He's 39.

We call him "QC" for "Quirky Cully" because he has quite a few quirks he has picked up over the course of his career. He uses tennis grip wrap on the top of the stick. I guess that explains why he has a backhand similar to that of Roger Federer.

Honestly, though, Cully has been remarkable for us this season. He's been a rock in our lineup. Constantly winning big draws, blocking shots, and scoring timely goals.

I wish I had 18 years in this league to develop that many quirks, but that would require me still playing close to my 50s. I just don't see that happening. Disadvantages of being a late bloomer.

It will be nice to have a day off to recharge. A lot of work still left to do.

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