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Penguins' Cole ends scoreless streak in Cup Final

Defenseman's goal in Game 4 is first since March 2015

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SAN JOSE -- Ian Cole chose his time wisely.

"I was saving a special one for a special game," Cole said.

Cole hadn't scored a goal since March 26, 2015 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He was 0-fer on 104 shots in 104 consecutive games entering Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center.

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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 NHL.com

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.

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Penguins have come a long way to 3-1 lead

Pittsburgh one victory from Stanley Cup after Game 4 win against Sharks

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE -- Less than four months ago, goaltender Matt Murray was playing in front of small crowds for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League: 4,916 at Hartford on Feb. 12, 5,193 at home on Feb. 14, 6,855 at Toronto on Feb. 19, 3,471 at Portland on Feb. 26. He had played four NHL games at that point. He was a prospect.

Monday, in front of 17,562 at SAP Center and a national television audience in two countries, Murray was First Star as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, making 11 of his 23 saves in the third period. Though he has won nine regular-season NHL games, he has won 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games, one short of the rookie record.

"I think it goes to show you," Murray, 22, sitting on a podium in an interview room next to superstar Evgeni Malkin, said, "you can never predict what's going to happen."

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Sharks forward Karlsson frustrated by Game 4 loss

Scores only San Jose goal, but Penguins take 2-0 lead in second period while he's in penalty box

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The frustration showed on forward Melker Karlsson's face and in his words minutes after the San Jose Sharks lost 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Karlsson scored at 8:07 of the third period, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1. The desperate Sharks were outshooting the Penguins 8-3 in the third after the goal.

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Pavelski hasn't been difference-maker in Cup Final

Sharks center held scoreless in Game 4, doesn't have point in series

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- This was Joe Pavelski's opportunity to be a difference maker, as he had so often been for the San Jose Sharks on their way to a Western Conference title.

After struggling to get open scoring chances throughout this Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Marleau set Pavelski up for one in the right circle with the Sharks trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by one goal with 7:36 remaining in the third period of Game 4 at SAP Center on Monday.

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Dillon, Sharks still confident after Game 4 loss

In NHL.com blog, defenseman says San Jose remains positive

by Brenden Dillon / Special to NHL.com

San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon will be keeping his own blog throughout the course of the Stanley Cup Final. Dillon will check in after games and on some of the off days in between games.

Here is Dillon's blog after Game 4:

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Sharks lament lack of leads so far in Cup Final

DeBoer, players say getting ahead is key to winning Game 5, extending series against Penguins

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The kid walked along the balcony, a gray San Jose Sharks shirt flipped over his shoulder. His eyes looked bleary. His face read frustration. He was not unlike the Sharks themselves, having waited so long for this moment, being so disappointed now.

After a 25-year wait -- far exceeding the boy's life span -- the Sharks had finally made it to the Stanley Cup Final. And now, four games into their attempt to bring the Cup to San Jose, they have yet to play with a lead in any of the games, have yet to take control, have yet to play the way they truly wanted aside from short spurts toward the end of games.

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Malkin gives Penguins more in Game 4

Pittsburgh center steps up to help take 3-1 series lead against Sharks

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SAN JOSE -- Evgeni Malkin put it on himself after practice Sunday.

"I want more," he said.

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Stats: Kessel vs. Martin and Burns, Game 4

Penguins forward gets two assists; Sharks defensemen combine for one shot on goal

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SAN JOSE -- Phil Kessel might be one more strong performance away from winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Although it's all speculation, the Pittsburgh Penguins right wing helped his cause with two assists in a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on Monday.

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Instant analysis: Penguins at Sharks, Game 4

Pittsburgh plays from ahead again, gets bounce-back performance from rookie goalie Murray

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on Monday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in their history with one more victory.

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