Game 1: Penguins 3, Sharks 2
Game 2: Penguins 2, Sharks 1 (OT)
Game 3: Sharks 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
Game 4: Penguins 3, Sharks 1
Game 5: Thursday, June 9, Sharks @ Penguins, 5 p.m.
*Game 6: Sunday, June 12, Penguins @ Sharks, 5 p.m.
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 15, Sharks @ Penguins, 5 p.m.
Evgeni Malkin scored a power play goal and added an assist as the Penguins moved to within one win of clinching their fourth Stanley Cup, 3-1 on Monday at SAP Center. Melker Karlsson’s third period goal cut the Penguins lead in half, but Eric Fehr sealed the Penguins’ victory. The Sharks outshot the Penguins, 24-20, snapping a string of 12 straight games in which Pittsburgh had outshot its opponent.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Chris Tierney. While the Sharks’ top players aren’t getting the job done to this point in the series, Tierney seems to have taken another step in his development throughout the playoffs. The second-year forward has the primary assist on each of the last two Sharks goals – including on Joonas Donskoi’s Game 3 overtime winner – and has contributed nine points (5g, 4a) in 22 playoff games.
Penguins: Kris Letang. The Penguins defenseman has three points in the series, all assists, and has skated more than 27 minutes in each of the four games. Letang set up Evgeni Malkin’s power play goal in Game 3, and has assisted on all three game-winning goals in the Final. He leads Penguins defensemen with 13 points in the playoffs (2g, 11a).
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (starter)
Conor Sheary – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin – Nick Bonino – Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr
Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole – Justin Schultz
Matt Murray (starter)
Goals per game: 3.18
Goals-against per game: 2.32
Power play: 25.4 percent
Penalty kill: 81.3 percent
Goals per game: 3.09
Goals-against per game: 2.27
Power play: 22.2 percent
Penalty kill: 84.1 percent
Sharks: Tomas Hertl (lower body) is out.
Penguins: Trevor Daley (broken ankle) is out.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 0-5 all-time when trailing a series three-games-to-one. They are 1-9 all-time when trailing a series three-games-to-two.
They are 15-16 all-time Game 5s, including 3-0 this season.
Facts and figures
*The Sharks have yet to play with a lead in the series. The Penguins have not trailed in 435 minutes and 46 seconds, dating back to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.
*The Penguins are outscoring the Sharks 4-1 in the first period, and outshooting them 46-24.
*Teams leading the Stanley Cup Final are 31-1 all-time. The 1942 Maple Leafs are the only club to overcome the deficit.
*The Penguins are 3-0 all-time in Stanley Cup-clinching games.
*Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns have combined for no goals and six assists in the series.
*The Sharks are 1-0 in elimination games this postseason, beating the Predators in Game 7 of the second round at home.
“There's no ideal matchup. You concentrate on [Sidney] Crosby too much, and then [Evgeni] Malkin explodes. Or [Phil] Kessel explodes. Concentrate on those two guys, and then Crosby's going to do damage.” – Marc-Edouard Vlasic