Penguins Take Commanding Stanley Cup Final Lead
Maybe not the most improbable run in recent memory given the talent on their roster, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of history. The Penguins took Game 4 in San Jose 3-1 to take a commanding two game advantage in the series heading into Game 5.
The Penguins are looking to make history as they look to win the Stanley Cup in the same season they fired their head coach that started the season. Mike Sullivan took over for Mike Johnston and the Penguins immediately played to their potential.
"I mean, pretty surreal that we were out of the playoffs and everybody had kind of counted us out," said Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
The Penguins are now firing on all cylinders. Their fast-paced style seems to be a bit much for the Sharks to handle.
"No one was happy with the way [the season] started," Penguins Ian Cole said. "We learned hard lessons. We grew as a team. We had some fantastic additions to our team. We just kind of grew together and knew we had to kind of come together as a team to be this successful, to get to where we wanted to get to, and we did that."
Cole and Evgeni Malkin scored the first pair of goals for the Penguins. Cole became the 16th Penguins player with a goal this postseason. Eric Fehr scored the last goal to cap off the win.
"We've had a great approach all playoff long -- all season long -- in making sure we're staying in the moment here. That will be important here, now more than ever," Sydney Crosby said.
This team could be on the verge of something bigger should they win the cup in Game 5.
"It's been a pretty special ride and our group has developed some pretty close bonds, and we've really come together here," Penguins winger Matt Cullen said.
The Penguins take their 3-1 series lead into Game 5 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.