Malkin guides Penguins to 3-1 series lead


The Pittsburgh Penguins closed in on the Stanley Cup trophy after winning game four of their series against the San Jose Sharks 3-1.

Goals from Ian Cole and Evgeni Malkin saw the Penguins to their victory at the SAP Center on Monday.

Melker Karlsson struck in the third period for the Sharks, but they fell 3-1 behind in the best-of-seven game series.

Eric Fehr sealed the win for the Penguins with two minutes, two seconds remaining in San Jose.

It means the Penguins are just a win away from their fourth championship and first since 2009.

Matt Murray made 23 saves for the Penguins, while Martin Jones conceded three goals on 20 shots.

Phil Kessel was involved in the opening two goals for Pittsburgh, while Malkin - who scored the second in a power-play - also helped set up the first.

Karlsson gave the Sharks hope before Fehr ensured there would be no comeback.

The Penguins host game five of the series on Thursday.