The San Jose Sharks couldn’t come up with a second straight win at home and fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, 3-1. The Penguins now control its own destiny with a 3-1 series lead and another win will give them a Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh could win its third Stanley cup since 2013 with a win over the Sharks Thursday night.

On Monday, the Penguins’ Ian Cole got the scoring started with a goal in the first period at the 7:36 mark. It was Cole’s first goal of the playoffs and it came off an assist from Evgeni Malkin. Malkin wasn’t finished on the night.

Malkin added another goal to his total in the second period, giving the Penguins an almost insurmountable lead. It was Malkin fifth goal of the playoffs, possibly giving him an edge to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Cup’s Most Valuable Player. Duncan Keith won it last year for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Before this was all over, the Penguins put one more on the board. But not before the Sharks put its only goal in the net in the third period when Melker Karlsson scored– his fourth. However, it was too little too late for San Jose.

San Jose is now down to its final game. It was nice seeing them have a successful run, but it turns out the Penguins are on a  bit of a wave and they are riding that through the Sharks. Given the impossible, it looks like it could be game over for San Jose later this week.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America


Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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