Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sharks 4, Penguins 2 Spoiling the Party Melker Karlsson's Goal at 14:47 Caps Flurry of 1st-Period Goals and Stands Up as the Winner as Sharks Close Series Gap to 3-2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sharks 4, Penguins 2 Spoiling the Party Melker Karlsson's Goal at 14:47 Caps Flurry of 1st-Period Goals and Stands Up as the Winner as Sharks Close Series Gap to 3-2

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It was the game the Penguins wanted to play.

Heck, it was the game they felt they needed to play if they were going to clinch the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup.

And they played it.

Just not quite long enough in what became a 4-2 loss to San Jose in Game 5 of the Cup final Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

The Sharks' victory pared the Penguins' lead in the series to 3-2, and forced a Game 6 at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

If the Sharks win then - the Penguins have lost consecutive games only once in these playoffs - the Cup champion will be determined in Game 7 Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

San Jose scored on two of its first three shots, getting two goals in the first three minutes, then withstood a sustained push by the Penguins, who never managed to catch up after falling behind again late in the opening period.

"Everybody knows that we're a better team than those first five minutes," Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta said. "I think we showed it after."

The Sharks frustrated not only the Penguins, who were attempting to become the first Pittsburgh-based team to win a championship inside the city limits since the 1960 Pirates, but thousands of fans who gathered outside the arena and in Market Square to watch the game on large screens.

Game 5 attracted a crowd of 18,680, a record at Consol Energy Center. The vast majority of those people went home disappointed mostly because of San Jose goalie Martin Jones, who made 44 saves.

"They threw a lot of pucks at the net," Jones said. "That's kind of the way they play."

But it wasn't just the quantity of shots Jones faced. More than a few of them came on high-quality chances.

He made a good save on Phil Kessel from inside the right circle on the Penguins' first shot of the game just over three minutes into the contest - the Sharks already had a 2-0 lead by then - and made probably his best stop with just under five minutes to go in the second period when he rejected Nick Bonino's backhander off a Kessel rebound. …

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