Penguins beat Sharks, 3-1, to win Stanley Cup final Game 4

Nobody likes to shoot pucks more than Phil Kessel.

Few guys score more goals than he does, either.

But Kessel’s most important shot of these playoffs didn’t end up in the net. And it probably wasn’t supposed to.

But it did get the Penguins started toward what became a 3-1 victory against San Jose Monday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at SAP Center.

The victory that has given them a 3-1 lead in the series also put them into position to win the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. They’ll have a chance to do it on home ice for the first time when the teams meet in Game 5 at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

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