Penguins try to clinch on 7th anniversary of last Cup
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to wrap up the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history on the seventh anniversary of their last championship.
After missing their first opportunity at home Thursday, the Penguins are up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final and can finish off the San Jose Sharks on the road in Game 6 on Sunday night. Seven years ago, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co. beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy was on the roster in 2008-09 but didn't participate in the playoffs.
''I had a great seat to watch that team do it,'' Lovejoy said. ''I would love to be part of one myself.''
Crosby, Malkin, forward Chris Kunitz, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the only Penguins players left from that Cup team. Fleury has spent this series backing up 22-year-old rookie Matt Murray, who has a .916 save percentage in the series.
Coach Peter DeBoer said the Sharks will be without forward Tomas Hertl for the fourth consecutive game. Hertl has an undisclosed injury.
San Jose is trying to become the seventh team in 33 chances to force a Game 7 when down 3-1 in the Cup Final. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 went on to win the series.