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The Latest: Game 4 starts after Metallica's anthem
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The Latest: Game 4 starts after Metallica's anthem

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 2:19 a.m. ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks (all times local):

5:20 p.m. PDT

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final is underway after a rousing national anthem from Sharks fans and Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.

The guitars used in the performance will be autographed and then auctioned for charity by the Sharks Foundation. The anthem came after an elaborate laser show and video presentation before the players took the ice.


''The best national anthem ever,'' Canadian professional golfer Graham DeLaet tweeted.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and bass player Robert Trujillo opened the dressing room door to lead the Sharks on the ice for the game against Pittsburgh.

Metallica and the Sharks have been linked for years. San Jose players skate through the shark head on the ice before all games to Metallica's ''Seek and Destroy.''

Hetfield led the Sharks out of their dressing room for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against St. Louis, and the team held a ''Metallica Night'' last season.


4:45 p.m.

Goaltenders Matt Murray and Martin Jones have led the Penguins and Sharks onto the ice for pregame warm-ups prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

If Pittsburgh wins the Cup, Murray can tie the rookie record for playoff wins in a single postseason shared by Cam Ward in 2006, Ron Hextall in 1987 and Patrick Roy in 1986.

Jones has started every game of the playoffs for San Jose, which is trying to even things on home ice.


4:00 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin has no goals in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final and none in his past six overall.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan isn't worried.

Hours before Game 4 of the Cup final against the San Jose Sharks with his team holding a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, Sullivan said Malkin can be a difference maker on any shift. Sullivan said there's ''another level'' to Malkin's game to help the Penguins win.

''I think Geno is going to be fine,'' Sullivan said. ''I know he's going to be a big part of the next few games here. He's an elite player. When he plays the game the right way, he's a threat out there.''

The Sharks won't have one of their biggest threats yet again. Injured forward Tomas Hertl is out for the second consecutive game.


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