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Evgeni Malkin has 'another level' in his game, Penguins coach says

Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 after having none in his past six games. Even during the drought, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't worried.

Pittsburgh centre scores 1st goal of Stanley Cup Final in Game 4

Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin can be a difference maker for Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final, says coach Mike Sullivan. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 after having none in his past six games. His goal in the second period gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

Even during the drought, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't worried.

Hours before Game 4 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. The coach noted there's "another level" to Malkin's game to help the Penguins win.

"I think [Malkin] 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 for Game 4. Forward Tomas Hertl is out for the second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.

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