Evgeni Malkin has 'another level' in his game, Penguins coach says
Pittsburgh centre scores 1st goal of Stanley Cup Final in Game 4
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.