Penguins need Malkin, Kessel to wrestle back control of Stanley Cup final

The Penguins need Evgeni Malkin, left, and Phil Kessel, centre, to start providing their usual offence if they want to take back control of the Stanley Cup final. (Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)

By Jonas Siegel, The Canadian Press, June 7, 2017 

Linemates have struggled to produce through 4 games

Evgeni Malkin expects Phil Kessel to score in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, and anticipates his own “best game” too.

The Penguins will likely need Malkin and Kessel at their best to wrestle back control of a series that’s lately gone the Predators’ way. Nashville captured Games 3 and 4 in front of a raucous home crowd and did so, in part, by continuing to stifle the two-headed offensive monster that lines up behind Sidney Crosby.

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