SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — All it took for the Pittsburgh Penguins to end an 18-year drought in San Jose was a couple of fortuitous bounces.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists and Phil Kessel scored twice to help the Penguins get their first win in San Jose since 1997, 5-1 over the Sharks on Tuesday night.
“They’re dangerous at home as everybody knows,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “It’s a long time. It’s a tough building to win in.”
David Perron added a goal and an assist and Matt Cullen also scored for the Penguins, who had lost 10 straight at the Shark Tank. Pittsburgh had gone winless in 12 games here since beating San Jose 5-2 on Oct. 22, 1997, garnering only one tie during the skid.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves to help Pittsburgh get off to a strong start on a four-game road trip.
Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who have lost two of three at home following a perfect six-game road trip. Martin Jones made 24 saves.
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