Sharks stay alive, force Game 6 in NHL Stanley Cup Final

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked into a group of San Jose Sharks in Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — The San Jose Sharks are going home, still very much alive in the NHL Stanley Cup final — thanks to their goaltender, Martin Jones.

Jones stopped 44 shots, Logan Couture had a goal and two assists and the Sharks avoided elimination by hanging on for a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a chippy Game 5 in Pittsburgh

Melker Karlsson, Brent Burns and captain Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who cut the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2.

The Penguins outshot the Sharks 46-21. But Jones was a virtual wall between the pipes for the Sharks. He stopped the final 42 shots he faced. In the series, Jones has faced 179 shots in five games.

Game 6 is Sunday in San Jose.

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