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Cole gives Penguins yet another lead vs. Sharks after first period

Phil Kessel creates the opportunity by throwing the puck on net and Ian Cole picks up the "juicy rebound" off of Martin Jones to score the first goal of Game 4.

Metallica sure seemed to set the tone for a lightning-fast (one might even say speed-metal-like) start to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

There weren’t a ton of actual shots on goal, yet the action was exciting and there were plenty of close calls.

Ultimately, the Pittsburgh Penguins once again enjoyed a lead - the San Jose Sharks haven’t had to protect one yet with Game 3’s overtime goal in mind - as they ended the first period up 1-0.

An unexpected trend

The Penguins have enjoyed remarkable production from defensemen not named Kris Letang during this series. Ben Lovejoy helped produce some big points in Game 3, while an ultra-rare Ian Cole goal stood as the only tally in the first period.

It came after Brian Dumoulin somehow didn’t score the 1-0 goal; when you consider Justin Braun’s production for San Jose, the 2016 Stanley Cup Final has been surprisingly rich in offense for lesser-known blueliners.

Understatement: goals have been rare for Cole.

Again, there were some memorable moments, such as this Marc-Edouard Vlasic interference on Sidney Crosby:

The Sharks are standing toe-to-toe with the Penguins, yet they’re still struggling to get on the board. We’ll see if that changes going forward.