Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

And we want to dictate the pace of the game, and we want to attack you in all three zones as a five-man unit and be tough to play against. Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence him.

"We just played simple, moved the puck up quick and our forwards did a good job of using their speed and playing down low, hanging on to pucks", Schultz said. Ellis missed most of the second and third periods in Thursday night's 6-0 loss in the Stanley Cup Final. I thought head coach Mike Sullivan's "we haven't lost games because of goaltending" was particularly noteworthy. The Predators in past years have given out a construction worker's hard hat to recognize the best player in a game.

The Penguins played nearly the ideal tactical game to take a 3-2 lead in the series, which is why Hainsey said they'd be in good shape if they could replicate that performance in Game 6 Sunday in Nashville.

The Penguins were clearly fired up in front of the home crowd.

But the Predators had little to enjoy from this one. Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and those other skilled forwards can't do anything without the puck. Even Ron Hainsey chipped in with a goal. That that point Crosby displayed his sublime passing sixth sense, backhanding the puck to Conor Sheary, who flipped over Saros's right pad on the first shot the Finnish goaltender faced.

"As long as there's life, there's hope", Rinne said. "We're coming in with two wins", defenseman Mattias Ekholm said.

It was a familiar showing for Rinne. Rinne was lifted after allowing three goals on nine shots, while his replacement Juuse Saros surrendered three on 15 shots. Evgeni Malkin is the second choice at plus-350, while Jake Guentzel and Crosby are both plus-500.

Roman Josi says his defensive partner obviously is a huge part of the Predators' defense. "We've got to win one road game and then a home game to boot".

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Now they head to Pittsburgh needing to find a way to win in the home ice of the defending champions after dropping Games 1 and 2.

It was as if after watching the Predators for four games, the Penguins were finally able to finally figure out their opponent's weak spot.

Barkley said the National Hockey League playoffs were more entertaining than the NBA's, and ratings are up considerably from a year ago when the Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games. Now it's time. Last game I think he showed his best game in this series. He almost scored on a ferocious drive, squeezing past two defenders and ringing a shot off the post as he was being dragged down by Ryan Ellis. Justin Schultz beat Rinne just 91 seconds in, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin followed before the first period horn sounded, continuing Rinne's baffling inability to play effectively in Pittsburgh during the series. Rinne chopped his stick against a goalpost not once, but twice after giving up a fifth and final goal a year ago when Nashville was ousted from the playoffs.

Kessel broke a six-game goal drought - and made Malkin's prediction Wednesday come true - when he scored from the high slot to make it 5-0 at 8:02 of the second. The team directed fans to watch the pivotal game in the 2-2 series on screens outside.

All eyes are on goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray going into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Predators visit the Penguins. The team went up 2-0 in the first eight minutes of Game 5, as they attempt to bounce back from two straight losses that led to a tied series through the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final. Now that both teams are only two games away from winning a Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins must decide if Murray will stay the course or if they will start Marc-Andre Fleury again.

Stanley is the symbol of how coach Peter Laviolette wanted his Predators to play this season.

Even after their impressive victory, the Penguins were clear that nothing has been won yet.