Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

  • Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Justin Schultz gets past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) for a goal during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The night started with a catfish throw. But there's still at least one more chance for the teams to provide a one-goal game or maybe even some overtime, which had been on pace to break the all-time record for a single postseason through three rounds. We saw it in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup final, when goalie Pekka Rinne allowed two goals combined, the defence limited Pittsburgh's big guns to few shots and players like Frederick Gaudreau and Calle Jarnkrok became unlikely heroes. Pittsburgh leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. "So I think all those things are weighed to a point where hopefully good decisions are made". "We know who we're facing, in their building". Kessel added two assists, Malkin and Hainsey one each.

Without a return to form at home, though, and a follow-up performance on the road in a potential Game 7, the Predators season will likely come to an end. Ellis has skated only two shifts in the second, a big loss for the Predators as they trail 5-0 and are well on their way to falling behind 3-2 in the series.

Justin Schultz's power-play goal early in the first was the eventual victor, while Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and Ron Hainsey also found the back of the net.

"It just seems to be like every second game, they're talking about how good we play defense and then the other game they talk about how good they are as an offense", Ekholm said Friday. Right now, Neal hasn't been changing much. It was Crosby who sent the message - with his vision, his creativity and, oddly, his fists.

Crosby and Nashville's P.K. Subban got in a tangle on the ice behind the Penguins net late in the first, with Crosby bouncing Subban's helmeted head off the ice. However, they fought back to tie it, although Jake Guentzel's third period goal gave the Penguins a much needed win.

And apparently not taking any more stuff from Subban either.

"I have a better arm than that anyway", Crosby said. "I was in some kind of lock there".

It was a rare shift together for Subban and Crosby in this game. And he wouldn't bite on the idea that the referees, who were right there for what happened and inexplicably called coinciding "holding" penalties, were letting Crosby get away with anything.

Rinne returns to Pittsburgh, where he was shelled in the first two games of the series and is 0-5 with a 4.85 goals-against average and.833 save percentage over his National Hockey League career.

"We've got to get one more win now", Schultz said.

Saros hardly fared any better.

Defenseman Ryan Ellis' night ended early in the second period because of an apparent injury. "You just keep shooting and hopefully one goes in". He of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. Four of the prior 12 clubs went on to win the Cup: the 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Penguins and 2011 Boston Bruins. A shot at a fifth awaits Sunday, though it'll hardly be easy. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays.

When Subban was asked if it was getting personal, he just said, "It's hockey, man". "You're in the Cup final, this is what it's all about".