Penguins rout Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 Cup lead

Tricia Pearson
June 10, 2017

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who have outscored Nashville 15-4 in Pittsburgh.

"We definitely know what our identity is", defenseman P.K. Subban said. He and Crosby grappled behind the Penguins' net during the first period of Game 5, with Crosby repeatedly grinding his right fist into the side of Subban's prone head. Hainsey deftly moved to his left, and the two Predators collided as he took off up the ice with the puck. The Cole Harbour, N.S., native has gotten stronger and stronger with each game of the final, setting up the Penguins lone goal in Game 3 and then scoring the only one himself in Game 4. A day earlier, Malkin had publicly called out Kessel, saying that it was the streaky sniper's "time to score". Cameras caught Crosby throwing a water bottle from the Penguins bench in the direction of Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm, who was well behind the play. As of Friday afternoon, the "get-in" price for the cheapest available Game 6 ticket was $1,517.

Malkin said Kessel would score, and the right winger did it 8:02 into the period. He also assisted the third goal for his first multi-point game since February.

Through five games of the Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins have three wins. Rinne was replaced to start the second by Saros, who was making only his second appearance of the playoffs. Rinne has a 5.41 goals-against average and.766 save percentage in parts of three road games this series. The Nashville goalie's Steel City nightmare continued when he failed to finish a game there for the second time in this series. Gaudreau spent three years with the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee before he finally earned a call-up this season, picking up an assist in nine appearances. Granted, they're less likely to outshoot the Predators than the Senators. Malkin's 10th goal of the playoffs came with the teams skating 4-on-4.

Pekka Rinne - Nashville's netminder has apparently run into his Kryptonite, and that's playing in Pittsburgh.

That, more broadly, is how Murray describes his ability to cooly handle the spotlight - "just worry about doing my job and trying to give the team the best chance to win".

Back home in Pittsburgh after two defeats in Nashville, Tennessee, the Penguins poured it on to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven championship series. In three games in Pittsburgh, two of which he was pulled, he's allowed 11 goals against. In Game 5, with the season on the line, he somehow found another gear. Pittsburgh can also take some confidence in knowing they won the Stanley Cup previous year in San Jose, California, so strolling around their opponent's ice with the Stanley Cup is something they are used to doing.

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Rust made it 2-0 just 6:43 into the game with a nasty backhand flip over Rinne's glove.

The Predators were absolutely abused by the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night in Game 5. In Game 1 he was crosschecked directly to the head against the boards behind the play, and last night his head was slammed into the ice, but both were only called minors - and last night's play didn't even result in a Nashville power play.

Fans certainly let their voices be heard in condemnation of the Pittsburgh captain.

Nashville, at least, can take solace in this.

It didn't help the Predators in the opening minutes as the Penguins controlled the play and drew the penalty.

When the playoffs started in mid-April, the Predators were the last team in. Quite the opposite, in fact: All three teams that have lost a game by six or more goals this spring bounced back to win the next contest. It's the third consecutive game he has missed with a left foot or ankle injury. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan isn't concerned about Murray. Rinne and the Predators are 9-1 at home so far in these playoffs.

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