Nashville Predators left wing Colin Wilson skates a drill during practice Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. He allowed three goals on nine shots before getting pulled in Game Five, leaving him with a.756 save percentage in three games at Pittsburgh in this series. Not yet, anyway. They haven't been through a Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, haven't dealt with the win, lose or draw. From Malkin (goal and an assist) and Kessel (goal and two assists) to goals from Justin Schultz and Ron Hainsey to a shutout performance from Matt Murray, everyone in a Penguins jersey stepped up. And Rinne spent the past 40 minutes stewing on the bench as the Penguins finished off a 6-0 rout Thursday night in easily Nashville's worst playoff loss.
Through four games, Nashville has more goals, more shots on goal and a bit more swagger than Pittsburgh. "But I promise you, in 10 years when we're talking about this to our kids, our friends, our grandkids, we're not going to be complaining about where we parked or how crowded it was".
After another beat down in Pittsburgh, the Preds have their backs against the wall for the first time during these Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins center is one win away from captaining his team to its second Stanley Cup in a row, and third during his career.
There was the slick blind backhand pass to Conor Sheary just 1:19 into the second period that made it 4-0. It was Crosby's 56th multi-point playoff game.
Pittsburgh is 7-7 over its past 14 games and has been limited to just one goal in six of its past 11 - including the two losses in Nashville.
The opening faceoff was delayed a few seconds after someone threw a catfish onto the ice - a Predators thing.
Pekka Rinne - Nashville's netminder has apparently run into his Kryptonite, and that's playing in Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkins says: "Believe me, they're exhausted too". "I had a gesture with my hand and before I knew it the thing was flying across the ice". And in the first minute he attacked the Predators zone, walked around Nashville's Ryan Ellis and managed to hit the post after Ellis jumped on board and tried to grab on like he was trying to catch a passing horse. Still, Pittsburgh is pretty good in the house that owner Mario Lemieux built.
"We've got to be better in front of him". Cullen has been playing in the league since 1997, and he's 40 now: He has played with Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan and Shea Weber and others, so many others.
"When these guys play a committed, inspired game the way they do and they execute, then their talent and their instincts are going to take over", Sullivan said. Rinne has stopped just 34 of the 45 pucks that have come his way during seven forgettable periods at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino missed his second consecutive contest with a foot injury.
Having the Stanley Cup in Bridgestone Arena gives the Predators plenty of motivation as well in the first game they've faced elimination this postseason. I don't believe that's the word that we want to use to describe our team.