Penguin's prepare to take home Lord Stanley; Fluery or Murray?

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2017

Now, Rinne and the Predators, facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, will have to win at home on Sunday to extend the series. However, because the Penguins qualified for the 2016 postseason, the one that kicked in reads as such (according to Sportsnet): If Pittsburgh qualifies for the 2016 post-season, Toronto will receive the Penguins' 2016 first-round draft pick; and the Penguins will receive Toronto's 2016 second-round selection.

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-2 lead against the Nashville Predators in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series.

Many hockey fans were (rightfully) anxious about the change in the crowd atmosphere before Game 5 after two loud and fun games in Nashville, but some traditions, like the catfish, made their way back to Pittsburgh.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons in almost two decades since Detroit repeated in 1997 and 1998. He was determined to have his "best game" and did so with two points alongside Kessel, who finished with three himself (one goal, two assists) in the win. And the rout was on. But it was Crosby who imposed his will on the game first. I mean, how do you watch a 6-0 game? "He sets the tone right off the bat". With so much talk and research on the effects of head injuries, it would be nice to see these hits get treated the way they do in the regular season.

"I thought I was OK in Game 3, obviously not great, but I thought I was pretty good in Game 4", Murray said after practice on Wednesday. "He's just trying to hold me down", said Crosby.

"I think we turned the page", added Crosby.

"I don't understand it". "He's as driven an athlete as I've seen".

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may have gotten away with a ridiculous play.

The two-time MVP's eventful night included becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Final, a two-minute roughing penalty for trying to dribble Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's head on the ice near the end of the first period and what he said was an inadvertent flip of a water bottle onto the ice during play.

As noted, repeatedly, the overriding storyline in this series has been the up-and-down play of the Predators goalie. In three games in Pittsburgh, two of which he was pulled, he's allowed 11 goals against.

Now, thanks in large part due to Crosby's efforts, the Penguins will have a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Nashville on Sunday.

Rinne has a 9-1 record this spring with a 1.44 goals-against average and.949 save percentage in Nashville. "But we've got to play a better game". "If you go back and look at the goals and the way they were scored, you give up a power play early on. All we can do is learn from it and go and get better". "I felt like they were maybe on their way up to get a gap, and I just tried to take it to the net". They may have diametrically different personalities - one shunning the attention, the other craving it - but each chose diplomacy over escalation. There's coverage that's missed after that. “We want to win it.”. This move was done not as an indictment on Rinne, but to try to jumpstart the Predators.

The home team has won each of the first five games of the Final for just the 12th time since the National Hockey League went to a best-of-seven series in the final round in 1939, and for the first time since 2011. Yes, Kessel scored - the fifth goal of the game. Crosby set up the first goal by Pittsburgh 91 seconds into the game Thursday night.

Indeed, while the Penguins can't be much happier with how they played in Game 5, momentum doesn't necessarily carry over from game to game, especially in a weird series like this one, and especially with two full days off before Game 6. The Senators won Game 6, 2-1, at Ottawa and the Penguins needed double overtime to beat the Senators, 3-2, in Game 7 at Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan has called him a game-time decision since.

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