Preds Fall in Game Five, Pledge to Be Better Facing Elimination

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

Sydney Crosby was the lone bright spot for the Penguins with his first period tally that he received an assist on from the post but that was it for the Pens attack.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have dominated the first 40 minutes of play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, securing a 6-0 lead over the Nashville Predators after two periods of play.

The talk going into that game will center around the Predators' pulling Pekka Rinne before the second period began, whether or not Nashville can dominate again at home, and what a Stanley Cup repeat would be like for the Penguins and mean to the Steel City. Save for a pair of flurries (one at the end of the first period in Game 1, the other at the beginning of the third period in Game 2) Nashville has been every bit Pittsburgh's equal.

The Nashville Predators have stormed back to even the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, leading some to wonder if it's time for a big change for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It's about time", he said. Kessel had two shots on goal in Game 4 and three in Game 3 but was a minus-2 in each game. "We have to win a road game". Or can the Predators build off dominant efforts in games three and four and break through on the road. "You want to bury them but sometimes they don't go in".

"Somehow he managed to keep it out", said Guentzel, who scored four goals in the series' first three games. The puck barely snuck inside the goal line, bouncing off a lunging Matt Murray's blocker pad and back out in a split second.He told me my breath smelled, but I don't know, I used Listerine before the game so I don't know what he's talking about.

Pekka Rinne's time in the Nashville Predators organization predates the second lockout.

The bad news? Game 7 is back at a house of horrors for them in Pittsburgh. "But now it's time". Center Nick Bonino (ankle) tried to play in Game Four but let the ice in warmups.

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The 23-year-old had been sharp in stopping 37-of-38 shots in a Game 2 victory at home and relatively sturdy since he took over for Marc-Andre Fleury midway through the Eastern Conference final. We're playing against a good team. That hasn't changed. Desperate is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot. "I don't know how coaches do it".

The big problem, however, wasn't Nashville's defence. Malkin figured Subban and Ekholm, as well as Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, were "tired for sure" with each logging 24-26 minutes per game.

"I think the goaltending position can be such an important position by nature of how the game's played", Sullivan said.

But the Predators' defenders made it tough because of how well they skated and how capable they were with the puck. Malkin had a more hard night.

A more potent power play would help Malkin and Kessel, who lead the team with 11 power-play points apiece. "(Gaudreau's) been unbelievable for us, just the way he's come in and he's been so good with the timely goals and so composed", Predators captain Mike Fisher said of the 24-year-old, who had one assist in nine regular-season National Hockey League games in his career.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be sticking with Matt Murray between the pipes for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"They're obviously very good when they have the puck", Sullivan said. We got to be ready to be at our best.

"Having said that, I thought tonight, of all the games we played, we generated the most chances and the highest quality".

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