Predators unravel, face elimination after Game 5 blowout in Pittsburgh

  • Predators unravel, face elimination after Game 5 blowout in Pittsburgh

Predators unravel, face elimination after Game 5 blowout in Pittsburgh

Murray, who's just 23, started for the Penguins last postseason, posting a.923 save percentage en route to winning the Stanley Cup Final. Since the Predators are headed back to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6, Rinne will nearly certainly be back in the net. Murray didn't make the crucial save when he needed to, whereas Rinne was there time and again with the kinds of spectacular saves that both inspired his team and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Kessel was at his best in Game 4, when he sent in Chris Kunitz alone on a breakaway.

Rinne was a playoff MVP favorite going into the Cup Final, but allowing eight goals in the first two games put the Predators in a hole.

Bonino took a shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2. They wasted no time making up for it in Game 5, putting three goals on the board in the first period alone. Does the home ice trend continue? Goaltender Pekka Rinne was unable to unclog whatever psychological blockage exists at PPG Paints Arena. That's normal at this time of year, as players usually get the choice of practicing the day before a game or skating on the morning of the game. "It's nice to have your fans cheering you on and screaming and giving you extra energy, but at the same time, I think maybe we deserved to win one of the first two games and we felt we played good", he said.

One area where the Penguins have to be better is in turning the puck around, which is far easier said than done. "We have to win a road game".

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, is congratulated by Frederick Gaudreau (32) after Forsberg scored an empty net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 4 of the National Hockey League hock. "I know a lot of people talk about we exhausted".

Justin Schultz opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 1:31 into the game. He held Pittsburgh to a single goal in the next two games, a bounce-back effort that would likely back his case if Nashville wins the first Cup in franchise history.

The absence of Ryan Ellis has added injury to an insulting night for the Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin scored his 10th and had an assist, while Ron Hainsey also had a goal and an assist. The Penguins have won their last five home games and are 9-3 overall on home ice in the playoffs.

"We believe that we have some guys that are due to score some goals here", Sullivan said Tuesday.

The defending champion Penguins are slumping after spurts of big-time offense lifted them to a 2-0 lead.

The Penguins blue line is the key to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup chances.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan watches along with his players during the final minutes of the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Nashville Predators Monday, June 5, 2017, in N. What they need, then, is for those forwards - and we're talking about you, Phil Kessel - to start lugging the puck up the ice with some speed themselves. "They still have home ice".

"I know that Matt's excited to play tonight", Sullivan said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We felt as though, with each game we played [in Nashville], our team game is getting stronger". We will be breaking down the Calder Cup matchup with the play-by play men from both Syracuse and Grand Rapids and we will chat with the legendary voice of the Penguins, Mike Lange. I think we have to play with conviction.

"He'll score", Malkin said of Kessel, who has 30 goals and 63 points in 69 career playoff games.