Crosby dominant in Penguins' Game 5 win over Predators


After winning the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh, the Predators flipped the script with 5-1 and 4-1 wins.

The 6-0 score tied for the seventh-biggest blowout in Stanley Cup Final history. However, with offensive linchpins such as Crosby and C Evgeni Malkin and their supporting cast that includes LW Conor Sheary, RW Jake Guentzel and RW Phil Kessel, the Penguins are very efficient offensively. Sidney Crosby had three assists, and goaltender Matt Murray had 24 stops in the shutout.

The first-period goals chased Rinne from Nashville's net; however, backup Juuse Saros ended up not faring any better.

"You move forward here, you learn from it and we'll be a lot better in our home rink", said Predators forward James Neal.

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"I know that Matt's excited to play tonight", Sullivan said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"We know we've got to win one road game and then a home game to boot".

"The playoffs in hockey have been unbelievable", said Barkley, who accepted commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to attend Game 4 in Nashville. "It's an opportunity for us to get on the ice, play the best game that we can play and put ourselves in a position to accomplish the ultimate goal, and I think that's how our team is certainly looking at it, that this is a great challenge and it's a great opportunity and we're excited about it". I'm tempted to side with the Penguins to close this out because they are a veteran team that's won big games on the road and the last thing they want is a game seven for the cup where anything can happen. Even the so called "experts" agreed that Pekke just wasn't the same goalie we had seen before. Yet Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hardly seems frustrated heading into Game 5 on Thursday night back home in Pittsburgh. In all five games of this series, the home team has emerged victorious - and for Pittsburgh, the win snapped a two-game losing streak which had appeared to tip the momentum in the series in favour of the underdog Predators.

The Predators are in a 3-2 hole with Game 6 coming up Sunday night in Nashville. The home team has won each of the first four games of the Cup Final.

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Somehow, even with an apparent catfish ban for Predators fans, a catfish donned in a typical Pittsburgh "Terrible Towel" was thrown out onto the ice, as an apparent troll of the tradition held up by Predators fans in Nashville. He almost scored on a ferocious drive, squeezing past two defenders and ringing a shot off the post as he was being dragged down by Ryan Ellis.

"That being said, we've been good on the road all year, and we have to take confidence from that". Rinne has allowed 11 goals on 45 shots in seven periods of play during the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh. "It all started with that start and got us going for the rest of the game". I think that Wilson will absolutely compliment the vision and smarts that rookie sensation Frederick Gaudreau has displayed.

Evgeni Malkin scored with 10.2 seconds left, another three-goal period for Pittsburgh at home after doing so in Game 1. A goose egg in the win column that will obviously have to change if the Preds are to capture their first ever Stanley Cup. His questionable positioning led to Pontus Aberg's dangle in Game 2.

Kessel broke a six-game goal drought - and made Malkin's prediction Wednesday come true - when he scored from the high slot to make it 5-0 at 8:02 of the second. They skated in Pittsburgh before flying to Nashville.

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The Penguins' power play had been 1-for-16 in the series and 0-for-13 over the previous three games. Their offense finally found itself, and the Penguins responded with back-to-back wins.