Crosby dominant in Penguins' Game 5 win over Predators

Crosby dominant in Penguins' Game 5 win over Predators

Crosby dominant in Penguins' Game 5 win over Predators

It only can be awarded that night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who decimated the Predators on Thursday in a 6-0 laugher in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Zoey Bates, of Toronto, has her face painted with Pittsburgh Penguins colors outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. And the Predators, seeded last among this year's 16 playoff teams, is riding high after two straight routs in front of a roaring home crowd. The Predators' fan base, which chanted, "It's all your fault", after every goal the Penguins allowed, even the empty-net goal in Game 4, beg to differ.

Now, with a series lead up for grabs, the question is which Rinne shows up. If Rinne was shaken by his ordinary showing in Pittsburgh, he quickly got back on track when he returned home.

Matt Murray has given up eight goals in the last two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. "We don't really know what the future really has in store for us, but all we can control is going out there and working our hardest", said Ryan Ellis. "We all know it". We got to be ready to be at our best. "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".

The Predators will have center Colton Sissons for Game 6 after the National Hockey League automatically reviewed his cross-check of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta's face inside the final minute of Game 6.

All eyes are on goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray going into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Predators visit the Penguins. Captain Sidney Crosby ended his Stanley Cup Final drought of 12 games without a goal by tallying in Monday's 4-1 setback, but Pittsburgh was outscored 9-2 in Games 3 and 4 to see the best-of-seven series knotted at 2-2.

Rookies accounted for the game-winning goals in the first four games of the series, with Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel connecting in Games One and Two and Gaudreau answering for the Preds in Games Three and Four. We know it's an exciting challenge.

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"They are always loud and they are always pushing us to be the best we can be", forward Carl Hagelin said.

Juuse Saros took over in net for the Predators for the final 40 minutes of the game. He posted a.920 save percentage in that series and a.923 save percentage in 21 playoff games last season.

But at home in Nashville he rebounded from those shaky efforts to stop 50 of the 52 shots he faced to improve to 9-1 at home in this season's playoffs. "I think that's a risky element of our game that has been prevalent throughout of course of this season. Two teams that skate well up and down the ice", Rinne said Wednesday from the team hotel. 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. We generated a lot of chances. "Our focus has to be on that game and getting one win". "Right now, our mission is to win Game 6 and then come back and play the best game of the series".

The Predators are in a 3-2 hole with Game 6 coming up Sunday night in Nashville.

The Penguins unceremoniously ushered the Predators out of Pittsburgh to start with the Final, but Nashville wasn't demoralized by the misleadingly lopsided losses.

Either way, one thing's for sure.

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