Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

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"It was just one of those games where they were going and we were trying to find it and didn't really get it going at any point", Rinne said.

"We definitely know what our identity is", defenseman P.K. Subban said. Nashville needs to play their game.

The Penguins are a win away from their second straight Stanley Cup and fifth overall.

There was the slick blind backhand pass to Conor Sheary just 1:19 into the second period that made it 4-0. They also have killed 24 of 25 penalties in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins held a 3-0 lead following the first period of play.

The Penguins skated in Pittsburgh before flying to Nashville. Phil Kessel scored not long after that.

Shortly before that, Crosby tossed a water bottle on the ice. Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to defeat Detroit in 2009, and Boston beat Vancouver twice in a row to capture the 2011 Cup. Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville. Game 7, if necessary, will be Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena.

Malkin said Kessel would score, and the right winger did it 8:02 into the period. Backup Juuse Saros didn't fare much better, giving up three goals in relief.

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Pittsburgh is threatening to turn Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final into a rout.

Then Game 5 was pivotal, but perhaps not that pivotal.

It's Saros' second appearance of the series after coming in late in Game 2.

Will the Preds, for the first time in these playoffs, prove themselves capable of dodging the death blow they've delivered three times themselves? They knew they would be starting on the road in every series, and the Predators responded by winning the opener of their first three series.

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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, who has not lost three consecutive games in his National Hockey League career, has stopped all nine shots he's faced. Nashville went 3-1 in such games a year ago.

More meaningful to his night was the victory, which pushed the Penguins one step closer to becoming the first repeat Stanley Cup victor in 19 years.

It was all even in Game 5, which didn't go unnoticed to Peter Laviolette as far as differences in play. The teams combined for 100 penalty minutes (58 for Nashville, 42 for Pittsburgh). After a short skirmish behind the net, Subban wound up prone near the end boards and Crosby pushed his helmet into the ice several times. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. Ellis plays with Roman Josi on Nashville's top defensive pair and is tied for third with 13 points this postseason.

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Does facing elimination mean the Preds will be under more pressure than they've dealt with in this postseason?

The Game Ops Gang will be there to put on the whole show for you, lights, video, announcements... we can cheer so loud that the boys will be able to hear us in PA. Tickets for the Arena watch party are on sale and are expected to sell out, all proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.

Instead, rewind to the Predators' locker room after the team's Game 2 loss for the truest representation of this bubbling personal rivalry. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan has called him a game-time decision since. The Predators in past years have given out a construction worker's hard hat to recognize the best player in a game. "I know you're not allowed to do that, so I'm not going to start doing it in the Stanley Cup Final". He also has eight multi-point games, including two games where he scored three points.

Back home in Pittsburgh after two defeats in Nashville, the Penguins poured it on to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven championship series. "They still have home ice".

"When he plays that way it's awfully easy to follow him", Penguins forward Matt Cullen said.

The Predators outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the past two games.

Colin Wilson could be back in the Nashville Predators' lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That'll take another team effort from the defense.

"You can see his drive and his appetite to win", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of Crosby. Bonino has missed the past two games after taking a shot to the left foot or ankle.

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