Health of Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis still in question

Two consecutive victories don't give coach Peter Laviolette belief that his Nashville Predators have momentum against the Pittsburgh Penguins going into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Despite the lopsided loss in Game 5 that put them behind 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, the Predators have reason to be confident they can rebound and force Game 7 at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored early, often and seemingly at will Thursday night in a 6-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena. But things have escalated quickly between the two players and it was evident in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Crosby finished with three assists to reach 27 points, one behind Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin for the National Hockey League postseason scoring lead.

Subban was asked after the game if Crosby deserved more for the foul.

The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a hard out in a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead.

"We've seen some smart money on the Penguins, and the majority of public action is on the home side as well", Cooley said. 'When these guys are bearing down on you, Donald Trump is the last thing on your mind, ' US goalkeeper Tim Howard said Saturday at the cavernous stadium. "He has the ability to adapt his game to the players that play with him".

The cloud of the concussion symptoms that dogged him for the better part of two years in 2011 and 2012 are gone. Crosby assisted on the ensuing power-play goal: a Justin Schultz point shot that caught a fraction of a stick and passed through two separate five-holes. 1-0. "I thought we did a really good job at that, and I think our focus is there and I think that we're going to give ourselves the best opportunity".

In baseball, teams often get stale in the postseason if they have too much rest.

Crosby chatted with an official from the bench, appearing to indicate he didn't mean to throw the bottle. Crosby's eventful night included becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Final, a two-minute roughing penalty for trying to dribble Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's head on the ice near the end of the first period and an flip of a water bottle onto the ice during play. "I like our group", said Predators captain Mike Fisher. None is more influential than Subban vs. Crosby because of their superstardom and importance to their respective teams.

Late in the first period, Crosby and Subban got tangled up behind the Penguins' net with the Penguins up 2-0.

"He was doing some UFC move on my foot there", Crosby said. "I had a gesture with my hand and before I knew it the thing was flying across the ice. I was trying to get out of there". "I was in some kind of lock there".

Those three had enough success to earn an unofficial name - the Sid and the Kids Line - before a goal drought and seeming slip in confidence moved Sheary down the lineup in the playoffs, and even out of the lineup for three games. He drew a holding penalty against Ellis while ringing a shot off the left post.

Backup Juuse Saros wasn't much of an improvement, giving up three goals in the second.

Kessel scored his first goal of the series at 8:02 to make it 5-0. Crosby added his third helper on Phil Kessel's first goal of the final.

Luongo was ventilated in his next two games in Boston, including a pivotal Game 6 in which the Canucks had their first chance to win the series.

  • Zachary Reyes