Preds Have History On Their Side For Game 6

The Predators are hardly blaming Rinne for their predicament.

Penguins fans will have 90 minutes to celebrate in Pittsburgh streets Sunday night if the team clinches a Stanley Cup during Game 6 of its playoff series against the Nashville Predators, city officials said Friday.

About a dozen of the Predators that played in last year's Game Six win over San Jose - which was the third-straight time Nashville had staved off potential elimination - are likely to suit up Sunday against the Pens, hoping the lessons learned and character forged in those contests will carry forward.

"We made mistakes in front of him", Laviolette said.

"Right now our backs are against the wall, and this is our opportunity and I think you try to do anything in your power and prepare the best you can for this one", Rinne said. Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence him.

"That was", coach Mike Sullivan said, "hands down the best game that we've played in this series to this point".

Nashville is facing elimination: It is the first time that has happened in this postseason.

"We know we're no Kris Letangs back here", Schultz said. "But our Grizzlies are sitting home in June, so at least we have the Predators playing still". We haven't seen a close one since the series opener. So Rinne will need to be at his best to give Nashville a chance at its first Game 7 and Pittsburgh's third this postseason. Nashville is also a comfortable 9-1 in the playoffs at home, and teams that lost Game 5 of a tied Final have won the Stanley Cup four of the last eight times, including Pittsburgh in 2009.

Of course, it all changes if the Predators reclaim their swagger and rally to complete one of the improbable Cup runs in National Hockey League history. Sidney Crosby (three assists), Evgeni Malkin (one goal, one assist) and Phil Kessel (one goal, two assists) played - and produced - at a level expected of them, a level of which many players are incapable of performing.

Conor Sheary may have big game performer written in his bio from now on.

But it wasn't just Rust who stepped up in Game 5, which felt like an elimination game going in given how well Nashville plays at home.

It was a familiar showing for Rinne. It all started with some trash talk between the two after a Predators win in Game 3, which apparently involved Crosby telling Subban he had some bad breath that he should work on.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The night started with a catfish throw.

They have to get it right because now one game - one loss - is all it will take for it all to end.

Rinne is now 1-8-2 lifetime against the Penguins - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and.822 save percentage in Pittsburgh.

"It's a good game but it's still not done", Malkin said. "But the way we played tonight, if we can build off that, that's important".

Crosby was also spotted chucking a water bottle onto the ice while he was on the bench during the game. P.K Subban had a death grip on Crosby's leg, which was cause for a minor penalty.

Pittsburgh kept up the pressure and Chris Kunitz set up Rust for a backhander that sailed past Rinne's glove to make it 2-0 at 6:43. He scored his first goal of the 2017 playoffs in Game 1 and scored again in Game 5, bringing his career Stanley Cup goal tally to four. But they'll have to win again in Pittsburgh next week to lift the Stanley Cup. "They doing all the little things, I think, that don't necessarily show up on the score sheet, or you can't necessarily quantify in a statistic, but those little things add up to helping a team win games".

  • Julie Sanders