Predators D Ryan Ellis plays Game 6 despite injury

The Predators head coach, Peter Laviolette has supreme confidence in his team going into Game 6 tonight at Bridgestone Arena against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins broke the game open in the final minutes Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., when Patric Hornqvist ended a scoreless tie with just over two minutes left in the game.

Ellis ranks third in the league among defensemen in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 21 games, and his five goals rank second among defensemen behind Josi's six.

They are the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 19 years (Detroit).

Crosby and the Penguins are seeking their third title since 2009, and the franchise's fifth overall. Nashville has yet to make a commitment one way or another, and TVA's Renaud Lavoie suggested on Saturday that it was more likely that they would send him out for what could be the final game of the season. While the Predators won Games 3 and 4 by a combined total of 9-2, the Penguins responded with a 6-0 Game 5 rout back in Pittsburgh. In Game 5, Crosby exploded for three points en route to a 6-0 victory. However, if Rinne struggles again the Predators miracle Stanley Cup run will end on home ice.

The two-time Country Music Association entertainer of the year will be performing on the top of honky-tonk Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge with National Hockey League officials estimating more than 100,000 people around the arena. Rinne allowed three goals on nine shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one more win away from spoiling the Nashville party for good.

Sissons tapped the puck into the net 67 seconds into the second period behind Murray's back.

Murray also stopped Sissons on a breakaway midway through the second and also gloved a shot from Viktor Arvidsson later in the period. After getting his pad out to stop Mike Fisher's shot from the slot, Murray got his glove up to foil James Neal attempting to convert the rebound at the right post. Grammy winners Cage the Elephant performed during the second intermission after playing at Bonnaroo on Friday night.

  • Salvatore Jensen