Preds' Colton Sissons cleared for Game 6 after match penalty

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey scored for the defending champions, who got 24 saves from goaltender Matt Murray. Whether Laviolette will start goalie Pekka Rinne isn't a question despite the 34-year-old Finn giving up three goals on nine shots before being pulled after the first period. 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.

Tweaks made by Sullivan and assistant coach Jacques Martin got the best out of that blue line Thursday with two goals and three assists. Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette and players pause at the bench during the third period in Game 5 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Th.

The vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 on Thursday night figures to be more anxious than anticipatory after the Predators evened the series at 2-2 with a pair of vintage performances on home ice that sent "Smashville" into a frenzy and delivered a very clear message that the first-timers are a clear threat to become first-time winners. "We know we're going to be facing a desperate team".

"That is, hands down, the best game that we've played in this series to this point", Sullivan said. Instead, his penalty was just one of 14 given to the Predators with 10 handed out to Pittsburgh for a total of 100 penalty minutes.

"We were on our toes tonight", Schultz said. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and the home team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings while the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. These are our key players, and they need to be more consistent than they've been in games three and four.

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

"The real hockey starts now", Subban said.

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. "We still need one more game, one more win".

"That was a huge game", Rinne said.

Saros relieved Rinne to start the second, but Pittsburgh upped its lead to 4-0 just 1:19 into the period on Sheary's goal from Crosby. We're playing against a good team. The first came in the second round and on the road against the President's Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, the next a double-overtime epic in the conference final against the Senators. No unsportsmanlike penalty was called and Kessel's goal stood. "If you've got a team that has momentum and a team that's got desperation, for me anyway, the scarier team is the one that's got desperation". "I think they understand how these series go and how, from one game to the next, we have to reset the mindset and just be ready to play that game right in front of us".

Colin Wilson could be back in the Nashville Predators' lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

When Hainsey, who waited 907 regular-season games before reaching the playoffs for the first time this season, tapped in a pass from Malkin to make it 6-0, the stage was set for the Penguins to return to familiar territory.

The Penguins have home ice, which has proven to play a bigger role than expected in these Finals. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway (on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson) it's a different game".

  • Zachary Reyes