Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 Highlights

The Nashville Predators got slapped hard in the mouth by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Thursday.

However, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets that night with Marc-Andre Fleury subbing for Murray in goal. "He's a guy that's always worked on his game to become a better player".

So the goal was simple: Get it to them quickly. "I'm not breaking earth-shattering news: The NBA Playoffs have not been very good".Where do you want to start? The Penguins were dominated in Games 3 and 4, but came out and took back momentum immediately on their return home.

The Penguins - who set a club record with their 10th home win of the playoffs - scored three times in the first period and another three in the second. As the bench stood and yelled at the referee, Crosby threw a water bottle onto the ice. Kessel added two assists, Malkin and Hainsey one each. We've already played two games there and know the atmosphere and know how much they feed off their fans. "It's not over yet", says defenseman Yannick Weber.

Nashville will need more of that in Game 6 on Sunday if it hopes to force a deciding Game 7. "We made a few adjustments, but we had confidence".

Justin Schultz opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 1:31 into the game. That was a huge game.

"I mean we are back at home, we have the crowd behind us". "We know we're going to be facing a desperate team". "I'm anxious about his record now at home, and it's been outstanding", Predators captain Mike Fisher said of Rinne.

The night started with a catfish throw.

There was his quicksilver first shift, when Crosby split the Predators defense shortly after the opening faceoff, then rang shot off the left post while drawing a penalty from Nashville's Ryan Ellis, who tried futilely to slow him down.

Penguins center Nick Bonino is not on the ice for warmups prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators and is and out again.

"Even the artists are like, 'Go Preds!' And they're wearing their jerseys", she said.

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. Thanks to that access, we can finally listen in to what was said between Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban at the end of Game 3. The exchange ended with both players heading to the dressing room with minor penalties. "I know there's things we can do that can support our goaltender better". I was trying to get out of there. He had lost his stick. "We're just trying to each step up a little bit and it's been working so far". "I'm not going to judge what's over the line and what's not".

Laviolette wanted something stiffer against Crosby.

"I don't understand it". Crosby shoved Subban's head into the ice several times. The five goals were the most he's ever given up in the postseason.

"Well, I'm not an official", Subban said. "He sees the opportunity in front of us, and he's doing everything within his power to try to help us be successful". It would be the last action of the night for Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who was replaced for the second period by Juuse Saros.

There was the slick blind backhand pass to Conor Sheary just 1:19 into the second period that made it 4-0. But the Penguins go back to Nashville with a chance to win their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. "He's got some skill and he showed it off there".

With 90 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, all that lingering tension came to a boil, leading the face of the National Hockey League to do something unCrosbylike.

  • Julie Sanders