Gaudreau's goal helps Predators draw level in Final

This was the Rinne we had seen for most of the playoffs, the one who entered the final with a sparkling.941 save percentage and was the reason why Nashville had swept the Blackhawks and rolled past the Blues and Ducks. It was the fifth 6-goal beating in Cup Final history, meaning the game tied for the seventh-biggest blowout on record in this round. The Penguins won their two home games by a combined 9-4.

On Tuesday, Sullivan shot down reports that Letang had an outside chance to return in this series.

So can Forsberg, who leads the Predators with nine. It was hard to establish much pressure because Subban and Ekholm got the puck up and out of the zone with such ease.

"We were in a tough hole against a really good team, came home and took care of the home games with the help of all our great fans", Rinne said. While he never played quite as poorly, he allowed five goals in Game 3 - the most he's ever given up in the playoffs - and four in Game 4. "We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point". I don't believe that's the word that we want to use to describe our team.

"We know we can be a lot better", Predators' captain Mike Fisher said.

At the end of last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in the driver's seat; but that was then.

The Preds also contained the Penguins in the wins, holding them to just two goals while snuffing out six power-play attempts.

That's an advantage for the Penguins, though it hardly seems important enough to completely tip the balance of the series.

"It's a game of execution", Crosby said. "His defense is equally as good for me". We're playing great. We're scoring goals. Wait-there's more: Take Crosby's 107 career playoff assists and couple them with his 57 career playoff goals, and you get him moving into a tie with Denis Potvin (56g-108a-164pts) for 19th in National Hockey League history for playoff points.

Laviolette's message to the home crowd was basically a preemptive strike to prevent the officiating crew from tagging his team with a delay-of-game penalty for having to wait for a clean-up of the popular southern fish.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans Arianna Burns, left, Kaeli Stolar right, and Alex Hersh, rear, cheer for the team outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins unceremoniously ushered the Predators out of Pittsburgh to start with the Final, but Nashville wasn't demoralized by the misleadingly lopsided losses. Since the Predators are headed back to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6, Rinne will nearly certainly be back in the net. "We had a short summer, but it was a fun summer", he said. We've been able to find some success on the road. The ice conditions will be a little better here. "At home we played two strong games". Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. "I thought tonight, of all the games, we generated the most chances and the highest quality". "I know a lot of people talk about we exhausted". "I think these guys are ultimately driven to win championships".

"He's certainly made his influence on the playoffs for our team in such a positive way", Sullivan said. " "Desperate" is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot". "It always has a connotation of hopelessness, and that's not the word we use for our team". But Pittsburgh might be willing to give the trio a chance to try things again. I don't know how coaches do it.

"I played here two years and to win two?"

  • Julie Sanders