Pittsburgh Penguins goalie quandary: Murray vs Fleury - Game 5

The consummate home-ice achievement - winning a Stanley Cup there - will have to wait until at least next Wednesday. "I'm just going to go about my business, do my thing, and when I play, I'm ready to play".

In this year's Stanley Cup Final, the home team has yet to lose, something the Pittsburgh Penguins were hoping to keep going headed into Thursday night's Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.

Having the Stanley Cup in Bridgestone Arena gives the Predators plenty of motivation as well in the first game they've faced elimination this postseason.

Evgeni Malkin expects Phil Kessel to score in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, and anticipates his own "best game" too.

There's the third Stanley Cup - one more than mentor and team owner Mario Lemieux - and the chance to lead the first repeat Cup champs in the salary cap era and first in nearly 20 years. That's 9-1 at home for the Predators, including two straight against the Penguins, 5-1 on Saturday and 4-1 on Monday night that tied the series at two games apiece. "I know our whole team, our whole organization are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we've enjoyed here at home this season". "It's a great feeling". The Penguins didn't produce much in Games 1 and 2 and somehow won going away. The Penguins hung six goals on the Predators in Game 5 on Thursday in a 6-0 shutout victory in Pittsburgh. Goalie Matt Murray lost consecutive games for the first time in his young career.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan took an optimistic tone about those scoring opportunities.

"Everybody talks about experience like it's the most important factor, but I think it's about how you approach things". Former NBA star and TV commentator Charles Barkley also was on hand, accepting NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to watch in person.

As our stats guru Dom Luszczyszyn has pointed out, teams that get outshot as badly as the Penguins are give themselves nearly no chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

Craig Smith ricocheted a puck off Murray's pads that Jarnkrok tapped in at 14:51 to start the fans yelling louder.

Just 66 seconds later, Crosby tied it up for Pittsburgh on a dazzling breakaway. At one point, Penguins held a 6-1 shot advantage.

The Predators are hardly blaming Rinne for their predicament. Penguins teammate Jake Guentzel has a playoff-best 13 goals, while Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been their backbone, according to Laviolette. And then came Gaudreau's goal, confirmed only after the horn sounded and officials reviewed the play.

Eighteen years in the National Hockey League have led to 1,366 regular-season games for Cullen, but have hardly slowed the center, who logged 15 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time in Game 3 and 18:53 in Game 4.

"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said. Obviously he thinks the game on a certain level that most people don't think the game.

Not that anyone could have stopped Crosby and company on Thursday night.

Malkin ripped a wrist shot over Rinne's glove on the ensuing 4-on-4 to make it 3-0 with just 10 seconds left in the first. Rinne was hot at home again, re-establishing himself as the MVP if Nashville goes on to win the series. "This is a team that Games 1 and 2, there were a few minutes where we liked our game for some of it, then other parts of it, they took over". Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and.925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs because of a lower-body injury, with veteran Marc-Andre Fleury recording a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 GAA and.924 save percentage.

  • Julie Sanders