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Penguins open early 2-0 lead on Preds in Game 5

09 Juin 2017

What: Game 4, Stanley Cup Final, Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators.

That deficit is no more.

After giving up four goals on 25 shots and being chased from the net in Game 2, Rinne stole the show in the next two games, earning first star honours in each matchup. "I don't know the significance of it". But we really liked the way we played in Game 1. He has only four shots in the series, including a shotless Game 3.

The game was at 2-0 during the incident, which started with a standard roughing up on both sides. If the Penguins can't score goals in bunches, then they need to rely on his shut down play. The undrafted centre had only nine games of National Hockey League experience before the playoffs in which he had a single assist.

"I thought I was pretty good in Game 4", the 23-year-old Murray said Wednesday.

Sidney Crosby had three assists, to eclipse Mario Lemieux for the most points in all-time franchise history during the Stanley Cup final with 21.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Ron Hainsey, center, celebrates his goal against the Nashville Predators with Evgeni Malkin, left, and Phil Kessel, right, during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday.

He's far from the only unexpected contributor for Nashville during these playoffs. The superstar forward scored in Game 4 after five consecutive games without a goal. There were some goals in this game.

The series is tied 2-2.

"And after (making the team), I wanted to be better than I was the year before", he said. Filip Forsberg, the most risky Predator and someone who also notched 31 this season, also landed only his first of the final in Game 4 and it came into an empty net.

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Thanks to a 6-0 win in Game 6 on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins are now one win away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

"There's something quite unbelievable about hearing 17,000 people yell 'you suck!' in ideal unison at an opposing goalie", Swartz says. "Those are your only two choices". He skated in on Rinne, holding the puck, faking a slap shot and then slipping one past the goalie for his eighth goal and 24th point of the playoffs.

The Penguins have again gotten to Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

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. Kessel had all the time and space in the world as he maneuvered into the high slot and rifled a shot past Saros at 8:02.

Bonino took a shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2.

"They both have their hands full", Laviolette said.

Maybe the biggest difference to the Predators though is goaltending.

Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1 at home and roared back after dropping the first two games of the series on the road. Rinne was flat out spectacular from there on, particularly in the second period when he stopped breakaways by Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

Goalie Matt Murray lost consecutive games for the first time in his young career. Nashville captured Games 3 and 4 in front of a raucous home crowd and did so, in part, by continuing to stifle the two-headed offensive monster that lines up behind Sidney Crosby. The Preds will try to become the fifth to ultimately win the Cup.