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Penguins shutout Predators to regain lead in Stanley Cup Final

11 Juin 2017

Game 5 marked the fourth time in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs that a team has lost by six or more goals.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The night started with a catfish throw.

Sidney Crosby put on a show in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, but his brilliant night was overshadowed by some out-of-character behaviour.Crosby pushed the Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup with three assists in the 6-0 win Thursday. No team has managed the feat since the Detroit Red Wings emerged in 1997 and 1998.

All eyes are on goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray going into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Predators visit the Penguins. We've got to focus on giving ourselves an opportunity to come back (to Pittsburgh) for Game 7. The difference on the scoreboard was not so big that Pittsburgh gets to carry over a few into the next contest.

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette saw things rather differently. "I just think he has such a drive to be the best, and he's willing to do what it takes", Sullivan said.

Nashville's goal differential in the playoffs at home is 34-15 in 10 games. In the second period it was more of the same with Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey (!) scoring to extend the lead to six.

"It's just one of those things it slipped out of my hand", Crosby said. I don't even know what he did, P.K.

No matter how you slice it, Crosby's Game 5 was not a good look from purely a behavioral perspective. He just has the ability to make plays around him better.

The Penguins, with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, are a win away from raising the Cup for the second year in a row and the fifth time in team history.

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. "We're just enforcing a law that's already standing". "We were really jumping and playing our game, playing fast".

"I know that Matt's excited to play tonight and he certainly has had success here at home and we're hoping that we have our best game in front of him", Sullivan said.

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The referees were occupied with action on the other end of the ice and didn't seem to notice or ignored Crosby keeping Subban down for so long.

Late in the first, Crosby and Nashville's P.K. Subban tangled behind the Penguins' net, with Crosby banging Subban's helmeted head off the ice as Subban clutched Crosby's leg.

Laviolette said his Predators are honest with each other, especially coming off a loss.

Oh, and for the record, Crosby didn't intentionally throw that water bottle. He's stopped just 34 of 45 in Pittsburgh during the series.

Predators backup goaltender Juuse Saros has allowed three goals on 10 shots after replacing Pekka Rinne, who allowed three goals on nine shots before getting the hook.

On the game's first shift, Crosby wove down the slot, putting a shot off the left post and drawing a holding penalty on Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis. "The Blackhawks" comeback Cup win over the Bruins in 2013 and two goals in 76 seconds.

Not Crosby, who said Subban "likes the attention" and "wants to make stuff up".

The Stanley Cup final has been a roller-coaster ride that way for the series' two starting goaltenders. "It's about going back and forth".

Sidney Crosby has the Pittsburgh Penguins on the verge of back-to-back Stanley Cups.

With 164 career playoff points, Crosby is now tied with Denis Potvin for 19th all-time.

Malkin scored on the resulting four-on-four to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission. This Nashville Predators' team is something Pittsburgh hasn't faced before, and with this win it takes the pressure off. Guentzel's assist moved him into a tie with Dino Ciccarelli and Ville Leino for the most playoff points by a rookie in National Hockey League history (21). Wilson missed the first four games of the series with an unspecified lower-body injury. It goes without saying that an Ellis injury would be a big deal for Nashville.

Penguins shutout Predators to regain lead in Stanley Cup Final