Penguins one Stanley Cup win from repeating; Predators demolished

Penguins one Stanley Cup win from repeating; Predators demolished

Penguins one Stanley Cup win from repeating; Predators demolished

Tweaks made by Sullivan and assistant coach Jacques Martin got the best out of that blue line Thursday with two goals and three assists. If clutch was something you could depend on, we'd expect Crosby to always wilt deeper in the playoffs because that's what he showed the last time he made the final.

The Mirage opened the total at 5.5, with the under -130, and Sasamura said that price has not moved at all for this 8 p.m. ET faceoff.

Crosby's three-assist game marked his 56th multi-point playoff game, tied for fourth most in National Hockey League history. I don't even know what he did, P.K. Rinne was pulled from the game in favor of Jusse Saros, who promptly gave up three goals of his own in the second. Multiple Predators fans have been ejected from the arena for throwing catfish onto the ice during Stanley Cup games.

NOTES: Nashville D Ryan Ellis left in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Ellis has skated only two shifts in the second, a big loss for the Predators as they trail 5-0 and are well on their way to falling behind 3-2 in the series.

Given the relative importance of that game to your average playoff tilt, it was probably the best game of Crosby's playoff career.

The commentator was similarly unperturbed by the incident, saying that "Crosby was giving him the business".

The series is tied 2-2. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all put up at least two points each in that game.

"He score", Malkin said of Kessel before the game.

So far in the Stanley Cup Final, the defending champions had yet to really dominate a game. Crosby set up Sheary - playing on his 25th birthday - in the low slot for a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead at 1:19 on the first shot by either team in the period.

About the only thing that went wrong for the Penguins was Crosby's feeble left-handed water bottle toss in the second period to protest a slashing attempt by Predators blueliner Mattias Ekholm on Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz. Rinne has a 5.41 goals-against average and.766 save percentage in parts of three road games this series.

That was just Game 7 in the second round. "I think Sid really understands the opportunity that this team has, and he's not taking anything for granted", added Sullivan, whose Penguins could become the first repeat Stanley Cup winners since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; 4. Michael Orozco scored in the 80th minute for a 1-0 margin, proof for Howard that victory Sunday is possible.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne is a friendly, polite man off the ice.

After all, it wasn't just Crosby (three assists) who shined for Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The team that has won Game 5 in a 2-2 series has gone on to win the Cup 71 percent (17 of 24) of the time since 1939. It falls on Subban and others to stop the Pens from securing the Stanley Cup in Game 6 on Sunday in Nashville. Yes, Kessel scored - the fifth goal of the game. Pittsburgh's two goals came 5:12 apart early in Game 5, on the power play from Justin Schultz and at even strength from Bryan Rust. The Predators have won five road games during the playoffs, so they aren't intimidated by the situation.

Immediately following Nashville's 5-1 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, Subban told broadcaster Pierre Maguire that Crosby had commented on his breath. And Rinne spent the past 40 minutes stewing on the bench as the Penguins finished off a 6-0 rout Thursday night in easily Nashville's worst playoff loss.

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