Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Rinne, the Predators goaltender who was so brilliant in Nashville, turned back into a pumpkin in Pittsburgh.

But for Pittsburgh outsiders and casual fans, Crosby's antics last night were a vivid reminder of exactly why they don't like him in the first place.

But Pittsburgh's 6-0 win in Game 5 was the second true blowout of the series and the fourth decided by three or more goals. Goalie Matt Murray faced 24 shots but was barely tested, pitching his second shutout of the postseason. We score quick, we never stop, we keep going, it's our game.

Now their playoff lives depend on being able to fire back when the two teams get together at Bridgestone Arena for Game 6. Not to discriminate, but Pittsburgh scored on the first shot on Predators backup Juuse Saros in the second period.

"I don't know if anybody shakes off a game like that that quickly", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. He's got a lot of pest in him, actually, and if a large subset of fans are going to hate him regardless, why not just lean in fully?

All the good mojo Rinne generated while helping Nashville rally to tie the series at 2 vanished in a span of 20 minutes. Yet Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hardly seems frustrated heading into Game 5 on Thursday night back home in Pittsburgh. They'll take their chances.

They got goals from Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey. It was Crosby who sent the message - with his vision, his creativity and, oddly, his fists. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway (on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson) it's a different game". Many of them took to Twitter and expressed their anger against Crosby.

Crosby and Subban both got matching minor penalties for holding.

Much has been said about the Crosby-P.K. Subban exchange of words and jabs throughout the series. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. I don't know what he was trying to do.

"I don't know what he was doing ... he was doing some kind of UFC move on my foot". Pittsburgh also played home for one of Trail's best sporting exports, Jason Bay, launching him into a once unlikely career in the major leagues after most teams had passed him by.

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Kessel broke a six-game goal drought - and made Malkin's prediction Wednesday come true - when he scored from the high slot to make it 5-0 at 8:02 of the second.

Shortly before that, Crosby tossed a water bottle on the ice.

Midway through the first period of Game 5, the Penguins have six shots to the Predators' four. Besides, of the four Stanley Cup's Pittsburgh has won, all four have been clinched on the road... but stats don't matter. A shot at a fifth awaits Sunday, though it'll hardly be easy.

"You remind yourself that you're still in the final and as long as there's life, there's hope", Rinne said. He had one assist in his previous 10 games. In three games in Pittsburgh, two of which he was pulled, he's allowed 11 goals against.

This has not been the most grueling of Cup Final schedules. "He made some key saves at key times".

Sidney Crosby has avoided two penalties in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

In the process Crosby moved into a tie for 19th on the all-time list for playoff points and is within one victory of celebrating a third championship with Pittsburgh, something even his Hall of Fame mentor was unable to do.

"Other teams" was a reference to Pittsburgh, which had three days between its Game Seven win over Washington and its conference final series opener against Ottawa. But the Predators have been outscored by five goals on the road, where Rinne's save percentage is.905 compared to.949 at home.

As well, Penguins' rookie Jake Guentzel earned an assist on Sheary's goal, his 21st point of the playoffs.

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