Predators on brink as Rinne struggles again in Pittsburgh

Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and rookie Jake Guentzel are the top four scorers this postseason.

The "11 Bruins won the last seven-game Cup final with a 4-0 win over Vancouver in the Canucks" Rogers Arena. Once again, he is the favourite to win the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff's most valuable player. Juuse Saros turned aside 12-of-15 in relief.

NOTES: Nashville D Ryan Ellis left in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

The valuable Nashville defenseman left the ice in pain early the second period and has not returned. Sidney Crosby had three assists, and goaltender Matt Murray had 24 stops in the shutout.

The Penguins skated in Pittsburgh before flying to Nashville.

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

The series was tied 2-2.

Rinne performed superbly in two wins at home in Nashville, stopping 50-of-52 shots.

Pittsburgh is threatening to turn Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final into a rout.

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Opponents have scored more than one goal at Nashville three times during the team's current playoff run but still lost two of those games. They will also stream the game on mobile devices via the NBC Sports app, which can be downloaded via the Apple App Store, and the Google Play Store. Only five players were held off the scoresheet for Pittsburgh. Malkin's 10th goal of the playoffs came with the teams skating 4-on-4.

Rust beat Rinne to the glove side with a backhander a little more than five minutes later and Malkin made it 3-0 with 10.2 seconds left in the first period. Rinne was replaced to start the second by Saros, who was making only his second appearance of the playoffs.

And then there was Matt Murray.

Barkley said the National Hockey League playoffs were more entertaining than the NBA's, and ratings are up considerably from a year ago when the Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games. Bryan Rust would score on a backhand from the slot to make it 2-0. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. "At the end of the day, I just gotta play the 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. Justin Schultz snuck one through Pekka Rinne's legs. He lasted just two shifts into the second period before he went to the bench in pain.

The opening faceoff was delayed a few seconds after someone threw a catfish onto the ice-a Predators thing.

If Ellis can not play, the Predators would have to rely on either Matt Irwin or Yannick Weber for more minutes.

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

The Predators say their watch party at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was sold out nearly an hour before puck drop, with thousands of fans inside. But his performances in Pittsburgh will be cause for concern if the series heads to a Game 7. "I don't know how coaches do it". "I know you're not allowed to do that, so I'm not going to start doing it in the Stanley Cup Final". Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League. He has a.756 save percentage and a 5.41 goals against average on the road, but a.961 save percentage and a 1.0 goals against average at home. The Penguins take a 3-2 series lead as Game 6 is Sunday night in Bridgestone Arena. Kessel added two assists, Malkin and Hainsey one each. Does the home ice trend continue? "They understand that we haven't accomplished anything to this point and that there's one more game that we have to go out and earn, and I believe that this group has the will and the character to do so". They also have a 123-91 shot lead in the Cup Final.

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