Defensemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

SIdney Crosby and P.K. Subban were in each other's faces all game long Thursday night. But it was Crosby's Penguins who prevailed with a 6-0 Game 5 victory

Defensemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

The individual matchup between P.K. Subban and Sidney Crosby has been one of the compelling and entertaining subplots of this year's Stanley Cup Final. "I had a gesture with my hand and before I knew it the thing was flying across the ice". 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. "If they don't, then we just got to move forward". Crosby's eventful night included becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Final, a two-minute roughing penalty for trying to dribble Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's head on the ice near the end of the first period and an flip of a water bottle onto the ice during play. He didn't just breakthrough - he backhanded through with a stunning goal in the first period of Game 5.

Game 6 will be played Sunday night in Nashville, where the Penguins will try to be the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. "I the end of the day, I just got to play the game. It all started with that start and got us going for the rest of the game".

The Penguins played nearly the flawless tactical game to take a 3-2 lead in the series, which is why Hainsey said they'd be in good shape if they could replicate that performance in Game 6 Sunday in Nashville. As of Friday afternoon, the "get-in" price for the cheapest available Game 6 ticket was $1,517.

On the ensuing four-on-four play, Malkin took a feed from Kessel and, from above the left dot, put a shot in over Rinne's glove to make it 3-0 with 10.2 seconds left in the first.

"It's not really something I think about at all, to be honest", said Murray, who took over for Fleury midway through the Eastern Conference final.

An eighth round pick of the Preds way back in 2004, Rinne has been excellent at home throughout the playoffs with a 9-1 record and.949 save percentage. Pittsburgh won't be intimidated by the Nashville atmosphere in Game 6 and they'll be ready.

In his short National Hockey League career, which began with a Cup win as the unlikely Penguins starter last spring, Murray has demonstrated an ability to rebound from poor performances. When they finally got their feet, Subban put Crosby in a headlock. "You're in the Cup final, this is what it's all about".

"We wanted to come up with a way to cap off the Predators' last home game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final in the most unique and memorable way", NHL Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer states. He's allowed two or fewer goals in eight of those 10 games and tied Antti Niemi with his 36th playoff win for the most in National Hockey League history by a Finnish-born goaltender. Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino missed his third straight game.

It's not the way the Penguins were playing in the first four games of the series as Nashville negated their speed and controlled the neutral zone.

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