Preds Fall in Game Five, Pledge to Be Better Facing Elimination

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, of Sweden is congratulated after scoring an empty net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday

Preds Fall in Game Five, Pledge to Be Better Facing Elimination

"And so this is another game tonight".

After an offensive onslaught, the Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

Sidney Crosby came alive in Game 5, with three assists on the night. Obviously it's there, everyone knows what's at stake, but it could be two games, it could be three games.

The two got into a wrestling match toward the end of the first period.

Through four games, Nashville has more goals, more shots on goal and a bit more swagger than Pittsburgh.

Bryan Rust then doubled the Penguins' lead 6:43 into the first period, with a wicked backhander that fooled Rinne. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs.

Both of Wilson's goals in these playoffs have come on the power play. They grabbed a 2-1 series lead by crushing the Penguins, 5-1, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The catfish have become the unofficial mascot of the series as Nashville fans have taken to throwing it like Detroit Red Wings fans with octopi.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is a can't-miss show and not just for Penguins and Predators fans in Pittsburgh. Since the Predators are headed back to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6, Rinne will nearly certainly be back in the net. "I watch pretty much every single hockey game".

The Pittsburgh Penguins' high-octane offense looks to get back on track in Thursday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the visiting Nashville Predators after being stuck in neutral for the previous two contests in the Music City.

Sports' Kevin Allen explains why Pittsburgh and Nashville can feel good about their chances heading into Game 5. "That hasn't changed", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

Colin Wilson is expected to play for the Predators after missing the first three games of the series.

Rinne returns to Pittsburgh, where he was shelled in the first two games of the series and is 0-5 with a 4.85 goals-against average and.833 save percentage over his National Hockey League career.

Murray had never dropped back-to-back playoff games before taking the loss in Game 4. Murray didn't play all of those games, but has been great at PPG Paints Arena this season, going 21-3-2 with a 2.32 GAA and.928 save percentage.

It only can be awarded that night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who decimated the Predators on Thursday in a 6-0 laugher in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Kessel, who had gone six games without scoring, broke out with a goal and two assists.

"You have to find the point of when a player is healthy enough to get back in the lineup and when they're not healthy enough to get back and be able to contribute and play at a level that is needed right now at this point in the season", said Laviolette.

Now, Rinne and the Predators, facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, will have to win at home on Sunday to extend the series. "We need to do it again to win another game". "We have to win a road game". They also have a 123-91 shot lead in the Cup Final.

The victor of tonight's Stanley Cup Final Game 5 in Pittsburgh is not guaranteed to win the series. After all, this isn't the first rodeo for these players of the thousands of fans who will gather inside and outside of PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

Sullivan announced the decision following the morning skate on Thursday by simply stating Murray's name when asked on the identity of his starter.

The Predators received another stellar performance in Game 4 from goaltender Pekka Rinne, who slammed the door on Penguins shooters, allowing just two goals on 52 total shots in Games 3 and 4 to move atop the odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +250.

The series was tied 2-2.

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