Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

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Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette and players pause at the bench during the third period in Game 5 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Th. This postseason, they rank first and second in Relative Corsi For percentage among the six Penguins defenders now playing, yet are fourth and sixth in ice time.

The Predators are 5-5 when forced to wear the road whites, including a Game 5 victory against Anaheim in the West finals.

"He just says good luck, but he's certainly rooting for me", Wilson said.

And the victor of game five will sit in a glorious position in what has now been reduced to a best-of-three series for Lord Stanley's Cup. Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.

Well now, we've got a series. We know it's an exciting challenge. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway [on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson] it's a different game".

Crosby didn't get an extra roughing penalty for slamming P.K. Subban's head on the ice in the first period and officials missed the Penguins captain throwing a water bottle onto the ice during the second period as Pittsburgh opened a 5-0 lead.

This may be the Predators' first time in the Stanley Cup Final, but they staved off elimination three times a year ago in playing a full 14 games through two rounds.

Everything that followed from that moment on was just window-dressing, preparation for Sunday's sixth game, when the Stanley Cup will be in the Bridgestone Arena, there for the taking if Pittsburgh can find a way to earn a road victory. For Game 1, Pittsburgh is a -165 moneyline favorite against the +145 underdog Predators with a 5.5-goal total. He was determined to have his "best game" and did so with two points alongside Kessel, who finished with three himself (one goal, two assists) in the win. "We're playing good defense", Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm said.

"We know it's an exciting challenge".

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While the Penguins did have to give up a first-round pick (eventually traded to Anaheim who took Sam Steel) in the 2016 draft along with Kapanen, they did get their hands on Kessel - a key part of their Cup winning team from the 2015-16 season. After dropping a 3-1 series lead, Fleury finally managed to pull ahead with a Game 7 shutout win. That could happen as early as Sunday in Game Six in Nashville against the Predators.

The Nashville Predators took two of two in front of the home crowd to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. Nashville won its two at home by a combined 9-2.

Sidney Crosby shoots against Pekka Rinne during Game 5. A goose egg in the win column that will obviously have to change if the Preds are to capture their first ever Stanley Cup.

"I think we've got to play with urgency. Two teams that skate well up and down the ice", Rinne said Wednesday from the team hotel.

Rinne allowed three first-period goals in a span of 4:11 in Game 1. We generated a lot of chances. "For us, this is our home, and putting the show together is about music and current events, and it all collided last night in our city, so we had to tell that story".

The Game 5 collapse leaves the Predators without much confidence in Rinne and no room for error. "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted".

Nashville still is allowing just 2.19 goals per game, but the Predators are being stretched by the NHL's top scoring team.

Either way, one thing's for sure. If he continues this roll he is on, the Predators can clinch their first cup at home in Game 6, but if the Penguins figure him out at home again, it can be a long night for the Predators.