Predators freeze out Penguins to level Stanley Cup

  • Predators freeze out Penguins to level Stanley Cup

Predators freeze out Penguins to level Stanley Cup

An undrafted free agent playing just his sixth career playoff game, Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves as the Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night to even their best-of-seven Stanley Cup final 2-2. With the series tied at two, and both teams defensing their home rinks, the Pens and Preds know that the victor tonight gets a huge upper hand in the chase for the Stanley Cup.

That meant it was the Pittsburgh Penguins' turn to play hammer to the Nashville Predators' nail in Game 5. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. "We also believe that when we do separate them, we create better balance amongst our group that makes us more hard to play against". Then he suddenly turned on a dime in Games 3 & 4. But don't forget that the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the first two games of this series at PPG Paints Arena.

A holding penalty on Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis 50 seconds in gave the Penguins the power play.

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. Pekka Rinne's game seemed to be in tatters and the Penguins fan base was musing whether it preferred a clean sweep or just a split of the two games in Nashville so the defending champions could raise the Cup on home ice.

The Stanley Cup Final has been whittled down to a three-game series. Pittsburgh has outscored the Predators 15-4 on home ice, while the Predators have outscored the Penguins 9-2 in Nashville. He allowed five and four goals, respectively, in Game 3 and Game 4 in Nashville.

The Game 5 collapse leaves the Predators without much confidence in Rinne and no room for error.

Matt Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced Thursday to earn the shutout. If they are able to add another Thursday, they will have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, where they've won 13 of their past 14 playoff games. Compare that with Rinne's almost flawless run in Nashville, where he stopped 50 of 52 shots (.962) in his friendly confines. He managed to register a couple of shots and have better possession numbers in Game 4, but still struggled.

Rinne, who had also been pulled in Game 2 and has a.755 save percentage in the three Cup Final games held in Pittsburgh, was replaced by Juuse Saros to start the second period. If you look at the goals and the way they were scored, we gave up a power play early on, the next two we need better coverage, there's things we can do better in front of him.

Predators freeze out Penguins to level Stanley Cup

At the next whistle, officials reviewed video and ruled that Gaudreau had poked the puck over the goal line on a wrap-around before Murray pushed it out.

They combined for eight points in two periods of work after netting just seven in their first four games of the series.

And Underwood, who sang the national anthem before game 3, has basically given over her Instagram feed to supporting the team's finals effort lately, but she's not alone. I think we've got to play with urgency.

After back-to-back losses, Murray is 5-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average and.939 save percentage. Now they need him to be at his best at home again in Game 6.

The only thing predictable about this erratic Final is that it is seemingly hurtling toward Seventh Heaven next week, given the dominant nature of each team on home ice.

Home ice domination: No team has lost at home in this series. His lab assistant Their fans came in the next morning, found his boss' body their eliminated team, and said, "Huh".

"You want to get in there and help the team to win".

Second to Malkin with 27 points in the playoffs, the 29-year-old has emerged as the Conn Smythe Trophy favourite for what would be a second straight spring.