Pekka Rinne is 'just living my dream' in the Stanley Cup Final

  • Pekka Rinne is 'just living my dream' in the Stanley Cup Final

Pekka Rinne is 'just living my dream' in the Stanley Cup Final

He doesn't often explain his decisions, but there was no need for him to do so in this situation.

The 24-year-old, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the second player ever to score his first three career goals in the Stanley Cup final, joining John Harms of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1944. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway [on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson] it's a different game".

He was the spark for at least two of the Predators' goals.

"The games are a lot closer than the score indicates", said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. The Predators in past years have given out a construction worker's hard hat to recognize the best player in a game.

"I know people talk about how we're exhausted, but believe me, they're exhausted too", Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said.

Maybe, but Nashville appeared a step quicker in its home building, pouring in nine goals and handing Penguins goalie Matt Murray the first back-to-back playoff losses of his young career. Still, it would be surprising if the Penguins turned back to veteran Marc-Andre Fleury now.

The Penguins couldn't have responded much better to losses in Game 3 and Game 4, where they scored a combined two goals.

Nashville has attacked the Penguins with speed throughout the series and has been able to get consistent opportunities against Penguins goalie Matt Murray. "We played two really good games".

Why are so many people hung up on P.K. Subban's comments following Nashville's Game 3 victory over Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup final?

The Predators are in a 3-2 hole with Game 6 coming up Sunday night in Nashville. If not, you must have been vacationing in Belize, because it has been somewhat of a hot topic during these playoffs. They didn't get that many, but still they won those two games.

Wilson took part in the team's morning skate at PPG Paints Arena and came off before P.A. Parenteau, who said he would not play. I think we can learn from that ... it's impossible not to think about. They are so supportive of our group. "We know we've got to win one road game and then a home game to boot".

Home ice advantage has meant everything in this Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins capturing the first two games in the friendly confines of PPG Paints Arena and the Predators holding serve with a pair of wins at a raucous Bridgestone Arena. For one couple, the huge win had them feeling downright amorous.

The Penguins looked they were going to roll to a second consecutive Stanley Cup at the start of the series, but the Predators refused to roll over when the series got to Nashville. They know that their own fan base will help that cause.

If that's the case, we may see this Terrible Towl-wrapped catfish make its return as a good omen for the defending Stanley Cup champions. "That is what's good".

"I think we've got to play with urgency". "And so this is another game tonight".

Overall, the Predators have lost four straight contests in Pittsburgh, and have been held to two or fewer goals in five of their past seven.

Game 4 marked the sixth time in their last 11 games the Penguins have scored just one goal. Crosby's line will also have to outwork Subban and Ekholm, who have shut down a string of elite centers during the playoffs. But this time Rinne stonewalled Crosby and scrambled to stop several follow-up attempts, including one in which the puck was just sitting in front of an empty net.