For the second time in the series, Pittsburgh chased Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, after he gave up three first-period goals on nine shots. The scene now shifts back to Pittsburgh, as the home team has won each game in the series.
From the start, Sidney Crosby showed Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final would be played on a different level. The Finnish broadcast on one of those Rinne saves was pretty great, too.
As well, Penguins' rookie Jake Guentzel earned an assist on Sheary's goal, his 21st point of the playoffs. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all put up at least two points each in that game. The Penguins lead the series 2-1.
The 29-year-old Penguins captain got into it with Subban at the end of the first period. The Nashville Predators have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than one goal.
Normally when the Stanley Cup Final is in full swing the hockey world is focused on the outcomes of games and news surrounding the two clubs involved.
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. "We need to do it again to win another game". He gave up two goals in the first 6:43 of the game and it never improved from there as h started the second period on the bench.
Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead
Pontus Aberg has given the Predators a 1-0 lead in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. "I get nervous before pretty much any game". The Penguins bested the Predators 4-1 on Wednesday evening to take a commanding two-game lead in the Stanley Cup Final .
Justin Schultz's power-play goal early in the first was the eventual victor, while Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and Ron Hainsey also found the back of the net.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period. "We want to win it".
Rinne is now 1-8-2 lifetime against the Penguins - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and.822 save percentage in Pittsburgh.
"It's a good game but it's still not done", Malkin said. "I didn't know the 70 percent part of it, but we are very aware this is the biggest game of the year, that's just obvious, so we are going to be ready to rock and roll tonight", said Colton Sissons. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan will have last change at home for Game 5, which he'll surely try to use to get Crosby and Malkin in favorable positions. "So I think all those things are weighed to a point where hopefully good decisions are made". "I've said on a number of occasions they are a privilege to coach, and I sincerely mean that". Ron Hainsey's goal with 3:20 left in the second frame extended Pittsburgh's lead to 6-0.
Justin Schultz scored on the power play 1:31 in and Bryan Rust added another at even strength less than six minutes later. Ellis has skated only two shifts in the second, a big loss for the Predators as they trail 5-0 and are well on their way to falling behind 3-2 in the series. He of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. Nashville F Colin Wilson made his series debut after missing the first four games with an undisclosed injury.
Halfway through the playoffs, a former league executive lamented, "the best team is not going to win the Cup this year. the Penguins are simply running on fumes and won't be able to finish it off".