He was pulled after the first period by coach Peter Laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Considered one of the favorites to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, Rinne's status as Nashville's starter was in question after he allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the Predators' losses in Games 1 and 2. However, he chose to return the favor for his team, and offer up a gift of his own for his Penguins.
Saros relieved Rinne to start the second, but Pittsburgh upped its lead to 4-0 just 1:19 into the period on Sheary's goal from Crosby.
Rinne was replaced by Juuse Saros, who allowed three goals on 10 shots in the second period as the Penguins led 6-0.
The Predators are in a 3-2 hole with Game 6 coming up Sunday night in Nashville. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will likely have the chance to repeat as champions, and should get two chances to do so. "If you don't win those puck battles, it's tough to play with the puck", Maatta said.
Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray not only avoided losing three straight games for the first time in his career, but he also stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of these playoffs, the third in the postseason of his career. "It's good to see for sure".While Pittsburgh center Matt Cullen said there are no moral victories during the postseason, the way the Penguins were able to generate odd-man rushes and stretch the ice were encouraging."It's not easy, but I know I can be better myself", Malkin said.Inactive for nearly a month and thrown into the highest-pressure situation of his playing career, Gaudreau won 10 of 14 faceoffs in a series-shifting Game 5 victory at Honda Center. It's just hockey, right?Would you rather listen to the same 10 clichés that we usually get in hockey interviews or have a good laugh at a colourful comment?
Game 5 was by far the Penguins best outing of the final, maybe of this playoffs.
The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons in almost two decades since Detroit repeated in 1997 and 1998.
The opening faceoff was delayed a few seconds after someone threw a catfish onto the ice - a Predators thing.
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Luis Severino continued to make a strong case for an All-Star bid, allowing one run and two hits in seven innings. He lost for the fourth time in his last five starts despite allowing three earned runs or less for the 12th time.
Subban was asked after the game if Crosby deserved more for the foul.
Now that the Penguins have a better grasp on how to play against the Predators, they're confident they have a strong plan of attack for Game 6. But he does believe they have an advantage with the series down to a best-of-three and two of the games of the road. It's the third consecutive game he has missed with a left foot or ankle injury.
All four of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cups have been clinched on the road with Chicago the last team to win the Cup on home ice back in 2015.
Maintaining a big edge in high-danger chances represents a significant challenge away from home for the Penguins.
Yet the goalie and the Predators stand between Pittsburgh and a big chunk of history.
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. At least one of those wins will have to come in Pittsburgh, where Rinne has never won a game. The two stars became tangled up behind the Nashville goal late in the first with Crosby on top.
The 27-year-old forward scored 12 goals in the regular season for Nashville.
"Sid really understands the opportunity that this team has, and he's not taking anything for granted", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
The series was tied 2-2.