Penguins regroup, Predators look for road magic in Game 5

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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.

When: Thursday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET. 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 Pittsburgh coaching staff apparently has very little faith in Streit since he's played in just three postseason games. It means everything to me right now. "That's why you fight all year for home-ice advantage, because you feel confident in your home rink and you know you can get the job done". "There's not too many guys who can do that coming right out of the shoot and I think everybody fed off that a bit as far as alright, we're going to be aggressive and try to go get it". We had a clincher previous year at home and we didn't get it done.

The trade was a major salary dump for the Leafs who would later begin their rebuild, but for the Penguins it landed them a major offensive asset in Kessel.

Subban, who claimed Crosby was complaining about Subban's breath during a Game 3 run-in, just kind of sat there and took it. Crosby set up the first goal by Pittsburgh 91 seconds into the game Thursday night.

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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. The Penguins goalie, who had allowed nine goals combined in the last two games, rebounded by stoppihng all 24 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs. Still, it lessens the overall depth of the Pittsburgh lineup and allows the Preds two clean matchups - with Josi and Ellis guarding Crosby, who was a force in Game 4.

"We know it's an exciting challenge". Those in attendance in the PPG Paints Arena tried their best to match the sound levels the Nashville fans became notorious for through Games 3 and 4, and even had another visitor in the arena that found its way to the ice.

On the third try of the decade, the Nashville Predators finally defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs this spring. Crosby's eventful night included becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Final, a two-minute roughing penalty for trying to dribble Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's head on the ice near the end of the first period and an flip of a water bottle onto the ice during play.

But at home in Nashville he rebounded from those shaky efforts to stop 50 of the 52 shots he faced to improve to 9-1 at home in this season's playoffs.

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Pittsburgh extended it's lead 5:12 later courtesy of a backhander from Bryan Rust. A goose egg in the win column that will obviously have to change if the Preds are to capture their first ever Stanley Cup. The team directed fans to watch the pivotal game in the 2-2 series on screens outside. "Two teams that skate well up and down the ice", Rinne said Wednesday from the team hotel. "It's nearly a selfish thing", Wilson, who had two goals and four points in 12 games, said Thursday prior to Game 5. "We've proven that we can and we have in the past, and there's a lot of confidence that we will in a couple days".

The Predators outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the past two games. "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 Predators are hardly blaming Rinne for their predicament. "We need to do it again to win another game".

Either way, one thing's for sure.

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