Predators even series with Penguins as Rinne shines again

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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. "It's an opportunity for us to get on the ice, play the best game that we can play and put ourselves in a position to accomplish the ultimate goal, and I think that's how our team is certainly looking at it, that this is a great challenge and it's a great opportunity and we're excited about it".

Murray, who entered the game 9-0 in the postseason following a Pittsburgh loss, also allowed a first period rebound goal by Calle Jarnkrok and a breakaway goal to Viktor Arvidsson in the third. "But all-in-all, I thought I played pretty good".

Now the Virginia native and former Moorhead (Minn.) High School and St. Cloud State star is two wins from helping the Penguins become the first team in 19 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champs. The team that hasn't had home-ice advantage in any round of the playoffs sure has established it once the puck has dropped in its home arena.

"We've got to get one more win now", Schultz said.

A week ago, the Nashville Predators headed home down 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. "So usually our challenge with Phil and Geno all the time is just the subtleties and the details of the play away from the puck or without the puck that gives them the ability to get it back when they don't have it".

Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do". Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and.925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs because of a lower-body injury, with veteran Marc-Andre Fleury recording a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 GAA and.924 save percentage.

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? Through four games, the Predators are getting about 56 per cent of the available shot attempts at 5-on-5. After Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway in the first period, it looked as if he may get another one in the second period. Four of the prior 12 clubs went on to win the Cup: the 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Penguins and 2011 Boston Bruins.

The bad news? Game 7 is back at a house of horrors for them in Pittsburgh. "(Gaudreau's) been unbelievable for us, just the way he's come in and he's been so good with the timely goals and so composed", Predators captain Mike Fisher said of the 24-year-old, who had one assist in nine regular-season National Hockey League games in his career.

"We haven't lost games because of our goaltending", Sullivan said during a conference call on Tuesday.

Crosby didn't score in Game 5, but he set up three goals and could have easily assisted on three more. It was the fifth 6-goal beating in Cup Final history, meaning the game tied for the seventh-biggest blowout on record in this round.

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Kessel has played most of the playoffs on a line with Evgeni Malkin.

To his point, three missed the net, another three were blocked and only two found their way to Pekka Rinne - both of which were stopped.

That goal chased Rinne, pulled for the second straight game in Pittsburgh after two masterful efforts in Nashville.

"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said.

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