Channel 3's Paul Shahen lands in Pittsburgh ahead of Game 5

Channel 3's Paul Shahen lands in Pittsburgh ahead of Game 5

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period.

While the NBA Finals appears destined for a hasty resolution, the Stanley Cup Finals seem to be headed for high drama, as the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins square off in Game 5 on Thursday night, with the series tied up 2-2.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot against Nashville Predators left wing Pontus Aberg (46), of Sweden, during the period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette did not give an update on Ellis's injury after the game.

The defending champion Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can become the first team to repeat since Detroit in 1998 if they can win at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Game 6. He has had great looks in every game, but has been much more efficient at home scoring on three of his four shots on goal in Pittsburgh. It took seven years for the Penguins to reach the final again after his first victory in 2009.

Pucks bouncing past him on the NHL's biggest stage infuriate him. Nashville put a new goalie in net.

Sidney Crosby was hailed as "The Next One" before he played his first National Hockey League game 12 years ago and he more than lived up to the hype on Sunday when he lifted a third Stanley Cup to cement his place among the all-time greats.

"You have a small window to play and have a career", Crosby said. "You try to work so hard that the luck is also on your side". "You want to bury them but sometimes they don't go in". Going backwards against an attacker in Game 1 led to the game tying goal.

After back-to-back losses, Murray is 5-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average and.939 save percentage. Obviously it's there, everyone knows what's at stake, but it could be two games, it could be three games.

If the Penguins are the first to five goals, they're likely winning the game and the series.

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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.

"When you give a puck to a player like that with speed, he can do unsafe things", Crosby's linemate Jake Guentzel said of the play that got the Penguins off to a running start.

Charles Barkley and hockey fans across the country have tuned in to watch the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, no matter the score - and the score hasn't always been close. Rinne got the hook after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period, and Nashville backup Juuse Saros didn't fare much better, giving up three goals in relief. Sissons scored ten points in fifty-eight games this year, but already has twelve in twenty postseason games including a hat trick in game six against Anaheim. "I think young players with young legs have the ability to have an impact". James Neal (7 for, 13 against, 35.0 GF%) had the worst goal ratio among Predators regulars.

So the fact that Crosby once again showed up and played arguably his best game of the playoffs on Thursday wasn't necessarily the story in a blowout 6-0 in Game 5.

"This was our goal at the beginning of the year - we knew that it hadn't been done in a long time".

The Penguins ruined Nashville's big party on the final night of CMA Music Festival, which brought more than 100,000 to downtown Nashville. Ellis was among several Predators who did not take part in an optional practice Saturday.

"It's going to sting, it's going to hurt for a while", said Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, who made the Predators a Cup contender when he was added in a stunning trade almost a year ago.

Penguins - RW P. Hornqvist (Questionable Thursday, wrist), C N. Bonino (Questionable Thursday, lower body), RW T. Kuhnhackl (Out indefinitely, lower body), D C. Ruhwedel (Out indefinitely, concussion), K. Letang (Out for season, neck). The Penguins lead the series 2-1.

Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi - Ellis was playing hurt, and that pairing struggled in the possession game (14 for, 20 against, 41.2 CF%) before they were on the ice for Pittsburgh's Cup-winning goal. Even though the game was over, Kessel responded, whipping a shot past Saros for his eighth goal of the playoffs that Crosby also assisted on.