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The NHL has not had a sweep in the Cup final since 1998, and this series will mark the ninth time in the last 10 years the league's ultimate showdown will go at least six games. Tops on that list are the 1982-83 New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup final in a sweep despite being outshot by an average of 6.3 shots per game. After letting in only two goals in an overtime loss in Game 1, and shutting out the Sens to win Game 2, Fleury seemed to be staying the course. "It's his time to score. They capitalized. We did a better job of managing the game that way in Games 3 and 4".

"Me and Phil, we need (a) big game", Malkin said, "to help the team win".

The Penguins might not rely on Kessel for quotes, but they have relied a lot on his offence since coming over in a trade from the Maple Leafs in the summer of 2015. Game 7, if necessary, will be Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena. With no goals in his last six games, someone asked Kessel if he was exhausted. 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.

"I know people talk about how we're exhausted, but believe me, they're exhausted too", Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said.

"Their goalie played well, obviously". Sure, the talent is there and the chances are there, but how much longer can the Penguins rely on good bounces and a shaky Rinne?

"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said. I missed a couple of shots that I don't want to miss. They consistently create scoring chances for their forwards while also generating their own offense; something that Letang has been doing for years.

At the end of the day, they have to win two more games. We got to be ready to be at our best. "We know how good he can be. It's going to be a battle".

It was supposed to be a nice story, a Southern City embracing its hockey team during an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final, with all those stars in the stands - including Carrie Underwood, the wife of Predators captain Mike Fisher - and those country singers parading onto the ice to sing the national anthem (although not very well), followed by a few flying catfish landing on the ice. As it is, the Final has become a best-of-three, and Nashville is guaranteed to host one more game.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Matt Murray would remain in goal and said that center Nick Bonino was a game-time decision. He responded by saying that they just lost a game, and that wasn't what he was thinking about right now. In fact, I would be disappointed if you were not doing the same. "I just hadn't been able to put the puck in the net". "I just felt like it was the right thing to do".

The empty-net bonus. With the Preds up 3-1 with 3 1/2 minutes to go, the Penguins pulled Murray from the net.

Stanley is more than just a cartoon dog.

"Don't be pretty. It's playoff hockey".

Stanley is the symbol of how coach Peter Laviolette wanted his Predators to play this season. "I think that gives our team a competitive advantage".

"Like, there's pressure but it's not that insane".

The Penguins got one more past the Predators netminder in the first period, on Malkin's 3-0 tally with 11 seconds to play.

"I don't know that we feel that we're against the ropes", Sullivan said. We can play him with anybody.

When the playoffs started in mid-April, the Predators were the last team in.

"No, we're not rested".

"We have a short summer, but it is a fun summer". We know we can score more than one goal. I am not feeling exhausted.

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