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The Penguins increased their lead in the second period, as Conor Sheary put Pittsburgh up 4-0 just 1:19 into the period on one of Saros' first shots faced in the game.
Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed after morning skate that he had chosen Murray over Marc-Andre Fleury.
"It's a game of execution", Crosby said. If they play like they did in Nashville, it won't matter how the forwards play and it won't matter who's in net, because the series will be over.
Pegged for eight goals on only 36 shots in dropping the first two games, Rinne has rediscovered the form which helped the Preds storm through the first three rounds. "We played two really good games". The victor of this game will be just one win away from the Stanley Cup. 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 have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point". The Penguins won both by a combined 9-4 and ran their current home win streak to five games. But the appeal of this Predators team isn't simply the result of a single great player (though they have a thoroughly marketable star in Subban). "That makes us more hard to play against". Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.
Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held without a shot in Game 3 - the first time that's happened to the duo in the same playoff game. They got more, just not almost enough against Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators. Colton Sissons, absorbing big minutes in Johansen's absence, has more points in 20 post-season games (12) than he did in 58 regular-season games (10). He compared the atmosphere in Bridgestone Arena to the Bulls' (and Blackhawks') former home, Chicago Stadium. And if Rinne can keep this up - and the Predators can continue to get depth scoring from the unlikeliest sources - the Penguins won't have a chance.
Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray has been solid since getting the No. 1 job back four games ago.
When asked by reporters, Crosby said Subban "made that up".
"It might be the most important position in all of sports because that position can single-handedly change the outcome of a game, as we've seen on a number of different occasions throughout the course of this playoffs, with all different series".
"Somehow he managed to keep it out", said Guentzel, who scored four goals in the series' first three games.
"I know people talk about how we're exhausted, but believe me, they're exhausted too", Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said.
Rookies accounted for the game-winning goals in the first four games of the series, with Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel connecting in Games One and Two and Gaudreau answering for the Preds in Games Three and Four.
What the Penguins are saying now sounds an terrible lot like what the Predators were saying after coming up empty in Pittsburgh to start the final.
"Well, I think our guys are excited to play for a lot of reasons, but certainly we find a comfort level at home", head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters prior to Game 5.
Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination. We got to be ready to be at our best.
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