Preds Fall To Penguins, 6-0

The PPG PAINTS Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators in game five of the Stanley Cup in NHL hockey action Thursday.

About 15 members of the Penguins skated.

Rinne is now 1-8-2 lifetime against the Penguins - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and.822 save percentage in Pittsburgh.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Matt Murray would remain in goal and said that center Nick Bonino was a game-time decision.

Defenceman Roman Josi, who added a goal in the lopsided game-three victory says the entire roster is aware they must contribute. Maatta was a big part of the Penguins team that won the Stanley Cup in 2015-16, and potentially not having him on the ice - or having him in a diminished capacity - makes it slightly more hard for Pittsburgh to close things out in their next game.

Based on line rushes and who stayed out on the ice for extra work, it appeared that Predators left wing Colin Wilson will play Thursday and that P.A. Parenteau will come out of the lineup.

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.

Whatever happens, it's going to be one hell of a show - perhaps one with an encore Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Laviolette had an interesting response.

"I don't think there was any intention there whatsoever, so - I don't think so, but that's not my call".

"We had a great start", said Crosby.

Crosby didn't get an extra roughing penalty for slamming P.K. Subban's head on the ice in the first period and officials missed the Penguins captain throwing a water bottle onto the ice during the second period as Pittsburgh opened a 5-0 lead. Sometimes, yeah, it's tough game, we score one, two goals.

The Penguins are a confident bunch as the defending Stanley Cup champs and lost Game 5 at home a year ago against the San Jose Sharks before closing them out in six on the road.

Pittsburgh now leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. I think we've got to play determined. "Wanted to make sure that we played on our toes".

"I know that Matt is excited to play tonight, and he certainly has had success here at home, and we're hoping that we have our best game in front of him". "The pieces are coming together, and I don't think anyone on this team isn't feeling comfortable in the way we're playing right now".

If Crosby brought his "A" game, Pekka Rinne once again brought his road game.

The Penguins scored twice more after that in the first frame - Evgeni Malkin notably breaking through after two point-less games - and then Crosby kept it going moments into the second with another crafty set-up. "It's not like we've been outplayed or outchanced or anything like that".

"Yeah, I think everybody wanted to step up this game a little bit, the whole team", he began.

Rust made it 2-0 just 6:43 into the game with a nasty backhand flip over Rinne's glove.

The 22-year-old who leads the National Hockey League in playoff goals and is a legit contender for the Conn Smythe trophy watched the Pittsburgh Penguins lift the Stanley Cup last spring on TV as a minor leaguer just getting his feet wet as a pro.

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