Predators vs. Penguins, Game 5

Doug Mendoza
June 9, 2017

Not that this is news. Hockey analysts will try to pinpoint reasons why the Penguins are losing but at the end of the day, maybe Pittsburgh is simply out of gas. That's fine. There are more than enough star players who are willing to do the talking for him. Nashville is the less experienced team and without the energy that the Bridgestone Arena offers, they are crackable. 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. "It's his time to score". "We knew that coming in here".

What the Penguins are saying now sounds an very bad lot like what the Predators were saying after coming up empty in Pittsburgh to start the final. It's a good sign for the man who has adroitly filled Johansen's shoes and leads the team in playoff points (16) and goals (9) in the postseason. He allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. Someone else asked if he was frustrated. Murray deserves to play Game 5.

Although the Preds lead in shots, The Penguins have had several grade A looks in every game. "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". "Their goalie played well, obviously".

"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said. "I want to thank all of those in Metro Government, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp and the Nashville Predators who are working to create wonderful fan experiences and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime". Neither Pittsburgh nor Nashville has yet won a game in the series whilst on the road. The home team is 4-0 with a 18-6 goal differential. "You're in the Cup final, this is what it's all about". "I think both teams have gotten better throughout the series and that's expected. But there's a long way to go still", said Kessel. It's the best out-of-three now.

The goal sparked the Predators who never looked back and knotted the series at two games apiece heading back to Pittsburgh. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. Pekka Rinne's game seemed to be in tatters and the Penguins fan base was musing whether it preferred a clean sweep or just a split of the two games in Nashville so the defending champions could raise the Cup on home ice. Through the first four games, the Predators top four defensemen in Josi, Subban, Ryan Ellis and Ekholm have equal the points (11) that the Penguins top four skaters in Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and Jake Guentzel have. It was hard to establish much pressure because Subban and Ekholm got the puck up and out of the zone with such ease. "He kind of told me just to play my game".

"I actually think Toews had the better homemade rink growing up", said Wilson, who had a pond in his backyard that his father would plow and then smooth over with a homemade Zamboni fashioned out of a garden hose, PVC pipe and cloth.

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It's the greatest time of the year to be playing hockey, and the Predators are having the time of their lives.

"No, we're not rested". "I don't know how coaches do it". But, believe it or not, I do smile once in a while.

"He lost his stick, and he was doing some sort of UFC move on my foot", said Crosby. As a result, that's an indication of why he's as good a passer as he is, because he sees the opportunities and he's able to execute on them.

"I missed a couple shots that I probably don't want to miss", the fully-bearded Wisconsinite said after practice on Wednesday morning. With Malkin, he's shot the puck a lot less (2.8 per-game) but still remained largely productive. "It means everything to me right now".

"Don't be pretty. It's playoff hockey". And, like with speaking with reporters, he's not shying anymore from his duty. We are enjoying it because we're here. "We're down to the nitty-gritty here and I think we're emptying the tank anyway".

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

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