Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

It's hard to recall a single Grade-A chance created by the Predators.

That was just five seconds into the game but set the tone for the Penguins 6-0 demolition of the Predators, with Crosby leading charge. He was pulled after the first period by coach Peter Laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night. Martinsen got zero points in the regular season with Montreal and then zero points in the two playoff games he played.

"I think Sid really understands the opportunity that this team has and he's not taking anything for granted", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. Crosby is the best player in the game and they have him on their team, everything short of actually maiming a guy on the ice will be justifiable in a quest to win the Cup. He's got a lot of pest in him, actually, and if a large subset of fans are going to hate him regardless, why not just lean in fully?

The raucous atmosphere in Bridgestone Arena has contributed to the Predators' success there, and the Penguins contend that, while the decibel level at PPG Paints Arena might not match Nashville's, the support they receive at home has a tangible effect. "We know how good he can be". At least one of those wins will have to come in Pittsburgh, where Rinne has never won a game.

If the Stanley Cup Final were played exclusively in Pittsburgh, it may have been one of the most lopsided series of all time.

The Predators are 9-1 at home in the playoffs, a place they will need to be a haven once again if they want to extend their improbable Cup run - and a flat-out odd final - back to Pittsburgh.

"Still a lot of work to be done but the way we played tonight, if we can build off that momentum, that's important", Crosby said after collecting three assists.

Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel - just as linemate Malkin predicted - and 35-year-old playoff newbie Ron Hainsey also scored for the Penguins.


The Penguins would have none of it. Matt Murray was back in net.

Outside of the crowd offering motivation and energy, none of the players really saw a big difference in the way the games had been played but searched nonetheless for small nuances.

The Preds defense looked atrocious to start the game and the Penguins took advantage. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Winning the first two games against a team you're favored to beat, and yet you're back at home for Game 5 with the series tied up, and the questions are starting to mount as your opponent has systematically dismantled your strongest weapons. They will also stream the game on mobile devices via the NBC Sports app, which can be downloaded via the Apple App Store, and the Google Play Store. Although the Penguins won the first two games, Nashville controlled the play and Pittsburgh relied on Matt Murray to deliver them wins. "We have a couple of days to focus on Sunday's game, that's going to be a huge one for us". Pittsburgh then scored on the ensuing power play, with Schultz one-timing a pass from Crosby that seemed to redirect off a Nashville player's stick on its way in.

Rinne insisted his confidence isn't shaken though he was disappointed with Thursday's result.

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

Crosby started the first-period surge for Pittsburgh when he split Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on the opening shift of the game and hit the post. Or maybe the diving blocker stop on Guentzel just before the midway point, the one that preserved Nashville's lead on the way to a 4-1 victory?

The first-minute penalty and double-five-hole goal.

Malkin has the most points in the playoffs with 26 and Crosby is second with 24.


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