Nashville Preys On The Penguins And Ties Stanley Cup Series 2-2

Nashville Preys On The Penguins And Ties Stanley Cup Series 2-2

Greetings from PPG Paints Arena, where the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators held optional morning skates in advance of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night. But we really liked the way we played in Game 1.

In order to win another title, the Penguins must twice beat a Predators team that has been the dominant side through four games.

Some thought of it as some bad luck at first, but it apparently worked out for the Penguins.

Murray allowed eight goals on 58 shots (.862 save percentage) in dropping Games 3 and 4 to the Predators in Nashville.

Rinne returns to Pittsburgh, where he was shelled in the first two games of the series and is 0-5 with a 4.85 goals-against average and.833 save percentage over his National Hockey League career.

Their two scariest remaining offensive players only just got in on the action in Game 4. Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who have outscored Nashville 15-4 in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The goals that came so easily to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final - the ones that arrived in bunches and seemed to signal an emphatic end to Pekka Rinne's spectacular playoff run - have disappeared.

When they left Pittsburgh last week, the Nashville Predators were in "nasty" 2-0 hole and their chances in the Stanley Cup final were looking grim.

Pittsburgh is just 7-7 over its last 14 games and has been limited to just one goal in six of its past 11 - including the two losses in Nashville.

"I know that Matt's excited to play tonight", Sullivan said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The debate about who would start the game was simply a manufactured narrative to fill the two-day gap between games in this Stanley Cup Final.

"It's simple. We've got to go home and win a game", Crosby said.

Fed up and prepared to play like it, the Penguins took their pent-up frustration from a nightmare trip to Nashville and channeled it into a wire-to-wire drubbing of the Predators in their return to Pittsburgh.

And the victor of game five will sit in a glorious position in what has now been reduced to a best-of-three series for Lord Stanley's Cup. I think we have to play with conviction. "I know a lot of people talk about we exhausted". "We're going home, we're going to be re-energized and our focus now has to be on that game and getting one win".

Now the Virginia native and former Moorhead (Minn.) High School and St. Cloud State star is two wins from helping the Penguins become the first team in 19 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champs. "I think when our team plays that way, we're at our very best".

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has mostly kept the two together at even-strength and underlying numbers suggest that's probably best. During last year's playoffs, he was the team's most productive player, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games.

Coach Peter Laviolette said he's had to balance the desire to have Wilson in the lineup with the need to make sure he was healthy enough to impact the 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".

With the Predators leading 1-0 on a goal from Jarnkrok, Crosby somehow caught Nashville's defence napping and scored on a breakaway pass from Brian Dumoulin.

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