Defensemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

Defensemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

Defensemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

The absence of Ryan Ellis has added injury to an insulting night for the Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins. Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette appeals to linesman Brian Murphy, left, during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Both teams spoke of confidence Wednesday entering what has boiled down to a best-of-three series.

"I don't have any details to share with you yet", Laviolette said.

"That is, hands down, the best game that we've played in this series to this point", Sullivan said. We're 2-2. It's even. We play here, at home. They've cleaned that up in the last two games, and as a result, scoring chances have been more prevalent for the Penguins and less frequent for the Predators. "We know who we're facing, in their building".

"We know it's an exciting challenge". "I came here well-prepared and we just didn't have it tonight".

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray not only avoided losing three straight games for the first time in his career, but he also stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of these playoffs, the third in the postseason of his career. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. The two combined for five points (2G-3A) in Pittsburgh's 6-0 win to give them a 3-2 series lead and a chance to clinch in Nashville on Sunday.

Wilson took part in the team's morning skate at PPG Paints Arena and came off before P.A. Parenteau, who said he would not play.

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All four of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cups have been clinched on the road with Chicago the last team to win the Cup on home ice back in 2015.

If Crosby, 29, wins that trophy, he will match the two that Penguins owner and Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux won. Nashville is 9-1 at home in the playoffs. That might seem to put the pressure on Pittsburgh, the defending Cup champion, playing at home in Game 5.

Game 4 was a strong win for Nashville, but not a flawless one: The Penguins found ways to get behind their defense, found ways to be risky against Pekka Rinne. "It's his time to score".“We believe that we have some guys that are due to score some goals here, ” Sullivan said Tuesday. "'Desperate' is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot". "It always has a connotation of hopelessness". "We were really jumping and playing our game, playing fast". I was trying to get out of there. "So I don't think [there will be any supplemental discipline], but it's not my call". I think we have to play with conviction.

"What I've really grown to admire and respect about Sid is not only is he a talented player, because there's a lot of talented players; I just think he has such a drive to be the best, and he's willing to do what it takes", coach Mike Sullivan said.

With the Penguins enjoying a 4-0 lead, Crosby noticed teammate Chris Kunitz deliver a big hit on Mattias Ekholm behind the Nashville goal.

During NBC's intermission, Mike Milbury stayed true to his roots and defended Crosby's actions, noting that the star player finally got some revenge. But Pittsburgh might be willing to give the trio a chance to try things again.

More meaningful to his night was the victory, which pushed the Penguins one step closer to becoming the first repeat Stanley Cup victor in 19 years.

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