Penguins regroup, Predators look for road magic in Game 5

Game 6 watch party sold out; Penguins to add outdoor big screen

Outdoor Big Screen Added As Game 6 Watch Party Sells Out

Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette and players pause at the bench during the third period in Game 5 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Th. Crosby, Malkin, et al. simply convert more frequently on chances than most of their peers.

And then Jake Guentzel snapped that by scoring on the first shot against Pekka Rinne since the first period and that turned out to be the victor.

The junkyard dog approach to hockey for the Stanley Cup Final debutants has a history: It is the Predators' on-ice version of Stanley, the blue mutt with a bone clenched between his teeth. And so it was 1-0, not even two minutes into the game. Starting Juuse Saros is still an option, but trusting a rookie with that start is as much of a sure thing as hoping Good Rinne shows up in an elimination game. But there's still at least one more chance for the teams to provide a one-goal game or maybe even some overtime, which had been on pace to break the all-time record for a single postseason through three rounds. Kessel had all the time and space in the world as he maneuvered into the high slot and rifled a shot past Saros at 8:02. There was some question outside of Nashville of who might have started game 3 in net, but there was a never a doubt to the hometown crowd.

It's all Penguins after the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Granted, they're less likely to outshoot the Predators than the Senators. Rinne had struggled to start the series in Pittsburgh though, pegged for eight goals on only 36 shots at PPG Paints Arena.

Halfway through the playoffs, a former league executive lamented, "the best team is not going to win the Cup this year. the Penguins are simply running on fumes and won't be able to finish it off".

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne is a friendly, polite man off the ice. Crosby then started hitting Subban in the head repeatedly, eventually drawing a roughing penalty while Subban - who quipped that Crosby was complaining about Subban's bad breath during a Game 3 exchange - went off for holding.

Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins lock horns in the Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5 tonight. Kessel had two shots on goal in Game 4 and three in Game 3 but was a minus-2 in each game.

Conor Sheary and Ron Hainsey also scored in the second period as Pittsburgh put the game out of reach.

An unlikely hero has emerged for the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, an undrafted, 24-year-old forward from Quebec.

Bryan Rust scored 6:43 into the first period, beating Pekka Rinne on a backhander while driving toward the net.

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Justin Schultz opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 1:31 into the game. Maatta's now-signature move of putting his back to a defender led to the first goal in Game 4.

Roman Josi says his defensive partner obviously is a huge part of the Predators' defense. The catfish have become the unofficial mascot of the series as Nashville fans have taken to throwing it like Detroit Red Wings fans with octopi. "Penguin Ballet" is the lovely and playful third movement from Westlake's Antarctica Suite, which was originally composed to accompany the IMAX film Antarctica.

The Stanley Cup Final returns to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday.

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