Pittsburgh Penguins fans Arianna Burns, left, Kaeli Stolar right, and Alex Hersh, rear, cheer for the team outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be sticking with Matt Murray between the pipes for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. They knew they would be starting on the road in every series, and the Predators responded by winning the opener of their first three series. Look for Crosby and Malkin to take charge in Game 5 and help the Penguins get the win and take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Which leads us to a pivotal game five Thursday night at 7 p.m. "We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point".
He also said it's no coincidence that the home teams have won each game so far. Fleury got the Penguins through the first two rounds, then was replaced by Murray at the first sign of faltering against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference final.
"Obviously when you win the chain, it's recognition from your teammates you contributed and you had a solid night", Irwin said. "You want to bury them but sometimes they don't go in". The Penguins have been outshot by a 123-91 margin by the Predators, for an average of eight shots per game. Pens netminder Matt Murray was charged with three goals on 25 shots that dropped his postseason record to 5-3. Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League.
"He's waited like a long time - he hasn't scored in a long time", Malkin said, noting the need for the Penguins leaders to rise up. I felt good enough to play, and I was happy with how my body held up last season. He posted a.920 save percentage in that series and a.923 save percentage in 21 playoff games last season. "And that's just going to be like (that)". I want to play because it is so much fun. "It was the first game in the series that we out-chanced them", Sullivan said Wednesday, per Arpon Basu of NHL.com.
"We know we can be a lot better", Fisher said.
Some of that started, he believed, with spending more time in the offensive zone and wearing down the top of Nashville's defence. Letang was an iron man last postseason, logging almost 30 minutes per game.
Scott Wilson, a rookie winger who's lined up with Malkin occasionally this season, thought he was at his best when he was "feisty". "I think our fan base is one of the big reasons why". It was hard to establish much pressure because Subban and Ekholm got the puck up and out of the zone with such ease.
Phil Kessel, who had gone six games without scoring, had a goal and two assists. Some wondered if Sullivan would turn to Marc Andre-Fleury, who has played in 15 games this postseason, serving as the starter when Murray was injured early in the playoffs. Still, it lessens the overall depth of the Pittsburgh lineup and allows the Preds two clean matchups - with Josi and Ellis guarding Crosby, who was a force in Game 4. We can play him with anybody.
Now, Rinne and the Predators, facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, will have to win at home on Sunday to extend the series.
"Our focus really is more concerned about just that one game in front of us, and I know that - I know that our guys understand the importance of that short-term focus, just staying in the moment, and I think it's arguably the most important for the goaltending position because of the importance of that position, and so that's where our focus needs to be".