Stanley Cup Finals: Conor Sheary scores on birthday, Phil Kessel adds on

11 June 2017, 08:58 | Kristine Mills

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and watch parties are being held all over. After being outshot 97 to 67 in the first three games of the series, the Penguins have tightened things up in the last two. Nashville Predators' Viktor Arvidsson (38) and Pittsburgh Penguins' Carl Hagelin (62) trade punches during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. However, he made a decision to return the favor for his team, and offer up a gift of his own for his Penguins.

Malkin ripped a wrist shot over Rinne's glove on the ensuing 4-on-4 to make it 3-0 with just 10 seconds left in the first.

With the Predators trailing 3-0 on Thursday, coach Peter Laviolette pulled Rinne after the hero of Games 3 and 4 allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period.

Roman Josi says his defensive partner obviously is a huge part of the Predators' defense.

Crosby finished the night with three assists, giving him 19 points in what was probably the best game he's played during this postseason.

Saros stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced.

A holding penalty on Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis 50 seconds in gave the Penguins the power play. While the team's shot generation and suppression trends are nearly the same in home versus road performances in these playoffs, the high-danger chance shares split quite a bit - the Penguins accounted for 53.0 percent (96 to 85) of the chances in games at home compared to 48.5 percent (99 to 105) on the road, according to naturalstattrick.com.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons in almost two decades since Detroit repeated in 1997 and 1998. Because of that, they'll have a chance to become Stanley Cup champions again with a win in Game 6. Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino missed his third straight game. None is more influential than Subban vs. Crosby because of their superstardom and importance to their respective teams.

When Hainsey, who waited 907 regular-season games before reaching the playoffs for the first time this season, tapped in a pass from Malkin to make it 6-0, the stage was set for the Penguins to return to familiar territory.

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The Penguins' 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena is a flawless example. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all.

But what the Predators do have is a roster full of players who are capable of collectively stepping up and taking a game over.

Home ice has been critical so far.

Yet the goalie and the Predators stand between Pittsburgh and a big chunk of history.

Maintaining a big edge in high-danger chances represents a significant challenge away from home for the Penguins. Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.

How many thought the Anaheim Ducks were going to rebound after losses to the Edmonton Oilers in Games 5 and 6, including a 7-1 drubbing in the latter, to take Game 7 in the second-round series?

It's not automatic that they will win and force a seventh game just because they are at home, but it seems quite likely that they will play a much more competitive game than they did in Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

It won't endear Crosby to Predators fans as the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday night. Nashville F Colin Wilson made his series debut after missing the first four games with an undisclosed injury. "It's his time to score".“We believe that we have some guys that are due to score some goals here, ” Sullivan said Tuesday. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2.

The series was tied 2-2.



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