Penguins crush Predators to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup Final

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"The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist has yielded at least four goals in each contest en route to losing all five of his career decisions in the Steel City, including eight tallies on 36 shots collectively in Games 1 and 2.The Penguins" power play had been 1-for-16 in the series and 0-for-13 over the previous three games. However, he made a decision to return the favor for his team, and offer up a gift of his own for his Penguins.

Justin Schultz has given the Penguins a 1-0 lead on the Predators with a power-play goal just 1:31 into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Sidney Crosby put on a show in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, but his brilliant night was overshadowed by some out-of-character behaviour. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will likely have the chance to repeat as champions, and should get two chances to do so.

Ryan Ellis' health: Ellis left the game early in the second period after this play.

"If we didn't score you guys would kill me", Malkin laughed when I asked him about their performances tonight.

A victory over the next two games would make Pittsburgh the first team in 19 years to go back-to-back and give Crosby three championships before his 30th birthday, with the window for more very much open into the early portions of the next decade if he and Malkin can stay healthy. He scored on Pittsburgh's first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission. He drew a holding penalty against Ellis while ringing a shot off the left post. 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

"It was just one of those games where they were going and we were trying to find it and didn't really get it going at any point", Rinne said.

The opening faceoff was delayed a few seconds after someone threw a catfish onto the ice - a Predators thing. Now, Crosby has certainly had his share of taking brutal hits during the playoffs, but taking all of his frustrations out on Subban's head was indefensible.

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.

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Subban, who claimed Crosby was complaining about Subban's breath during a Game 3 run-in, just kind of sat there and took it.

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

Home ice has been critical so far.

Still, such a decisive victory might indicate that the Penguins have figured out the best plan of attack against the Predators. Crosby and Subban became tangled up behind the Nashville net late in the first period, with Crosby ended up on top of Subban. "We wish him much luck in Game 5 this evening".

The Predators outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the past two games.

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.

The 27-year-old forward scored 12 goals in the regular season for Nashville.

Win or lose, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is always dead set on figuring out how his team can improve.

The series was tied 2-2.