The Nashville Predators celebrate after their 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Nashville, Tenn. With the Penguins controlling home-ice advantage in what has now become a best-of-three series, Nashville continues to lag on the Stanley Cup Final series price at +105.
Pekka Rinne was terrible through the first two games and was certainly a big reason that Pittsburgh took an early series lead.
Maybe, but Nashville appeared a step quicker in its home building, pouring in nine goals and handing Penguins goalie Matt Murray the first back-to-back playoff losses of his young career. "I've got to put one of those away". Predators Coach Peter Laviolette has a policy of not discussing lineup changes and wouldn't say if Wilson will return after missing four games because of a lower-body injury.
Bottle their play from games three and four and steal game five in Pittsburgh and the Preds will have the chance to close out this championship run at home Sunday in game six in front of an ear-splitting home crowd that's left happy 13 of the last 14 postseason games, and probably about 200,000 revelers outside the arena as history could intersect with the final night of CMA Fest. Malkin didn't have a point in either of the Preds two victories nor did high-scoring winger Phil Kessel. Just like between Games 2 and 3, there will be three days Game 4 at Nashville and tonight's Game 5.
"Somehow he managed to keep it out", said Guentzel, who scored four goals in the series' first three games.
In Game 2, most of Crosby's five-on-five ice time came against Sissons, while Malkin received pretty even doses of Calle Jarnkrok and Frederick Gaudreau.
"You have to find the point of when a player is healthy enough to get back in the lineup and when they're not healthy enough to get back and be able to contribute and play at a level that is needed right now at this point in the season", said Laviolette. "He's a great offensive player".
"I thought I was OK in Game 3, obviously not great". Schultz can go cold-blooded at anytime and blast a goal, but his defensive play is more important right now.
Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do".
Arvidsson made it a 3-1 Nashville lead with his first goal since the end of the first round. "The first two games, we did a lot of good things".
Zoey Bates, of Toronto, has her face painted with Pittsburgh Penguins colors 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.
"That's all I wanted for my birthday", Fisher said afterward of the big win. Neither Pittsburgh nor Nashville has yet won a game in the series whilst on the road.
But, of course, no play was more eye-popping than Rinne's diving save on Guentzel that stopped the Pens from tying the game and potentially regaining momentum. "It was the first game in the series that we out-chanced them", Sullivan said Wednesday, per Arpon Basu of NHL.com. "We talked before game, I tell him, 'Don't look to me, use your shot and I wait at the net and wait for the rebound.' Same like me".