Penguins-Predators Game 5 Injury Report

Posted June 11, 2017

He spent his first six seasons with the Preds before they shipped him to Pittsburgh in June 2014.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Matt Murray will be the team's starting goaltender for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena. 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. "If you've got a team that has momentum and a team that's got desperation, for me anyway, the scarier team is the one that's got desperation", he said. But we'll get to that in just a minute. That's now how they got to the cusp off back-to-back titles. I know I'm repeating myself here, but their 24 shots in Game 4 is their most in any game of the series.

"It's a good situation for us".

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. "You just keep shooting and hopefully one goes in". "I don't know what he was trying to do". He's not really anxious about the 190 feet in front of Murray, either.

With the series tied 2-2, Pittsburgh obviously has the benefit of home-ice advantage in two of the last three games, which is a huge confidence booster considering how big an impact that has had on the series so far heading into Game 5.

"It's kind of an "ignorance is bliss" kind of mentality", said Penguins forward Conor Sheary, who had four goals and six assists in 23 games as a 24-year-old rookie during Pittsburgh's 2016 Cup run. "We were really jumping and playing our game, playing fast. We know we've got to win one road game and then a home game to boot".

Rust made it 2-0 just 6:43 into the game with a nasty backhand flip over Rinne's glove.

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The Royals have scored 16 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Astros came into town as the hottest team in the league and the Royals have beaten them two out of three.

Tonight - was not the night for them to get that one road win they need. It's only three games left.

The Predators top-pairing defenceman, who has five goals and 13 points in the playoffs, left the ice after his second shift in the period and did not return for the rest of the game. Nashville captured Games 3 and 4 in front of a raucous home crowd and did so, in part, by continuing to stifle the two-headed offensive monster that lines up behind Sidney Crosby.

Just look at the splits over the first four games of the series.

Saros hardly fared any better. Crosby was particularly good, setting the tone early on by beating Predators defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi to the net 50 seconds into the game. That didn't help much as Saros allowed two more goals in the first 8:02. Letang is a calming presence on Pittsburgh's back end and plays almost 30 minutes per game. A shot at a fifth awaits Sunday, though it'll hardly be easy. However, there's always the chance that they could win Game 5, lose Game 6 in Nashville, and end up back in Pittsburgh for the series' decisive game. He attempted to extract himself but couldn't, then unleashed a torrent of punches at Subban's head. "You're in the Cup final, this is what it's all about. It's about going back and forth".

If Crosby, 29, wins that trophy, he will match the two that Penguins owner and Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux won.

With 164 career playoff points, Crosby is now tied with Denis Potvin for 19th all-time. In this series, they have not changed their ways in the slightest. The teams combined for 100 penalty minutes (58 for Nashville, 42 for Pittsburgh). It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Wilson skated alongside Frederick Gaudreau and Harry Zolnierczyk during the morning skate.