Penguins return home as betting favourites for Game 5

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot against Nashville Predators left wing Pontus Aberg (46), of Sweden, during the period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Of course, based on the Nashville Predators' 4-1 win against the Penguins on Monday, there was only one goalie now worthy of the award.

"It's time", Malkin said.

He was disappointed that his team scored only one goal in each of Games 3 and 4 and knows that they can be better. The Penguins finished with the second-best home record in the league and have ripped off five straight victories on home ice since Ottawa stunned them in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, including the first two games of the Cup final when they needed just 36 shots to beat Rinne eight times.

Pittsburgh is just 7-7 over its last 14 games and has been limited to just one goal in six of its past 11 - including the two losses in Nashville. Or can the Predators build off dominant efforts in games three and four and break through on the road. So if your hard-working employee turns up a little late today, I hope you can show mercy and not throw them in the penalty box.

The Nashville Predators forward led the team with 31 goals in the regular season, but for whatever reason his stick had gone cold in the playoffs.

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will try to rebound from his two toughest outings of the post-season in the club's losses in Nashville.

To his point, three missed the net, another three were blocked and only two found their way to Pekka Rinne - both of which were stopped. "But now it's time".

"I thought I was OK in Game 3, obviously not great, but I thought I was pretty good in Game 4", Murray said after practice on Wednesday. Even though the game was over, Kessel responded, whipping a shot past Saros for his eighth goal of the playoffs that Crosby also assisted on. They had lost their previous two road games in this series, but played well for majority, as the Penguins won with short spurts of goal-scoring.

"It was much like the first two games in their rink".

At the next whistle, officials reviewed video and ruled that Gaudreau had poked the puck over the goal line on a wrap-around before Murray pushed it out. He has only four shots in the series, including a shot-less Game 3.

The Predators' other top candidates are defenseman Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, who have combined for 17 points in 20 games.

It was all Penguins from puck drop onward, as Justin Schultz got Pittsburgh on the board a minute and a half into the game on the power play. "So I think all those things are weighed to a point where hopefully good decisions are made".

Predators captain Mike Fisher started the play when he stripped Evgeni Malkin of the puck in the neutral zone.

"If you score one goal, it is not enough to win", he said.

Going into Game 5 on Thursday night, Crosby and Malkin are still in the wide-open Conn Smythe Trophy race - along with some less-familiar faces. "I didn't know the 70 percent part of it, but we are very aware this is the biggest game of the year, that's just obvious, so we are going to be ready to rock and roll tonight", said Colton Sissons. "I know our whole team, our whole organization are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we've enjoyed here at home this season".

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