Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Crosby's great night overshadowed by Subban tussle, water bottle toss

Crosby's great night overshadowed by Subban tussle, water bottle toss

The Penguins chased Pekka Rinne with a three-goal barrage in the first period and kept it going against backup Juuse Saros to push the Predators to the brink of elimination for the first time during their run to the final.

The Penguins held a 3-0 lead following the first period of play.

The Predators have been a remarkable team throughout the postseason, winning three playoff series from the No. 2 wild-card position in the Western Conference. Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville.

Back in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver's head coach infamously kept his No. 1 netminder in for all eight goals in an 8-1 blowout at TD Garden in Game 3. That was especially evident during a skirmish behind the net with Subban late in the opening period.

Three prior Stanley Cup playoff games have been decided by six or more goals during this year's playoffs.

On the ensuing power play, Crosby set up Schultz for a slap shot that went under Rinne's pads for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead 1:31 into the first.

Thursday night was a tough one for the Nashville Predators. The catfish have become the unofficial mascot of the series as Nashville fans have taken to throwing it like Detroit Red Wings fans with octopi.

The Predators say their watch party at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was sold out nearly an hour before puck drop, with thousands of fans inside.

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The Nashville Predators might have to deal with something other than a big-time battle for the Stanley Cup after marketing manager Sandy Weaver hit the send button from her Twitter account too hastily after Thursday night's shutout loss.

Excela Health showed their love for the Pens earlier this week on their Facebook page by posting a photo of newborn baby Bonino Mussori (named after Penguins center Nick Bonino), the son of Joseph and Gina Mussori of Mount Pleasant. "So I know there's things that we can do that can support our goaltender better". So far what we have learned is that boards can't cause concussion spotters to pull a player off the ice.

Pittsburgh went up 5-0 on Phil Kessel's mid-second period tally. Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League.

Rinne has a 9-1 record this spring with a 1.44 goals-against average and.949 save percentage in Nashville. He's been unbeatable at home, allowing just two goals in two games in Nashville. I mean I know it's perfectly legal to drop the gloves and physically assault each other within the confines of the game, but can you really bash a guy's skull into the ice like this? "They still have home ice". We just didn't play well in front of him. Right now we've just got to focus on Game 6 at home and put all our energy in that one.

Returning to Pittsburgh for Game 5, the series suddenly felt exactly the same as the first two games.

I do think that the next time we see the Penguins in Pittsburgh, they will be hoisting the Stanley Cup. He replaced RW P.A. Parenteau in the lineup. Arvidsson broke his dry spell with the third goal in Monday's 4-1 win and Forsberg added the fourth into an empty net - his first of the series.

The 27-year-old forward scored 12 goals in the regular season for Nashville. "We have to do a better job and I think we did that tonight". He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2.

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