dglobalnews.com What nerves? Rookies making an impact in Stanley Cup Final
Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

What nerves? Rookies making an impact in Stanley Cup Final


Six different players scored and Sidney Crosby had three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Pekka Rinne and blew out the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the series and move one win away from a second consecutive title.

The final score from Pittsburgh: Penguins 6, Predators 0. Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) celebrates his team's 6-0 victory over the Nashville Predators with goalie Matt Murray (30) after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Tonight - was not the night for them to get that one road win they need. Crosby, Malkin, et al. simply convert more frequently on chances than most of their peers. Lemieux has been a regular at playoff games and around the Pittsburgh locker room afterward. They reeled off 14 more victories since - Fleury backstopping nine of those before Murray returned to the starter's role during the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators.

"I'm not an official so I'm not going to judge what's over the line and what's not", Subban said.

"It's just one of those things it slipped out of my hand", Crosby said. Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Wayne Gretzky are the only players to captain back-to-back Cup winners in the last three decades - an esteemed group Crosby would join with one more win in Nashville on Sunday night.

A three-on-two Penguins rush broke out near the halfway point of the middle stanza.

It took all of 91 seconds for Pittsburgh to get its swagger back. "But now it's time". Evgeni Malkin, who had gone without a shot in Game 3, had a goal and assist.

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Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do".

Like most kids growing up in Canada, Colin Wilson dreamed of playing in the National Hockey League and one day winning a Stanley Cup. He added 22 points in 38 playoff games for the Pens over four playoff seasons.

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"We definitely know what our identity is", defenseman P.K. Subban said.

Some of that started, he believed, with spending more time in the offensive zone and wearing down the top of Nashville's defence.

The details were unclear after the game, But Ellis appeared to get hurt when he became tangled up with Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist in front of the net about four minutes into the second period.

The Penguins couldn't have responded much better to losses in Game 3 and Game 4, where they scored a combined two goals.

"Yeah, I don't think we really look at the big picture too much".

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination. It was hard to establish much pressure because Subban and Ekholm got the puck up and out of the zone with such ease.

"I certainly put a lot of pressure on myself to make it to the NHL, being from a hockey family", said Wilson, who was born in CT when his dad was still playing for the Rangers before moving to Winnipeg when he was two. "That hasn't changed", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

Rinne, who had also been pulled in Game 2 and has a.755 save percentage in the three Pittsburgh games, was replaced by Juuse Saros to start the second period. They're now tied in the series 2-2.

"He doesn't just show up to the rink and put his equipment on", Sullivan said, noting Crosby's "exceptional" care with regard to diet and other off-ice work.

"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.

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