He put up one of the worst seasons of his career with 18 wins, one shutout and a.909 save percentage in 38 games played. Check out the save in the above video. “We still need one more game, one more win”.Advertisement
Nashville won games by 4-1 and 5-1, but the Penguins’ victory on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead was by far the most lopsided game of the Final.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ place kicker shared on social media that he was ejected from PPG Paints Arena late in the third period of the Penguins eventual 6-0 win over the Nashville Predators for banging on the glass during one of many third period scuffles between the two sides.
“This right here is what you come back for”, said Cullen, now 40, the oldest player in this Stanley Cup final.
Although the Penguins’ 9-3 record at PPG Paints Arena this spring isn’t quite the equal of Nashville’s 9-1 mark at Bridgestone Arena, it reflects the high level at which they routinely perform there. “I’m sure at the end of the day when you look back, (the season) is a roller coaster”.
The guy that scored the victor in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final doesn’t even have a locker in the Nashville Predators’ dressing room.
“Understand that we’re going to play a desperate team”, said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby after collecting three assists.
The Stanley Cup Final has been whittled down to a three-game series. Replacing Murray with the player slated to be his backup would be a bold adjustment with so much on the line, but the Penguins also risk going down 3-2 and heading back to Nashville for a decisive Game 6 if they don’t make a change. “It’s nice to have your fans cheering you on and screaming and giving you extra energy, but at the same time, I think maybe we deserved to win one of the first two games and we felt we played good”, he said. They also lost Games 5 and 6 against Washington. Rinne’s first two games were abysmal as regression arrived unannounced. He scored on Pittsburgh’s first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission. So in the days leading up to Game 5 in Pittsburgh, the Penguins repeated a message: if they stick to the process, the results will come. The total has gone over in eight of Pittsburgh’s last 20 playoff games, with two pushes.
Phil Kessel scored his eighth of the playoffs and added two assists, while Sidney Crosby tallied three assists. He skated in alone from the blueline and deked to his right, sliding the puck between Rinne’s pads for his eighth goal and 24th point of the playoffs. Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino missed his second consecutive contest with a foot injury. Pittsburgh LW Jake Guentzel’s second-period assist gave him 21 points, setting an National Hockey League record for rookies. Nashville’s Frederick Gaudreau continued his brilliant series by scoring the decisive goal for the second straight contest, joining fellow rookie Jake Guentzel of Pittsburgh by accounting for all four-game winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final. “We also believe that when we do separate them, we create better balance amongst our group that makes us more hard to play against”.
“There hasn’t been a ton of chemistry between the two when they have been together”, Sullivan said.