From there, Rinne, who has picked up his play after allowing a combined eight goals in the first two games of the series, stymied the Penguins attack, while Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the game's closing minutes.
Sullivan added that forward Nick Bonino did not take part in Thursday's optional morning skate and was a game-time decision. After dropping a 3-1 series lead, Fleury finally managed to pull ahead with a Game 7 shutout win. Obviously it's there, everyone knows what's at stake, but it could be two games, it could be three games. "As I said, I think the balance we have when we have the ability to spread those guys makes us a much more hard team to play against". Kessel scored his first in six games, making it 5-0 later in the period, while Hainsey capped Pittsburgh's second three-goal period of the game. I think we've got to play with urgency. The question was, would the Penguins come back to their arena and win their fifth Stanley Cup on home ice and the first pro championship in the city since 1960?
While Pittsburgh center Matt Cullen said there are no moral victories during the postseason, the way the Penguins were able to generate odd-man rushes and stretch the ice were encouraging. I do know that we can get better in that aspect of our game here over the next week.
The instant one of the Pittsburgh Penguins passes the puck to a teammate, one of the Nashville Predators closes in, taking away any time or space to operate. "I'm not breaking earth-shattering news: The NBA Playoffs have not been very good". "We just had some breakdowns and mental lapses that cost us". He has only four shots in the series, including a shot-less Game 3.
Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held without a shot in Game 3 - the first time that's happened to the duo in the same playoff game.
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The vaunted Nashville defence continues to make contributions with Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm both scoring in wins at Bridgestone Arena, where the Preds boast a 9-1 record in these playoffs. A lot of Penguins fans feared the worst until Chris Kunitz came to the rescue with his game-winning goal in double overtime. Pittsburgh's stars, as they are known to do, victimized the Predators, who shrunk in response.
It's safe to assume Crosby and Subban didn't get together for a pregame Primanti Brothers sandwich to celebrate National Best Friend Day. Yet Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hardly seems frustrated heading into Game 5 on Thursday night back home in Pittsburgh. Rinne was hot at home again, re-establishing himself as the MVP if Nashville goes on to win the series.
"I know people talk about how we're exhausted, but believe me, they're exhausted too", Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said. "We were right there and we know if we can bring the same effort and just don't have that breakdown in a three- or four-minute span when they can score a few goals, I think we're going to have a good chance".
Malkin, the second highest producing current player in the post-season after Crosby, wanted to do a better job himself of keeping and shooting the puck more.