Pittsburgh Penguins G Matt Murray to start Game 5 vs. Nashville Predators

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 19, 2017

Murray was the first goaltender off the ice at the team's optional skate on Thursday morning and head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed he would start. Rinne had never beaten the Penguins in 11 career starts and had allowed four goals in each of the first two games in Pittsburgh.

The Stanley Cup will be in Nashville on Sunday, but it won't be prepped for the Predators. The shot snuck through Pekka Rinne for the Penguins' first power play tally since Game 1.

"You come here with the mindset that you knew what happened the first two games, but that's not going to change the way I play or prepare", Rinne said.

After back-to-back losses, Murray is 5-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average and.939 save percentage. He also moved into 20th all-time in National Hockey League playoff points but the Predators clamped down after that. "It's world-class players. We can't shut them down game after game". Still, it would be surprising if the Penguins turned back to veteran Marc-Andre Fleury now.

Murray has thrived in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins are 9-3 in the playoffs.

Game Six of the Cup Final comes Sunday night in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. Save for a pair of flurries (one at the end of the first period in Game 1, the other at the beginning of the third period in Game 2) Nashville has been every bit Pittsburgh's equal. The crowd is loud and it's nasty.

"Yeah, I don't think we really look at the big picture too much. But all-in-all, I thought I played pretty good". They are so supportive of our group. "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".

The Thunder Bay, Ont., native, who guided the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup a year ago, has a.925 save percentage in the playoffs. The Penguins won their two home games by a combined 9-4.

"We're confident our team will respond the right way, as they always have all season long", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

If that's the case, we may see this Terrible Towl-wrapped catfish make its return as a good omen for the defending Stanley Cup champions. "That is what's good".

"We've got to be better in front of him", Laviolette said. "All we can do is learn from it and go and get better". Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead Thursday night by routing Nashville 6-0 in a game that did more than just put the Pens a win from the title.

The Penguins capped off their offensive rally with their sixth goal with 3:20 left in the second period.

The Predators are 5-5 when forced to wear the road whites, including a Game 5 victory against Anaheim in the West finals. We know we can score more than one goal. I think we've got to play determined. "Score more for sure".

Whether it was Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Phil Kessel, the Penguins' best players were their best players.

This time of year is all about close calls and near misses.

"We have a short summer, but it is a fun summer". In fact, according to Luszczyszyn, only 27 of 32 teams that have been outshot by an average of four or more shots has gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

"He's certainly made his influence on the playoffs for our team in such a positive way", Sullivan said. "It's not only us exhausted". There are only three games left. "We're not talking about being exhausted". It is only, like, 180 minutes. We're playing great. We're scoring goals. I am not exhausted myself.

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.

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