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Hard To Root For Sidney Crosby And The Pittsburgh Penguins

from  Hemal Jhaveri of For The Win at USA TODAY,

Pittsburgh fans couldn’t care less about Crosby’s reputation and they shouldn’t. Crosby is the best player in the game and they have him on their team, everything short of actually maiming a guy on the ice will be justifiable in a quest to win the Cup.

But for Pittsburgh outsiders and casual fans, Crosby’s antics last night were a vivid reminder of exactly why they don’t like him in the first place.

First, there was the tussle with Subban towards the end of the first period where Subban grabbed Crosby’s legs, and Crosby tried to escape by repeatedly pushed Subban’s head into the ice, in full view of a ref.  Players push limits all the time, but this went beyond just playoff hockey, and, for the uninitiated, it’s just a bad visual.

Think about it: here’s the best player in the game punching another dude’s head into the ice, and no one is doing anything to stop it.

During NBC’s intermission, Mike Milbury stayed true to his roots and defended Crosby’s actions, noting that the star player finally got some revenge.

“It’s cagey,” Milbury said. “And Subban had it coming.”

Again, Milbury stepping up for Crosby certainly advances the narrative that the hockey establishment has gone all in on making sure the Penguins super star succeeds.  Now, Crosby has certainly had his share of taking brutal hits during the playoffs, but taking all of his frustrations out on Subban’s head was indefensible.


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Video- Coton Sissons Received A Match Penalty Last Night Late In The Game




added 12:28pm, No suspension, see below...

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The Great Sidney Crosby

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby can see the finish line now. An even loftier place in this great game’s history is within reach.

A man who misses no detail, who possesses an iron will to match his God-given skill, is doing absolutely everything in his power to grab it.

You saw it on the opening shift of Game 5 when Crosby sliced the Nashville Predators defence right open. Only 33 seconds had expired. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was ready.

"I had some speed and we had a pretty quick play, so I wasn’t sure if they were trying to get up and get their gap or if they were going to back up," Crosby said of the Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis pairing.

He sensed some indecision and barged straight through, hitting the right post behind Pekka Rinne with an off-balance shot. It resulted in a holding penalty to Ellis and, 41 seconds later, the opening goal after Crosby wheeled it out to Justin Schultz for a one-timer.

They were off. A defiant 6-0 victory followed.

"When he plays that way, it’s awfully easy to follow him," said veteran forward Matt Cullen. "There’s a lot of competitive guys, but I don’t think there are a lot of guys who can raise their level to where he gets to. When he senses the opportunity, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen, the way he steps up and raises his level."


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No Excuses, The Nashville Predators Were Bad In Game 5

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Desperation usually wins the day,” coach Peter Laviolette said a few hours before the brand-new biggest game in Predators history, but this was simply domination.

It took 91 seconds for the Pittsburgh Penguins to get on the board and it took 7 minutes for them to go up 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Final Game 5 both teams had to have but only one showed up to play. The Penguins used that start to destroy the Predators 6-0 on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena, take a 3-2 series lead and create an opportunity Sunday in Nashville to win their second straight Stanley Cup.

They deserve all due credit for responding like the championship team they are after losing Games 3 and 4 at Bridgestone Arena by a combined score of 9-2. But the Predators, who have been almost faultless and often overachieving in these playoffs, deserve the opposite.

Maybe this was just one too many “biggest game ever, man” moments in a row? Maybe the mean Pittsburgh fans were too loud? Maybe the pregame meal was too cold or the pregame hallway soccer too intense?

I’m searching here for some kind of excuse for the worst period of hockey the Predators have played in nearly two months of postseason hockey – the period that happened to open the biggest game ever, man. And, man, I just can’t find one.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed Sidney Crosby and the first period of last night's game along with a few other topics.



Below, watch the post-game addition with Cherry and MacLean, Don felt the Penguins did not fold their tent quick enough.

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Video- Incoming Water Bottle

Should have been a penalty or maybe an all-star weekend event.



added 6/9/17 7:59am, Below, watch Sidney Crosby post-game, including his explanation of the water bottle toss at the :55 second mark.

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Video- Sidney Crosby And P.K. Subban Battle

No penalties...2 minutes each...


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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Later tonight, one team will be a win away from raising the Stanley Cup.

Nashville @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

Feel free to comment on the game.

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Still No Clear Favorite After Four Stanley Cup Final Games

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

If you were to go only by the scores you might think this is one of the worst Stanley Cup finals in history.

5-3, 4-1, 5-1, 4-1.

Except that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Through four games the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins have given us exactly what you want out of a championship series. They’ve both provided us reasons to believe they’re on the verge of lifting the Cup. They’ve also dropped a few hints of doubt.

As we return to PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 on Thursday night, there is legitimate tension and intrigue with three games – at most – to play before summer.

Ask yourself: Who is going to win this thing?

"We’ll see over this next little bit," said Sidney Crosby, when asked Wednesday if his Penguins team has a special winning quality to it. "But what got us here is we’ve found ways, that we believe in each other. We’ve gone through things like injuries and stuff like that. We’ve been told how hard it is to even get to this position, so I think the fact that we’ve gotten here we’ve overcome certain things.

"We’ve got to find a way to get two more wins here."


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Focused On Game 5

from Michelle Crechiolo of PittsburghPenguins.com,

There's a lot of outside negativity surrounding the Penguins after losing two straight games on the road to Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final.

That negativity hasn't crept inside the Penguins locker room.

The Pens are a confident, excited group heading into Game 5 of what is currently a tied series. They're returning home to an arena they've been excellent in all year, and they believe they'll get the result they want if they continue to play the same way.

"I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of every player here," Evgeni Malkin said. "It's not an easy season for us, so many injuries. But we're still playing, we're a good team and I know tomorrow we'll play so hard and it's a good situation for us. (The series is) 2-2, we're even. We're playing tomorrow here at home, it's a good chance to lead the series."

One storyline that followed the team back to Pittsburgh is that the Pens haven't been getting enough from Malkin and Kessel this series. However, Malkin scored in each of the first two games of the Final and leads the NHL with 26 points in 23 games. While he may not have tallied in the next two, he knows what he needs to do to improve for Game 5.

"It's not easy but I know I can be better, myself," he said. "Play more with the puck. Hold onto the puck a little more. I like to play with the puck. It's not easy, we're playing against a good team, but just play the same as we did the first two games at home. I think it's fine. Just a little harder, play with the puck a little more and use Phil more."


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