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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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Video- Hits Of The Week

Sportsnet style, games 1-4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

 

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First To Two Wins

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Let’s say it: The Pittsburgh Penguins, defending Stanley Cup champs, winners of the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, second-best record in the league and they beat the best guys, are underdogs. Yes, the series is tied 2-2. Yes, Nashville needs to win a game in Pittsburgh to win the series. Yes, if Nashville wins the Cup in Game 6 at home, while the CMA Music Festival is in town, well, the hangover might last the summer. Just stay inside with a cool compress on your forehead, and have some hot fried chicken and lemonade.

But after four games, the Nashville Predators are 10 minutes from a sweep. Ten bad minutes, spread over two games, when their goaltender suddenly fell apart and the bounces went the other way, all at the same time. Nashville is without its No. 1 centre, and Pittsburgh got better in Game 4, and they still got rolled. Through four games, the Predators are getting about 56 per cent of the available shot attempts at 5-on-5. That, in hockey, is one hell of an advantage.

“Our guys were pretty confident after Game 2,” said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette. “I know it’s a nasty hole to be in, but we really liked the way we played in Game 1. We thought we played a real competitive game in Game 2. Could have had results in both those games.”

In other words, Nashville knows the score, or thinks it does. The Predators have more speed at the back end than Pittsburgh does, which is like saying that Nashville has more country music playing in bars than Pittsburgh does. As a result, the Penguins have been trying to figure out how to do things like get the puck up the ice and score on the power play. (The Penguins are 1-16 on the power play in the series and the one came at the very end of a 5-on-3.)

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Morning Line- Michael Traikos On The Stanley Cup Final

As non-competitive as the first two games between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have been, it’s not as though the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators have been producing must-watch TV.

Yes, the series is tied 2-2 and has a chance to go the distance for the first time in six years. And sure, there have been a total of 24 goals scored in the four games. But has it been exciting? Three of the games were blowouts. The one that wasn’t a blowout featured five goals on 12 shots from the winning team.

-Michael Traikos of the National Post where you can read more on the SCF.

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