Not only did Arvidsson, Nashville's co-leader in regular-season points and one of its best two-way players, finish with just one shot on goal, he failed to last until the end as he accepted a game misconduct midway through the third period for fighting Carl Hagelin. Their aim Thursday was to minimize the mistakes that the Penguins previously feasted on in taking a 2-0 series lead.
The Penguins winger contributed a goal and two assists in Game Five, emerging from a slump that saw him put up two assists in the past six games.
The vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 tonight figures to be more anxious than anticipatory after the Predators evened the series at 2-2 with a pair of vintage performances on home ice that sent "Smashville" into a frenzy and delivered a very clear message that the first-timers are a clear threat to become first-time winners. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. Nashville possessed the puck better as the game went on, but their goaltending faltered while Matt Murray, who had two bad games on the road, did not allow a single puck by him despite facing over 20 shots. They dominated the critical contest as soon as popular Pittsburgh singer Jeff Jimerson finished his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. "I mean.at the end of the day, I just got to play the game".
"You can see his desire in his day-to-day approach".
"There was a lot to like about that game", said head coach Mike Sullivan.
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As this lost season drags on, and even the ice grows exhausted of the Edmonton Oilers skating on it, I'm noticing more goals against where the entire Oilers team just doesn't look sharp. He needs to stop at least one of them and give his team a chance to come back. "Nobody feels good leaving the building playing the way we did". He had lost his stick, he's just trying to hold me down. "I don't know that I've been around an athlete, not just a hockey player, but an athlete that is as driven as Sid is".
The defending champions provided an emphatic reminder of why they're on the cusp of history with a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. Rinne got the hook after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period, and Nashville backup Juuse Saros didn't fare much better, giving up three goals in relief. His first rush up the ice resulted in a near-amazing goal and a power play for the Penguins, who scored and never relinquished control of Game 5.
Then, the Bruins were downright dominant to take the next two outings and the title. The defence, which had been the team's biggest weak spot in the series, moved the puck easily and efficiency. But the final has been a different story.
Prior to the game, a Predators fan tossed a catfish on to the ice. All of a sudden their determined forecheck was absent while Rinne and their top-four d-men were suddenly porous.
Defenseman Ryan Ellis' night ended early in the second period because of an apparent injury. Although the Penguins won the first two games, Nashville controlled the play and Pittsburgh relied on Matt Murray to deliver them wins. But nobody can predict what will transpire in Music City on Sunday evening.