Penguins rout Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 Cup lead

Saros hardly fared any better. "You're in the Cup final, this is what it's all about".

Through four games, Nashville has more goals, more shots on goal and a bit more swagger than Pittsburgh.

The 6-0 score tied for the seventh-biggest blowout in Stanley Cup Final history. "I had a gesture with my hand and before I knew it the thing was flying across the ice".

Sheary, Kessel and Hainsey put the game away in the second period.

The absence of Ryan Ellis has added injury to an insulting night for the Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins. He lasted just two shifts into the second period before he went to the bench in pain. Yet becoming the franchise's all-time leader in points during this Stanley Cup Final (surpassing his boss, Mario Lemieux) captures only a slice of the brilliance and brawn (yes, really) that pushed Pittsburgh to the verge of a fifth title.

If you've watched any of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, you might've heard about P.K. Subban's amusing "mouthwash" quote after Game 3.

Crosby looked to be upset a penalty wasn't called on Nashville, but told officials the move was unintentional.

Malkin scored on a pass from Phil Kessel.

During play it certainly looked like someone threw the water bottle onto the ice, and still does to me, but Crosby is adamant that it slipped.

The Predators have been a remarkable team throughout the postseason, winning three playoff series from the No. 2 wild-card position in the Western Conference.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette stated his opinion earlier in the Stanley Cup Final, and did so in no uncertain terms again Thursday morning before his team faced off in Game 5 against the Penguins.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination.

Pittsburgh is threatening to turn Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final into a rout.

Juuse Saros replaced Rinne for the start of the second and promptly got scored upon. Kessel had two shots on goal in Game 4 and three in Game 3 but was a minus-2 in each game.

The Predators have largely outplayed the Penguins over the first four games, including the pair in Pittsburgh. Malkin's 10th goal of the playoffs came with the teams skating 4-on-4.

With Ellis in the penalty box, the Penguins snapped a lengthy drought on the power play, with Justin Schultz filtering a long shot from the point through traffic that beat Rinne.

On the ensuing power play, Crosby set up Schultz for a slap shot that went under Rinne's pads for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead 1:31 into the first. Compare that to his 0-3 showing in Pittsburgh, where he's lugging a 5.39 GAA and.756 save percentage. Crosby and Subban became tangled up behind the Nashville net late in the first period, with Crosby ended up on top of Subban. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. "He's just trying to hold me down", Crosby said of the altercation.

But the Predators had little to enjoy from this one.

The opening faceoff was delayed a few seconds after someone threw a catfish onto the ice - a Predators thing.

The defending champion Penguins are slumping after spurts of big-time offense lifted them to a 2-0 lead.

The Predators say their watch party at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was sold out nearly an hour before puck drop, with thousands of fans inside. The team that has won Game 5 in a 2-2 series has gone on to win the Cup 71 percent (17 of 24) of the time since 1939. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan has called him a game-time decision since. They will also stream the game on mobile devices via the NBC Sports app, which can be downloaded via the Apple App Store, and the Google Play Store.

Game 4 marked the sixth time in their last 11 games the Penguins have scored just one goal, compared to just twice in 24 playoff games last spring.

But Rinne struggled again Thursday in Pittsburgh, a place where he's never started and won in six career games.

  • Jon Douglas