It only can be awarded that night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who decimated the Predators on Thursday in a 6-0 laugher in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Goaltender Pekka Rinne was unable to unclog whatever psychological blockage exists at PPG Paints Arena. Which kind of makes you wonder why he didn't just come out and say it in the first place. That's 9-1 at home for the Predators, including two straight against the Penguins, 5-1 on Saturday and 4-1 on Monday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
Also not practising was Patric Hornqvist, who Sullivan said had a maintenance day.
Murray has started every game for the Penguins since replacing Fleury in the first period of Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final. "That hasn't changed", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.
"We were in a tough hole against a really good team, came home and took care of the home games with the help of all our great fans", Rinne said. If the Penguins hadn't stolen Game 1, Nashville could be preparing right now to play for the Cup on Thursday.
But Sullivan has a point.
There's no shortage of confidence for Penguins goalies Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury, but they've split the duties nearly evenly so far in the playoffs.
Phil Kessel scored his eighth of the playoffs and added two assists, while Sidney Crosby tallied three assists. "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games".
Murray, who's just 23, started for the Penguins last postseason, posting a.923 save percentage en route to winning the Stanley Cup Final. Seeing as the Penguins won game one, scoring five goals, despite going 0-for-7 with the man advantage. When it comes to shot attempts, the Predators once again hold a large margin at 227-177.
Stopping them completely? Even Nashville defenders Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and All-Star P.K. Subban are susceptible to an off night as they find out just how hard it is to keep track of Pittsburgh's superstar forwards.
Seven shots, in 16 power plays over the first four games. Tops on that list are the 1982-83 New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup final in a sweep despite being outshot by an average of 6.3 shots per game. He's far from the only Penguin not to score, but scoring goals is what Kessel does best. "They're trying to make plays to get out of our end zone". "The puck just wasn't going in for us". "I think with the opportunities he's gotten through the regular season and through increased playoff experiences, he's really shown he is a leader on this team". I do know that we can get better in that aspect of our game here over the next week.
"We've got to be better in front of him", Laviolette said. I mean, it's a unsafe team. Rinne was hot at home again, re-establishing himself as the MVP if Nashville goes on to win the series.
The victor of tonight's Stanley Cup Final Game 5 in Pittsburgh is not guaranteed to win the series. Now they're two victories away from a title few saw coming.
We've seen this (cat) fish before. That hasn't changed. Desperate is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot. "It always has a connotation of hopelessness, and that's not the word we use for our team". "I don't know how coaches do it".
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Cullen first entered the NHL in 1998 and has played for more than a quarter of the league's teams, spending three seasons with the Minnesota Wild from 2010-13.
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