Predators searching for way to shut down Penguins

The 24-year-old, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the second player ever to score his first three career goals in the Stanley Cup final, joining John Harms of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1944.

In Game 1, Nashville became the first team to hold an opponent without a shot on goal in a period of a Final game since the National Hockey League started tracking that statistic in 1957, and that drought lasted 37 minutes even though Pittsburgh pulled out a 5-3 win.

Saros hardly fared any better.

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"Our focus really is more concerned about just that one game in front of us, and I know that - I know that our guys understand the importance of that short-term focus, just staying in the moment, and I think it's arguably the most important for the goaltending position because of the importance of that position, and so that's where our focus needs to be".

Predators Coach Peter Laviolette has a policy of not discussing lineup changes and wouldn't say if Wilson will return after missing four games because of a lower-body injury. We thought we played a real competitive game in Game 2.Then again, Gaudreau's two goals the past two games equaled the two the Penguins entire team produced during their time in Tennessee, forgettable as it turned out to be.

The Preds also contained the Penguins in the wins, holding them to just two goals while snuffing out six power-play attempts.

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"He's been unbelievable for us the way he's come in, and he's just been so good, timely goals and composed", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons in almost two decades since Detroit repeated in 1997 and 1998.

Heading into Nashville, Pittsburgh was leading the series 2-0 but the Predators won Games 3 and 4 and tied the series 2-2. The powerful Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions, against the Nashville Predators, the final team to get into the playoffs.

In the second period, Crosby found Conor Sheary with a backhand pass from behind the net to make it 4-0. The Penguins aren't as deep defensively as the Predators, allowing 2.21 goals per game in the playoffs, but D Justin Schultz has provided a boost since getting healthy.

To bring this back to the Pittsburgh/Nashville series: After four games, I'm skeptical that Pittsburgh can own the possession game in this matchup.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final took a sharp pivot Thursday night. The period ended 9-9.

If the Penguins win this game, they'll have the chance to finish off the series on the road in Nashville on Sunday night. He is the best player in the world and he will prove it on the night the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. "We're going home and we're going to be re-energized". I think we've got to play determined.

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Although the Penguins' 9-3 record at PPG Paints Arena this spring isn't quite the equal of Nashville's 9-1 mark at Bridgestone Arena, it reflects the high level at which they routinely perform there. Obviously it's there, everyone knows what's at stake, but it could be two games, it could be three games. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. After Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, Subban said that Crosby insulted his breath on the ice. The score had been predicted by Malkin and it came just seconds after Crosby threw a water bottle onto the ice as the play went by Pittsburgh's bench, a move he told referees was unintentional.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has mostly kept the two together at even-strength and underlying numbers suggest that's probably best.

After the game, Subban said that Crosby's actions were just a part of the nature of hockey and that he can't control how officials call a game. "I think young players with young legs have the ability to have an impact".

The Predators haven't scored a goal in 63 minutes, 23 seconds since Filip Forsberg's empty-net goal in Game 4.

With 164 career playoff points, Crosby is now tied with Denis Potvin for 19th all-time.

Pittsburgh's lone goal came from Sidney Crosby in the first period.

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Penguins Sidney Crosby banged PK Subban's head on the ice multiple times during a scrum behind the net late in the first period. On the flip side, Rinne has been sensational at home, which was evidenced by his two goals allowed on 52 shots in Games 3 and 4.

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