Although that advantage seems to magnified for Nashville, who have created an atmosphere both inside and outside of the arena never before seen in a Cup Final, fans have certainly been vocal in their support of the Penguins while in Pittsburgh as well.
"As much as it is about skill and speed and all that, it's the work ethic, it's the little things, and I think that's kind of the idea behind that is doing the right thing and working as hard as we can", Ellis said.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby carved through the Predators' defense with an ease that should be unfair, assisting on half of his team's goals. Their first opportunity to do so is Game 5 of the series on Thursday (7 p.m., NBC).
After the loss on Monday, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was in no mood to debate a potential change in net. After the Predators and the Penguins traded goals late in the first period, Gaudreau, whose three career National Hockey League goals have all come in the Stanley Cup Final, poked one under the stick of Matt Murray from behind the net. Evgeni Malkin wrapped up the first period scoring with just 11 seconds left in the period.
"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said.
So, the fact that Crosby once again showed up and played arguably his best game of the playoffs on Thursday wasn't necessarily the story in a 6-0 Game 5. "Right now we've just got to focus on Game 6 at home and put all our energy in that one".
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After the anthem, two catfish and one stuffed penguin hit the ice despite Nashville coach Peter Laviolette's video plea earlier Monday asking fans not to throw anything. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway [on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson] it's a different game".
The third period was quiet from a scoresheet perspective, but the crowd was lively as ever as their team hung on to tie up the series and create a best-of-3 going forward. "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games".
The seven-game series is now a best of three. The Penguins have come within two games of the first team to capture consecutive Cups in almost two decades due in large part to their resiliency. The puck barely snuck inside the goal line, bouncing off a lunging Matt Murray's blocker pad and back out in a split second.He told me my breath smelled, but I don't know, I used Listerine before the game so I don't know what he's talking about. Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.
Murray, who's just 23, started for the Penguins last postseason, posting a.923 save percentage en route to winning the Stanley Cup Final. Wings Phil Kessel - save for a lone assist in Game 2 - Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin, in his two games back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch, are among those absent from the scoresheet thus far.
Good morning! The Predators beat the Penguins, 4-1, and evened the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece.
"I don't know, that's anybody's guess", Sullivan said. Not even 13 minutes into the first period, Fleury was pulled after allowing the 4-0 lead. The Preds will try to become the fifth to ultimately win the Cup. Crosby, who has 57 playoff goals, entered Game Five three points shy of tying Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin for 19th place.