Preds Fall in Game Five, Pledge to Be Better Facing Elimination

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Charles Barkley and hockey fans across the country have tuned in to watch the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, no matter the score - and the score hasn't always been close.

After the Penguins won Games 1 and 2 at home and Nashville answered with victories in their building in Games 3 and 4, Game 5 returns to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The Penguins promptly won the first two games of the Cup Final, and it looked like they were well on their way to lifting the Cup again. Another game like this and he won't just win a second straight Stanley Cup; he could also walk away with another Conn Smythe Trophy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators have shut down the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Getzlaf this postseason.

Malkin has the most points in the playoffs with 26 and Crosby is second with 24.

In the middle of all the goals, Crosby and P.K. Subban's antics came to a head on the ice. "I know that Matt (Murray) is excited to play tonight, and he certainly has had success here at home, and we're hoping that we have our best game in front of him".

Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do". "It's world-class players. We can't shut them down game after game". The Penguins can still win this series, but there is one trend they are going to have to reverse. Captain Sidney Crosby ended his Stanley Cup Final drought of 12 games without a goal by tallying in Monday's 4-1 setback, but Pittsburgh was outscored 9-2 in Games 3 and 4 to see the best-of-seven series knotted at 2-2. Filip Forsberg is the second choice among Nashville players at plus-900. His teammates weren't sharing any information either. We play here, at home. He got the surprise start in the Penguins' first playoff game when Murray was injured in warmups. Sissons was given a match penalty, triggering the review. The only outlier in that span was Los Angeles' 2014 win over the New York Rangers that was decided on Alec Martinez's double-overtime goal in Game Five at Staples Center. Kessel scored his first in six games, making it 5-0 later in the period, while Hainsey capped Pittsburgh's second three-goal period of the game.

Ekholm said the Predators tried to answer nearly too quickly. "That's going to happen. I don't think we have anybody back there that wows you offensively". "All we can do is learn from it and go and get better". It was the fifth 6-goal beating in Cup Final history, meaning the game tied for the seventh-biggest blowout on record in this round.

And as a veteran of 120 playoff games, he has added locker room mentor to his list of responsibilities, aiding players like Woodbury's Jake Guentzel. "I don't know how coaches do it". "I think they understand how these series go and how, from one game to the next, we have to reset the mindset and just be ready to play that game right in front of us".

Arvidsson made it a 3-1 Nashville lead with his first goal since the end of the first round.

Wilson, 27, led the Predators in playoff scoring the last two years, with five goals in six first-round games in 2015 aand 13 points in 14 games last year.

"We have to win a road game", Laviolette said Tuesday.

"If you've got a team that has momentum and a team that's got desperation, for me anyway, the scarier team is the one that's got desperation", Laviolette said. Desperation should probably still fall on our side here, where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.

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