He allowed eight goals on 50 shots in two games in Nashville, but allowed just four goals on 60 shots in the first two games of the Cup Final at home. The Penguins lead the series 2-1.
Now the pad is on the proverbial other leg. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray wasn't as leaky in Games 3 and 4 as Rinne was in Games 1 and 2, but he has failed to make crucial saves and the Predators are having a field day exploiting his glove hand. "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", he said.
The Penguins have again gotten to Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.
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. "It's nice to have your fans cheering you on and screaming and giving you extra energy, but at the same time, I think maybe we deserved to win one of the first two games and we felt we played good", he said. A bettor would have to wager $155 to earn a profit of $100 if the Penguins win the game.
It was reported on Thursday morning, via Dan Rosen of NHL.com, that Bonino will still be considered a game-time decision ahead of the team's upcoming game against the Nashville Predators. "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted". He was pulled after the first period by coach Peter Laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Juuse Saros took over in net for the Predators for the final 40 minutes of the game. Schultz can go cold-blooded at anytime and blast a goal, but his defensive play is more important right now.
He thought the Penguins got their best looks in Game 4, but were ultimately denied by Rinne, who rediscovered his way after a rocky start to the series.
It is safe to say hockey fans have a love-hate relationship with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In particular, the Penguins need more from Kessel, who had 10 goals and 12 assists over 24 games in the Penguins' run to the Cup in 2016 and who had seven goals and 12 assists through the first three rounds of these playoffs.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne watches from the bench during the second period in Game 5 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
"It's not easy but I know I can do better myself", said Malkin, who leads the playoffs in scoring with nine goals and 26 points.
What the Penguins are saying now sounds an very bad lot like what the Predators were saying after coming up empty in Pittsburgh to start the final. Give us your take below. And the Predators, seeded last among this year's 16 playoff teams, is riding high after two straight routs in front of a roaring home crowd. We know he's a great player and he's like in tough situation, but now it's time for leadership to show and to score. We will be breaking down the Calder Cup matchup with the play-by play men from both Syracuse and Grand Rapids and we will chat with the legendary voice of the Penguins, Mike Lange.
Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins only goal that way, beating Rinne on a first period breakaway.
Colin Wilson could be back in the Nashville Predators' lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
At the conclusion of this final, Cullen again will weigh whether he wants to play another season or follow the allure of more family time in retirement.