While the Predators have relied on their top four defencemen for the bulk of the minutes, the Penguins have been forced to do it more by committee ever since they lost Kris Letang to a season-ending surgery. The NBA, NHL, and National Football League all have had repeat champions since. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice. "You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise", said 40-year-old Matt Cullen, who could head into retirement with two Cups.
It was Rinne who practically swept the Chicago Blackhawks on his own in the first round, posting two shutouts and a.976 save percentage. "Hey guys, this has always been kind of a dream of mine, so do you think I could take a turn holding the cup?"
Later, Sissons hit the post on a one-timer. "We've got to go into Nashville and find a way again". "The biggest thing is knowing and understanding this doesn't come by very often".
Pittsburgh couldn't close out Columbus, Washington or Ottawa the first chance the Penguins had in each of their previous three playoff series. Team captain Mike Fisher is an unrestricted free agent, but he seems likely to stay in Nashville if he wants to. The problem is the Predators didn't score in either of the final two games of the series - and Pekka was pulled from two of three starts in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final, where PPG Paints Arena became his personal House of Horrors. "Now he's not taking part in #preds optional before Game 6". It will take an extraordinary effort from the Penguins to buck that trend. Officials huddled, but the goal was not allowed.
Sissons was later stopped on a breakaway by Murray.
The Predators' hopes of stopping him would be damaged if defenseman Ryan Ellis, who was injured early in the second period of Game 5 and did not return, can't play Sunday. Murray made a big stop on a shot by Mattias Ekholm followed by a save on Arvidsson.
"We can't keep those in stock", Wallace said. "We're facing elimination and we need to have our best game".
"I really believe, in these types of games when the emotions are high and the stakes are high, it's about focus".
Along with the staple of shirts, hats and jerseys, the store also sells items like Penguins tote bags, purses, flags, banners, jewelry and other miscellaneous items for fans looking to show their team spirit.
Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 83 minutes and 23 seconds. "Even just looking back to a year ago and the summer and the Cup and the World Cup, everything is just flying by here". In the end, the Penguins had more than enough in the tank to bring home another title. "Why pucks are getting deflected in off our guys?' or something like that", Rinne said.
Here is what we know: if the Predators are going to force a seventh game - and possibly win the series - it will be because of Rinne.
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