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NHL Notes: Penguins remain upbeat despite going winless in Nashville

20 Juin 2017

Arvidsson made it a 3-1 Nashville lead with his first goal since the end of the first round, and Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 3:23 left. "They still have home ice".

The NHL has not had a sweep in the Cup final since 1998, and this series will mark the ninth time in the last 10 years the league's ultimate showdown will go at least six games.

"We know this game we're going to have to be at our best, there's no question", Nashville center and captain Mike Fisher said. "They were coming, they were hungry and we have to return the favor here in a few nights". And we want to dictate the pace of the game, and we want to attack you in all three zones as a five-man unit and be tough to play against. "I think you'll see we'll be ready for it".

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened the match by winning both of their service games on home ice, and the Nashville Predators responded in kind with a pair of one-sided games at Bridgestone Arena. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.0 goals per game in the playoffs, the same as the Predators. The Predators weren't shaken then, much like the Penguins aren't shaken now. While he never played quite as poorly, he allowed five goals in Game 3 - the most he's ever given up in the playoffs - and four in Game 4.

Pittsburgh, which scored more goals and peppered more shots than any other team in hockey this season, did generate some of their best looks in Game 4 - a result of their players slipping behind the Nashville defence, according to Laviolette. "I don't know if they'd put him in the elite category with the Carey Prices or the Henrik Lundqvists". "We know we're going to have to", Fisher said. After dropping a 3-1 series lead, Fleury finally managed to pull ahead with a Game 7 shutout win.

"It's simple. We've got to go home and win a game", Crosby said.

Rinne had come under plenty of scrutiny after sub-par performances in Games 1 and 2, when the veteran netminder allowed eight goals on 36 shots. That's 9-1 at home for the Predators, including two straight against the Penguins, 5-1 on Saturday and 4-1 on Monday night that tied the series at two games apiece.

The Predators think they're in a pretty good spot, too, with two wins in a row. A goose egg in the win column that will obviously have to change if the Preds are to capture their first ever Stanley Cup. "It's not easy when play against good team". I mean, it's a risky team.

Crosby had another breakaway almost midway through the period, and Rinne stopped him not once, but twice. "We continued to do that". "We had some high-quality chances".

Lest he be forgotten, Matt Murray also was stellar in net for a 24-save shutout, the third time in Cup history a rookie goalie blanked his opponent.

Minutes later, just as the Nashville crowd was getting revved up - giving the team its first standing ovation of the contest - the Penguins struck back. This move was done not as an indictment on Rinne, but to try to jumpstart the Predators.

The "11 Bruins won the last seven-game Cup final with a 4-0 win over Vancouver in the Canucks" Rogers Arena. 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.

NHL Notes: Penguins remain upbeat despite going winless in Nashville