But in Game 5, the Predators were almost done after the first 20 minutes. He also managed to pull through for the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals last season, after winning the first two games and losing Game 3.
Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in this Stanley Cup Final, but the Predators beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on Monday night to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. They got more, just not almost enough against Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.
"It's time", Malkin 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 blowout 6-0 in Game 5. The Penguins scored only one goal in each of their losses in Games 3 and 4.
Here are five times this postseason you swore the Penguins were done (but they weren't).
But the Predators had little to enjoy from this one.
"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. "You want to bury them but sometimes they don't go in". The Penguins now are 13-3 after a playoff loss under coach Mike Sullivan, and Murray is 7-1 in playoff games started after a loss.
That soft five-hole goal was an indication that, yet again, it would not be Pekka Rinne's night in Pittsburgh, where he's never won as a starter. Pittsburgh's stars, as they are known to do, victimized the Predators, who shrunk in response. "But now it's time". "It felt good. I feel like I'm all over the puck and making plays and forechecking hard ..."
Crosby didn't score in Game 5, but he set up three goals and could have easily had assisted on three more.
In fact, the Predators were pleased overall with their play at PPG Paints Arena despite surrendering nine total goals in Games 1 and 2.
"It's a good situation for us".
Fleury lost the starting job to Murray for most of the regular season. He has only four shots in the series, including a shot-less Game 3.
"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said. Letang was an iron man last postseason, logging almost 30 minutes per game.
It doesn't matter that Murray has lost consecutive playoff games for the first time in his young National Hockey League career.
Scott Wilson, a rookie winger who's lined up with Malkin occasionally this season, thought he was at his best when he was "feisty". I think we've got to play determined. Granted, they're less likely to outshoot the Predators than the Senators.
A more potent power play would help Malkin and Kessel, who lead the team with 11 power-play points apiece. "It's going to be a battle going in there and we need to steal one in their arena".
The feeling here is that Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is just as adamant as Laviolette was and that Murray will be the starter in Game 5. Based on his comments over the past two days, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see him get back on the score sheet in Game 5.
"It's simple. We've got to go home and win a game", Crosby said.
WSMV reporter Chris Harris was live from the scene of the celebration in Nashville when two love-struck Preds fans started going at it on camera without a care in the world. Although, like Laviolette, he wouldn't make an ironclad commitment, though he did say, "The one comment I will make is that we didn't lose (Game 4) because of our goaltending".
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