Crosby scores, Malkin shoots yet Penguins lose 4-1 to Preds

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Matt Murray will remain between the pipes for Thursday's critical Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

An undrafted free agent playing just his sixth career playoff game, Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves as the Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night to even their best-of-seven Stanley Cup final 2-2.

No shots for the Pittsburgh Penguins' top stars in Game 3 led to one of Crosby's best games of the playoffs in Game 4, even though the Predators won it to even the Stanley Cup Final. The powerful Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions, against the Nashville Predators, the final team to get into the playoffs.

While that's not necessarily the kind of thing the Penguins can count on heading into Game 5, they have pretty consistently scored goals in bunches at home this postseason.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby carved through the Predators' defense with an ease that should be unfair, assisting on half of his team's goals. "And that's just going to be like (that)". We got to be ready to be at our best. These are our key players, and they need to be more consistent than they've been in games three and four.

Defenseman Matt Irwin says Stanley shows exactly how the Predators want to play.

Stanley is the symbol of how coach Peter Laviolette wanted his Predators to play this season. His teammates weren't sharing any information either. For now anyway. If the first four games of an unpredictable series have dictated anything, it's that momentum is just one shot away.

It's Rinne and the Predators' ability to bring that level of effort and execution to the road that will determine this series.

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Murray lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Game 7 double overtime win over the Senators, by winning 3 of the next 4 games. Sissons was given a match penalty, triggering the review.

And there's no better time to do it than game five.

Goalie change: Rinne, who endured a rough start to the series but found his rhythm the prior two games, was pulled for Juuse Saros to start the second period. Malkin didn't have a point in either of the Preds two victories nor did high-scoring winger Phil Kessel.

Crosby started the first-period surge for Pittsburgh when he split Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on the opening shift of the game and hit the post.

Ekholm said the Predators tried to answer nearly too quickly.

"They both have their hands full", Laviolette said. "That's going to happen. I know our whole team, our whole organization are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we've enjoyed here at home this season". "All we can do is learn from it and go and get better". "If we continue to get those chances, they'll go in for us".Barry Melrose's take: Very similar to Game 3: The Predators got great goaltending."There's nothing more nerve-wracking than Stanley Cup overtime hockey", Barkley said. "It always has a connotation of hopelessness, and that's not the word we use for our team". "Right now we've just got to focus on Game 6 at home and put all our energy in that one".

The Penguins and Predators are where they are because they have both been successful on home ice. The Penguins aren't as deep defensively as the Predators, allowing 2.21 goals per game in the playoffs, but D Justin Schultz has provided a boost since getting healthy. "I came here well-prepared and we just didn't have it tonight". "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games". They are going to have to stop being the second-best team in every game they play.


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