Ron Hainsey avoiding a big hit and carrying the puck from end to end isn't what the Pittsburgh Penguins ask of him or any other defenseman not named Kris Letang.
The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a hard out in a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. Nashville also finished second in the Central Division that season only to be ousted in the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Red Wings, who would later go on to defeat Pittsburgh in the finals. Matt Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced, and six different goal scorers found the back of the net.
One that can't get back to the creature comforts of Smashville fast enough. The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist allowed eight goals on just 36 shots during the first two games in Pittsburgh.
"It's just one of those things it slipped out of my hand", Crosby said. He took a P.K. Subban shot off his left foot/ankle in Game 2. But they'll have to win again in Pittsburgh next week to lift the Stanley Cup.
Heading into Nashville, Pittsburgh was leading the series 2-0 but the Predators won Games 3 and 4 and tied the series 2-2.
Sure, Crosby dished out three assists in Pittsburgh's lopsided 6-0 win to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead in their increasingly coarse series with the Predators. "But the way we played tonight, if we can build off that, that's important". "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted". We score quick, we never stop, we keep going, it's our game.
Pittsburgh kept up the pressure and Chris Kunitz set up Rust for a backhander that sailed past Rinne's glove to make it 2-0 at 6:43.
National Hockey League superstar Sidney Crosby and Nashville Predators defender P.K. Subban continued their feud Thursday when Crosby bounced Subban's head into the ice. If you did not watch the game and want to take a look at Crosby and Subban's head smacking video, then take a look at the link below.
"I put on my yellow shirt and we scored", said the governor with some seriousness. Backup Juuse Saros didn't fare much better, giving up three goals in relief.
"When these guys play a committed, inspired game the way they do and they execute, then their talent and their instincts are going to take over", Sullivan said.
Coach Mike Sullivan pointed to Pittsburgh's transition game and up-ice speed as an area that could improve in the series. "I don't think that they were necessarily bad goals". Crosby came up for a huge check.
Ryan Johansen still isn't playing: It's an oft-stated truth of the post-lockout era: No team has won a Cup without a franchise center. A shot at a fifth awaits Sunday, though it'll hardly be easy. The Predators are backed into a corner, but they'll be at home, where they're 9-1 in the playoffs. "You can't really draw that up, when Sid makes that play", Sheary said. Nobody will argue that the Stanley Cup final isn't extremely competitive - it's probably going seven - but the games aren't. "It's about going back and forth". It will be updated as we hear about more.
In the process Crosby moved into a tie for 19th on the all-time list for playoff points and is within one victory of celebrating a third championship with Pittsburgh, something even his Hall of Fame mentor was unable to do.