Penguins head home upbeat despite 0-fer in Nashville


The Predators, in contrast, just want more of the same results they got the past two games as they chase the franchise's first Stanley Cup. After Game 4, I think it's clear - something has to change or Pittsburgh won't repeat as Champions. Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel did it in the first two games of this series and Roy Conacher did it for Boston in Games 3, 4 and 5 against Toronto in 1939.

In this year's Stanley Cup Final, the home team has yet to lose, something the Pittsburgh Penguins were hoping to keep going headed into Thursday night's Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins didn't produce much in Games 1 and 2 and somehow won going away.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins' man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series, in which they'd been 1-for-16 in total. "If we continue to get those chances, they'll go in for us".

His best may have been his stop on Chris Kunitz's breakaway at 3:29 of the second.

At the end of last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in the driver's seat; but that was then.

What the Penguins are saying now sounds an very bad lot like what the Predators were saying after coming up empty in Pittsburgh to start the final. But, just as he did during a year ago playoffs, he's been leading the team, in general. "It's not an injury where they tell you, 'You're done, here's your timeline, you're done for a month.' It's been about feeling good to where I can help the team as opposed to hurting the team". Viktor Arvidsson, who popped a career-best 31 goals in the regular season, scored only third goal of the playoffs Monday to snap a 15-game drought. Crosby, who has 57 playoff goals, entered Game Five three points shy of tying Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin for 19th place.

"I know people talk about how we're exhausted, but believe me, they're exhausted too", Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said.

What's next: Game 6 in Sunday night in Nashville, where the Predators are 9-1 in the playoffs.

Penguins center Nick Bonino is not on the ice for warmups prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators and is and out again. I think we have to play with conviction. The Preds will try to become the fifth to ultimately win the Cup.With a Stanley Cup Final backdrop behind him and an National Hockey League microphone in front of him, the coach from MA sat on a folding chair as his season started to crash down around him. "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted".

"I thought our power play really looked good", Sullivan said. Yet Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hardly seems frustrated heading into Game 5 on Thursday night back home in Pittsburgh.

"We found a different level (in Game 4)", Crosby said.

Photos of a menacing dog and a chain can only go so far, though.

Those three had enough success to earn an unofficial name - the Sid and the Kids Line - before a goal drought and seeming slip in confidence moved Sheary down the lineup in the playoffs, and even out of the lineup for three games. In 23 games Ward had a 2.14 goals against, making 22-of-23 saves in a Game 7 win against Edmonton.

The Predators top-pairing defenceman, who has five goals and 13 points in the playoffs, left the ice after his second shift in the period and did not return for the rest of the game. "Sometimes it's trash goals, it's puck always around the net and just wait rebounds sometimes".