November 19 2017

Penguins captain Crosby captures second straight Conn Smythe Trophy

November 19 2017, 12:59 | Van Peters

They led last year's Stanley Cup Final by a 3-2 margin and went on the road to close out their series with the San Jose Sharks.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne will have to be better too.

Nashville managed two power plays, which resulted in no shots on goal, and a few break aways and odd-man rushes, that were either flubbed or the Penguins eliminated with their speed.

Prediction, I'll be Dropping the Puck on Game 7, so cancel all activities on Wednesday, buy your favorite snacks, and get ready for a dogfight! "I feel fortunate, but I also understand how hard it was so you just want to try to make the best of it".

The goalie so competitive he doesn't like teammates scoring on him in practice is back in Nashville where he's been almost unbeatable over the past two postseasons at 13-1. In the postseason overall, Rinne has a.949 save percentage and 1.44 GAA at home. Bitetto hasn't played in this post season, but has played in 14 playoff games in his career.

Approaching the shortest offseason in team history, the 2017-18 version of the Predators should look very similar to the one that made this deep playoff run.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first National Hockey League team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in almost 20 years. They'll be fighting for their playoff lives and for the chance to steal away the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh for Game 7.

The home teams won each of the first four games, and the Penguins had momentum heading back to Detroit for Game 5, only to then lose 5-0. The under is 4-0 in Predators last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and the under is 5-1-2 in Predators last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 8-2-3 in Predators last 13 home games.

Rinne was as lucky as he was good in the first period, making the key stops early he wasn't able to make in three games in Pittsburgh.

The game was even and uneventful until the Penguins began pressuring Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, whose goaltending in the series has fluctuated as much as Greg Gianforte's recollection of body slams. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each put up at least two points in that game. The Penguins just need to win on Sunday night to clinch the Stanley Cup.

"I'm proud of the guys and the way that they played", Laviolette said. The Penguins again outshot the Preds in the second, 12 to 11 and the hits evened out as well, as the Predators had just 20 after two, to 17 for Pittsburgh.

"We had a great start", he said. Ellis was among several Predators who did not take part in an optional practice Saturday.

But for the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was a thing of beauty. Center Nick Bonino, who has missed three straight games with an injured left foot, did not practice for the Pens.

Though usually a closely guarded secret, Hill provided a hint about 40 minutes before puck drop against Pittsburgh by posting on her Twitter account the back of a Predators jersey with No. 6 and the name "Faith" printed on it. The Predators may have to play their best game of the postseason to extend the series to seven games.

Murray is coming off a 24-save outing in a 6-0 win in Game 5, and extended his shutout streak to 83 minutes and 23 seconds.

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