PITTSBURGH, Penn. (WKRN) – Optimism for the Nashville Predators coming into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final turned dim very fast Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
A minute and a half in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Justin Schultz, firing from the point of the power play, scored a goal through the five-hole of Pekka Rinne for a 1-0 lead for the Penguins.
Then, Bryan Rust went to the backhand to get Pittsburgh’s second goal only seven minutes into the game.
Late in the first period, PK Subban and Sidney Crosby tussled to the ice with Crosby taking more than a few cheap shots and the official literally looking right at him.
Both players were hit with a minor, creating a four-on-four. It led to Phil Kessel setting up Evgeni Malkin and it’s a 3-0 game right before the first intermission.
Backup goalie, Juuse Saros, substituted for Pekka Rinne as the second period began as Sidney Crosby fed Connor Sheary to make it 4-0 one minute later.
Phil Kessel’s wrister, which made the score 5-0 Penguins, officially signaled the wheels completely coming off the Predators wagon almost halfway through the second period.
Ron Haisley scored the third goal in the second period making the score 6-0.
The third period was anti-climatic as the Penguins put on a masterful performance in shutting out the Penguins by the count of 6-0.
The Penguins take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The series comes back to Nashville for Game 6 Sunday night at Bridgestone arena.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. Can the Predators stave off elimination?