Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) and teammates celebrate their 6-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, is congratulated by Frederick Gaudreau (32) after Forsberg scored an empty net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Matt Murray will be the team's starting goaltender for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

"It's time", Malkin said. Crosby missed one game with a concussion, but at the time there was no way to know how long he'd be out of action.

In two seasons with the Pens, Kessel has played all 164 regular season games.

"It's always challenging when you go on the road", Nashville winger James Neal said.

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Ron Hainsey has made it 6-0 Penguins over the Predators late in the second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won seven of their last eight games when allowing under four goals. The Los Angeles Kings won two out of three in 2012 and 2014, but ran out of miracles in that in-between year.

Only 91 seconds had ticked off the clock and the rout was already on. Evgeni Malkin, who had gone without a shot in Game 3, had a goal and assist.

Sports' Kevin Allen explains why Pittsburgh and Nashville can feel good about their chances heading into Game 5. His questionable positioning led to Pontus Aberg's dangle in Game 2.

Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do". A win there gives Pittsburgh a second Cup in as many years. He has only four shots in the series, including a shot-less Game 3.

"Nobody wishes them more success than we do, and when we woke up this morning, we all put on our Preds T-shirts and we're ready to scream our heads off tonight", said Comeaux, who noted that there are Predators blue and gold balloons everywhere you go in the CMT offices in Nashville.

Some of that started, he believed, with spending more time in the offensive zone and wearing down the top of Nashville's defence. He now has 27 points in 23 games this postseason.

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Rinne is now 1-8-2 lifetime against the Penguins - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and.822 save percentage in Pittsburgh.

Scott Wilson, a rookie winger who's lined up with Malkin occasionally this season, thought he was at his best when he was "feisty".

The defending Cup champions looked worn down, were suffering from too many injuries and would not hold up over another grueling two months of hockey was the reasoning of both players.

Sidney Crosby has the Pittsburgh Penguins on the verge of back-to-back Stanley Cups.

"He can get down low and hang onto pucks and really be physical offensively", Predators winger Austin Watson said. From there he played two and a half seasons with the Stars before he was shipped to Pittsburgh during the 2010-11 season. Still, it lessens the overall depth of the Pittsburgh lineup and allows the Preds two clean matchups - with Josi and Ellis guarding Crosby, who was a force in Game 4. They're now tied in the series 2-2. "We certainly value what he brings", Sullivan said. I trust them maybe more than any team in the league in a counterattacking/counterpunching role - even if it's a role that they haven't traditionally played. "If you've got a team that has momentum and a team that's got desperation, for me anyway, the scarier team is the one that's got desperation", he said.

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