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The Pittsburgh Penguins opened the best of 7 Stanley Cup Final winning the two first games at home. Many people started doubting Nashville. The series shifted over to Nashville’s home ice, where they won both games 5-1 and 4-1. Nashville improved their home record in the playoffs to 9-1. They get energy and momentum from the electric atmosphere their fans provide. The series is now a best of 3, with each team two wins from winning the Stanley Cup.
As seen in the images above, Pekka Rinne played amazing. He had made a few breakaway saves, and a couple insane saves in flurries around the net that gave his team momentum and they would go down the ice to score soon after.
Rinne is the backbone for this team, and when he plays great, Nashville is hard to score on. On top of Rinne playing like the word-class goalie he is, Nashville has a a stellar defensive group in front, making it harder to score.
Nashville had opened the scoring, as forward Calle Jarknrok took a shot that went past Murray. Sidney Crosby answered quickly, scoring his first goal of the Final three minutes later on a breakaway where he exemplified extreme patience to beat Rinne, making the score 1-1. Frederick Gaudreau continued his storybook Final, scoring his third goal against the Penguins. His goal broke the tie of the game, and put his team up 2-1. This goal would also go on to be the eventual Game Winning Goal. Viktor Arvidsson who has become a real scoring threat for the Predators also scored an insurance goal which made the score 3-1. The final goal of the game came when Filip Forsberg dumped the puck from his own defensive zone in the corner right into the empty net, ensuring a game 4 win for the Predators.
Game 5 is back in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 8th, at 8 P.M. Each team has not lost to each other at home. Will the penguins respond with a win back in the burgh? Or Will Nashville steal Pittsburgh’s home ice advantage and take it back to Smashville?
I predict Pens win at home, and take a 3-2 series lead.