Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

The Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to play Game 4 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday. The victor of Game Five has gone 17-7 in those series. Seemingly upset about no penalty being called on Mattias Ekholm for a slash, Crosby and the rest of the Penguins' bench got up to protest. "I think if I just make a save on that breakaway (on the third goal by Viktor Arvidsson) it's a different game". "We're going home and we're going to be re-energized". Two out of three now.

Game Five history: There have been 24 previous Cup finals tied at 2-2. Now they can take back the lead at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh will have a chance to become the first franchise to win back-to-back championships since Detroit in 1998 when the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday night.

Sidney Crosby has been reunited with Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary in hopes of finding the magic they had in the regular season and, in the process, tip the scales in the Penguins' favor.

A repeat of those earlier efforts should produce favorable results.

"We've got to be better in front of him". "We know we're going to have to. We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted".

NBC's Mike Milbury didn't see anything wrong with Crosby's play though, and didn't just defend it, but applauded it.

But if that trend holds up, the Penguins hold the upper hand.

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The Penguins - who set a club record with their 10th home win of the playoffs - scored three times in the first period and another three in the second. "We still need one more game, one more win". The 29-year-old has four points in as many games, but the Penguins have controlled less than 45 percent of the total even-strength shot attempts when he is on the ice. "I came here well-prepared and we just didn't have it tonight". "It's five guys. I think our forwards have done a great job of helping us out".

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and forward Phil Kessel also can't be ignored. It will be up to Predators defensemen P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm to keep them quiet.

Each starting goaltender in the Stanley Cup Final has experienced a two-game hiccup.

A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Justin Schultz gets past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) for a goal during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Arvidsson's dramatic goal spike during the regular season was fuelled by an increase in shots - he had nearly 250 - and shooting percentage (12.6 per cent) and a comfortable fit alongside the Preds' two most unsafe offensive players. Murray is attempting to accomplish the unprecedented feat of winning the Stanley Cup twice as a rookie.

"I know you're not allowed to do that, so I'm not going to start doing it in the Stanley Cup Final".

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