Crosby's brilliant night overshadowed by Subban tussle, water bottle toss

Mattias Ekholm

In Game 5 they got run out of the building as the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the first 6 goals of the pivotal game.

Sidney Crosby shoots against Pekka Rinne during Game 5.

And totally and epically screwing the Vancouver Canucks out of a Stanley Cup in 2011 (the injustices only started with Aaron Rome receiving the first multi-game suspension in the history of the finals).

Near the end of the first period, Subban was skating behind his own net.

Three prior Stanley Cup playoff games have been decided by six or more goals during this year's playoffs.

The Penguins' power play had been 1-for-16 in the series and 0-for-13 over the previous three games.

Heading into Nashville, Pittsburgh was leading the series 2-0 but the Predators won Games 3 and 4 and tied the series 2-2.

Before some in attendance even had the chance to take their seats, Crosby was barreling down the ice toward Predators defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi, unraveling the pair before firing a shot on net. That game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday night, and it will be televised by NBC. The catfish have become the unofficial mascot of the series as Nashville fans have taken to throwing it like Detroit Red Wings fans with octopi.

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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.

The Predators say their watch party at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was sold out nearly an hour before puck drop, with thousands of fans inside. One more win gives the Penguins the franchise's fifth Stanley Cup, tying them with the Oilers for sixth all time. "I don't know what he was trying to do to my ankle. It's a do-or-die game for us", said Yannick Weber. Sidney Crosby, who was particularly strong early in the game, had three assists. Evgeni Malkin finished up the first period scoring when, with barely ten seconds left in the period, Geno fired a sweet wrister that went over Rinne's glove. Murray, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive losses and has never lost three in a row since entering the National Hockey League.

He has a 9-1 record this spring with a 1.44 goals-against average and.949 save percentage in Nashville. So Rinne will need to be at his best to give Nashville a chance at its first Game 7 and Pittsburgh's third this postseason.

"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", Laviolette said. Ottawa bounced back to win Game 6 on home ice and force a seventh game. The Pens' star players didn't hesitate to get physical, either. They know as bad as Thursday night's 6-0 loss was, it's just one game.

The Penguins obviously had a great game, but have struggled to continue their dominant play on the road.

Win, and they live to play one final game for the cup.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons in almost two decades since Detroit repeated in 1997 and 1998. He replaced RW P.A. Parenteau in the lineup. He not only earned a spot on the team, he became one of only 26 players in the National Hockey League to score 30 goals in the regular season.

"We lost the game 6-0, so I don't think anyone is happy", he said.

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