The Penguins absolutely lit up the Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, winning 6-0 in dominant fashion. Watch all of the goals from the game here.
The Pittsburgh Penguins absolutely routed the Nashville Predators in Game 5 on their way to a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, and truly showed no mercy in the game.
After the first period, the Penguins had already gone up 3-0 on the Predators, and looked like they had surely bounced back from their two-game losing streak from their trip to Nashville. They weren’t done, however, as they went to town in the second period on the Predators’ backup goalie, and added another three to head into the locker room up 6-0 before the third could even start.
The game was an entertaining one if you were a Penguins fan, with plenty of drama involving captain Sidney Crosby, including some not-so-nice head slams into the ice on P.K. Subban, and goals coming left and right in front of the hometown crowd.
It’s easy to get lost in all of the action, so to make it easy, here are all six goals in one place for those who missed anything.
First, Justin Schultz started things off with an impressive power-play goal in the first period, which somehow managed to go double five-hole through two players on its way in from the blue line.
Next, Bryan Rust continued his playoff success that he’s had for the Penguins through the last two postseasons, and quickly made it 2-0 for the defending Stanley Cup champions at home.
As if 2-0 wasn’t going to be enough for the stout Penguins lineup, Phil Kessel delivered a solid pass to Evgeni Malkin toward the end of the period to put an early dagger in Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and the Predators defense.
Then, to add insult to injury, the birthday boy Conor Sheary celebrated turning 25 by adding a goal to the Penguins lead, making it 4-0 early in the second period.
Shortly after, Kessel came back to the scoring fray, with a beautiful snipe that just poured things on for the Penguins’ lead, and added some embarrassment to the equation with such an easy-looking goal.
Last, but most certainly not least, even Ron Hainsey got in on the action for the Penguins, as he took a pass from Malkin and added a goal of his own to bring the rout to its final score of 6-0.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Nashville, with the Penguins having the chance to end the series and take home their second straight Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the Predators will fight for survival, and look to force a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh.