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Predators unravel, face elimination after Game 5 blowout in Pittsburgh

The Predators’ fan base, which chanted, “It’s all your fault”, after every goal the Penguins allowed, even the empty-net goal in Game 4, beg to differ.Sullivan added that forward Nick Bonino did not take part in Thursday’s optional morning skate and was a game-time decision. They’re now tied in the series 2-2.”It’s incredible”, said Rinne, who was sensational in Games 3 and 4 in Nashville, helping the Predators even the series.”So I think the only game really where they did get behind us was [Monday] night”.Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1 at home and roared back after dropping the first two games of the series on the road. “But all-in-all, I thought I played pretty good”.And the victor of game five will sit in a glorious position in what has now been reduced to a best-of-three series for Lord Stanley’s Cup.”We found a different level (in Game 4)”, Crosby said.The instant one of the Pittsburgh Penguins passes the puck to a teammate, one of the Nashville Predators closes in, taking away any time or space to operate. I think we’ve got to play determined.For now, he insists he is happy enough just to sit on the floor as long as he plays.Funny, Rinne hardly looked rattled back home, holding Pittsburgh to just two goals combined as Nashville rallied to tie things up in front of a giddy home crowd that included Underwood, who was so caught up in Cup fever she overlooked husband Mike Fisher’s 37th birthday. Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and.925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs because of a lower-body injury, with veteran Marc-Andre Fleury recording a 9-6 mark with a 2.56 GAA and.924 save percentage.In a public service announcement prior to Game 4, Laviolette warned fans not to toss anything on the ice because it could result in the team being penalized for delay of the game. However, with offensive linchpins such as Crosby and C Evgeni Malkin and their supporting cast that includes LW Conor Sheary, RW Jake Guentzel and RW Phil Kessel, the Penguins are very efficient offensively.Former NBA All-Star turned TV commentator Charles Barkley joined National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman in watching the game from a skybox in sold-out Bridgestone Arena.From the drop of the puck, Pittsburgh started on the attack, and as the Preds said in the locker room following the contest, they couldn’t find an answer for the defending champions.”This right here is what you come back for”, said Cullen, now 40, the oldest player in this Stanley Cup final. Meanwhile, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was not ready to name his starter for Game 5 after Matt Murray’s two sub-par performances in Games 3 and 4.Rinne, who had also been pulled in Game 2 and has a.755 save percentage in the three Pittsburgh games, was replaced by Juuse Saros to start the second period.Sidney Crosby was dominant from the opening faceoff, tallying three assists and playing a forceful game.”I enjoy it. We have a good group of kids and they don’t feel like kids anymore after what they went through and what they did past year with Guentzel being the exception”, Cullen said.If Crosby brought his “A” game, Pekka Rinne once again brought his road game.The Stanley Cup Final is down to a best-of-three, as Penguins fans freak out over everything from the goalies to the defense to a catfish being chucked onto their home ice.He was disappointed that his team scored only one goal in each of Games 3 and 4 and knows that they can be better.