Blowouts more common than close games in Stanley Cup Final

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The series is tied 2-2.

But in Game 5, the Predators were almost done after the first 20 minutes.

"(Gaudreau's) been unbelievable for us, just the way he's come in and he's been so good with the timely goals and so composed", Predators captain Mike Fisher said of the 24-year-old, who had one assist in nine regular-season National Hockey League games in his career. "It's good to see for sure". Pittsburgh has outscored the Predators 15-4 on home ice, while the Predators have outscored the Penguins 9-2 in Nashville.

"Well, obviously it's hard to win when you score one goal", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's an opportunity for us to get on the ice, play the best game that we can play and put ourselves in a position to accomplish the ultimate goal, and I think that's how our team is certainly looking at it, that this is a great challenge and it's a great opportunity and we're excited about it".

"We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point".

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was spectacular in the victory, making a handful of close-range saves among his 23 stops.

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Bonino now boasts four goals and seven points through 21 postseason games, a step back from the 18 points in 24 games that he was able to put up during the team's successful championship run in 2016.

You know, just in case anyone was thinking about splitting their vote and putting Pittsburgh's Matt Murray AND Marc-Andre Fleury, who have shared the net this season, on the same ballot. However, his report didn't quite go as planned, because nobody could take their eyes off the couple about ready to make a Predators baby right behind him. It's an emotional ride.

Those three had enough success to earn an unofficial name - the Sid and the Kids Line - before a goal drought and seeming slip in confidence moved Sheary down the lineup in the playoffs, and even out of the lineup for three games.

The 27-year-old forward scored 12 goals in the regular season for Nashville. It was the 60-minute effort the Preds needed to start the series in Pittsburgh when they outshot and outchanced the Pens in each of the first two games only to fall short. However, C Mike Fisher (undisclosed) is expected back for Game 1 and young C Colton Sissons has done a fine job covering for Johansen. Two nights earlier, he and Evgeni Malkin had failed to get a shot on net and the way that Crosby responded in Game 4 made it seem as though he took the outlier of a stat personally. Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1 at home. He got the surprise start in the Penguins' first playoff game when Murray was injured in warmups. "We felt as though, with each game we played [in Nashville], our team game is getting stronger".

They also had appeared to have figured out Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, as they scored eight goals on 36 shots.

Both coaches were asked Thursday morning whether they believe momentum can carry over from one game to the next, though that hasn't been the case in the Final or in most of the previous rounds. The big Russian boasts an ugly 39 per cent possession mark in the four games so far with five-on-five scoring chances favouring Nashville 24-8. The Penguins made one change to their lineup, as RW Josh Archibald replaced C Scott Wilson.

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