Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist allowed eight goals on just 36 shots during the first two games in Pittsburgh.

He wrestled with P.K. Subban at the end of the first - both received minor penalties - and then set up his second goal moments into the middle period.

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. They won Game 7 to oust Anaheim in the first round after a victory in Game 6 that started a stretch where the Predators now are 13-1 over their past 14 playoff games in Nashville.

The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a hard out in a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. Rinne chopped his stick against a goalpost not once, but twice after giving up a fifth and final goal a year ago when Nashville was ousted from the playoffs.

The valuable Nashville defenseman left the ice in pain early the second period and has not returned.

This was a different Pittsburgh team than we had seen in the series - and that included the wins in Games 1 and 2. The Nashville Predators have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than one goal. However, in the next four periods in Nashville, he grew more and more confident in his abilities to get the pucks to his teammates without lofting it hastily up the boards to one of the Penguins attackers.

Phil Kessel added another tally for with a tough, workmanlike rocket from the between the circles.

Crosby chatted with an official from the bench, appearing to indicate he didn't mean to throw the bottle. Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville. After dropping a 3-1 series lead, Fleury finally managed to pull ahead with a Game 7 shutout win.

Malkin said Kessel would score, and the right winger did it 8:02 into the period. A win there gives Pittsburgh a second Cup in as many years. He scored on Pittsburgh's first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission. He allowed two goals in his first seven minutes in the crease.

It's Saros' second appearance of the series after coming in late in Game 2. They each received two minutes for holding.

Evgeni Malkin scored with 10.2 seconds left, another three-goal period for Pittsburgh at home after doing so in Game 1.

Jake Guentzel also made some history when he picked up his 21st point of the playoffs, equalling Dino Ciccarelli and Ville Leino for the most by a rookie in a single post-season. Nashville was 2 of 3 on the power play in Game 3. A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin 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.

The Penguins dominated from the drop of the puck, beating the Predators with their speed and brilliant shots, mixed in with the Preds' own incompetence.

Kessel's 5-0 tally came seven minutes later, on a shot from the middle of the slot that caught Saros low glove side.

Bryan Rust then doubled the Penguins' lead 6:43 into the first period, with a wicked backhander that fooled Rinne. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. The Penguins have been here before and have arguably the best snipers in the league that will make you pay if you give them any room. He stickhandled through that defensive duo and put a shot off of the crossbar behind goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Prior to the game, a Predators fan tossed a catfish onto the ice. 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. The Penguins played fast and with a goal.

Nashville's Big 4 on defence might be down to just three after Ryan Ellis left Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final with an undisclosed injury.

"There was a lot to like about that game", said head coach Mike Sullivan.

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