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Stanley Cup Finals 2017: Penguins & Predators

Last night the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins played Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh. In what has seemed to be a recurring theme for this series, the home team came out on top by a substantial margin. The Penguins scored early and often, splitting up six goals in the first two periods, and shutting out the Predators 6-0.

Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz opened scoring just 1:31 into the first period of play, with assists going to Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.  It was all Penguins from there on out. Bryan Rust finished a beautiful top-shelf backhander to give the Penguins a 2-0 advantage.  With about 10 seconds left in the first, Evgeni Malkin connected on a pass from Phil Kessel to give The Pens a three goal lead before the first intermission.  The Predators pulled their starting keeper Pekka Rinne, and that was the last of his duties for the night. 

Juuse Saros filled his spot for the remaining 40 minutes and had similar results versus the Pittsburgh offense.  In the second period, he too gave up three goals, however he held the Pens scoreless in the third period to keep it at a 6-0 final score.

PPG Paints Arena was a hostile playing environment to the visiting Predators. Soon, that translated to on-ice drama that slightly took away some of the attention to the scoreboard.  Crosby and PK Subban got tangled up between the net and the boards and the ensuing scuffle went viral.

This comes about a week after Malkin and Subban got into during a TV Timeout.  

 What do you think of the play? Any predictions for Game 6? 

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