Nashville rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the best-of-seven series and the home team has won all five games.
The Nashville Predators celebrate after their 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Nashville, Tenn. The victor of this game will be just one win away from the Stanley Cup. He also finished a minus-two, the first time he was a minus player since May 14 against the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators have one at least one road game in every series so far.
"I don't know that we feel that we're against the ropes", Sullivan said.
"Obviously not the start you want to have", Rinne said.
The 27-year-old forward scored 12 goals in the regular season for Nashville. Rinne's defense has been up to the task in the last two contests, but P.K. Subban's availability for Game 5 could be in question as the blue-liner was not on the ice to begin practice Wednesday after blocking Evgeni Malkin's shot late the third period in Game 4. Goaltender Pekka Rinne was unable to unclog whatever psychological blockage exists at PPG Paints Arena. Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who have outscored Nashville 15-4 in Pittsburgh. "But now it's time". "I think they understand how these series go and how, from one game to the next, we have to reset the mindset and just be ready to play that game right in front of us".
What the Penguins are saying now sounds an terrible lot like what the Predators were saying after coming up empty in Pittsburgh to start the final. They also have a 123-91 shot lead in the Cup Final.
Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do". "Right now, our mission is to win Game 6 and then come back and play the best game of the series". Desperation should probably still fall on our side here where we know we've got to win a game in Pittsburgh.
"We need to play a better game", Laviolette said.
Some of that started, he believed, with spending more time in the offensive zone and wearing down the top of Nashville's defence. "They play a ton of minutes, Subban and Josi". "The first two games, we did a lot of good things".
Scott Wilson, a rookie winger who's lined up with Malkin occasionally this season, thought he was at his best when he was "feisty". I think we can learn from that ... it's impossible not to think about. Granted, they're less likely to outshoot the Predators than the Senators. It was hard to establish much pressure because Subban and Ekholm got the puck up and out of the zone with such ease. The unit went 0-6 in the two defeats, but generated more in the latter loss.
Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the decision following an optional morning skate on Thursday morning. He has allowed 11 goals in seven Stanley Cup Final periods in Pittsburgh, not lasting past the first period Thursday when Predators coach Peter Laviolette replaced him with backup Juuse Saros. It's quite possible that we can close this out on Sunday and hoist the Stanley Cup at the Bridgestone Arena, you know, where they said hockey wouldn't work, in a city that wouldn't support it.
"As long as I've been there, our D men, they've been the core of our team", said Rinne, who was drafted by the Predators in the eighth round in 2004 and made his National Hockey League debut in the 2005-06 season.