The Pittsburgh Penguins were on fire during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins trounced the Nashville Predators with a score of 6-0, to give the Pens a 3-2 series lead.  With one more win, the Penguins can win back-to-back Stanley Cups, the last team to do that was the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.  That was before the salary cap era.

Justin Schultz opened up the floodgates at 1:31 into the first period.  Schultz buried a slapper from the point right through Rinne’s five hole.  The Penguins would go on to score 2 more goals in the first period, going into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

To start the second period, Juuse Saros replaced Pekka Rinne in net for the Predators.  The birthday boy, Conor Sheary scored at 1:19 to give the Pens a 4-0 lead.  Phil Kessel would go on to score the fifth goal for the Pens.  This ended his six-game goal drought, which Malkin predicted.  Pittsburgh defenseman Ron Hainsey scored the sixth and final goal of the game.

Both teams had 24 shots on goal in the game, Matt Murray came up huge for the Pens, while Rinne fell flat and was pulled after the first period.

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be in Nashville on Sunday, June 11th at 8 P.M.  Will Nashville bounce back and extend the series to 7 games? Or will Pittsburgh win to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup?

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