Heading into Game Five with the series tied at 2-2, the story heading into the game for the Predators was if they were able to take this game the series was in their hands heading back to Music City for Game Six. Pittsburgh however had an advantage of its own however as it held home ice for the remainder of the series which means a lot when neither team has won on the road during the series.
Nashville is going to have to win in Pittsburgh to take the Cup, and the Preds will have to win Game Six at home to get a chance to do just that in Game Seven as they fell 6-0 in Game Five.
Things couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for the Predators.
Just 50 seconds into the contest Ryan Ellis was called for a hooking minor and the Penguins made the Preds pay as Just Schultz fired home a slapshot from the point, the Penguins’ third shot on goal, through traffic and past Pekka Rinne to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.
The Penguins led the shots on goal category 19-15 after two periods of play. Pittsburgh had a total of 25 shot attempts during 5-on-5 play while Nashville managed 23.
The final frame was the one and only that didn’t feature a goal, but it did have a number of penalties. Pittsburgh was whistled for a total of seven penalties while Nashville had 11.
For the Predators, Viktor Arvidsson and Austin Watson each picked up game misconducts while Colton Sissons was given a match penalty late in the period as tempers flared.
Nashville will look to force a Game Seven on Sunday night as Game Six is set for 7:00 p.m. CST.