The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators played game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh Thursday Night. Matt Murray started in goal for the Penguins. Pekka Rinne would start in goal for the Predators. Chad Ruhwedel, David Warsofsky, Kevin Porter, Nick Bonino, Garrett Wilson, Frank Corrado, Cameron Gaunce, Tom Sestito, Mark Streit, Tom Kuhnhackl, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Oskar Sundqvist, Daniel Sprong, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Derrick Pouliot, Sean Maguire, and Tristan Jarry would be the scratches for the Penguins. Anthony Bitetto, Petter Granberg, PA Parenteau, Cody Bass, Miikka Salomaki, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Cody McLeod, Kevin Fiala, Alexandre Carrier, Vernon Fiddler, Ryan Johansen, and Marek Mazanec would be the scratches for the Predators.
Ryan Ellis would get called for holding 50 seconds into the first. Justin Schultz would score on the powerplay at 1:31 to make it 1-0 Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist would get the assists. Bryan Rust would score at 6:43 to make it 2-0. Chris Kunitz and Trevor Daley would get the assists. The Penguins would get called for too many men on the ice at 10:06. The penalty would be served by Scott Wilson. Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban would each get called for holding at 18:28. Evgeni Malkin would score his 10th of the playoffs at 19:49 to make it 3-0. Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey would have the assists. The Penguins and Predators would each have 9 shots in the 1st.
Conor Sheary would score 1:19 into the second to make it 4-0. Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel would get the assists. Phil Kessel would score at 8:02 to make ti 5-0. Olli Maatta and Sidney Crosby with the assists. Filip Forsberg would get called for Goalie interference at 13:02. Ron Hainsey would score at 16:40 to make it 6-0. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel with the assists. The Penguins would have 10 shots to the Predators 6 in the 2nd.
Bryan Rust would get called for tripping at 3:45 of the third. James Neal would get called for cross checking at 7:31. Rosman Josi would get 2 roughing penalties, and an interference penalty at 11:32. Evgeni Malkin would get 2 roughing penalties at 11:32. P.K. Subban and Patric Hornqvist would each get a unsportsmanlike penalty at 11:32. Viktor Arvidsson and Carl Hagelin would get a fighting penalty and a misconduct at 11:32. Austin Watson would get called for charging at 12:40. Colton Sissons would get a match penalty, Austin Watson and Trevor Daley would get a misconduct, and Chris Kunitz and Yannick Weber would get 5 for fighting at 19:26. The Predators would have 9 shots to the Penguins 5 in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 1 for 5 on the powerplay and kill both penalties. Matt Murray would make 24 saves in a shutout performance. Phil Kessel would have a goal and 2 assists. Evgeni Malkin and Ron Hainsey would have a goal and an assist. Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, and Justin Schultz would have a goal each. Sidney Crosby would have 3 assists. Chris Kunitz, Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist, Olli Maatta, and Trevor Daley would each have an assist. The Penguins lead the series 3-2 and have a chance to win the Cup with a win in Game 6 Sunday in Nashville.