Penguins will stick with Matt Murray for Game 5

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel falls over goalie Matt Murray during the periodagainst the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday

The series is tied 2-2.

Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final begins tonight at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on NBC in the United States, CBC in Canada or heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.

The junkyard dog approach to hockey for the Stanley Cup Final debutants has a history: It is the Predators' on-ice version of Stanley, the blue mutt with a bone clenched between his teeth. Not even 13 minutes into the first period, Fleury was pulled after allowing the 4-0 lead.

Rinne made six saves on nine shots, while Juuse Saros, making his second career playoff appearance, stopped 12 shots.

The Predators are 5-5 when forced to wear the road whites, including a Game 5 victory against Anaheim in the West finals. Kessel had all the time and space in the world as he maneuvered into the high slot and rifled a shot past Saros at 8:02. In back-to-back playoffs, he's also added 42 points in 47 games for the Penguins including 22 in 24 games on their way to the Stanley Cup in 2015-16.

Whatever the cause - the schedule, the salary cap, the weariness associated with the Stanley Cup hangover - no National Hockey League team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings has followed up a championship year with a title defence. With just 91 shots over the first four games in the series that comes out to be 22.75 shots for per game, the fewest of any team in any playoff series this year.

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin got on the scoreboard in the opening period for the Penguins. It's Rinne. And he's gone from Conn Smythe favorite to emotional torturer in this series for Nashville. After allowing just two goals in 119:25 of ice time during wins in Games 3 and 4 at home, Rinne allowed three in the first 6:43 of Game 5 on the road and another late when Malkin beat him.

"The playoffs in hockey have been incredible", said Barkley, who accepted commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to attend Game 4 in Nashville.

Nashville scored three times in the second period of Game 1 to even things up before losing 5-3. The scene now shifts back to Pittsburgh, as the home team has won each game in the series.

Conor Sheary and Ron Hainsey also scored in the second period as Pittsburgh put the game out of reach.

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Midway through the first period of Game 5, the Penguins have six shots to the Predators' four.

The Penguins have won a Stanley Cup since the trade and got to the Cup Final in consecutive years.

Subban, who claimed Crosby was complaining about Subban's breath during a Game 3 run-in, just kind of sat there and took it.

Many hockey fans were (rightfully) anxious about the change in the crowd atmosphere before Game 5 after two loud and fun games in Nashville, but some traditions, like the catfish, made their way back to Pittsburgh.

Schultz's shot from the point went through the legs of Nashville forward Auston Wilson and goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Ellis, who plays with Josi as Nashville's top defensive pair, skated only 10 minutes, 44 seconds during the loss.

Prior to the game, a Predators fan tossed a catfish on to the ice.

The Penguins' best players were their best players. As the final hours ticked away on a June Monday night, the Preds had just flipped the tables on any possible thought of an easy cup title some Penguins fans may have expected after Game 2, and Rinne may just have regained his form.

The Predators say their watch party at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was sold out nearly an hour before puck drop, with thousands of fans inside.

Out of curiosity, I looked at all games during the regular season in which (a) a team was decisively out-shot at 5-on-5, with less than 47 per cent of shots in their favour; and (b) in those games, how frequently the team managed to out-score their opposition.

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