2017 Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Nashville Predators Game 5 Comments

By Larry Snyder

With the best of seven series knotted up at a pair of victories apiece, the Pittsburgh Penguins seek to maintain home ice advantage against the Nashville Predators for the third time at PPG Paints Arena tonight at 8:00 p.m. You can watch every odd-man rush up the ice on NBC. We check in with both teams for quotes and comments.

Sidney Crosby commented about the Preds defense to Nicole Jelinek on the team’s website, “I think both teams are trying to find that line of forcing teams into mistakes and being aggressive and not making your own. I think that is really what it comes down to. Probably both of us have made a few plays that ended up going back the other way, but you can’t sit back and let teams come at you. Sometimes that is going to happen and you are going to make mistakes, but for the most part, both teams are trying to play pretty aggressive and force the other team into turnovers.”

Evgeni Malkin expressed his thoughts to Matt Gajtka of dkpittsburghsports.com (subscription service) about playing in over 200 games the last two seasons, “I know people talk about we’re tired, but believe me, they’re tired, too. There are only three games left. Let’s not talk about tired. It’s so much fun right now. I mean, we’re playing in the Final.”

Jonathan Boumulie from the Tribune-Review had a conversation with Conor Sheary about his possible return to the Crosby line for this evening’s contest, “I do have a comfort level with (Crosby). Nothing’s really set in stone until game time, but if I do get that opportunity, I think I need to focus on bringing what I can and trying to help make that line better as much as I can by using my speed.”

Sam Werner at the Post-Gazette caught up with Phil Kessel about the Pen’s power play looking better in Game 4, “We had some chances, we had some looks, we moved around better. I think we’ve been through dry spells like this, but we’ve got a pretty good power play and we’ll just keep playing.”

Pens head coach Mike Sullivan talked about Game 5 with Ken Campbell from The Hockey News, “I don’t know that we feel that we’re against the ropes. I think we have to win a game. That hasn’t changed. Desperate is a funny word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot. It always has a connotation of hopelessness. I don’t believe that’s the word that we want to use to describe our team. I think we’ve got to play with urgency. I think we’ve got to play determined. I think we have to play with conviction. I think when our team plays that way, we’re at our very best.”

Coming into Game 5, Joe Rexrode of the USA Today Network and The Tennessean has this from Nashville’s P.K. Subban, “You can’t forget, regardless of what happens in a game or throughout a series, they’re the Cup champions.”

Left wing Viktor Arvidsson chatted with the Canadian Press about his goal in Monday’s Game 4, “I try to contribute as much as I can. Of course, it was nice to get one.”

Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette spoke with Brooks Bratten Wednesday on the Preds website about Game 5, “We have to win a road game – there’s no other way around it. For three series, we’ve been able to do that. We’ve been able to find some success on the road. We’ll look to go into Pittsburgh [and take] Game Five. We have to at some point. We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point.”

Next Up: The sixth match-up in the battle for the Stanley Cup is at Bridgestone Arena in the Athens of the South Sunday, June 11, when the Preds and Pens meet at 8:20 p.m. Watch every power play on NBC, or you can listen to Mike Lange and Phil Bourque on 105.9 FM – The X.

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