They also had appeared to have figured out Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, as they scored eight goals on 36 shots.
So they need to win at least one game on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins hung six goals on the Predators in Game 5 on Thursday in a 6-0 shutout victory in Pittsburgh.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reacts after Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators scored an open net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Four of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. We've got good players. Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. "I was considering being done, but when you have the opportunity to come back with what is basically the same team, it was kind of a unique opportunity that I didn't want to pass up". Bonino has been sidelined for two games with a left foot injury that he sustained while blocking a shot in Game 2.
"We know this game we're going to have to be at our best, there's no question", Predators captain Mike Fisher said Wednesday. "We're going home and we're going to be re-energized". If that doesn't improve, Pittsburgh's going to find it hard to win. But he does believe they have an advantage with the series down to a best-of-three and two of the games of the road. Crosby, who has 57 playoff goals, entered Game Five three points shy of tying Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin for 19th place. Ron Hainsey got his second goal of the postseason on a tap-in at the side of the Predators cage. He was shaky in the Penguins' 5-3 win in Game 1, pulled in the Penguins' 4-1 in Game 2, solid in the Predators' 5-1 win in Game 3 and brilliant, particularly in a game-saving, second-period performance in the Predators' 4-1 win in Game 4. After Thursday, backup Juuse Saros probably doesn't care for it much, either.
"It's disappointing, for sure", Rinne said. "We knew that coming in here". The crowd stuck with Rinne too, chanting his name in warmups in a goosebump-raising show of support. Malkin, who had gone without a shot in Game 3, had a goal and assist.
Then Crosby, held without a shot for only the fifth time in the postseason in his career, tied it up for Pittsburgh on a breakaway. Wilson had 12 goals and 23 assists in the regular season while playing 70 games. He drew a penalty in the process and the Penguins got the opening goal off of the stick of Justin Schultz on the ensuing power play.
"That's all I wanted for my birthday", Fisher said afterward of the big win. Rinne gave up three first-period goals in Game 5 and didn't return to the net for the second period. "I came here well-prepared and we just didn't have it tonight".
Murray will be making his ninth consecutive start since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators. We play here, at home. Another game like this and he won't just win a second straight Stanley Cup; he could also walk away with another Conn Smythe Trophy.
Before the start of the series, the Penguins had -150 odds to win, while the Predators were +130 underdogs.
Rookies accounted for the game-winning goals in the first four games of the series, with Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel connecting in Games One and Two and Gaudreau answering for the Preds in Games Three and Four.
The PPG PAINTS Arena and the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators in game five of the Stanley Cup in NHL hockey action Thursday.
The Penguins blue line is the key to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup chances.