He hasn't done much damage on the offensive end, scoring just one goal with six assists in 55 games played this season.
Murray had never dropped back-to-back playoff games before taking the loss in Game 4. The final score tied for the seventh-biggest blowout in Cup Final history.
Last season, Murray started the playoffs with Fleury injured and started every game until Game 5 of the Eastern Final. In the video above, NESN hockey analyst Billy Jaffe joins Michaela Vernava in studio to break down Game 5, which goes down Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena.
Kessel has scored more goals on a per-game basis in the playoffs (0.43 for his career) than any current player not named Alex Ovechkin or Jarome Iginla (minimum 50 games). Murray didn't make the crucial save when he needed to, whereas Rinne was there time and again with the kinds of spectacular saves that both inspired his team and sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Nashville comes in trailing some significant injuries, with C Ryan Johansen (compartment syndrome) done for the year.
Crosby chatted with an official from the bench, appearing to indicate he didn't mean to throw the bottle.
It's Rinne and the Predators' ability to bring that level of effort and execution to the road that will determine this series. Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville.
For Game 5 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, a potential clincher at then-Consol Energy Arena after the Penguins had taken a 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks, TickPick had an average ticket price of $1,068.82.
Malkin said Kessel would score, and the right winger did it 8:02 into the period. A goose egg in the win column that will obviously have to change if the Preds are to capture their first ever Stanley Cup.
Sissons cross-checked Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta with 34 seconds remaining in Pittsburgh's 6-0 win Thursday and was ejected. He scored on Pittsburgh's first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.0 goals per game in the playoffs, the same as the Predators. He allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. Game 5 was by far their best performance of the series.
On the flip side, in four of the last eight Finals that have gone 2-2, the 2001 Avalanche, 2004 Lightning, 2009 Penguins and 2011 Bruins have all lost Game 5 but gone on to lift the Cup.
Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins only goal that way, beating Rinne on a first period breakaway.
Eighteen years in the National Hockey League have led to 1,366 regular-season games for Cullen, but have hardly slowed the center, who logged 15 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time in Game 3 and 18:53 in Game 4.
It was the summer of 2014 - June 27 to be exact - when the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins finalized a deal that three years later would still be playing out in the Stanley Cup Final. For that to happen, players like Crosby (one goal and three assists in the last four games), Malkin (two goals in four games) and Kessel (no goals and one assist) will have to be the game's best players. "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted". Here are five keys to this huge game, with the series tied 2-2.
Pittsburgh extended it's lead 5:12 later courtesy of a backhander from Bryan Rust. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. "I don't think so, but that's not my call".
The captain drew a penalty on the play and with the ensuing power play, set up Schultz for a point blast that sailed through the pads of Rinne - this after only 91 seconds. The two stars went to the ice and skirmished for a few seconds.