Heading into last night’s game five, neither team in the Stanley Cup had won a game on the road. While Nashville was rolling off two straight wins at home, they did not carry this momentum into Pittsburgh for game five.
Not only did Pittsburgh win game five to take a 3-2 series lead, they did so in convincing fashion with a 6-0 shutout victory.
Sidney Crosby just giving PK Subban the business. NBD pic.twitter.com/AklloBNWCT
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 9, 2017
Unlike the first four games of this series, the majority of the action came in the first and second period. Only a minute and a half into the game Justin Shultz found the back of the net to take an early 1-0 lead. Bryan Rust scored five minutes later to extend the lead to two. With just 11 seconds left in the first half Evgeni Malkin extended the lead to 3-0.
The second period pretty much went the same way. Connor Sheary scored at the 1:19 mark while Phil Kessell followed with another goal at the 8:02 mark.
“I got lucky and got one,” Kessel said. “You just keep shooting and hopefully one goes in. Whenever you are able to put a lot of points on the board it’s a good night.”
The sixth and final goal came at the 16:40 mark from Ron Hainsey.
While Sidney Crosby did not score, he finished with three assists.
“I think we’re just moving our feet,” Crosby told reporters. “When you’re moving your feet and you’re creating turnovers, you’re quick to pucks – there’s opportunities there.
“I think just like everybody. We did a good job of that and got rewarded for it.”
This was undoubtedly a statement game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now they sit just one game away from taking home their second Stanley Cup in two years. Game six will swing back to Nashville. The puck will drop at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.