You could say it's humbling to get beat like that.

Nashville wants more history than just first Final • The Nashville Predators, the final team into the National Hockey League playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. "Your tank fills up immediately".

So Ryan will continue to grow his hair, which is the longest it's ever been, until after the playoffs.

Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2 and can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday in Ottawa.

If the Penguins have any hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals, Pittsburgh must find the offense that helped them prevail in Game 5 of this series.

On three occasions Sunday they cycled the puck so effectively that the Penguins were able to make line changes while maintaining possession.

Kelly has played only one post-season game this spring and it came in the first round against Boston more than a month ago.

"This one would have a lot of Sid's fingerprints, of him willing his team to a Stanley Cup and winning again - if he did do it", Bylsma said. Will defenseman Justin Schultz play?

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan didn't get an explanation for the decision, nor did he ask for one.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.

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It was just another reminder that it never comes easy. "We know that tomorrow night's going to be their best game, and it's going to be our best as well".

"We got together and aired some stuff out", defenceman Marc Methot said. "That's one thing we've been real good at all year is kind of bouncing back, and keeping an even keel and not getting too low when things aren't going our way", Turris said. But it's awfully tight.

Yet they've found a way to persevere.

It was the 153rd career playoff point in 142 games for Malkin - three back of Sidney Crosby for second among active players behind Jaromir Jagr - who had been jarring with Hoffman a few minutes earlier. It's a small sample size, and Game 7s tend to be low-scoring affairs anyway. If they can duplicate that tonight, they will certainly walk away with the win.

Extracurricular trouble is what the Penguins and Senators both insist they want to avoid during Thursday's series-deciding game at PPG Paints Arena.

If the forward matchups remain the same in Game 7 - and there's a strong case to be made on both sides why they would - Jean-Gabriel Pageau will see a lot of Sidney Crosby, while Smith with get plenty of face time with Malkin.

Cleary believes the same can't be said for the Senators. "You do everything you possibly can to prepare yourself for the game, and then just leave it all out there". "You don't have any nerves, you just have excitement". He allowed four goals on 14 shots against the Penguins before being pulled in Game 5, but bounced back with a 45 save 2-1 victory in Game 6. He has five points in his past four playoff games.

"For us, this is going to be a challenge that we're all going to be very excited about". His teammates expect it.

The Senators were outplayed for much of the night but stayed afloat with the play of Anderson. "He's leading the way", Bylsma said.

By the way, Kunitz is 37 and has three Stanley Cups to his credit, and the other three are rookies.


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