Pens goaltender Matt Murray recovered from his tough time in Nashville to make 24 stops in the shutout. Though that style also generated opportunities for the Predators at the other end, don't expect Pittsburgh to try and rein it in.
The Predators are hardly blaming Rinne for their predicament.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will stick with Matt Murray for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. He of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.
Added Sullivan: "He has so much care for this organization and trying to help this team win and he happens to be just an ultra-talented guy that's a really good player".
Per whowins.com, National Hockey League teams taking a 3-2 series lead in a Cup Final go on to lift the Cup 79.5 percent of the time.
"'Desperate' is a amusing word for me because it gets thrown around our game a lot", Sullivan said. "We're going home and we're going to be re-energized". The home team has won each game in the series.
Pittsburgh scored a total of nine goals the first pair of games, but just two in Nashville.
Unable to register a shot attempt, Sissons failed to live up to his role as one of the Predators' more capable playmakers in the playoffs.
Malkin scored on a pass from Phil Kessel.
"As long as there's life, there's hope", Rinne said.
Rinne had been maybe the biggest reason for the Preds winning the previous two games. The Predators in past years have given out a construction worker's hard hat to recognize the best player in a game. "It's a good time to show your best game because there's only three games left and (then) we have two, three months (of) summertime".More news: Durham, Chapel Hill mayors commit to Paris agreement
If you've watched any of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, you might've heard about P.K. Subban's amusing "mouthwash" quote after Game 3. "I know our whole team - our whole organization - are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we've enjoyed here at home this season".
The question for the Penguins, who are one win away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions, is whether they can get that same team-wide effort on the road in Game 6 on Sunday, where they had so much trouble.
Rinne is now 1-8-2 lifetime against the Penguins - his lone win came in relief at Nashville - and he owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and.822 save percentage in Pittsburgh.
The junkyard dog approach to hockey for the Stanley Cup Final debutants has a history: It is the Predators' on-ice version of Stanley, the blue mutt with a bone clenched between his teeth. Pekka Rinne was always going to be his starting goaltender for Game 3.
"We've seen some smart money on the Penguins, and the majority of public action is on the home side as well", Cooley said.
Crosby started the first-period surge for Pittsburgh when he split Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on the opening shift of the game and hit the post.
The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 15-4 in their last 19 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
Prior to the game, a Predators fan tossed a catfish onto the ice.
"If you think of Stanley and you look at him, his knees are bent, he's in an athletic stance, his mouth's drooling", Irwin said. He also finished a minus-two, the first time he was a minus player since May 14 against the Anaheim Ducks.