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Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead Thursday night by routing Nashville 6-0 in a game that did more than just put the Pens a win from the title.

The NHL has not had a sweep in the Cup final since 1998, and this series will mark the ninth time in the last 10 years the league's ultimate showdown will go at least six games. "So I think all those things are weighed to a point where hopefully good decisions are made". Some wondered if Sullivan would turn to Marc Andre-Fleury, who has played in 15 games this postseason, serving as the starter when Murray was injured early in the playoffs.

The Predators outplayed Pittsburgh for large stretches of the game in both of the first two games of this series, but Matt Murray outplayed Pekka Rinne in between the pipes.

Yet there's been no question that Rinne, who has never won a start in Pittsburgh, will be in net Sunday night.

"Even the artists are like, 'Go Preds!' And they're wearing their jerseys", she said.

"It's out of my hands", he said.

Murray downplayed some criticism that he has been vulnerable to shots on his glove side.

He also said it's no coincidence that the home teams have won each game so far.

"Then they scored another one, and it just becomes loose", Ekholm said.

Shooooooooooooooot! Pekka Rinne appears to be back in full form, so to win the Penguins must get shots to the net. Though Ryan Johansen's absence has created a big challenge for Predators coach Peter Laviolette, it seems as though his incredibly deep defensive corps are having their way with most Pittsburgh units.

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.

"Obviously not the start you want to have".

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"This community is just absolutely electric right now with energy for this team", Margaret Comeaux, the executive producer of the CMT Music Awards, told Billboard.

Center and oft-linemate Evgeni Malkin boldly predicted Kessel will break that slump Thursday.

Malkin said Kessel would score, and the right winger did it 8:02 into the period.

Secondary ScoringOur players had a will to win. He likes to play in tough situations. "It's a big game". We played well at home and they have always had our back. "It's our building, our emotion". Through four games, the Predators have allowed only a single power play goal, successfully killing nearly every one of the 16 penalty kills they've been on.

Not to worry, Malkin said. I am not feeling exhausted. "He has waited a long time".

He added his third assist on the first goal of the series from Phil Kessel, who had three points in the win. "And I think everybody on our team can skate, move the puck and make plays". He plays so hard. I am feeling excited. He broke that demeanor Wednesday when a local radio reporter got his tongue tied and inadvertently called Sullivan "Mario". Win or lose, when the 23-year-old has been healthy, he's trotted him out in the next game. Penguins RW Josh Archibald, who made his Final debut in Game 4, was scratched in favor of LW Scott Wilson.

"He comes down, shares his insight".

Granted, they might have been the most consistent because they weren't overexposed and asked to play more than 20 minutes per game. We value his input. "They've been great scorers for us the whole season".

That, more broadly, is how Murray describes his ability to cooly handle the spotlight - "just worry about doing my job and trying to give the team the best chance to win". "But we certainly value his insights and his observations".

There's the third Stanley Cup - one more than mentor and team owner Mario Lemieux - and the chance to lead the first repeat Cup champs in the salary cap era and first in nearly 20 years.

"We have a short summer, but it is a fun summer".

"But it is business, too". Just play the same. There's the organization, the guys on video, the equipment, the trainers.