Pens look for answers as series is now tied

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"You know, our blueline crew, they're a simple bunch", said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will start Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena, coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Thursday. When they got behind us, they were able to do some damage off of that. "We were right there and we know if we can bring the same effort and just don't have that breakdown in a three- or four-minute span when they can score a few goals, I think we're going to have a good chance". Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. Wings Phil Kessel - save for a lone assist in Game 2 - Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin, in his two games back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch, are among those absent from the scoresheet thus far.

"It's a game of execution", Crosby said. "We're going home and we're going to be re-energized".

Unlikely, especially considering that if Pittsburgh wins its second consecutive championship it will be thanks in large part to Guentzel, who is one goal away from tying Dino Ciccarelli's rookie record that has stood for 36 years.

The Preds have now made this a best of three series.

Kessel, who had been pulled off Malkin's line for Game 4 but returned to that spot during Wednesday's practice, said no. Evgeni Malkin scored his 10th and had an assist, while Ron Hainsey also had a goal and an assist.

Murray allowed eight goals on 58 shots (.862 save percentage) in dropping Games 3 and 4 to the Predators in Nashville. Sure, the talent is there and the chances are there, but how much longer can the Penguins rely on good bounces and a shaky Rinne? "It's a big game". "We know it's not going to be easy". The crowd stuck with Rinne too, chanting his name in warmups in a goosebump-raising show of support.

Murray has posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average and.925 save percentage in the past nine games after missing the first two rounds of the playoffs due to a lower-body injury. Fans don't win games, players do.

"You've got trust what gets you here", Crosby said. We had a clincher a year ago at home and we didn't get it done.

"That's all I wanted for my birthday", Fisher said afterward of the big win.

Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh's leading postseason goal scorer with 13, had three shots on Rinne. But this time Rinne stonewalled Crosby and scrambled to stop several follow-up attempts, including one in which the puck was just sitting in front of an empty net. I don't believe that's the word that we want to use to describe our team.

Which leads us to a pivotal game five Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Just as it would have with Laviolette replacing Rinne, Sullivan taking Murray out of the crease would probably reek of desperation at this point.

For the first time, the Predators are fighting it out for the sport's most prestigious trophy, the Stanley Cup, and their fans are understandably stoked.

"I wasn't certain, but when they put the replay up on the scoreboard I sort of thought it was in". In 23 games Ward had a 2.14 goals against, making 22-of-23 saves in a Game 7 win against Edmonton.

The Stanley Cup finals are shifting back to Pittsburgh after the Nashville Predators earned two convincing home wins over the Penguins at Bridgestone Arena to even the best-of-seven series, 2-2. The goal was his first in the Stanley Cup Final since June 4, 2009, a span of 12 games, but it wasn't enough as the Penguins lost two straight for the second time this postseason. Their offense finally found itself, and the Penguins responded with back-to-back wins.