PITTSBURGH — Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who looked almost invincible in Stanley Cup Final Games 3 and 4 in Nashville, was cheap jerseys nhl pulled after giving up three goals on nine shots in the first period of Game 5.
He was replaced by backup Juuse Saros at the start of the second period, and Saros gave up a goal to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary at 1:19 on the first shot he faced. That gave Pittsburgh a 4-0 advantage, and they went on to win 6-0. Saros gave up three goals on 15 shots in relief.
Defenseman Ryan Ellis said Tuesday Rinne was the team’s MVP all season long. It stings, then, that his play has hurt his team so far. Keep in mind Nashville has a 64-39 shot advantage so far in this series. At the other end of the ice stands Mr. Cucumber, aka the cool Matt Murray, efficient in his movements, steady and unflappable. The Penguins easily could’ve trailed after two periods Wednesday, but Murray wasn’t having it. He finished Game 2 with 37 saves.
It wasn’t as if Rinne gave up soft goals. He seemed to be screened on defenseman Justin Schultz’s shot from the point that started the scoring. Bryan Rust beat him with a well-placed backhander in the upper-right corner and Evgeni Malkin whistled a shot high into the net with 11 seconds left in the period.
The series is tied 2-2.