Luke Bryan opening Game 6 broadcast from honky-tonk roof

For the second time in the Stanley Cup Final, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been pulled from the net. Pittsburgh will have a chance to become the first franchise to win back-to-back championships since Detroit in 1998 when the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center is one win away from captaining his team to its second Stanley Cup in a row, and third during his career. However, he made a decision to return the favor for his team, and offer up a gift of his own for his Penguins.

During play it certainly looked like someone threw the water bottle onto the ice, and still does to me, but Crosby is adamant that it slipped.

Rinne, the playoff leader in wins and goals-against average, rebounded in a big way for Games 3 and 4 in Nashville, limiting Pittsburgh to a just two goals on 52 shots as the Predators evened the series.

How many felt the Predators could bounce back after their devastating losses in the first two games of the final, or that the Penguins could win Game 5 after poor outings in back-to-back losses in Nashville? Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will likely have the chance to repeat as champions, and should get two chances to do so. There hasn't been a seven-game final since the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in a deciding game on the road in 2011.

"Right now our backs are against the wall, and this is our opportunity and I think you try to do anything in your power and prepare the best you can for this one", Rinne said. He scored on Pittsburgh's first shot against backup Juuse Saros, who replaced Pekka Rinne at the intermission.




A holding penalty on Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis 50 seconds in gave the Penguins the power play.

"Opportunities like this, they don't come around often, so you want to make the majority", Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. We got to be ready to be at our best. The team that has won Game 5 in a 2-2 series has gone on to win the Cup 71 percent (17 of 24) of the time since 1939. Game 5 made it two straight games that the Penguins felt they played well, as Sullivan liked what he saw in Game 4 despite the 4-1 loss. Seriously, he was all over the ice, and should have won over plenty of new fans on Thursday night.

Bonino took a shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2. It hasn't been dominance similar to the Predators in the first three games, but the Penguins have given themselves more scoring chances than the Predators and typically spent more time on the offensive than the defensive. He was the oldest player picked at the 2014 draft - aged 21 when the Predators plucked him 112th overall.They couldn't have been more right. "I think both teams have gotten better throughout the series and that's expected". "They still have home ice". The honky-tonk lined blocks in between the two venues are expected to packed with even more fans, and city officials expect a total of 100,000 people to throng the downtown streets. It's the third consecutive game he has missed with a left foot or ankle injury. He's allowed two or fewer goals in eight of those 10 games and tied Antti Niemi with his 36th playoff win for the most in National Hockey League history by a Finnish-born goaltender.

Wilson took part in the team's morning skate at PPG Paints Arena and came off before P.A. Parenteau, who said he would not play.

The series was tied 2-2.

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