Yet becoming the franchise's all-time leader in points during this Stanley Cup Final (surpassing his boss, Mario Lemieux) captures only a slice of the brilliance and brawn (yes, really) that pushed Pittsburgh to the verge of a fifth title.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The night started with a catfish throw. They are confident that they will stop Sidney Crosby from being Sidney Crosby.
They have played extremely well at home in the playoffs, but the defending champion Penguins have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup again, and they are going to be focused regardless of the fact the Preds will get overwhelming support from their fans.
After dropping the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, the Predators responded with a pair of wins at home in Nashville, capped by a 4-1 win in Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night. He went on to tell me that my breath smelled bad, and I really don't understand why, because I use Listerine before the game.
Just 33 seconds into the game, Crosby split the defense and shot a puck off the post, drawing a penalty by Nashville's Ryan Ellis.
Pittsburgh couldn't close out Columbus, Washington or Ottawa the first chance the Penguins had in each of their previous three playoff series. Pittsburgh's two goals came 5:12 apart early in Game 5, on the power play from Justin Schultz and at even strength from Bryan Rust. With so much talk and research on the effects of head injuries, it would be nice to see these hits get treated the way they do in the regular season.
Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel - just as linemate Malkin predicted - and 35-year-old playoff newbie Ron Hainsey also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby appeared to push P.K. Subban's head into the ice multiple times, but coincidental minors were whistled.
"From the opening shift", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, "you can see his drive and his appetite to win".
And apparently not taking any more stuff from Subban either. He allowed five and four goals, respectively, in Game 3 and Game 4 in Nashville. He attempted to extract himself but couldn't, then unleashed a torrent of punches at Subban's head.
"I've been doing it ever since", Stark said.
Bonino took a shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2. "I don't know what he was trying to do with my ankle". I was in some kind of lock he had going on there. "We had good communication in our zone working the puck out quick and with speed".
Saros hardly fared any better.
No team has won on the road yet in this series. Game time is 8 p.m. ET.
Crosby said Subban lost his stick and proceeded to do "some UFC move on my foot" while holding him down on the ice.
The Penguins would have none of it. Matt Murray was back in net. The victory gives the Penguins a 3-2 series lead and continues the trend in this series of the home team always coming out on top. The teams combined for 100 penalty minutes (58 for Nashville, 42 for Pittsburgh). 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.
He not only avoided losing three straight games for the first time in his career, he also stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of these playoffs, third in the postseason in his career.
It's not the way the Penguins were playing in the first four games of the series as Nashville negated their speed and controlled the neutral zone.