**Apologies to the dozens that read my mess of a column. Game 5 recap was mine but I was under the weather and well, here you go**
As you know by now the Penguins have a 3-2 series lead after a 7-0 victory on home ice. All four lines registered at least a goal and the seven goals were registered by different goal scorers. Pittsburgh chased goalie Craig Anderson from the game after one period, when they poured it on with four markers.
Brian Rust and returned to the line up after missing a couple of games due to injury. Justin Schultz and Patric Hornqvist, while deemed to be game time decisions, were still out of the line up.
Evgeni Malkin and Carter Rowney each had three assists, and the defenseman were very active in the point collecting department as well. Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, Brian Dumoulin had two assists. For the second straight game, Olli Maatta opened the scoring by beating Anderson on his short side.
It is becoming apparent that the Pens have found cracks in, not only the Sens goalie, but their 1-3-1 structure as well. Carl Hagelin was a blazing terror all over the ice. He disrupted the Senators at every turn, had a chance on a breakaway, and spear-headed a penalty kill unit that continues to be perfect for this series.
The Penguins final two goals on the afternoon came on the power play.
Erik Karlsson left the game early as did Derek Brassard out of precaution and with the game well out of reach. Both players will assuredly when the Senators season is on the line tonight at 8 PM in Canada’s capital city. The Penguins will be playing for a chance to go to their sixth Stanley Cup Final
Matt Murray was perfect on 25 shots faced, again reinforcing the notion that this club is super deep in-goal. No matter the decision of whom to start, both goalies are more than capable of carrying the load.
Music City Madness
The Nashville Predators, 8th seed in the West and 16th and final overall seed in this year’s tournament, became the first team to reach the Finals this year. The polished off the Ducks in Nashville last night by a score of 6-3.
It will be the first time being in the Cup Final for the team from Music City as they have run through some of the top teams in the West so far. Chicago, St. Louis, and now Anaheim have all fallen victim to the team of country music and synchronized fan chants on home ice.
A stellar defensive corps and incredible goal tending by Pekka Renne has them peaking at the right time. Meanwhile fans in Montreal have to be a tad sour watching their former defenseman PK Subban reach new heights in his first season with Nashville after being traded during the off-season.
Also don’t forget that ex-Penguin, James Neal.
James Neal on potentially facing PIT in Final: "I came to a place that wanted me and believed in me and I love it here…we'll see." #Preds
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) May 23, 2017
The Preds will now sit back and await the conclusion of the Penguins/Sens series and be ready to go on the road next week to open the Finals.
Wilson ok after hit
Scott Wilson was fine after taking an elbow to the head at the end of Game 5. No hearing or discipline was forth-coming for the perp, Tommy Wingels, because it’s the NHL.
Stay tuned for Mike Warren’s Game 6 coverage. I’ll be back with you for either Game 7 on Thursday or Game 1 of the Cup Finals. Here is hoping for the later!
Thanks for reading, and Let’s go Pens!!!