Two nights after he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 win in Game 3, the Predators goalie was even better in a 23-save performance in Game 4.
"I wasn't certain, but when they put the replay up on the scoreboard I sort of thought it was in".
A Nashville fan also heaved a dead catfish onto the ice in the waning stages of Game 1 at Pittsburgh. However, Gaudreau scored his second straight game-winning goal - and third goal of the Final - on Monday to pace the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4.
But there is considerable speculation here as to whether or not the Penguins would be better served by turning back to Marc-Andre Fleury, who admirably stepped in to replace Murray when the latter was hurt in the warm-up prior to the first game of the playoffs.
Sullivan is 7-0 in series with the Penguins, and the way he sees it, his team's inability to solve Rinne in Games 3 and 4 had little to do with lack of effort or opportunities.
"It's a good situation for us". Hockey analysts will try to pinpoint reasons why the Penguins are losing but at the end of the day, maybe Pittsburgh is simply out of gas.
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. The question was, would the Penguins come back to their arena and win their fifth Stanley Cup on home ice and the first pro championship in the city since 1960? But, just as he did during past year playoffs, he's been leading the team, in general.
"If I make the save there, it could be a different game", Murray said. Viktor Arvidsson, who popped a career-best 31 goals in the regular season, scored only third goal of the playoffs Monday to snap a 15-game drought. Crosby's line will also have to outwork Subban and Ekholm, who have shut down a string of elite centers during the playoffs.
Zoey Bates, of Toronto, has her face painted with Pittsburgh Penguins colors outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
Gaudreau is also just the third rookie to score game-winning goals in consecutive games in the Stanley Cup Final since the National Hockey League took over sole possession of the trophy in 1926-27. In fact, I would be disappointed if you were not doing the same. Nashville looks like a team that can win the Stanley Cup... "We came here with the mission to win the game and we didn't have the start or the game we wanted". During last year's playoffs, he was the team's most productive player, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games.
Murray was the first goaltender off the ice at the team's optional skate on Thursday morning and head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed he would start. However, his report didn't quite go as planned, because nobody could take their eyes off the couple about ready to make a Predators baby right behind him. Does the home ice trend continue? "I know our whole team, our whole organization are so appreciative of the fan support that we get, and I think that has a lot to do with the success that we've enjoyed here at home this season".
The Penguins, who are 52-17-11 as a favorite this season, will be facing a major adjustment in going from the Ottawa Senators' conservative defensive style in their previous round to Nashville's high-paced game.