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Saturday Morning Quarterback

"You know you have to go out there and still perform to be able to achieve your ultimate goal, to go out there and have our best game of the season and beat their best that they're going to throw at us". But they are dragging this Penguins train down the tracks, and they know how close they are. But after their ugliest performance of the playoffs, they're on the brink of elimination.

The young goalie will be going for his second straight win in this series and his second straight Stanley Cup title in Game 6.

Now that the Penguins have a better grasp on how to play against the Predators, they're confident they have a strong plan of attack for Game 6.

Ellis ranks third in the league among defensemen in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 21 games, and his five goals rank second among defensemen behind Josi's six.

If Crosby, 29, wins that trophy, he will match the two that Penguins owner and iconic Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux won.

Added Egbert: "Yeah, some of rooting for the Predators is that I want the Penguins to lose". It includes the Montreal duos of Jean Beliveau and Yvon Cournoyer and Bob Gainey and Guy Lafleur, the New York Islanders trio of Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring and Mike Bossy, the Oilers pair of Gretzky and Mark Messier and the Blackhawks tandem of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

However, all four of the Penguins' Stanley Cup victories have come on the road.

Along with the staple of shirts, hats and jerseys, the store also sells items like Penguins tote bags, purses, flags, banners, jewelry and other miscellaneous items for fans looking to show their team spirit. Crosby went without a shot on net in Game 3, something that the Predators hope to replicate again.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis' status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against Pittsburgh remains in question after he tested himself by skating alone. That's why the Penguins will tell you this isn't the time to celebrate or reflect. "We have to win game six and then game seven is anybody's game". The same would hold true if the award is presented to Evgeni Malkin should the Pens win.

Over the last decade, Pittsburgh has turned into the franchise to emulate, as Detroit was at that time.

"We're going to do our best to change that", said Sullivan. We're all aware of where we're at. "He's a guy that's always worked on his game to become a better player".

"I think we've come a long way and put ourselves in the position, given ourselves an opportunity, but it's what we do with that", Crosby said.

Subban drew laughs when he attributed a Game 3 run-in with Crosby to a discussion about Subban's bad breath. "I don't know that I've been around an athlete, not just a hockey player but an athlete, that is as driven as Sid is".

Stark considers herself a super fan as she has never missed watching a game, she's a season ticket holder and, most important, she also has a playoff superstition. "He's not taking anything for granted. The energy in that arena is the most energy I've ever seen in a sporting event". That Pekka Rinne gets back to the dominant goalie he has been for much of these playoffs, including the 50 shots he stopped in games three and four against the Penguins in Nashville. At Bridgestone Arena, the Predators are 9-1 and have averaged 3.4 goals per game. "Game 5, we ended up putting it in", Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta said. The two-time MVP ended up on top of a stickless Subban and attempted to get up only to have Subban refuse to let go of Crosby's right leg.

"He's been pretty unreal", Cullen said of Crosby. I'll pull for this city no matter what the team is or who it is; I love this place and anything connected to it ... You have no idea how blessed he feels to coach a team led by Crosby.

"I just think what separates him is his drive", Sullivan said.

This Is A Real Hockey Town!

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