Sullivan understands it's easy to look at the result and be discouraged. "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games".
Pittsburgh has survived anyway thanks in part to a resilience that has been their hallmark under Sullivan.
Sidney Crosby escapes from the clutches of the Predators' defense and skates in all alone where he beats Pekka Rinne on the backhand. "They capitalized on our mistakes and we have to do the same".
The Penguins have home-ice advantage with three games remaining and are still the favorites at -131, while the Predators are listed at +111, according to BetOnline. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.0 goals per game in the playoffs, the same as the Predators. They responded with an attacking, never-stop approach that has helped Nashville go from the last team into the National Hockey League playoffs to one that is two wins from a championship. His injured left foot is keeping him out of a second straight game. He's the team mascot whose picture is stuck on the Predators' locker-room door, now with two bandages commemorating playoff-ending injuries first to forward Kevin Fiala, then center Ryan Johansen.
Stanley is the symbol of how coach Peter Laviolette wanted his Predators to play this season.
Malkin finished with two shots as the Penguins ended up being outscored 9-2 in Nashville. We thought we played a real competitive game in Game 2.
In a public service announcement prior to Game 4, Laviolette warned fans not to toss anything on the ice because it could result in the team being penalized for delay of the game.
"We have no home ice in this series, so we have to go in and steal one at some point". Though that style also generated opportunities for the Predators at the other end, don't expect Pittsburgh to try and rein it in.
"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said. All of the passionate cheering proved that Music City is finally a hockey town. Though Sullivan experimented liberally with his line combinations - something he frequently does when trying to break the Penguins out of a funk - there appear to be no plans to make a change in net. "The one comment I will make is that we didn't lose the game last night because of our goaltending". But, the two were split up in Game 4, with Kessel playing with Chris Kunitz and Matt Cullen in hopes of giving the Penguins depth in scoring.
"We definitely know what our identity is", defenseman P.K. Subban said. "If we continue to get those chances, they'll go in for us".