The 2017 Stanley Cup Final took a sharp pivot Thursday night. The Penguins used a fast early start to rout the Predators 6-0 in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Pens lead the series three games to two and will go for a Cup repeat Sunday night in Nashville (8 p.m., NBC).
The home team has won all five games in the series, and Game 5 was never in doubt for the hosts. Pittsburgh scored three times each in the first two periods.
One thing to watch heading into Game 6: Nashville forward Colton Sissons was given a match penalty for cross-checking Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta in the face late in the third period. He’s suspended pending a league review. Sissons has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the playoffs.
Vegas acquired forward Nikita Gusev, a 2017 second-round pick and a fourth-rounder in 2018 from the Lightning to take Garrison, who carries a $4.6 million cap hit heading into the final year of his contract.
Fleury has been the long-rumored pick as a face of the franchise for the Knights after waiving his no-movement clause in a huge favor to Pittsburgh. The Penguins traded a 2020 second-round draft pick to make sure Vegas selects Fleury, who will count $5.75 million against the cap the next two seasons.
Vegas also acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski , the Islanders’ first-round draft pick this year (No. 15 overall) and a second-rounder in 2019, the teams announced. The steep price was required for the Knights to lay off key unprotecteds like Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan.