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Pittsburgh Penguins thrash Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game Five of Stanley Cup Final

June 8 (Reuters) - The Penguins thrashed Nashville 6-0 in Pittsburgh on Thursday in a dominant Game Five victory that wrestled back control of the Stanley Cup Final series.

After two straight losses in Nashville, Pittsburgh blitzed the Predators with three goals in the first period to chase goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Six different Penguins found the net as the home team seized a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series, which shifts back to Nashville on Sunday.

The Penguins will have the chance to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

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Montreal Canadiens: 1916, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967

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New York Rangers: 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994

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Boston Bruins: 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011

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Chicago Blackhawks: 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings: 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008

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Philadelphia Flyers: 1974, 1975

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New York Islanders: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

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Edmonton Oilers: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990

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Calgary Flames: 1989

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016

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New Jersey Devils: 1995, 2000, 2003

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Colorado Avalanche: 1996, 2001

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Dallas Stars: 1999

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 2004

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Los Angeles Kings: 2012, 2014

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Carolina Hurricanes: 2006

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Anaheim Ducks: 2007

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Sidney Crosby had three assists while Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin got on the scoreboard in the opening period.

"I think we're just moving our feet," Crosby told reporters. "When you're moving your feet and you're creating turnovers, you're quick to pucks - there's opportunities there.

"I think just like everybody. We did a good job of that and got rewarded for it."

Crosby also showed ferocity in the opening period when he got tangled up with Nashville's P.K. Subban during a scrum. Both Crosby and Subban received minor penalties for holding.

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin got on the scoreboard in the opening period for the Penguins.

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The home side added three more scores in the second where Phil Kessel notched his first goal of the Finals, with Conor Sheary and Ron Hainsey adding to the Penguins' tally.

"I got lucky and got one," Kessel said. "You just keep shooting and hopefully one goes in. Whenever you are able to put a lot of points on the board it's a good night."

Pens goaltender Matt Murray recovered from his tough time in Nashville to make 24 stops in the shutout.

Rinne was lifted after allowing three goals on nine shots, while his replacement Juuse Saros surrendered three on 15 shots.

"You move forward here, you learn from it and we'll be a lot better in our home rink," said Predators forward James Neal.

"We have to be. We'll be fine." (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Sudipto Ganguly)

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate in the bench area in the third period of Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Penguins defeated the Predators 2-0. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring against Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Catfish are thrown on the ice before game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; A general view as hockey fans gather on Broadway before the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save as ice sprays during the second period of Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: A Pittsburgh Penguins fan reacts after a goal during the third period in Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period in Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators hits Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game Two of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvannia. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: James Neal #18 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with his teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes the toe save on Frederick Gaudreau #32 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Predators defeated the Penguins 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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