TOP SCORERS POWER PENGUINS TO GAME 5 WIN, 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin (1-1-2), Sidney Crosby (0-3-3) and Phil Kessel (1-2-3), the top three scorers, respectively, during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each had multipoint games in the Penguins' 6-0 defeat of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday. The win gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
* Malkin now has an NHL-best 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists). He has at least 10 goals in a playoff year for the third time in his 10 NHL postseasons; he had 14 goals in 2009 and 10 goals in 2008. Two other Penguins players have as many playoff years with 10 or more goals, Mario Lemieux, who did it four times, and Jaromir Jagr, who did it three times.