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Hainsey goes coast-to-coast

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens put on a clinic in their 6-0 drubbing of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 series and pull within one victory of becoming the first NHL team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in nearly two decades.

No play was more of a microcosm of the night's performance by Pittsburgh than its sixth and final goal from defenseman Ron Hainsey.

On the play, Hainsey had the puck in his own zone. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound blueliner split two Predators players that had him targeted for a hit. After Hainsey slid through their attempts, he left the two players - James Neal and Mike Fisher - to collide in his wake.

"I saw a flash of something," Hainsey said. "They collided behind me and we were able to get up the ice."

Then Hainsey - who isn't noted for his speed, but is a brilliant skater - carried the puck all the way into the Predators' zone. He passed the puck to Evgeni Malkin and then charged to the net.

Malkin made an exceptional pass, through the wickets of Nashville defender P.K. Subban, who had dropped to his knee to block the pass, right onto the stick of Hainsey.

Hainsey fished the play with an easy tap in. The Pens made the entire play look effortless.

"I did what some wingers have done here over the years and just go to the net," Hainsey. "'Geno' put it on my tape.

"It's happened to me when one of these great forwards makes a great play like that, backhand, under a guy's stick, right on the tape. He made a tremendous play." 

Video: NSH@PIT, Gm5: Hainsey finishes smooth passing play

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