It soon got passed to Marc-Andre Fleury, the team's longest-tenured and most popular player, in what was likely his final game as a Penguin.
But Cinderella's glass slipper isn't broken yet.
The Nashville Predators are counting on Faith to give them a vocal lift for Game 6.
This will be an easier singing gig than when Bryan performed the national anthem earlier this postseason for the Nashville Predators.
The goal by Hornqvist - formerly a member of the Predators - was challenged by Nashville on the basis of goaltender interference but the call on the ice was upheld and the goal was good. The Preds are plus-310 underdogs to win Games 6 and 7 and take home hockey's greatest prize. It can be done. The Penguins are the first to do it in the salary-cap era.
That disallowed goal was crushing enough.
Rinne has a 9-1 record this spring with a 1.44 goals-against average and.949 save percentage in Nashville. He'll need one more signature performance Sunday night. Recent history is on their side too. He led the Final in scoring with one goal and six assists, including three in a 6-0 win in Game 5 that put the Penguins on the doorstep of another title.
What a night to be a Pittsburgh'er.
Predators fans were already not happy about the outcome of the game, so they vented about Sidney Crosby throwing a water bottle onto the ice. It could also be the last game of the season. "As a coaching staff, we made a decision early on in the playoffs that we weren't going to ask any defence pair or player to bear the burden of responsibility for particular matchups or whatever it may be".
While the Predators have relied on their top four defencemen for the bulk of the minutes, the Penguins have been forced to do it more by committee ever since they lost Kris Letang to a season-ending surgery.
He was actually behind the goal line when he batted it in, knocking the puck off the back of Pekka Rinne's shoulder and into the net. That was seven series' ago. Pittsburgh previously accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992. Under coach Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh is 4-6 in closeout games (again, excluding Game 7s).
And on Sunday, they did it again, defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in a close, tight, tension-filled sixth game of the Stanley Cup final.
The game went scoreless for over 58 minutes. Who wouldn't want that opportunity even away from the friendly confines of home?
And while Pittsburgh came in third overall (behind Boston in second and Detroit), the Penguin fans were ranked first in their engagement based on the team's number of Twitter followers and Facebook "likes" per capita.
Everyone thought the series was over. What has been a factor is the way the home team is playing and more importantly winning but I think this game and series depends on Rinne... "Our mentality is going to be just taking care of this one game, and after that we have all the chances". They could even shock the world and win.