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  • 11 Jun 2017
    NASHVILLE — The Pittsburgh Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Sunday night. Keep in mind that the home team has won every game in the best-of-seven series. The Predators are 9-1 at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the Penguins have won Lord Stanley four times on the road and wanted to become the first NHL team to win back-to-back championships since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. That being said, both teams felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be a winner. Game 6 opened with a Predators' power play after Ian Cole was called for interference on P.K. Subban 6:46 into the opening period. Nashville was unable to capitalize with the man advantage. There was a large scramble in front of the Penguins' net at 18:40 of the period as the Predators tried to get the puck into the net past Matt Murray, but it went into the air and rolled past his head. Evgeni Malkin's wrist shot was saved by Rinne with 33.5 seconds left in the period. Both teams skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Penguins. Colton Sissons scored what appeared to be the Predators' first goal of the night, but the Penguins challenged the play because the referee blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line. After video review, the officials reversed the Predators' goal. Rinne made a lot of outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless. The game remained scoreless after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 22-19 in favor of the Penguins. Rinne made an incredible save to prevent Scott Wilson's shot from entering the Predators' net 1:50 into the third period. The controversy continued when Patric Hornqvist sent the puck past Rinne's left elbow for his fifth goal of the playoffs to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 18:25 of the third. The Predators challenged the play for goalie interference, but the officials confirmed it was a good goal. The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker 25 seconds later. Carl Hagelin made it 2-0 Penguins with an empty-net goal — his second of the playoffs — with just 13.6 seconds left in regulation. The Penguins shutout the Predators 2-0 in Game 6. Murray stopped all 27 shots he faced. Rinne made 27 saves in a losing effort. Penguins won the series 4-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor ShearyScott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil KesselChris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan RustCarl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron HainseyIan Cole - Trevor DaleyOlli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body) Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus AbergViktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James NealAustin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig SmithColin Wilson - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Mattias Ekholm - P.K. SubbanRoman Josi - Matt IrwinAnthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, PA Parenteau, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Ryan Ellis (undisclosed)
    343 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • NASHVILLE — The Pittsburgh Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Sunday night. Keep in mind that the home team has won every game in the best-of-seven series. The Predators are 9-1 at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the Penguins have won Lord Stanley four times on the road and wanted to become the first NHL team to win back-to-back championships since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. That being said, both teams felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be a winner. Game 6 opened with a Predators' power play after Ian Cole was called for interference on P.K. Subban 6:46 into the opening period. Nashville was unable to capitalize with the man advantage. There was a large scramble in front of the Penguins' net at 18:40 of the period as the Predators tried to get the puck into the net past Matt Murray, but it went into the air and rolled past his head. Evgeni Malkin's wrist shot was saved by Rinne with 33.5 seconds left in the period. Both teams skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Penguins. Colton Sissons scored what appeared to be the Predators' first goal of the night, but the Penguins challenged the play because the referee blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line. After video review, the officials reversed the Predators' goal. Rinne made a lot of outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless. The game remained scoreless after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 22-19 in favor of the Penguins. Rinne made an incredible save to prevent Scott Wilson's shot from entering the Predators' net 1:50 into the third period. The controversy continued when Patric Hornqvist sent the puck past Rinne's left elbow for his fifth goal of the playoffs to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 18:25 of the third. The Predators challenged the play for goalie interference, but the officials confirmed it was a good goal. The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker 25 seconds later. Carl Hagelin made it 2-0 Penguins with an empty-net goal — his second of the playoffs — with just 13.6 seconds left in regulation. The Penguins shutout the Predators 2-0 in Game 6. Murray stopped all 27 shots he faced. Rinne made 27 saves in a losing effort. Penguins won the series 4-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor ShearyScott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil KesselChris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan RustCarl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron HainseyIan Cole - Trevor DaleyOlli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body) Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus AbergViktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James NealAustin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig SmithColin Wilson - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Mattias Ekholm - P.K. SubbanRoman Josi - Matt IrwinAnthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, PA Parenteau, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Ryan Ellis (undisclosed)
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  • 08 Jun 2017
    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-2 series lead with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Thursday night. After winning two games at home, the Predators attempted to maintain their momentum on the road against the Penguins. Both teams have won twice at home through four games. Despite his last two lackluster starts, the Penguins put Matt Murray in net. He allowed five goals on 33 shots in Game 3. He then surrendered three late goals in a setback in Game 4. Though, his job as the Penguins' No. 1 goalie was questioned after losing back-to-back starts for the first time in 30 career playoff games. Pekka Rinne is in the same boat as Murray. He allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, but responded well in the next two games. He made 50 saves on 52 shots in Games 3 and 4. He has seemed to have found his mojo, but not Thursday. The Predators got a delayed penalty just 50 seconds into the opening period. Ryan Ellis was called for holding. The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play as Sidney Crosby received a puck from Patric Hornqvist and sent it to Justin Schultz, who fired the puck through Pekka Rinne's five-hole for his fourth goal of the playoffs. The puck was in the neutral zone, but Trevor Daley sent it to Chris Kunitz and it made its way to Bryan Rust, who beat Rinne for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The Penguins made it 2-0 at 13:17. Both P.K. Subban and Sidney Crosby were called for holding with 1:32 left in the period. The game went into a 4-on-4 for two minutes. Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne top-shelf for his 10th goal of the season. The Penguins took a 3-0 lead with 11 seconds left. Shots were tied at nine apiece, but the Penguins had a comfortable 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The final 28 seconds of the 4-on-4 continued at the beginning of the second period. Conor Sheary received a birthday present 1:12 into the second period. He tapped in a pass from Sidney Crosby for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Penguins a 4-0 lead. In addition, Jake Guentzel recorded his 21st point this postseason, tying the postseason record among rookies. Phil Kessel skated into the high slot and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Juuse Saros for his eighth goal of the playoffs, extending the Penguins' lead to 5-0 at 11:58. Ron Hainsey completed a tic-tac-toe play from Kessel and Evgeni Malkin. He tapped the puck into the net for his second goal of the playoffs, expanding the Penguins' lead to 6-0 with 3:20 left in regulation. The Penguins had this game from start to finish as they shutout the Predators 6-0 in Game 5. They've won each of their previous four championships on the road. They won Lord Stanley last season with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 at SAP Center. Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced. Rinne allowed three shots on nine shots before leaving the game after the first 20 minutes. Saros finished with 12 saves in relief. Penguins lead the series 3-2. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Harry Zolnierczyk - Frederick Gaudreau - Colin Wilson  Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick WeberPekka RinneJuuse SarosScratched: Vernon Fiddler, Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur) Penguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan Rust Carl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric HornqvistBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin SchultzMatt MurrayMarc-Andre FleuryScratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean MaguireInjured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Nick Bonino (lower body)Up NextThe Predators will try to regroup and find a way to beat the Penguins as the series shifts to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6 at 7 pm CST on NBC.
    92 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-2 series lead with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Thursday night. After winning two games at home, the Predators attempted to maintain their momentum on the road against the Penguins. Both teams have won twice at home through four games. Despite his last two lackluster starts, the Penguins put Matt Murray in net. He allowed five goals on 33 shots in Game 3. He then surrendered three late goals in a setback in Game 4. Though, his job as the Penguins' No. 1 goalie was questioned after losing back-to-back starts for the first time in 30 career playoff games. Pekka Rinne is in the same boat as Murray. He allowed eight goals on 36 shots in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, but responded well in the next two games. He made 50 saves on 52 shots in Games 3 and 4. He has seemed to have found his mojo, but not Thursday. The Predators got a delayed penalty just 50 seconds into the opening period. Ryan Ellis was called for holding. The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play as Sidney Crosby received a puck from Patric Hornqvist and sent it to Justin Schultz, who fired the puck through Pekka Rinne's five-hole for his fourth goal of the playoffs. The puck was in the neutral zone, but Trevor Daley sent it to Chris Kunitz and it made its way to Bryan Rust, who beat Rinne for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The Penguins made it 2-0 at 13:17. Both P.K. Subban and Sidney Crosby were called for holding with 1:32 left in the period. The game went into a 4-on-4 for two minutes. Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne top-shelf for his 10th goal of the season. The Penguins took a 3-0 lead with 11 seconds left. Shots were tied at nine apiece, but the Penguins had a comfortable 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The final 28 seconds of the 4-on-4 continued at the beginning of the second period. Conor Sheary received a birthday present 1:12 into the second period. He tapped in a pass from Sidney Crosby for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Penguins a 4-0 lead. In addition, Jake Guentzel recorded his 21st point this postseason, tying the postseason record among rookies. Phil Kessel skated into the high slot and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Juuse Saros for his eighth goal of the playoffs, extending the Penguins' lead to 5-0 at 11:58. Ron Hainsey completed a tic-tac-toe play from Kessel and Evgeni Malkin. He tapped the puck into the net for his second goal of the playoffs, expanding the Penguins' lead to 6-0 with 3:20 left in regulation. The Penguins had this game from start to finish as they shutout the Predators 6-0 in Game 5. They've won each of their previous four championships on the road. They won Lord Stanley last season with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 at SAP Center. Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced. Rinne allowed three shots on nine shots before leaving the game after the first 20 minutes. Saros finished with 12 saves in relief. Penguins lead the series 3-2. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Harry Zolnierczyk - Frederick Gaudreau - Colin Wilson  Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick WeberPekka RinneJuuse SarosScratched: Vernon Fiddler, Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur) Penguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Bryan Rust Carl Hagelin - Carter Rowney - Patric HornqvistBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin SchultzMatt MurrayMarc-Andre FleuryScratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean MaguireInjured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Nick Bonino (lower body)Up NextThe Predators will try to regroup and find a way to beat the Penguins as the series shifts to Bridgestone Arena for Game 6 at 7 pm CST on NBC.
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  • 05 Jun 2017
    NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators evened the series at two apiece with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Monday night. Matt Murray made a great pad save on Filip Forsberg's slap shot 6:55 into the opening period. Murray also denied Austin Watson's shot, but Calle Jarnkrok cleaned up the rebound in front for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:51. The Penguins challenged Jarnkrok's play for goalie interference, but the officials announced that it was a good goal for the Predators. Sidney Crosby sneaked a backhand shot past Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1 just 1:06 later. Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Predators. Just 3:45 into the second period, Frederick Gaudreau beat Murray to put the Predators back on top. Gaudreau completed a successful wraparound attempt to score his third goal of the playoffs after the officials confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. With his third goal of the playoffs, Viktor Arvidsson made it 3-1 Predators at 13:08. Arvidsson scored on the breakaway to snap his 16-game goalless drought dating back to April 20 against the Chicago Blackhawks at home. Shots were 15-14 in favor of the Predators, who led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Penguins pulled Murray for an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the third period. Forsberg scored an unassisted, empty-net goal — his ninth of the playoffs — from 197 feet away to expand the Predators' lead to 4-1 with 3:23 left in the third. Things got chippy when Mattias Ekholm dropped the gloves with Josh Archibald with 1:39 left in regulation. As a result, Ekholm received roughing and slashing minors while Archibald got called for roughing. Ryan Ellis went to the box for cross-checking Jake Guentzel. The Penguins received a 5-on-3 with 22.4 seconds remaining, but were unable to put one in the net. The Predators beat the Penguins 4-1. Rinne finished with 23 saves for Nashville whereas Murray made 22 saves in a losing effort for Nashville. Series tied 2-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Conor Sheary - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson Carl Hagelin - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Ian Cole - Trevor Daley Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body)Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith PA Parenteau - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)Up NextThe series shifts to PPG Paints Arena as both teams face each other in Game 5 Thursday at 8 pm EST on NBC.
    143 Posted by Ana Kieu
  • NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators evened the series at two apiece with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Monday night. Matt Murray made a great pad save on Filip Forsberg's slap shot 6:55 into the opening period. Murray also denied Austin Watson's shot, but Calle Jarnkrok cleaned up the rebound in front for his second goal of the playoffs, giving the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:51. The Penguins challenged Jarnkrok's play for goalie interference, but the officials announced that it was a good goal for the Predators. Sidney Crosby sneaked a backhand shot past Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1 just 1:06 later. Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Predators. Just 3:45 into the second period, Frederick Gaudreau beat Murray to put the Predators back on top. Gaudreau completed a successful wraparound attempt to score his third goal of the playoffs after the officials confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. With his third goal of the playoffs, Viktor Arvidsson made it 3-1 Predators at 13:08. Arvidsson scored on the breakaway to snap his 16-game goalless drought dating back to April 20 against the Chicago Blackhawks at home. Shots were 15-14 in favor of the Predators, who led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Penguins pulled Murray for an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the third period. Forsberg scored an unassisted, empty-net goal — his ninth of the playoffs — from 197 feet away to expand the Predators' lead to 4-1 with 3:23 left in the third. Things got chippy when Mattias Ekholm dropped the gloves with Josh Archibald with 1:39 left in regulation. As a result, Ekholm received roughing and slashing minors while Archibald got called for roughing. Ryan Ellis went to the box for cross-checking Jake Guentzel. The Penguins received a 5-on-3 with 22.4 seconds remaining, but were unable to put one in the net. The Predators beat the Penguins 4-1. Rinne finished with 23 saves for Nashville whereas Murray made 22 saves in a losing effort for Nashville. Series tied 2-2. NotesPenguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Conor Sheary - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson Carl Hagelin - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Ian Cole - Trevor Daley Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body)Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith PA Parenteau - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)Up NextThe series shifts to PPG Paints Arena as both teams face each other in Game 5 Thursday at 8 pm EST on NBC.
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  • 03 Jun 2017
    NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators cut the Pittsburgh Penguins' best-of-seven series lead with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. Five NHL teams (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2011 Boston Bruins) won Lord Stanley after being down 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final. Can the Predators become the sixth team? Only time will tell. The Predators dropped their first two playoff games, both on the road, but managed to cut the series lead in half Saturday. Jake Guentzel opened the scoring for the Penguins with his 13th goal of the playoffs 2:46 into the first period. Pekka Rinne originally denied Ian Cole's slap shot, but Guentzel fired the rebound five-hole for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. Shots were 12-6 in favor of the Predators, but the Penguins led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Predators opened the second period with two goals in a span of 42 seconds to grab a 2-1 lead. Justin Schultz was called for holding at 15:47. Roman Josi capitalized on the man advantage as he collected Calle Jarnkrok's cross-ice pass and blasted a slap shot past Matt Murray for his sixth goal of the playoffs at 14:09. Frederick Gandreau gave the Predators their first lead of the game with his second goal of the playoffs. Gandreau controlled the puck in the zone and ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Murray for a 2-1 lead. A pass from a flurry behind the Penguins' net took an insane bounce to James Neal, who put the puck past Murray for his sixth goal of the playoffs, extending the Predators' lead to 3-1 with just 22.6 seconds left in the second. The Predators outshot the Penguins 28-19 and carried a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Craig Smith scored an unassisted goal — his first of the playoffs — on the breakaway to give the Predators a three-goal cushion 4:54 into the third period. Smith skated down the middle of the ice and quickly fired a shot past the glove side of Murray for a 4-1 lead. Both teams went to a 4-on-4 after Carl Hagelin and Mattias Elkholm received roughing penalties at 9:18. The Predators received a power play as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Filip Forsberg all headed to the box 2:01 later. Malkin and Forsberg were called for cross-checking while Crosby was called for boarding. Nashville converted their power play for a 5-1 lead at 6:50 after Elkholm fired a long-range slap shot past Murray for his first goal of the playoffs. Elkholm ended his 43-game goalless drought dating back to March 27 against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. As of Saturday, 19 different Predators players recorded a goal in this postseason. The Predators capped off the game with a 5-1 victory over the Penguins. Rinne finished with 27 shots for Nashville whereas Murray made 28 saves in a losing effort for Pittsburgh.   Penguins lead the series 2-1. Notes Penguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Conor Sheary - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson Carl Hagelin - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Ian Cole - Trevor Daley Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body) Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith PA Parenteau - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Colin Wilson (undisclosed) Up Next Both teams return to action Monday night for Game 5 at 7 pm CST on NBC.
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  • NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators cut the Pittsburgh Penguins' best-of-seven series lead with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. Five NHL teams (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2011 Boston Bruins) won Lord Stanley after being down 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final. Can the Predators become the sixth team? Only time will tell. The Predators dropped their first two playoff games, both on the road, but managed to cut the series lead in half Saturday. Jake Guentzel opened the scoring for the Penguins with his 13th goal of the playoffs 2:46 into the first period. Pekka Rinne originally denied Ian Cole's slap shot, but Guentzel fired the rebound five-hole for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. Shots were 12-6 in favor of the Predators, but the Penguins led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Predators opened the second period with two goals in a span of 42 seconds to grab a 2-1 lead. Justin Schultz was called for holding at 15:47. Roman Josi capitalized on the man advantage as he collected Calle Jarnkrok's cross-ice pass and blasted a slap shot past Matt Murray for his sixth goal of the playoffs at 14:09. Frederick Gandreau gave the Predators their first lead of the game with his second goal of the playoffs. Gandreau controlled the puck in the zone and ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Murray for a 2-1 lead. A pass from a flurry behind the Penguins' net took an insane bounce to James Neal, who put the puck past Murray for his sixth goal of the playoffs, extending the Predators' lead to 3-1 with just 22.6 seconds left in the second. The Predators outshot the Penguins 28-19 and carried a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Craig Smith scored an unassisted goal — his first of the playoffs — on the breakaway to give the Predators a three-goal cushion 4:54 into the third period. Smith skated down the middle of the ice and quickly fired a shot past the glove side of Murray for a 4-1 lead. Both teams went to a 4-on-4 after Carl Hagelin and Mattias Elkholm received roughing penalties at 9:18. The Predators received a power play as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Filip Forsberg all headed to the box 2:01 later. Malkin and Forsberg were called for cross-checking while Crosby was called for boarding. Nashville converted their power play for a 5-1 lead at 6:50 after Elkholm fired a long-range slap shot past Murray for his first goal of the playoffs. Elkholm ended his 43-game goalless drought dating back to March 27 against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. As of Saturday, 19 different Predators players recorded a goal in this postseason. The Predators capped off the game with a 5-1 victory over the Penguins. Rinne finished with 27 shots for Nashville whereas Murray made 28 saves in a losing effort for Pittsburgh.   Penguins lead the series 2-1. Notes Penguins' projected linesJake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Conor Sheary - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson Carl Hagelin - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Ian Cole - Trevor Daley Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sesito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), Nick Bonino (lower body) Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Austin Watson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith PA Parenteau - Frederick Gaudreau - Harry Zolnierczyk Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vernon Fiddler, Miikka Salomaki, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, Petter Granberg Injured: Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Colin Wilson (undisclosed) Up Next Both teams return to action Monday night for Game 5 at 7 pm CST on NBC.
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  • 31 May 2017
    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night. The Penguins managed to take Game 1 with a 5-3 win over the Predators despite going 37 minutes without a shot on goal, but they were unable to repeat their performance this time around. Moreover, a Predators fan named Jacob Waddell threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1. The 36-year-old is from Nolensville, Tennessee, and was charged with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings and processions. The Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. dropped the charges Wednesday. The Penguins got some bad news early in the opening period as Nick Bonino was helped off the ice after blocking a shot from P.K. Subban. The Penguins successfully killed off a 5-on-3 midway through the first. Chris Kunitz was called for cross-checking whereas Evgeni Malkin went to the box for tripping. They followed with a 58 second power play. Mike Fisher served an interference minor at that time. Pontus Aberg scored a solo-effort goal — his second of the playoffs — to beat Matt Murray and put the Predators on the board at 7:03 of the first. Jake Guentzel somehow shot the puck past Pekka Rinne, tying the score 1-1 with 3:24 left in the first. Not only did he notch his 11th goal of the playoffs; he also tied for second-most in goals by a rookie in a single postseason. Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play with the Predators outshooting the Penguins 18-12. Bonino returned to the Penguins' bench at the beginning of the second period. Rinne made a spectacular save with his blocker to rob Conor Sheary's wrist shot in the final seconds of the second.  The Predators played in a terrific manner, but arguably lacked discipline, which was a concern as they walked off the ice and into the locker room. The Predators outshot the Penguins 32-19, but the game remained tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. Things escalated quickly in the third period. It only took 10 seconds for Guentzel to score his second goal of the night and 12th of the playoffs to put the Penguins ahead 2-1. Guentzel collected a pass from Bryan Rust and fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle, breaking a team record for the fastest postseason goal scored in a period. The Penguins continued to pour in the goals, scoring twice in 15 seconds. Scott Wilson got a tip-in goal for his third of the playoffs. Malkin followed with his ninth of the playoffs on his first shot of the net. As a result, the Predators pulled Rinne from the net in favor of Juuse Saros. Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play less than four minutes later, finishing off a passing play from Chris Kunitz. However, Peter Laviolette challenged the play for offside and the officials reversed Hornqvist's goal. Subban engaged in a fight with Malkin behind the net at 7:46. Consequently, Subban received a fighting major while Malkin got a fighting major and roughing minor that was served by Wilson. The ensuing action featured a few action-packed incidents. Saros made a save on Ron Hainsey's slap shot, Matt Cullen won a faceoff against Vernon Fiddler and Cody McLeod received an interference minor. McLeod's penalty was paused as the game went into a 4-on-4 after Kunitz was called for slashing. The Penguins beat the Predators 4-1. Murray finished with 37 saves for Pittsburgh. Rinne had 21 saves for Nashville in 43:28 of ice time. Saros made two saves in relief of Rinne. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Frederik Gaudreau - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parentau, Petter Granberg, Mikka Salomaki, Harry Zolnierczyk Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)Penguins' projected linesChris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel Jake Guentzel - Matt Cullen - Carter RowneyBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre FleuryScratched: Carl Hagelin, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion)Up NextThe series shifts to Bridgestone Arena Saturday. Game 3 is at 7 pm CST on NBCSN.
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  • PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night. The Penguins managed to take Game 1 with a 5-3 win over the Predators despite going 37 minutes without a shot on goal, but they were unable to repeat their performance this time around. Moreover, a Predators fan named Jacob Waddell threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1. The 36-year-old is from Nolensville, Tennessee, and was charged with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings and processions. The Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. dropped the charges Wednesday. The Penguins got some bad news early in the opening period as Nick Bonino was helped off the ice after blocking a shot from P.K. Subban. The Penguins successfully killed off a 5-on-3 midway through the first. Chris Kunitz was called for cross-checking whereas Evgeni Malkin went to the box for tripping. They followed with a 58 second power play. Mike Fisher served an interference minor at that time. Pontus Aberg scored a solo-effort goal — his second of the playoffs — to beat Matt Murray and put the Predators on the board at 7:03 of the first. Jake Guentzel somehow shot the puck past Pekka Rinne, tying the score 1-1 with 3:24 left in the first. Not only did he notch his 11th goal of the playoffs; he also tied for second-most in goals by a rookie in a single postseason. Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play with the Predators outshooting the Penguins 18-12. Bonino returned to the Penguins' bench at the beginning of the second period. Rinne made a spectacular save with his blocker to rob Conor Sheary's wrist shot in the final seconds of the second.  The Predators played in a terrific manner, but arguably lacked discipline, which was a concern as they walked off the ice and into the locker room. The Predators outshot the Penguins 32-19, but the game remained tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. Things escalated quickly in the third period. It only took 10 seconds for Guentzel to score his second goal of the night and 12th of the playoffs to put the Penguins ahead 2-1. Guentzel collected a pass from Bryan Rust and fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle, breaking a team record for the fastest postseason goal scored in a period. The Penguins continued to pour in the goals, scoring twice in 15 seconds. Scott Wilson got a tip-in goal for his third of the playoffs. Malkin followed with his ninth of the playoffs on his first shot of the net. As a result, the Predators pulled Rinne from the net in favor of Juuse Saros. Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play less than four minutes later, finishing off a passing play from Chris Kunitz. However, Peter Laviolette challenged the play for offside and the officials reversed Hornqvist's goal. Subban engaged in a fight with Malkin behind the net at 7:46. Consequently, Subban received a fighting major while Malkin got a fighting major and roughing minor that was served by Wilson. The ensuing action featured a few action-packed incidents. Saros made a save on Ron Hainsey's slap shot, Matt Cullen won a faceoff against Vernon Fiddler and Cody McLeod received an interference minor. McLeod's penalty was paused as the game went into a 4-on-4 after Kunitz was called for slashing. The Penguins beat the Predators 4-1. Murray finished with 37 saves for Pittsburgh. Rinne had 21 saves for Nashville in 43:28 of ice time. Saros made two saves in relief of Rinne. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Frederik Gaudreau - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Cody McLeod - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parentau, Petter Granberg, Mikka Salomaki, Harry Zolnierczyk Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)Penguins' projected linesChris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel Jake Guentzel - Matt Cullen - Carter RowneyBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre FleuryScratched: Carl Hagelin, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion)Up NextThe series shifts to Bridgestone Arena Saturday. Game 3 is at 7 pm CST on NBCSN.
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  • 29 May 2017
    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an early deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Monday night. Both teams entered the best-of-seven series ready to rumble after fending off their previous opponents. The Penguins endured a hard-fought Game 7 that ended in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators whereas the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6. Pittsburgh also aimed to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 19 NHL seasons. The Predators made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance Monday. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Nashville in the opening period. P.K. Subban scored what appeared to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the first. After a Penguins' turnover, Subban took a wrist shot and fired it past the blocker of Matt Murray for his third goal of the playoffs. However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged the play, claiming it was offside before the goal was scored. The officials reversed Nashville's opening goal. The Penguins received a 5-on-3 after James Neal was called for cross-checking and Calle Jarnkrok went to the box for interference. Pittsburgh then scored three goals on five shots in the final 4:11. Sidney Crosby's shot to Trevor Daley was promptly passed to Evgeni Malkin, whose puck ended up in the back of the net, beating Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs and first power-play goal at 15:32. Conor Sheary scored his first goal of the playoffs 65 seconds later as he caught Rinne off guard and his shot went into an empty net. Nick Bonino netted an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 Penguins 17 seconds left in the first. Bonino's one-handed shot went into the net for his third of the playoffs.   The Penguins were up 3-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Predators trailed for the first time in the postseason, but at least avoided a shutout in the second period. Ian Cole headed to the box for roughing at 6:39. Ryan Ellis ended Rinne's shutout bid with a power-play goal at 8:21. Viktor Arvidsson's screen in front of Matt Murray allowed Ellis to fire the puck past heavy traffic for his fifth of the playoffs. The Penguins recorded no shots in a period for the first time in team postseason history. The Penguins brought a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 20-8 in favor of the Predators. The Predators tied the game 3-3 in a span of 3:23 in the final period. Malkin received a slashing penalty at 9:36. Colton Sissons pulled the Predators within one with a power-play goal 30 seconds later. Sissons increased position in front and deflected Roman Josi's shot home for his sixth of the playoffs. Frederick Gaudreau received a beautiful pass from Austin Watson and buried his first career postseason goal, tying the game 3-3 at 6:31. It didn't take long for the Penguins to stage a comeback. Jake Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal to put the Penguins ahead 4-3 with 3:17 left in the third. Guentzel raced into the zone and used a quick wrist shot to beat Rinne for his 10th of the playoffs. The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker late in the third. The decision backfired as Nick Bonino tallied an empty-net goal with 1:02 left in regulation. Bonino unleashed an extended wrist shot from the neutral zone, scoring into the empty net for his second goal of the night and fourth of the playoffs. The Penguins beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 1. Murray finished with 23 saves for Pittsburgh while Rinne made seven saves in a losing effort for Nashville. The Penguins lead the series 1-0. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Colin Wilson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Frederick Gaudreau - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki, Harry Zolnierczyk, Cody McLeod Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur) Penguins' projected linesChris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Carter Rowney Jake Guentzel - Matt Cullen - Patric HornqvistBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Carl Hagelin, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) Up Next Both teams return to action Wednesday for Game 2 at 8 pm EST on NBCSN.
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  • PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an early deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena Monday night. Both teams entered the best-of-seven series ready to rumble after fending off their previous opponents. The Penguins endured a hard-fought Game 7 that ended in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators whereas the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6. Pittsburgh also aimed to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 19 NHL seasons. The Predators made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance Monday. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Nashville in the opening period. P.K. Subban scored what appeared to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the first. After a Penguins' turnover, Subban took a wrist shot and fired it past the blocker of Matt Murray for his third goal of the playoffs. However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged the play, claiming it was offside before the goal was scored. The officials reversed Nashville's opening goal. The Penguins received a 5-on-3 after James Neal was called for cross-checking and Calle Jarnkrok went to the box for interference. Pittsburgh then scored three goals on five shots in the final 4:11. Sidney Crosby's shot to Trevor Daley was promptly passed to Evgeni Malkin, whose puck ended up in the back of the net, beating Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal of the playoffs and first power-play goal at 15:32. Conor Sheary scored his first goal of the playoffs 65 seconds later as he caught Rinne off guard and his shot went into an empty net. Nick Bonino netted an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 Penguins 17 seconds left in the first. Bonino's one-handed shot went into the net for his third of the playoffs.   The Penguins were up 3-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Predators trailed for the first time in the postseason, but at least avoided a shutout in the second period. Ian Cole headed to the box for roughing at 6:39. Ryan Ellis ended Rinne's shutout bid with a power-play goal at 8:21. Viktor Arvidsson's screen in front of Matt Murray allowed Ellis to fire the puck past heavy traffic for his fifth of the playoffs. The Penguins recorded no shots in a period for the first time in team postseason history. The Penguins brought a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 20-8 in favor of the Predators. The Predators tied the game 3-3 in a span of 3:23 in the final period. Malkin received a slashing penalty at 9:36. Colton Sissons pulled the Predators within one with a power-play goal 30 seconds later. Sissons increased position in front and deflected Roman Josi's shot home for his sixth of the playoffs. Frederick Gaudreau received a beautiful pass from Austin Watson and buried his first career postseason goal, tying the game 3-3 at 6:31. It didn't take long for the Penguins to stage a comeback. Jake Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal to put the Penguins ahead 4-3 with 3:17 left in the third. Guentzel raced into the zone and used a quick wrist shot to beat Rinne for his 10th of the playoffs. The Predators pulled Rinne for an extra attacker late in the third. The decision backfired as Nick Bonino tallied an empty-net goal with 1:02 left in regulation. Bonino unleashed an extended wrist shot from the neutral zone, scoring into the empty net for his second goal of the night and fourth of the playoffs. The Penguins beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 1. Murray finished with 23 saves for Pittsburgh while Rinne made seven saves in a losing effort for Nashville. The Penguins lead the series 1-0. Notes Predators' projected linesFilip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Pontus Aberg Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Colin Wilson - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith Frederick Gaudreau - Vernon Fiddler - Austin Watson Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber Pekka Rinne Juuse Saros Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, Petter Granberg, Miikka Salomaki, Harry Zolnierczyk, Cody McLeod Injured: Ryan Johansen (acute compartment syndrome), Kevin Fiala (fractured left femur) Penguins' projected linesChris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary Scott Wilson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Carter Rowney Jake Guentzel - Matt Cullen - Patric HornqvistBrian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley Ian Cole - Justin Schultz Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury Scratched: Carl Hagelin, Mark Streit, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist, Cameron Gaunce, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, David Warsofsky, Frank Corrado, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson, Tom Sestito, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire Injured: Kris Letang (neck surgery), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) Up Next Both teams return to action Wednesday for Game 2 at 8 pm EST on NBCSN.
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