Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

Posted May 31, 2017

Then Nashville's star defenseman P.K. Subban finessed a pin-pointed wrist shot into the net to open the scoring for the series.

The Penguins rode an early lead after an overturned goal to a 5-3 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. With 12 shots on goal and 28 attempted shots in Game 1 against the Predators, Pittsburgh scored five goals, including three on eight shots in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.

In the wake of their latest humbling of the Washington Capitals, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are seen by oddsmakers as capable of repeating as the Stanley Cup champions. And with the Pens still fighting to even register a shot since the first period more than 10 minutes into the third, the Predators struck again, pulling within one after some decisive puck movement and another power-play goal, this one from Colton Sissons.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators both appear to getting healthier for the Stanley Cup final. Shortly thereafter, Frederick Gaudreau tied the game with his first goal of the playoffs.

It looked like a repeat of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa, when the Penguins poured in four goals in the first period of a 7-0 rout.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The first period of their first Stanley Cup Final game was a rough one for the Nashville Predators.

Carl Hagelin is out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup, but Jake Guentzel is in.

However, after a brief review, the referees waived the goal off and the Pittsburgh crowd went wild. Conor Sheary scored his first of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth. Veteran Pekka Rinne is making his first start in the Cup Final for Nashville, while Matt Murray is back after winning the title past year. "Being down 3-0 to the Stanley Cup champions, coming back and tying it up with an opportunity to win the hockey game is definitely something to build on".

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"We were kind of in a hole there and believed we were going to come back and we did it", Sissons said.

"We hear the commentary, 'Well, it was just offsides by a little bit".

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 11 shots.

Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis, left, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with Filip Forsberg, right, during the second period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Pittsb. "I knew we were doing a good job defensively, but I wasn't looking at the time (that Pittsburgh had gone without a shot)".

Saturday, June 3: Pittsburgh at Nashville, 8 p.m. The Predators regained their early first-period form right away in the second period. For no apparent good reason, Neal jammed the shaft into the kidneys or spleen of Pittsburgh defenceman Trevor Daley in full view of thousands sitting in the arena, millions watching at home and two guys with whistles empowered to send him to the box.

Meanwhile, Nashville fans heralded Waddell as a hometown hero for throwing the fish, which according to Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate, Waddell brought from Nashville and smuggled into the arena by vacuum-sealing it and shoving it down a pair of compression shorts. We are talking to Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt and very special guest, the first captain of the Nashville Predators...

"Although Pekka has not been in this situation before, he's been in situations where he's played for his country in big games and always delivered", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette when asked about Rinne's readiness for the Cup Final stage.