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Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

After securing their first win in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, the Nashville Predators look to even things up when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 on June 5. In Game 2, the Pens were outshot 38-27 and outplayed nearly the entire night, but Rinne had a woeful start to the third period, giving up three goals in three-and-a-half minutes before being pulled for the remainder of that 4-1 loss. It was Crosby's first eighth goal of the playoffs, but his first in the final since 2009.

Josi scored his sixth goal off a slap shot at 5:51, tying it at 1-1 and finally giving nervous fans something to enjoy. The best chance might have come when Pens' defenceman Brian Dumoulin found Nashville's Forsberg with a attractive no-look pass in front of the net.

Fisher was named captain last summer after the team traded Shea Weber to Montreal in exchange for P.K. Subban. In obvious pain, Subban left the ice, but he returned.

Tonight's Game 4 will be very important because the Penguins will have another shot to gain a lead in a series the Predators obviously do not want to give up.

Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 15-14 so far.

Frederick Gaudrea was awarded a goal early in the second period after play was stopped for a video review. Rinne has been huge in Game 4, outperforming Matt Murray on the other end.

In the second period, the Predators dominated zone time and the result was three goals.

Worse yet from a Penguins perspective, they got no shots on goal from either of their star centers - Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

"We knew what it was going to be like coming back home and we wanted to take advantage of it and we did", Subban said. Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel did it in the first two games of this series and Roy Conacher did it for Boston in Games 3, 4 and 5 against Toronto in 1939. That goal also gave the fans a Frosty on their way home. He was outplayed by Pekka Rinne, who's sure made good on his pledge to "bury" Games 1 and 2. Crosby has just three assists with no goal yet despite having 23 points this postseason.

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The lead didn't last long. No. 1 on the list of things that did stink for the Penguins on Saturday included the power play.

Smith became the 18 different Nashville player with a playoff goal. It was Crosby's first goal of the series. That would be the lone goal for the Penguins on the night.

The Predators can certainly feel good about the Game 3 result, but a loss in Game 4 wipes that out completely and essentially has the same effect as a Game 3 loss would.

Apparently, the fans didn't get the message from coach Peter Laviolette. He tested his injured left foot and ankle by skating Sunday but said he remains day to day.

One positive to take out of Game 4 for the Penguins was the powerplay, which created numerous opportunities. But he banged the boards in apparent frustration and limped toward the locker room He was announced as a scratch from the lineup. Police estimated that 50,000 people swarmed to the area around the arena on Saturday to watch the Predators defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, in Game 3, watching on outdoor screens and simply partying, and it created an enjoyable atmosphere around the city. The penalty kill was once again ideal. The Nashville Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Gam.

"That being said, because you guys have beat the drum on it enough, they're probably going to look to shoot the puck from all over tonight".

And with the Penguins' season extended by another six weeks during another deep playoff run, Cullen has had less time with his three boys, now ages 10, 8, and 7.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final is now a best-of-three series.

Barkley interrupted Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey talking about National Hockey League fans voting for the best team of all-time. "He's a key penalty-killer and has a real solid two-way game".

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