Predators beat Penguins 4-1 to even Stanley Cup Final

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

The best chance might have come when Pens' defenceman Brian Dumoulin found Nashville's Forsberg with a lovely no-look pass in front of the net. "He definitely belongs, and he's been a huge part of our success". The goal was his first in the Final since June 4, 2009, but it wasn't enough as the Penguins lost back-to-back games for only the second time in the postseason. The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 65-21 in their last 86 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.

Calle Jarnkrok, Frederick Gaudreau, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored as the Predators swept to a deserved win at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to tie the best-of-seven series at two apiece.

"We were in a tough hole against a really good team, came home and took care of the home games with the help of all our great fans", Rinne said. "It's a great feeling".

"I enjoy it. We have a good group of kids and they don't feel like kids anymore after what they went through and what they did past year with Guentzel being the exception", Cullen said.

Two nights after he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 win in Game 3, the Predators goalie was even better in a 23-save performance in Game 4.

Two of Gaudreau's three goals have been game winners.

For the first time in his young National Hockey League career, Matt Murray has lost back-to-back games in the playoffs. It was one of four shots on goal for Crosby in the game. "I thought tonight of all nights, we generated the most chances of the highest quality".

Charles Barkley has taken advantage of a day off in the NBA Finals and accepted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to come watch the Stanley Cup Final in person.

Predators captain Mike Fisher turned 37 Monday.

After a slow start that was dragged out by several stoppages and no shots on goal until Penguins defenseman Ian Cole took a long shot at Rinne at 5:05, the pace picked up. Fleury has posted a 9-6 record with a save percentage of.924 in these playoffs. The second was a breakaway stop of Chris Kunitz at 3:29.

Play continued for less than a minute before the horn in the arena sounded and the Predators were awarded a goal on this play. I say that every single time. "And I thought our guys were sharp from start to finish".

First, there's the pad stop on Sidney Crosby during the breakaway, plus he gets a piece of that rebound.

"They just skate themselves out of trouble", Crosby said. "On the other side of things, we've got to make sure that we limit their chances, don't give up breakaways or chances where they can make us pay the other way".

Crosby has now passed Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe, Al MacInnis and Bobby Smith for 20th in all-time playoff points.

The trend didn't hold for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray. The two exchanged words at the end of the Game 3 win in Nashville.

If only he had he played this way at the beginning of the series, Nashville might be celebrating with the Cup already.

A fan in Nashville added some flair to the tradition of throwing catfish on the ice, sending one over the glass with a bedazzled top hat and a toy penguin in its mouth Monday night.

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