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Predators beat Penguins 5-1, trail Cup Final 2-1

06 June 2017, 05:47 | Tami Weber

Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators players salute fans after Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday

He and the Predators backed up his words Saturday night, marrying a clear advantage in shots with actual production during the final two periods of a 5-1 win at Bridgestone Arena. Rinne started and made 27 saves against a Pittsburgh team that continued to struggle on the power play and lacked the same zip they had in winning the first two games at home.

The victory cuts Nashville's series deficit to 2-1, with Game 4 set to take place Monday in Nashville. The Penguins went 0 of 3 on the power play and now are 1 of 13 in this series.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Penguins, but they are 13-2 in the playoffs coming off a loss under Sullivan.

Saturday's crowd fired five catfish on the ice before and during Game 3. It was one of the craziest warmups I've ever seen. "We can see they play a pretty inspired game here", Crosby said. However, Saturday's win is just the second of his career in 11 all-time meetings with the defending Stanley Cup champions. That's my mindset. I thought I was in position on all of them. "And our forwards (are) doing a great job getting pucks to us, and yeah, tipping pucks, getting screens from that, and our job is just to get the puck through". "I mean, I don't know.As far as being a celebrity, my wife gets more attention than me, which I'm OK with". Sports blogger Bryant Fair noted on On the Forecheck before Game 3 that Pittsburgh was leading the series despite having only 37 percent of the scoring chances in the first two games.

It was the Predators' second goal, and eventual game-winner, that shifted the tide in the game. Craig Smith's unassisted goal 4:54 into the final stanza gave Nashville that much more of a cushion at 4-1. Nor did he lose confidence in himself. It comes from our coaching. That's why it's good that hockey exists in Miami, San Jose and yes, even Phoenix. He went on to tell me that my breath smelled bad, and I really don't understand why, because I use Listerine before the game. "We'll build on that". Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with eight goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 67 shots on goal. In Game 2, he claimed Evgeni Malkin said something inappropriate to him in Russian that sparked a fight between the two. A power-play strike from Mattias Ekholm with 6:50 left capped the scoring.

Even though they got on the board first, the fans didn't sit down, and we didn't sit down.

Yes, as the song said, we all enjoyed the show. We know they can play against anybody.

Yes, the Nashville Predators lean on their defensemen not only to smother the NHL's best attackers, but also to score in bunches.

"Yeah, he made that up", said Crosby when asked about Subban's comments. That's how the Penguins won the Cup a year ago, following this exact pattern in beating the San Jose Sharks.So the Penguins and Predators will just have to take the unfamiliar schedule and make the most of it.



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