Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

After blowing a 3-0 lead, the Penguins got two goals late in the third period to win the Stanley Cup Final opener in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins, who scored more goals and fired more shots than any other team during the regular season, managed only 11 shots at Pekka Rinne, beating him four times.

Laviolette - who's had longtime assistant Kevin McCarthy at his side since their days together in Raleigh - saw Nashville have their first goal waved off after a coach's challenge determined the Predators were offside, then watched on as the Penguins scored three times to take a big lead.

How in the name of Lord Stanley's Cup did the Pittsburgh Penguins win Game 1 of the Final against Nashville, 5-3, on Monday night?

The Nashville Predators fan who chucked a DEAD CATFISH on the ice during game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has been hit with criminal charges. officials say.

A shot by Nashville's Roman Josi glanced in off Colton Sissons for a power-play goal at 10:06 of the third to cut the lead to 3-2.

"Looking back since I came here a couple years ago, he's been the best player in nearly all of the games played", Filip Forsberg said.

"It was a little weird, but we're just happy to get one at this time of year", said Conor Sheary.

The Penguins are seeking to become the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

Then came the equalizer from Frederick Gaudreau, off an assist from Austin Watson, that silenced the PPG Paints Arena crowd and seemingly had the Predators in position to steal a thriller of a Game 1. They found a way to win; they gritted through 37:09 without a shot on goal and still find their way up in the series.

"That's good for Freddy", coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Penguins failed to record a shot on goal in the second period. Pittsburgh didn't manage a shot on net in the second period, the first time it's happened in a playoff game in franchise history - and the first such period by any team in a Final game since the National Hockey League began tracking shots on goal in 1958. A fan also threw a catfish on the ice at the beginning of the second-period. "The fact that he didn't get one in the last round was a bit surprising".

P.K. Subban scored for the Predators early in the game, but the Penguins challenged the play to see if it was offsides. Though they didn't score again in the second, they absolutely controlled play throughout the period, outshooting the Penguins 9-0 in the session.

Guentzel's goal came after Nashville erased a 3-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber - While the Predators tried to rally from a three-goal deficit, they weren't giving a lot of time to their third defensive pairing, as both Irwin (9:04) and Weber (7:40) played under 10 minutes in Game One, while Nashville's top four on defence all ranged between 22 and 27 minutes.

Bonino notched his second of the night into an empty-net with 1:02 left to clinch the victory.

Pittsburgh was awarded a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes, and the Predators were less than 30 seconds from killing the penalty when Malkin's slap shot from the point beat Rinne.

  • Salvatore Jensen