Dunlap: Can't Get Down After Game 1 Win

A Nashville Predators fan is facing three misdemeanor charges after disrupting Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in Pittsburgh by throwing the mutilated carcass of a catfish on the ice.

Wrong. The Penguins didn't get another shot on goal for that mind-boggling 37:09 - 7:09 more than half a game, the whole second period and most of the third.

The Penguins could not muster one shot after Nick Bonino scored to make 3-0 1:02 before the first intermission.

Conor Sheary tallies his first goal of the 2017 playoffs. Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis (4) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with Cody McLeod, left, during the second period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

"We know that's not necessarily the way you want to play the game every night", Crosby said.

Pittsburgh, which had scored three times on eight shots in the first period, had no shots in the entire second period and just XXX in the third. I think it goes back to respecting our opponent.

The fish typically only appear at Predators home games, but when Nashville visited Pittsburgh on Monday night, one courageous Preds fan managed to sneak one into PPG Paints Arena.

Waddell was carrying out a tradition among Nashville fans, who regularly throw catfish on to the rink during their team's home games.

Colton Sissons (power play) and Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Predators in the third-period.

With the Pittsburgh players telling themselves that they needed to get a shot - "We were definitely yelling for everybody to shoot", said Sheary - Matt Cullen fed Guentzel up the ice with a pass. P.K. Subban almost had the first goal of the game, but the referees disallowed it after replay showed that Filip Forsberg was offsides.

The Predators were a flawless 3-0 on the road in Game 1 during the playoffs.

Sullivan used his coach's challenge, arguing Nashville forward Filip Forsberg was offside.

That Time the Guy Threw the Catfish on the Ice During the Pens Game wasn't lost on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto - nor was the opportunity for puns. Nashville proved that they can hold Pittsburgh scoreless for more than half an hour.

Yet Pittsburgh managed to build a quick 3-0 lead anyway thanks to a fortunate bounce and some quick thinking by Penguins video coordinator Andy Saucier. Coach Mike Sullivan summed it up best when he started his postgame press conference by saying, "We weren't very good". They can win with both firepower and precision. "But it was a good finish there to get that one from Jake". The Predators had allowed only five first-period goals through its first 16 playoff games.

Not everything, though. Pittsburgh's second goal came after Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok laid his stick on Patric Hornqvist's skate in front of the net, and Hornqvist went down - it was either a very artful trip or a phantom call, but as it happened Nashville's James Neal was cross-checking Trevor Daley at about the same time.

  • Julie Sanders