Predators fan charged after throwing catfish onto ice during Game 1

Guentzel's goal was his 10th of the playoffs, and gave the Penguins the 1-0 lead they had no business having.

The Predators first ever Stanley Cup Final game was a freaky one in which they outplayed the defending champion Penguins for much of the night only to lose 5-3 in game one. The defending Cup champions then didn't have a shot for exactly 37 minutes as the Predators roared back to tie the score at 3. "I thought we did a lot of things well".

Three minutes later, just before the first period expired, Nick Bonino threw the puck in the general direction of the net and, as (bad) luck would have it for Nashville, it went in.

With the crowd still buzzing, the Penguins scored again just 1:04 later on a handsome feed from veteran Chris Kunitz to Conor Sheary for his first goal of the playoffs.

The game felt over, and yet, the Pens had three goals on just eight shots.

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. Nashville center Mike Fisher had two assists. However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan used his coach's challenge and the goal was overturned.

That's the Pens official website writers' Twitter feed crediting the team's video guy for being the key to the first period.

Dulled in their attack to that point, the Pens started to pick it up after the favourable decision and with just over six minutes left in the period, gained a full two-minute five-on-three advantage.

"We don't want to be chasing games like that and putting ourselves in a 3-0 hole against the defending Cup champs", said Predators forward James Neal. It was Malkin's playoff-leading 25th point. 1 and 2 in post-season scoring.

The three goal deficit was the Predators' largest deficit of the playoffs, but they were undeterred, battling back to dominate the second period and into the third.

The first 20 minutes didn't come up without some concern for the Penguins.

About midway through the first, Murray got up slowly as play moved to the other end after he became tangled with teammate Ron Hainsey in the crease. At the TV timeout, the 22-year-old, who only recently returned from a lower body injury, went to the bench and spoke to the team trainer as well as Marc-Andre Fleury, who had the starting role before Murray returned last round.

And speaking of Subban, his penalty for accidentally flipping the puck over the glass in his own defensive zone sent him to the penalty box with under 10 to go in the third period, but not only were the Penguins unable to finish off the Preds, they STILL failed to put a shot on Pekke Rinne. The Predators had allowed only five first-period goals through its first 17 games. Viktor Arvidsson screened Murray on the shot, the puck screaming between his legs and into the net. Though they didn't score again in the second, they absolutely controlled play throughout the period, outshooting the Penguins 9-0 in the session. A historic second period came after that, with the Pens failing to take a single shot at Rinne before the second break, marking the first period in team playoff history with zero shots on goal and the first time a team has been held to no shots in a Stanley Cup Final period since they started track the statistic in 1957-58.

"Looking at the shots - we had some opportunities, we missed the net, we got shots blocked", said Crosby.

  • Julie Sanders