Valley fans travel to Pittsburgh to cheer on Penguins
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 21:23
A man who identifies as a Nashville Predators fan threw a catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, causing a stoppage of play. "We didn't get it done in Game 1". "This is a winning business, and at the end of the day you just have to win". Scott Wilson followed up on Guentzel's go-ahead goal 3:03 later and Evgeni Malkin added his ninth of the playoffs (and NHL-leading 26th point) 15 seconds after that. Dino Ciccarelli tops the list, having scored 14 goals for Minnesota in 1981.
"It's insane. You can't even put into words what it feels like", he said. We weren't under siege, it was just a little bit more of a ping pong game back and forth, neither team creating much.
On Wednesday, Sullivan talked about the discussions he had with Guentzel were like during that drought, and how he wanted Guentzel to focus on things other than just scoring goals. The 34-year-old spent the first three rounds of the playoffs helping carry Nashville to the Final for the first time.
Jacob Waddell, 36, was charged in Allegheny County with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings or processions after tossing the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game. Rinne stopped just seven shots.
Pittsburgh stayed in it thanks to Murray and when Pittsburgh returned to the ice for the start of the third they, as coach Mike Sullivan is fond of saying, "got to their game". "And that is, look, we've got a lot of different strategies for lots of different things".
This game was closer to what we had expected out these two uptempo teams.
Pontus Aberg put the Predators ahead 12:57 into the opening period with a great individual effort.
The Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to make the score 4-1, a tough score to come back from for Nashville.
The Penguins won 4- 1 Wednesday night.
Jake Guentzel scored 10 seconds into the third period to put Pittsburgh in front.
The goals did come off the rush as Laviolette noted, but some of the leaks come down to Rinne, who couldn't keep Guentzel's game-tying goal from finding a hole and then offered up a juicy rebound to Bryan Rust which spurred the go-ahead marker.
Juuse Saros (up) - Nashville's backup goalie, the rookie made his Stanley Cup debut, replacing Pekka Rinne with 16:38 remaining in the game and saved both shots he faced. "Then, obviously, made a couple mistake in the third and it cost us".
And that opportunity - in terms of ice time, high-caliber linemates and power-play usage - have been earned by way of his play in areas that go well beyond goal-scoring.
Cullen, a former Moorhead Spuds star, left briefly in the first period after being hit from behind into the boards by Predators D Matt Irwin.
Penguins center Nick Bonino is back for the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to his left ankle or foot in the first. They went 9 minutes and 50 seconds without a shot, reminiscent of the second period of Game 1when they had no shots at all.
The teams come off a freaky Game 1 that featured a questionable offside review wiping out a goal by P.K. Subban, a Predators fan throwing a catfish onto the ice and the Penguins enduring a 37-minute shot drought and scoring the victor on the next shot they took.
The result was the kind of up-and-down play that showcased the speed on both sides and included more than a dash of antagonism, particularly early.
Ian Cole (Penguins) - The defenseman was involved physically from the start. The Penguins' two penalties came on the same play as Evgeni Malkin was called for hooking and Chris Kunitz was called for cross-checking.
If you're looking for a family friendly place to gather with local hockey fans to cheer on P.K. Subban, Pekka Rinne and the wonderful Predators, Clarksville has the ideal solution.
Matt Murray (Penguins) - All the rookie does is win.