NHL Analyst Keith Jones: 'Get Your Game 5 Tickets'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 2:25
Defenseman P.K. Subban said the team was "extremely confident" and in the prospect of going home, where the Predators are 7-1 during the playoffs. And that's entirely possible the way Pekka Rinne has played so far in this series.
Just 15 seconds later, Malkin scored off a two-on-one, firing a ideal shot over Rinne's glove for a 4-1 lead.
That may not be easy because Murray is a cool customer who already has a Stanley Cup to his credit, having been in net for Pittsburgh's successful run previous year. Malkin and Subban even ended up fighting in the third period when things got out of hand.
Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette leads a practice Friday, June 2, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. You've got to go out there and do whatever you can to make you better and to make you prepared for whatever's thrown at you. They had been out-shot 32-19 at that point.
The Predators also have to find a way to back up P.K. Subban's words, because the defenseman has promised that his team would win the third game of the series. Since that night, the Penguins have won 138 playoff games, including some monumental victories in June, but the first June Stanley Cup win will always stand out, especially today, on a special anniversary of the night the Cup stayed in Pittsburgh. Two goals went off teammates and into the net, but it has not been the inspiring performance that the Predators and their fans are used to from the big Finn. The Penguins lost 5-1 in Nashville last October, and the atmosphere will be much more intense this time around with a forecast that could include fan-tossed catfish.
Bonino plays on Pittsburgh's fourth line, but the veteran is a key penalty killer.
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. Or as Penguins goalie Matt Murray put it: "What happens outside the glass once they drop the puck really should have no impact".
There is one way the Penguins can turn this to an advantage and that would be to get the crowd out of the game early with a couple of demoralizing, soul-crushing early goals. He put Chris Kunitz on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.
Nashville, which trails the series 1-0 despite dominating Game 1, is keeping things status quo.
Rinne has never beaten the Pens as a starter (1-6-2) and the single win came in relief.
Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"At the end of the day I think you just go out there and play hockey and try to play your game".
The Penguins and Predators could have the same lineups for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, two nights after a freaky start to the series that few could have expected.
"I'm sure they'll hear the noise and the energy in the building", Subban said of the Penguins. The newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee says he's proud to be included in the Predators' Cup Final run.
Forward Colin Wilson did not take part in Nashville's morning skate Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena after missing Game 1 on Monday night because of a lower-body injury. If Bonino can't play, then Carl Hagelin could be an option for Sullivan after sitting out the first two games of this series.