STANLEY CUP FINAL: Music City has party for debut
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 12:38
The crowd stayed with it, and so did the Predators, who erupted for three second-period goals - including two scored in a span of 42 seconds - and then won the game going away, by a final tally of 5-1 over Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Josi tied the game on the power play, blasting a shot from the top of the circle through Murray at 5:51 of the second.
"They pressure really hard and we tried to make plays through them", the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist said.
Guentzel scored on Pittsburgh's second shot of the game.
If the National Hockey League wants to grow its sport and its revenue - and every National Hockey League owner, executive, coach and player does - it must expand its audience. But the raucous home crowd would have to wait an uncomfortably long time to cheer, as the Penguins took a first period lead, maintaining their one-goal cushion until the second period. Entering Game 3, Rinne had a.777 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final and was chased from the net in Game 2.
While the Predators scored goals, Pekka Rinne prevented them.
There was no telling how the Music City's first-ever Cup Final game would go over. Guentzel, already with two game-winning goals in the series, put the Penguins up 1-0 on their second shot with a wrister off a rebound of Ian Cole that beat Rinne just 2:46 into the game.
Less than five minutes into the third period, Chris Kunitz literally skated into Phil Kessel, allowing Craig Smith to take the puck and skate in on Murray, burying his shot for a 4-1 lead.
Just after that go-ahead goal, the Penguins had a rush on Rinne, and the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist made back-to-back big saves.
Neal made it 3-1 with 23 seconds to go in the period, tucking the puck in from the side of the net.
The Predators got it started with a three-goal flurry in the second. He leads the Penguins with 12 goals in the playoffs and is fourth on the team with 19 points. Said veteran PA Parenteau, inserted in the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch: "I played in the Bell Centre in the playoffs". "I think the playoffs, everything ratchets up and becomes even better, a more explosive environment". "We had seven or eight minutes of really good hockey".
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, reaches to make a stop against the Pittsburgh PenguinsGame 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. They took turns smashing the Penguins-themed vehicle parked in front of the building - with former Bills coach and Preds season ticket-holder Rex Ryan among those grabbing the sledgehammer.