Pekka Rinne stunned the Penguins with a jaw-dropping series of saves
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 14:30
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashvill.
Pittsburgh forward Carl Hagelin played for the first time with center Nick Bonino out after taking a Subban slap shot off his left foot in Game 2 that left him on crutches and in a walking boot.
An undrafted free agent playing in just his sixth postseason game, Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 often-spectacular saves as the Predators beat the Penguins 4-1 on Monday night to even the series at 2-2. The Nashville Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Gam. "It was a good job of limiting that tonight".
They've also smothered the NHL's best scoring team even when the Pens have the man advantage, allowing just four shots in 13 penalties killed.
Nashville won both their home match and restored parity in the final series of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh penguins.
Game Four is on Monday in Nashville.
The Nashville Predators were able to capitalize on some not great goaltending. "I mean, they been doing that all playoffs long, so it's obviously our backbone is our defense".
When general manager David Poile started putting this expansion franchise together almost 20 years ago, he focused on building from the goaltender out to the defense. The Penguins are suddenly struggling to score, and the goalie can't do anything about that.
Evgeni Malkin isnt coming right out and saying it, but its becoming more than obvious that he and Phil Kessel havent been on the same page in the Stanley Cup playoffs and Malkin would probably rather play with a different right winger.
"As you can see by the way we play, our defensemen have the green light to add to the rush or lead the rush, take charge offensively in the offensive zone", Laviolette said Sunday.
The seven-game series is now a best of three.
The Penguins pulled into a tie a little more than a minute later when Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway, making it 1-all late in the opening period.
Unlike Saturday when an early Penguins goal ever so briefly silenced the crowd, the Predators struck first when Calle Jarnkrok scored with five minutes, nine seconds remaining in the first period. More experienced players get dibs on the lockers during practice. "They don't spend a lot of time in their end".
"If I don't think - or the coaches and trainers don't think - I'd help the team, then I won't be out there", Bonino said.
So far, Josi and Ellis have gone against Crosby often, with Subban and Ekholm hitting the ice against Malkin. He has 57 goals and 104 assists, for a total of 161 points. Maybe another goal or two will do the trick.
"It's hard to win when you score one goal", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.
"Every team that is a new team enjoys a honeymoon, but we had two honeymoons because we nearly got divorced 10 years ago", Henry said.
PENGUINS READY FOR GAME 4: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said his team is excited about having a chance to "lace 'em up", but he also knows his team will have to find its game if it wants to maintain control of the series.
"I would've voted for our '87 team", Wayne Gretzky said.