Predators fans make out heavily, shock reporter on live TV

The Nashville Predators are a hanging on to a two-goal lead against Pittsburgh late in in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, a few minutes away from evening the series at 2-2.

For a Stanley Cup Final that has been packed with goals, it is nearly surprising that it took Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby four games to net one himself.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, right, talks with center Sidney Crosby, left, during the third period against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashvi.

Of course, based on the Nashville Predators' 4-1 win against the Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday in Nashville, there was only one goalie now worthy of the award. The Predators have outscored Pittsburgh 9-2 in the last two games.

After the Penguins yet again failed to break out of their zone cleanly, Calle Jarnkrok potted the rebound of a Craig Smith shift at 14:51 after Olli Maatta probably should have been called for holding Smith on that shift. He became the first defenseman with three points in a period in a Stanley Cup Final game since Larry Murphy had three assists for Pittsburgh on May 23, 1991, against Minnesota.

As play continued after Matt Murray appeared to make a stick save on Gaudreau, the arena horn sounded alerting on-ice officials to stop play.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne made 23 saves, including an array of spectacular stops in the second period, after Gaudreau had put the Predators ahead.

Bonino's left foot took the brunt force of a slap shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2 in Pittsburgh and didn't play in Game 3.

Crosby had another breakaway midway through the second, and Rinne stopped him not once but twice.

"Well, obviously it's hard to win when you score one goal", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. Sidney Crosby, of all people, broke in alone off a sharp pass from defenseman Brian Dumoulin to tie it just 66 seconds later with a insane fake of Rinne that had people thinking Crosby was back. Four games, three goals.

"They just skate themselves out of trouble", Crosby said.

Then again, Gaudreau's two goals the past two games equaled the two the Penguins entire team produced during their time in Tennessee, forgettable as it turned out to be.

Arvidsson's third goal of the playoffs gave the Predators a 3-1 lead at the 13:08 mark, moving them a step closer toward evening the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece.

With the series tied at two, the Penguins are going to need great goaltending that can steal a game. He allowed three goals on 25 shots and saw his record in games following a playoff loss drop to 7-1.

"(Rinne) made some good saves", Crosby said.

The empty-net bonus. With the Preds up 3-1 with 3 1/2 minutes to go, the Penguins pulled Murray from the net.

There is only so much the Penguins can do to mask their obvious disadvantage on defense. "If you're anywhere in another state, another sports team you're envious of the Preds right now", says one fan.

"I don't know how I was able to make the save", said Rinne. 'Having said that, I thought tonight, of all the games we played, we generated the most chances and the highest quality.

  • Julie Sanders