Predators, Penguins 1-1 after 1 in Game 4

Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau scored 42 seconds apart in the second period, and the Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Yes, the Nashville Predators lean on their defensemen not only to smother the NHL's best attackers, but also to score in bunches. He improved to 9-1 at home in the postseason.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Josi and Calle Jarnkrok also logged a pair of assists for the Preds. Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm scored in the third period as the Preds won their first ever home final.

Bonino-Bonino-Bonino: Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino is a game-time decision after getting drilled by a P.K. Subban slapshot in the ankle in Game Two. "But obviously, these two games have been huge for us".

"We've got to execute", coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday. We need change. Maybe players, I don't know. Our guys, they've been through this.

Many players said they'd never seen anything like what they experienced on Saturday, and it could possibly get even more raucous given Nashville is now right back in this series. The game, however, was stopped to review the shot. The puck just crossed the goal line under the outstretched sick of Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray before he shoved it away.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators play Game Four of the Stanley Cup final Monday night in Bridgestone Arena, with faceoff shortly after 8 p.m. on NBC.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Penguins, but they are 13-2 in the playoffs coming off a loss under Sullivan. You got to give Nashville credit.

The Predators got it started with a three-goal flurry in the second.

Start with Smashville: This city has gone all Hee Haw for hockey, and the Predators certainly have a Cinderella appeal after rising from 16th seed of the playoffs to the first Stanley Cup Final appearance since the NHL expansion of 1998. The Penguins still boast a 2-1 lead in the series, but they seem like the team that has work to do.

That has replaced the Penguins" pursuit of becoming the first back-to-back Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings of 1997 and "98 as the storyline of this series. Phil Kessel is shooting, but most of his attempts are from the periphery and resemble his worst times in Toronto.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. One power play goal and it's 2-0. It's really good. It's a big plus for us, especially the fans.

As for Rinne, Neal added: "We felt we left him out to dry a few times in the last game".

"To say that he's back to form, the form that we saw Pekka Rinne play for the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Final, I think it's a little early for that", said Dreger. He doesn't let any of the outside noise, or if he thought he should have had one of the goals, he doesn't let that stuff affect him. The Predators scored on two of their three power play opportunities.

  • Julie Sanders