Video review gives Nashville Predators second goal in Game 4

Rinne's fine work enabled Nashville to jump ahead, 2-1, on Gaudreau's wraparound goal at 3:45.

The 24-year-old rookie only has a chair in the Predators' locker room, but he now is the second player in National Hockey League history to score his first three career goals in a Stanley Cup final, joining Johnny Harms with the 1944 Blackhawks.

The 24-year-old centre scored his third goal in the Stanley Cup Final, not bad for a player that wasn't drafted out of the QMJHL, and had no goals in his first 11 (regular season plus playoff) games.

Game 5 is on Thursday.

Backed by their raucous home fans, the Predators are 8-1 in the postseason at Bridgestone Arena.

That proved to be a critical momentum swing, given that Pittsburgh had been carrying the play but couldn't break through against Rinne, who was excellent again after two so-so outings to open the series.

"I just go out and play the game", Murray said.

In Game 2, the Pens were outshot 38-27 and outplayed nearly the entire night, but Rinne had a woeful start to the third period, giving up three goals in three-and-a-half minutes before being pulled for the remainder of that 4-1 loss.

In the first period, the teams at intervals of a minute exchanged productive attacks - Calle Jarnkrok brought Nashville forward, but 66 seconds later, Sidney Crosby is easily sold out one-on-one with the goalkeeper. As the puck slides away from him, Rinne makes a diving stop across the crease to absolutley rob Jake Guentzel. They combined for five points Saturday night to help Nashville pull within 2-1 of the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

The NHL says 3.6-plus million votes over a six-week stretch led to the choice of the Gretzky-led, Stanley Cup winning team that won its second straight title in 1985. Craig Smith tipped it on Matt Murray, who made the save, but Jarnkrok buried the rebound.

Crosby somehow caught Nashville's defence napping and slipped unnoticed behind Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi, taking a breakaway pass from Dumoulin and beating Rinne on a backhand deke. "We believe in every one of them", said Sullivan.

Play continued for less than a minute before the horn in the arena sounded and the Predators were awarded a goal on this play. It was also just the third time in 89 career gamesin which he's lost back-to-back games.

Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville in the second period.

Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 3:23 left. The Penguins will probably need a goal or two from him at some point if they are to hang on in the best-of-seven. Still, people filled three blocks of Broadway, even with Nashville opening up a downtown amphitheater for fans to watch. The Penguins now are 13-3 after a playoff loss under coach Mike Sullivan, and Murray is 7-1 in playoff games started after a loss.

"I would've voted for our '87 team", Wayne Gretzky said.

A fan in Nashville added some flair to the tradition of throwing catfish on the ice, sending one over the glass with a bedazzled top hat and a toy penguin in its mouth Monday night.

  • Julie Sanders