Meet The Nashville Fan Who Threw A Catfish On The Ice

In Game 1, Rinne faced eleven shots and let in four goals. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne sits on the bench after being pulled during the third period in Game 2 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Guentzel scored on a rebound 10 seconds into the third off the pad of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

"Right now we are 100 percent in a result-orientated business", coach Peter Laviolette said.

Nashville were oozing confidence at the start of the week given an impressive playoff run in which they beat two division winners in Chicago and Anaheim, and a 99-point St. Louis team to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. The Predators have a 7-1 record at home this postseason. "You look back to good games and make yourself feel good. I think you have to bury these two games, move ahead and just find a way to have some success".

Country music star Alan Jackson will play a concert prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville on Saturday.

Fellow Finn, Juuse Saros, was left to mop up Rinne's mess after Pittsburgh scored twice in a span of 15 seconds to roll to an easy, 4-1 victory that during the second intermission somehow seemed destined for overtime. But he has never started and won a game against the Penguins, and he has looked decidedly shaky, posting a.777 save percentage, in the first two games of the biggest series of his life. Needless to say, the Preds have no chance if he keeps playing like this.

Recalling how it unfolded, Waddell told 104.5 The Zone: "I thought, 'Man, wouldn't it be awesome to get to go to that game?' And then, like an ignorant redneck, I thought 'Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'" We know how good we can be. Yesterday, he was charged with disrupting the hockey game, disorderly conduct, and using the dead catfish to commit the other two crimes.

"We're more concerned about where the series is", Predators captain Mike Fisher said.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued a statement saying the charges against 36-year-old Nolensville resident Jacob Waddell might have been a little too harsh. Two goals went off teammates and into the net, but it has not been the inspiring performance that the Predators and their fans are used to from the big Finn. About three minutes later, Phil Kessel banked in a centring pass off Scott Wilson's skate.

Despite a rough night in Game 1, Rinne has single-handedly carried the Predators at times, and still carries a 1.83 GAA and.934 save pct. despite allowing four goals on just 12 shots on Monday.

"When we score one, we don't stop", Malkin said.

They were chanting "We Want The Cup" as Rinne gave way to Saros, another Stanley Cup seemingly now within grasp for Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Both teams returned to the ice for the deciding third period, with the score tied at 1.

The defending champs just got away with a win in Game 1 despite going 37 minutes without a shot.

True, though for the majority of Game 1, the competition was pretty one-sided.

Guentzel was already leading all players in goals this post-season, his 12th marking the second-most ever for a rookie.

The Penguins one loss this year to Nashville was Jusse Saros first National Hockey League win.

There were another handful of bad or missed calls, one giving the Predators a 5-on-3 in the first period when Evgeni Malkin was called for a phantom slash in the same sequence in which Chris Kunitz cross-checked P.K. Subban, who did quite a job of embellishing the penalty.

  • Julie Sanders