Nashville Preys On The Penguins And Ties Stanley Cup Series 2-2


Fans were getting arrested, their superstar was dealing with a bout of halitosis and they had absolutely no answers for Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Penguins.

Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held without a shot in Game 3 - the first time that's happened to the duo in the same playoff game and for just just the fifth time in Crosby's postseason career. He got the surprise start in the Penguins' first playoff game when Murray was injured in warmups.

Despite the fact they've carried play for large portions of this series - not allowing a single shot on goal for a 37-minute stretch in Game 1 - the Predators fell behind 2-0 in the series, after the Penguins were able to score eight goals combined against Rinne in Games 1 and 2.

Subban was asked after the game what Crosby said and he replied that Crosby told him that his breath stunk which P.K. didn't understand because he had used Listerine.

That sets up an interesting Game 4, with Pittsburgh still leading the series 2-1 but Nashville riding the wave of its home fans.

"It's a game of execution", Crosby said. "That being said, because you guys have beat the drum on it enough, they're probably going to look to shoot the puck from all over tonight". Harris said. "We may have like conception going on". 'Having said that, I thought tonight, of all the games we played, we generated the most chances and the highest quality. What we are left with is a best-of-three series for the Stanley Cup.

Five catfish, several towels, a stuffed penguin and a cowboy hat hit the ice Saturday night in the Predators' 5-1 win over Pittsburgh, which pulled Nashville within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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"People are fired up, I mean, you see what's happening here?" They got the puck everywhere it needed to go, just not in the net. There were a lot of things from a process standpoint that we really liked.

Rinne kept it tied in the early minutes of the second first with a stop of Jake Guentzel before a big save on Chris Kunitz on a breakaway.

Gaudreau's goal came on a wraparound, but the horn sounded a little later because of video review. Nashville was every bit the defending champ's equal in the opening two games only to be undone by a pair of dominant bursts by the Penguins.

They also might get center Nick Bonino back.

The former National Basketball Association star and now TV analyst says he had nothing to do and is really looking forward to the game.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan bemoaned his team's failure to breach the Nashville defence a few times.