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Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

It was prior to Game 4 when word filtered down that the National Hockey League would not be accepting Conn Smythe Trophy ballots with two names on them.

"We're at a point in the season where you sink or swim".

Goalie Pekka Rinne signs autographs before departing Nashville ahead of Game 1 in Pittsburgh.

And his name isn't Murray.

Pekka Rinne was spectacular, Frederick Gaudreau scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period and the Nashville Predators handed Pittsburgh a 4-1 loss Monday night to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece.

Will Pittsburgh press under the pressure of knowing that if they drop Game 5, their destiny may be determined? "When they had their chances, when our system broke down, Peks was there for us".

Then Crosby, held without a shot for only the fifth time in the postseason in his career, tied it up for Pittsburgh on a breakaway. The catfish is also wrapped in what I am presuming is the rally towels or shirts the Predators were giving away at the stadium that day, but that is far less impressive and important as the aforementioned hat and toy penguin. "I thought tonight of all nights, we generated the most chances of the highest quality". He got the Penguins on the scoreboard late in the first, converting on a breakaway to even the score at 1 after banking the puck off of the right post and by Rinne. "But obviously, these two games have been huge for us".

He was the spark for at least two of the Predators' goals. "That was the case in our building and it was the case in their building". It didn't go in the net for us.

Maybe the one about a minute later when Rinne denied Chris Kunitz on a breakaway?

Gaudreau's score went uncalled at first - everyone assumed Murray had come up with a reflexive save - but a subsequent horn and replay proved the puck had crossed the red line, putting the Preds in front and granting the arena a delayed celebration.

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"I know it's a nasty hole to be in", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said Tuesday. "But at the moment that was a big play".

Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh's leading postseason goal scorer with 13, had three shots on Rinne.

"It was much like the first two games in their rink". Maybe they'll break out Rocky Top for us one more time. "I mean, I don't know how many there were, but Pek's was wonderful".

Arvidsson made it a 3-1 Nashville lead with his first goal since the end of the first round. Crosby was that unsafe. Malkin had a more hard night.

After a stop-and-start beginning to Game 4, the two sides scored almost in succession. At the very least, Gaudreau has earned a seat in the Nashville Predators' locker room. If there is another goalie out there who can do that, it is not certain who it would be.

Viktor Arvidsson smiled and he laughed.

The Nashville Predators forward led the team with 31 goals in the regular season, but for whatever reason his stick had gone cold in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the series after not getting a shot on goal in Game 3.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan watches along with his players during the final minutes of the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Nashville Predators Monday, June 5, 2017, in N. "But I've got to do a better job finding the back of the net". "I'm just happy to be here". But it was Arvidsson who used his speed to motor up the ice and create the breakaway.

P.K. Subban seems as if he's still trying to get under Sidney Crosby's skin. "He's the heartbeat of the team".


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