Predators rout Penguins with man advantage

Predators rout Penguins with man advantage

Ian Cole fired a shot from the blue line that Pekka Rinne stopped.

Rinne made a spectacular diving save midway through the second to keep the score 2-1, foiling Jake Guentzel by knocking the puck out of the crease just before it crossed the goal line.

"Their first two goals in the second there, I thought our push-back was really good". The noise reached a deafening level when Viktor Arvidsson shoveled a puck off the net from behind the goal and former Penguin James Neal stuck it in for a 3-1 lead after two.

And credit Rinne for coming through with a very stingy performance and improving to 8-1 in Nashville this postseason. His biggest save came in the second period, with the Predators nursing a 2-1 lead, when he stopped a Phil Kessel wrist shot on a two-on-one and then followed it up by sliding across the crease and robbing Chris Kunitz on the rebound.

He was the spark for at least two of the Predators' goals. "Yeah, (coach Peter Laviolette) wants us to jump up and make something happen in the offensive zone, too". "If we don't play good defense, we won't be successful", he told reporters on Sunday. Crosby picked up the secondary assist on Guentzel's goal, the 160th playoff point of his career. Neither player generated a shot on goal on the power play - or at any other time in the game either.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins were outshot for the fourth straight game. "But once the puck was dropped in the first game at Pittsburgh, I was fine".

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and defenseman P.K. Subban (76) stop a shot by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in.

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"I think these first couple of games, it's been a battle", said Rinne. But Game 3 turned into a pretty straightforward pummeling.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, right, talks with center Sidney Crosby, left, during the third period against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashvi. He started with the Nashville organization in 2014 on a minor-league contract, beginning his career in ECHL Cincinnati.

The ceremony was part of "Preds Pride Day" in Nashville in which the city also temporarily renamed Fifth Avenue "Predators Way". For the contest, Nashville once again out-shot the Penguins (33-28) and had more hits (33-26) than Pittsburgh. What this game does now is set up a huge game for both sides on Monday night.

Game 4 is always the most important game of a series. Nashville is now 54-34-13 overall and 32-9-9 at home. When they finally stayed out of the penalty box during most of the last two periods of Game 3 and buried their chances, they scored three times in the second period and twice more in the third.

For Pittsburgh, a tied series would not be the end of the world, but it makes things way more interesting obviously. And of those six teams that had home ice and won, four did it in six games, meaning the Stanley Cup was hoisted on the road.

Certainly a change in style from the Penguins, who lead the best of seven series 2-1, but not necessarily in style or even substance.

Any hope the Pens had that the veteran forward and standout special teams performer could return for game four seemed to take a blow Monday when Bonino left the arena following the team's gameday skate on crutches and wearing a walking boot.