Preds Catfish Tosser Calls Himself 'Dumb Redneck With a Bad Idea'

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A Predators fan threw a catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The fish typically only appear at Predators home games, but when Nashville visited Pittsburgh on Monday night, one fearless Preds fan managed to sneak one into PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh fish markets have taken to ID'ing customers this week so no Tennessee fans are buying the fish but one was smuggled into the arena Monday and landed on the ice in the first period.

Ellis scored a power-play goal through a Viktor Arvidsson screen midway through the second period, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

Waddell wasn't initially arrested, according to Nashville sports talk radio show The Midday 180, whose hosts encouraged the gambit, but he missed his team's near-rally in the second and third periods. At the other end, the Predators aren't going to again allow four goals on 11 shots (before an empty-netter), not unless Conn Smythe favorite Pekka Rinne is replaced in net by that exploded catfish.

Waddell threw the catfish when the Predators were down by three goals.

“Im pretty sure well win that battle, ” he said.

"Just trying to get the "D" out of the screen", Guentzel said.

"He's a real good player", Sullivan said of Guentzel.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. "We didn't have any push-back". For Nashville, they are looking to emerge as Stanley Cup champs for the first time in franchise history.

"In some ways are we certainly pleased with the result? Yes. Now they look stupid and want to put more charges on", he said. You can probably add baffled to the list.

Somehow, there have been stranger games played in the Stanley Cup final - somewhere, sometime, only no one could remember when or why or anything to compare it to. That's a span of 37 minutes without a shot.

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Except the streak was bookended by goals.

Not everything, though. Pittsburgh's second goal came after Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok laid his stick on Patric Hornqvist's skate in front of the net, and Hornqvist went down - it was either a very artful trip or a phantom call, but as it happened Nashville's James Neal was cross-checking Trevor Daley at about the same time.

The angst Nashville felt isn't new to those who face the Penguins.

Pittsburgh's first goal came late in a 5-on-3 created when James Neal (cross check) and Calle Jarnkrok (interference) were sent off at the same time. "We won the Cup previous year, and we had a couple chats".

For Pittsburgh, they are attempting to make it back-to-back seasons as champions and be the first team to accomplish that feat since the Detroit Red Wings repeated as champions in 1997 and 1998. They also understand they can't afford to have their offense go dormant for almost two periods.

It's stating the obvious, but the Penguins must shoot the puck more. "We knew we weren't playing well", said Guentzel.

The Predators are more focused on the process than the end product. Honestly, damned if I know.

Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans and said, "I expect more from myself, too".

The Penguins have in their home dressing room a whiteboard with a header that says "Right way" and under it are subheaders for intangibles and play with and without the puck. But that's not our hockey club.

"We need to be better", said a frustrated Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

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