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Gaudreau, an undrafted free agent playing just his sixth postseason game, scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period, and Rinne made 23 often-spectacular saves as the Predators beat the Penguins 4-1 on Monday night. Goalie Matt Murray lost consecutive games for the first time in his young career. Poile hired coach Peter Laviolette three years ago, and the coach brought in a system that allows everyone but the goalie to join the rush and try to score.

"(Rinne) made some good saves", Crosby said.

- I do not expect another game that features Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin not registering a shot on goal.

Not long after this, Mike Fisher makes a great diving pass, lifted over Justin Schultz and right to Viktor Arvidsson for a breakaway.

"I don't think we've established the level of play that we know we're capable of", Sullivan said, "or at least not as consistently as we'd like". "That's probably the difference right there".

Nashville had opened the scoring with about five minutes left in the first period when Jarnkrok flipped a rebound over the leg of a sprawling Murray shortly after a failed clearing attempt. The NHL situation room had reviewed the sequence in their Toronto war room and ruled that Gaudreau's shot crossed the line before Murray punched it out with his glove. "It's the craziest thing you're ever going to see, so that's one reason I just love the sport". "I go by how I feel out there". His injured left foot is keeping him out of a second straight game. "I thought we did a better job tonight".

So here are a few keys that the Preds need to continue to leverage and one of two to add...

Given recent history, Murray was asked if he anxious that head coach Mike Sullivan might make a goalie switch to Marc-Andre Fleury.

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"I have puck like one second, they jump to me", Malkin said. Personally, I wasn't really happy with my game.

He became the face of the Stanley Cup playoffs when he accepted the Clarence Campbell bowl as Western Conference champion in street clothes after missing the final two games of the West final with a suspected concussion.

Murray has faced adversity before in the playoffs.

Sullivan said he hadn't decided on his starting goaltender for Game 5. He's been excellent. His game tonight was rock solid.

Nick Bonino sure tried to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The $595,000 they're paying him per season must seem like money well spent now.

Or, the Penguins could find their offense again. Kinda shocked they don't have measures in place for that. He's spent 184 games in the AHL with Milwaukee the last three years and 14 in the East Coast League with the Cincinnati Cyclones, the franchise the Sabres just aligned themselves with.

Crosby said after the game that the series is going to come down to which team can dictate their different styles of play. Nut that is getting ahead of ourselves... you eat the elephant one bite at a time. You've gotta play your game to give yourselves a chance.