Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals was nothing short of electric, from the opening puck drop to the opposing goalie chant and throughout the Predators' 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 23-year-old took back the net in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, when Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after allowing four goals in the first period.
For now, he insists he is happy enough just to sit on the floor as long as he plays.
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. For the first time in the series, Nashville was the team making the most of what was given to them, despite Pittsburgh playing an even better game in Bridgestone Arena. "He's been a huge part of our success". Gaudreau is the third undrafted rookie since 1979 to score at least three goals in the Finals. Game 5 will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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. "It's a great feeling".
The last two times a team won the Cup without home ice, they won in six games.
"I mean, I could be sitting on the floor and I would take it", Gaudreau said after scoring the game-winning goal in the 4-1 victory, his second in three nights.
Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan juggled his lines freely as the game progressed to try to spark his team's offence, but to no avail.
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The Preds would love nothing more than to see their leader hoist the Stanley Cup into the air some time over the next nine days.
Rinne's double save brought the home fans to their feet soon afterwards and the stadium erupted shortly after that when Mike Fisher and Arvidsson combined superbly to double the lead. That kept the momentum with Nashville and its chanting audience. Not only did he deny Crosby's breakaway attempt, but he also turned away several rebound attempts.
No one challenged Crosby's goal, which came on a backhander after faking a slap shot. The Predators have outscored Pittsburgh 9-2 in the last two games.
A couple of clutch saves by Rinne early in the second period set the stage for the Predators to take the lead on Gaudreau's wraparound, which was reviewed to be sure the puck had entirely crossed the goal line. "I thought I made a good play on it". Then the goalie slid to his right stopping Guentzel with an assist from Nashville defenseman Roman Josi.
Crosby said the next game is key. "Tonight, we had our chances and they didn't go in".
Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville in the second period. Arvidsson beat Murray under his glove, putting the puck just inside the right post at 13:08.
Notes: Fisher, scoreless until the Final, now has four points with his fourth on his 37th birthday.
Goal - Pittsburgh: Murray (L, 5-3-0).