PK Subban: Preds prepare for huge game in their careers

PK Subban: Preds prepare for huge game in their careers

PK Subban: Preds prepare for huge game in their careers

Predators fans hurled five catfish onto the ice at Bridgestone Arena in Game 3 as Nashville won 5-1 to leave the series at 2-1. In obvious pain, Subban left the ice, but he returned.

"Smashville" is what the Predators territory is nicknamed and the hope is to go back to Pittsburgh with the series tied at two games each.

Murray was asked about the chant after the game. The 34-year-old goaltender was the culprit for Nashville's first two losses in Pittsburgh; he was making the saves he had to, now.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 5, 2017.

Gaudreau's goal came on a wraparound, but the horn sounded a little later because of video review. He took Viktor Arvidsson's feed from behind the net and banked it off Murray for a two-goal margin at the second intermission.

The Predators got it started with a three-goal flurry in the second.

After playing the blame game after Games 5 and 6 against Washington, and again after Game 6 at Ottawa, Penguins fans took to social media to point fingers after Game 3 in Nashville. It was his third goal of the Cup final, and of his career, and nobody had done that since Johnny Harms for Chicago in 1944. While things looked bleak after the first period, it was all Nashville in the final two.

It moved him into a tie for 20th place all time with such legends at Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe, Al MacInnis and Bobby Smith. He has 57 goals and 104 assists, for a total of 161 points.

Worse, the key cogs on the Penguins power play - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel - finished with three shots on goal and eight shot attempts on Saturday.

Had Pittsburgh scored another goal, this one could have ended differently. It was Crosby's first goal of the series. He gave up a goal on the second shot he faced, then stopped the last 26 for his fourth Game 3 win of the postseason.

Head coach Peter Laviolette has been behind his goalie the whole way and was not surprised by the performance he got, "His game tonight was rock solid".

The game hinged on them.

Penguins - C N. Bonino (Questionable, lower body), RW T. Kuhnhackl (Questionable, lower body), D C. Ruhwedel (Questionable, concussion), D K. Letang (Out for season, neck). He tested his injured left foot and ankle by skating Sunday but said he remains day to day. However, fans in Pittsburgh will surely be happy to see Crosby potentially get his scoring touch back, at a time where they desperately need to pull away in the series. But he banged the boards in apparent frustration and limped toward the locker room He was announced as a scratch from the lineup. "He's a real good penalty killer".

Nashville, which had struggled on extra-man advantages coming into its bout with Pittsburgh, hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard after Pens penalties, converting four of 10 power-play tries.

In a poll of fans, the 1984-85 Edmonton were chosen as the NHL's greatest team of all time.

"I heard it on the bench that it was possibly in the net", Gaudreau said.

Stanley Cup champs never die easily.

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