NHL: Predators even Stanley Cup Final with 4-1 win over Penguins

NHL: Predators even Stanley Cup Final with 4-1 win over Penguins

It's been an unreal playoffs for Gaudreau, who has three goals in the Stanley Cup Final, but doesn't have an actual stall in the Predators locker room just yet.

"We just finished a game about a minute-and-a-half ago", the coach steamed, and that was it for his answer.

The Nashville Predators returned from Pittsburgh down 1-2 to the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins and all the talk was about how Pekke Rinne just wasn't on his game.

For a Stanley Cup Final that has been packed with goals, it is nearly surprising that it took Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby four games to net one himself.

Game 4 was late Monday night.

Jarnkrok was quick to drive in a rebound past Matt Murray in the first period, and that really set the tone for the Predators in this one. It was the first goal for Arvidsson since Game 4 of the first playoff round, and it put Nashville up 3-1. Further review, though, showed the puck clearly crossed the goal line.

For the second straight game, the Pens also gave the Preds 'freebies.' They may have created odd-man rushes, but they gave up some as well - and the Preds got their back-breaking third goal as a result.

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The visiting Penguins nearly tied the game once more, this time as the clock approached the midway point in the second period. James Neal started the play, getting the puck to Fisher who fed the puck up to Arvidsson while falling to the ice.

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Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 3:23 left.

The defensemen have helped Nashville outshoot Pittsburgh in each of the first three games.

Arvidsson doubled the Predators' lead with 6:52 left in the second period, scoring on a breakaway after Fisher's diving pass in neutral ice sent him in alone. Or maybe it was holding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to zero shots? It's quite possible that we can close this out on Sunday and hoist the Stanley Cup at the Bridgestone Arena, you know, where they said hockey wouldn't work, in a city that wouldn't support it.

The goal was Crosby's first goal in the Final since June 4, 2009, a span of 12 goalless games for the Pittsburgh captain. 'Having said that, I thought tonight, of all the games we played, we generated the most chances and the highest quality.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the series after not getting a shot on goal in Game 3. Smith and Austin Watson got the assists on Jarnkrok's second goal of the playoffs.

"This coaching staff has never been one to take our team out of the flow to try to chase matchups", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. The score was tied at 1 at the time, and Nashville rookie Frederick Gaudreau scored Nashville's second of the game 16 seconds later on a wraparound that was not initially called a goal on the ice.

"All of our defensemen, if I'm being honest, even from a team concept defensively, it's been pretty good in the playoffs to this point", Laviolette said. They said you can't get fan support from the south, not for hockey. Enough people turned out to fill up Broadway for three blocks with three giant TV screens, even with Nashville opening up a downtown amphitheater for fans to watch.