Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 31, 2017

Rinne made just seven saves on the day, facing only 11 shots. But no, another two minutes went by without as much as a puck in the crease.

The squishy mass went splat at the blue line - and thankfully nobody anxious about challenging whether it was offside.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made the first coach's challenge in Stanley Cup Final history on Monday night and got a Nashville goal wiped out.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray, center, defends against the Predators' Vernon Fiddler during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If that wasn't enough for Waddell to pass the "true fan" test, here's the best part: He vacuum-sealed the fish and placed it inside compression shorts he was wearing. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is playing the best hockey of his career at 34 (1.70 goals against in the playoffs) while the Predators' defense seems to know when jump in the fray.

Pittsburgh is three wins away from becoming the first team to repeat in the salary cap era.

Though the game could not have ended better for Pittsburgh, things could not have started better for Nashville. Momentum flipped with an offside review at 7:13.

Pittsburgh was outplayed in the first 12 minutes of the first period, and it would have trailed 1-0 if a P.K. Subban goal had not been overruled as a result of a coach's challenge by Pittsburgh's Mike Sullivan.

Ashley Chase is a freelance reporter who is covering the Pittsburgh Penguins for The Tribune-Democrat.

Nashville almost opened the scoring with a PK Subban one-timer, but the goal didn't stand. Coach Mike Sullivan challenged the goal as offsides, and the goal was overturned. Conor Sheary scored his first of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth. The sequence started when Brian Dumoulin cut off a Yannick Weber clearing attempt.

They were running on fumes by the end of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators - albeit very, very powerful fumes - and they turned in an effort in Game 1 that will likely see them get steamrolled in this series if they continue to play this way. Though they didn't score again in the second, they absolutely controlled play throughout the period, outshooting the Penguins 9-0 in the session.

With time running out, Bonino slid the puck into an empty net to complete the scoring. For the first 10 minutes of the period the Predators fought the Penguins to every puck, holding Pittsburgh's offense without a shot. "I knew we were doing a good job defensively, but I wasn't looking at the time (that Pittsburgh had gone without a shot)".

This was the first time Woods has run into trouble off the golf course since he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home in the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, which led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs.

Woods, who had been No. 1 longer than any other golfer, has not been a factor since his last victory in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a week before the 2014 Masters until his most recent fusion surgery on his lower back a month ago. But the Penguins only had the two-man advantage because James Neal foolishly crosschecked Trevor Daley after a delayed penalty had already been called on Calle Jarnkrok for interference on Patric Hornqvist. His shot from the top of the slot glided just over Rinne's left pad.

Guentzel has tasted tremendous success in his first postseason, recording 17 points in 20 games.

The problems continued in the third period. They came all the way back, tying the score at 3-3 on a Frederick Gaudreau goal in the third period, but Pittsburgh bent as far as possible without breaking.

Roman Josi took the shot, and Sissons converted a double-deflection as the puck first hit off Brian Dumoulin.

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