Penguins beat Predators in Game 1 of Stanley Cup

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins' team captain Sidney Crosby (87) holds the Prince of Wales Trophy and poses with assistant captains Evgeni Malkin (71) and Chris Kunitz (14) after defeating the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh was awarded a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes, and the Predators were less than 30 seconds from killing the penalty when Malkin's slap shot from the point beat Rinne.

The Nashville disaster reached its climax with 16.1 seconds left as Bonino's one-hand flip shot was kicked by Rinne right off defneseman Mattias Ekholm and into the net for an own-goal that made it 3-0 and that was that.

A pinpoint shot from the blue line by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray 7:13 into the first period.

Frederick Gaudreau (up) - The Nashville rookie scored his first National Hockey League goal at 13:29 of the third period, in front of his parents no less, to tie the game 3-3.

Nick Bonino added the third on Rinne when he shovelled an innocent shot on goal with 17 seconds left.

Mike Fisher - The Predators centre missed the last couple of games against Anaheim, but was back for Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, and contributed a pair of assists, his first points in his 15 playoff game this year.

It looked like the Predators, who had been a team that mounted so many late-game comebacks, were going to do it again.

Sullivan declined to reveal who Hornqvist would replace, but said that Carl Hagelin and Jake Guentzel would both be "game-time decisions".

"I know we were the eighth seed but we didn't feel like a group that we were", Fisher said.

It is the first time Nashville has trailed by three or more goals in the playoffs.

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Maybe it was the catfish: It took about 23 minutes into Game 1 for the first catfish to be thrown onto the ice. The won the game 5-3. Sometimes it's hard to tell if they even know that the Nashville Predators are even on the ice.

Nashville continued to control play in the third period, and midway through the third period, they pulled closer with a Roman Josi goal from the right circle on a power play.

"We see who's better", Malkin said.

"The impact of that moment and then the chain of events that happened after that with the penalty kills I think changed the course of the game", Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "We just have to watch video here and learn from our mistakes and move forward".

"I think the fact that a lot of guys went through it a year ago and they can draw from that experience is good", Crosby said.

Anyway, Malkin finally ended almost two full minutes of futzing around on the ice with a slapshot that rang off the bottom of Pekka Rinne's glove, and it was, a little dubiously but inarguably, 1-0.

This story has been corrected to show Penguins shot drought was 37 minutes. So none of us in our dressing room are fooled by the score tonight, so that is an important takeaway.

Frederick Gaudreau tied the score at 13:29 of the third period, taking advantage of a forecheck and a pass from Austin Watson. The game-winner coming on an out of nowhere Jake Guentzel wrister with just 3:17 to go.

Sullivan made the first coach's challenge in Final history in the second year the procedure has been allowed.

No matter. The Penguins have become chameleons under Sullivan. A lengthy review indicated Forsberg's right skate was in the air as he brought the puck into a zone, a no-no. The Penguins saw it, challenged it and after a few minutes of deliberation, the play was overturned because Forsberg was offside.

As of Monday night, the cheapest ticket available on StubHub for Game 3 or 4 in Nashville was $1,000. "So, next game will be important for us".

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