Crosby scores, Malkin shoots yet Penguins lose 4-1 to Preds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins should be embarrassed; not because of the final score of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final but because of the way they conducted themselves in the final minutes of the third period.

The Predators have not only done an outstanding job of building their roster under GM David Poile, they've made a connection with their fan base like no other market in the league.

Game Four is on Monday in Nashville.

The Predators are scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday.

Power plays (goals-chances) - Pittsburgh: 0-2; Nashville: 0-2. The crowd told Penguins goaltender Matt Murray that he sucked and it was all his fault, and it was all happening again. The first was John Harms of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1944 playoffs.

Frederick Gaudreau had a breakaway of his own moments earlier but his backhand attempt on Murray went wide. Murray robbed Neal on a 3-on-1 rush early in the period. Jake Guentzel, Penguins; 2.

"The power play didn't get enough zone time", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

That helped them play an effective 60 minutes that resulted in a 5-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions. It also was the second game of the series to feature six or more goals.

Moments later, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped Sidney Crosby's backhander on a breakaway, then slid back to his right to stop Guentzel in a frantic scramble.

This wrapped up a thrilling 10 seconds where Pittsburgh could've taken the lead, but instead found itself trailing.

Nashville actually fell behind 1-0 in Game 3 before rattling off five straight goals.

Rinne allowed his ninth goal of the Final on the 38th shot he saw. The All-Star defenseman only knows he apparently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the challenge of helping shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The hosts hit back with three goals in the second period at Bridgestone Arena. After all, both have combined for 16 goals and 49 points in the post-season, including two goals and three assists in the final. That officially gives him more appearances in the Stanley Cup Final than he does full seasons in the National Hockey League. Carrie Underwood admitted during the second intermission that she didn't get Fisher, her husband, a birthday present on Monday - holding out hope that a Stanley Cup championship celebration would do the trick in coming days.

The second period of this game was the blueprint for the Predators success in the playoffs.

We have catfish on the ice in Nashville. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury used his stick to sweep the fish toward the bench where someone scooped it up. He'll need to be just as good, if not better, tonight if the Preds are to even the series.

Fans started pouring into downtown hours before face-off, often shoulder to shoulder, eager to celebrate and do their part to back their beloved team in the best-of-seven series against Pittsburgh. He's expected to start on the fourth line. He's one of our best penalty killers. "We're right there, but I thought they were a little bit more determined than us". These guys are real good players.

This year, the team has gone for a more loaded approach. We utilize him in so many aspects of our game. A deafening home crowd at Bridgestone Arena and a bonkers sea of 50,000 people watching the game on big screens outside. A power play goal from Mattias Ekholm put the game out of reach.

Fans chanted "Pek-ka! Pek-ka!" in support of Rinne.

Conn Smythe rankings: 1.

Alan Jackson, a recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, wore a Predators' T-shirt during his free concert on Broadway where city officials also had TV screens set up for an outdoor viewing party of the game.

Game 4 is Monday night. Bonino has been seen on crutches and in a walking boot, yet practiced and even went through warm-ups before being scratched.

It's been quite the turnaround for Pittsburgh's Nick Bonino, who returned to practice on Sunday a couple of days after he took what looked like a season-ending slap shot off the inside of his left foot in Game 2.

Meanwhile, head coach Peter Laviolette replaced Vernon Fiddler and Cody McLeod with PA Parenteau and Harry Zolnierczyk, trying to get more speed in his lineup. "There's always adjustments, always moves". It was the first playoff goal for Arvidsson since Game 4 of the first round, and it put Nashville up 3-1. He says the Predators are excited for Game 3.

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