Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

One game of Cup final experience.

Whichever way you want to look at it, the Pens got the win Monday night and are up 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final.

If Kunitz continues to find his scoring touch, he provides the Penguins with more versatility, Sullivan said. "Playoff hockey as usual". Ali's strategy, one still discussed today with a kind of head-shaking, slack-jawed reverence, was to let Foreman, one of the fiercest punchers in history, throw everything he had, in the hopes that he would eventually tire and be easy prey. "I don't think that Gaudreau was any different than that".

"The impact of that moment, then the chain of events that happened after that with the penalty kills I think changed the course of the game", said Laviolette, who nevertheless did not agree with suggestions that the Penguins had stolen victory. "I'm sure a lot of fans were happy about that".

An interesting comment given Game 1 was one of the stranger playoff contests in recent memory. It was his first shot of the game and first by the Penguins in 37 minutes.


The Penguins led 3-0 before Nashville's comeback, tying the score midway through the third period. Just cuts down our opportunities to win four games. They swept the Chicago Blackhawks. Nothing seems to spook Nashville. Just after the All-Star break, coach Mike Sullivan half-joked that the team sometimes needed to hide Crosby's equipment to ensure the star center took a day off. His partner Mattias Ekholm gave up the unfortunate 3rd goal of the game, but both played very well throughout the game.

"In some ways are we certainly pleased with the result? Yes".

Yet Pittsburgh managed to build a quick 3-0 lead anyway thanks to a fortunate bounce and some quick thinking by Penguins video coordinator Andy Saucier. "We've got some things we need to improve on". He's got to make that save.

The Penguins have brought out the best in defenseman Justin Schultz since his trade from Edmonton, but he presents them with something of a vexing contract situation this summer.

And Laviolette added Tuesday he believes his team is battle hardened after overcoming a rocky start to the 2016-17 season. They got the win tonight. Conor Sheary scored his first of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth.


Make no mistake, the Predators were the better team in Game 1. "We know that they support each other, and they're good for each other, so it's a luxury". But that's not our hockey club. The way we responded was typical Nashville Predators. Now we face a little adversity.

I will be back with a rumor update this evening, but first. We did that again yesterday. "We just didn't finish it off". So Pittsburgh was handed a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes. There's a strong case to be made Nashville was the superior team in Game 1. They did have a draining seven-game series in the second round against the Edmonton Oilers where the attrition included losing depth forwards Patrick Eaves and Logan Shaw. As bad as a minus-10 differential sounds, it's nothing new for the Penguins.

Sullivan said they never lost faith and Guentzel rewarded it by breaking a 3-3 tie with just over three minutes left in regulation. We know that wasn't their "A" game.

"The hardest part was going through the trial runs, to see where to put it".


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