Predators' Peter Laviolette Says Disallowed Goal 'Changed the Course' of Game 1

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

The Stanley Cup Final seems like a good time to make that happen! Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala, two gifted offensive players, have much more serious injuries that will keep them on the sidelines. The Penguins won despite putting a mere 12 shots on goal. Nashville had erased a 3-0 deficit to tie the game 3-3 on Frederick Gaudreau's goal at 13:29 of the third.

It's the second time in the 2017 playoffs that a team went without a shot in a period. His first marker of the match came in the final seconds of the first period when his centering pass bounced off Predators' Pekka Rinne and Mattias Ekholm.

Rookie Jake Guentzel scored a tiebreaking goal with 3:17 left on Monday night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena.

Yep, some idiot threw a catfish on the ice and it felt like the Penguins' overall game stunk from there. And this was in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins are seeking to become the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

The Predators will need a better start in Wednesday's Game 2 if they plan on finding a way to win and even the series.

If you're looking for a family friendly place to gather with local hockey fans to cheer on P.K. Subban, Pekka Rinne and the fantastic Nashville Predators, Clarksville has the flawless solution. Yet, believe it or not, this was his first power-play goal of the playoffs. Conor Sheary scored 65 seconds later. That total included three consecutive goals off of only eight shots in the first period. Predators center Colton Sissons did have five shots on goal in the first 40 minutes.

Guentzel slipped one by Rinne with 3:17 to go in regulation and Bonino added an empty netter to give Pittsburgh early control of the series.

A few minutes later the Preds were whistled for two penalties, an interference on Calle Jarnkrok and a cross-check by James Neal, giving the Penguins 2:00 of a 5-on-3 Power Play. It was Malkin's playoff-leading 25th point.

Nashville goal overruled: At 7:32 of the first period, the Predators appeared to take a 1-0 lead on a slap shot from above the right-wing circle by defenseman P.K. Subban.

It was the fifth successful coach's challenge in the playoffs to overturn a ruling made on the ice, out of 20 attempts.

The Penguins won the game 5-3. It's also hosting two watch parties outside the rink, with demand high for the franchise's first final game. Nashville C Mike Fisher, the only Predator with Stanley Cup Final experience, returned to the lineup after leaving Game 4 of the previous round because of a knee to the head.

Eventually, the Penguins managed to put a puck on net again.

"Maybe they'll name a sandwich or a sauce after him", said Sullivan after the game. "I mean, I really don't care if you like it or not, and it's not that it's disrespectful to the game, but I'm sorry, when I score a goal in the National Hockey League against the best players in the word and I want to show my emotions, I will", Subban said on "E:60".Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida, Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said.

Sullivan used his coach's challenge, arguing Nashville forward Filip Forsberg was offside.

"There's a lot of confidence in this room", defenseman Roman Josi said. The team announced Wilson was out just prior to the start of warmups. The home crowd at PPG Paints Arena was stunned, and for good reason. Coach Mike Sullivan called Hagelin a game-time decision.

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