Charges dropped against Stanley Cup catfish thrower

Ross Houston
June 1, 2017

The tradition is for Nashville Predators fans to throw a catfish onto the ice rink during the playoffs.

"To be honest, not a lot you can do on the goals", Predators forward Filip Forsberg said.

Pittsburgh's third-period onslaught took a game that was tied at the second intermission and broke it wide open. Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final five minutes of the first period to build up a comfortable lead.

Pittsburgh are attempting to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 and Crosby is aware his offense needs to be more ruthless in front of the net in the remaining games. Pekka Rinne wasn't supposed to be a Conn Smythe favorite.

Jake Guentzel scored 10 seconds into the period.

Still, it was a goal that Rinne should have had.

Any goalie, at any level, will tell you that that facing 11 shots, as Rinne did in Game 1, is not ideal.

"Since Day 1 that I've been here, Pekks has been our best player night in, night out", Ellis said.

Game 3 is Saturday in Nashville. Three minutes later Jake Guentzel scored the victor and Nick Bonino scored an empty net goal.

Before the Cup Final, Guentzel went eight games without a goal.

Of the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final, the Predators now have the hottest ticket of all four competing teams - the lone team that did not participate in last year's Final - with an average ticket price of $2,554.

A crowd decked in yellow and waving similar coloured towels howled as Rinne's night came to an end. The Penguins won 57.9 percent of faceoffs which helped them hold the Predators to only 26 shots. That's a big reason why Nashville has 53 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 31.

A Subban blast with the ensuing power play would briefly hobble Penguins centre Nick Bonino, who tried crawling to the bench before later returning for the second period. However, the Penguins took advantage of their opportunities, and they are not apologizing to anyone for "stealing" Game 1. Defenseman P.K. Subban pointed to the response after falling behind by three as proof the stage is not too big.

Guentzel tied it 1-1 at 16:36 of the first, four seconds after a Penguins power-play expired.

"I think it was Game 3, we were down 2-0". In the 20 playoff games they've played in, they have only out-shot their opponent in six of them.

Nashville could have folded the tent after having a goal disallowed by an offside challenge and then falling behind the high-octane Pens.

"You've all seen Sidney Crosby's demeanor, what he wants to accomplish", said Letang, who scored the Cup-winning goal past year in Game Six at San Jose.

Penguins center Matt Cullen briefly left the game earlier after getting hit in the corner but returned and didn't miss a shift. Nashville also went with the same lineup as in Game 1.

The wide-open era of his day, of course, was nearly like pond hockey compared to the current game.

That Predators tradition is becoming hard to follow as the City of Pittsburgh is checking ID's for every individual who wants to buy a catfish.

A handful of Metro Nashville councilmen have also expressed support for Waddell, calling for their county government counterparts in Pittsburgh to pardon to Predators fan.

A Tennessee man chucked a catfish onto the ice in Game 1, was ejected, charged and then had charges dropped. Both the Predators and Penguins expect better things from Rinne in Game 2. The newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee says he's proud to be included in the Predators' Cup Final run.

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