Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Charges dropped for Preds fan who threw catfish on ice in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel front celebrates a goal by teammate Evgeni Malkin in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday Charges dropped for Preds fan who threw catfish on ice in Pittsburgh
Vera Richards | 02 June, 2017, 02:13

The winning team went almost two full periods without a shot.

Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs with a.947 save percentage.

PITTSBURGH - P.K. Subban spent most of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final checking and chirping Sidney Crosby.

Was it the pun-tastic statement from the mayor of Pittsburgh, who called this a "whale of a story" and hoped Waddell would just get community service?

Pittsburgh stayed in it thanks to Murray and when Pittsburgh returned to the ice for the start of the third they, as coach Mike Sullivan is fond of saying, "got to their game". "We knew we had one in the room".

True, though for the majority of Game 1, the competition was pretty one-sided.

Malkin scored with the Predators down two skaters, but Rinne had complete sight of the puck and the shot hit his glove on the way in. Boston, in 2011, was the last team to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the Final, rallying to defeat Vancouver in seven games.

Woods has not been seen at a golf tournament since he opened with a 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February, withdrawing the next day because of back spasms.

Ending up on the losing side of Game One, with numbers like that, was not what the Preds had in mind, but holding Pittsburgh's stars to limited chances will likely prove to be beneficial in games to come. What happened on Monday night was not. Nashville can get back in this series at home, where it has won 10 of its last 11 postseason games at Bridgestone Arena.

It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros in to replace Rinne.

Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Predators. You can probably add baffled to the list. He allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1 and has allowed 20 goals over his past six games after allowing just 16 over his first 11 playoff games.

Except the streak was bookended by goals.

A strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first.

The Predators say Jackson will take the stage on Lower Broadway about 2 1/2 hours before scheduled puck drop of Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The angst Nashville felt isn't new to those who face the Penguins.

It was a Pittsburgh record for fastest playoff goal at the start of a period.

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.

But the Penguins have given him problems in the limited sample of nine games he has faced them. He was much, much better in Game 2 with an assist and four shots, but still hasn't solved Rinne. "But that's not our hockey club". For how good Nashville is defensively, its lack of offensive depth, which still resulted in just 26 shots despite total domination on Monday, is going to be a major issue in this series. "The way we responded was typical Nashville Predators". The Penguins went over 30 minutes without a shot and became the first team in Stanley Cup Final history to go without a shot in a period.

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