Nashville leaning heavily on defense corps against Penguins

Wayne Gretzky

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators play Game Four of the Stanley Cup final Monday night in Bridgestone Arena, with faceoff shortly after 8 p.m. on NBC.

Learn Your Lesson: The San Jose Sharks went down 0-2 in last year's SCF to these Penguins before winning Game 3, but it was a loss in Game 4 that put them in a 3-1 hole that proved too deep to dig out of.

An undrafted free agent playing just his sixth postseason game, Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal 3:45 into the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 often-spectacular saves as the Predators beat the Penguins 4-1 on Monday night to even the series at 2-2.

First time Crosby and Malkin had no shots on goal combined in any playoff game and who knows how long it has been.

Penguins center Nick Bonino looks to be out of the mix for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Predators.

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with defenseman Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland, during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cu. Craig Smith converted a turnover at center ice into a breakaway goal at 4:54 of the third period for a 4-1 lead.

Meanwhile, Nashville's power play struck again for a key goal early in the second, which kick-started a three-goal run and gave the Predators' belief. Pekka Rinne returned to form stopping 27 of 28, but more importantly the Predators put five shots behind Murray to cruise to a 5-1 victory. He remains day-to-day and will be a game-time decision so it appears.

Tonight's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final will determine whether this is a series perhaps destined to go the distance - as predicted pre-series in this space - or one that could end quickly. Evgeni Malkin scored that goal in Game 1 on their first opportunity of the series, and they are 0 of 12 since. The penalty kill was once again flawless. We utilize him in so many aspects of our game. The Penguins could most certainly use Bonino going into Game 4 against a team determined to tie the series up.




"Their first two goals in the second there, I thought our push-back was really good".

Pittsburgh needs to score and Matt Murray needs a bounce back game.

After the pre-game festivities worked the crowd into a proper frenzy, Jake Guentzel opened the scoring for Pittsburgh with yet another goal, deflating the building just a bit.

As in Game 2, the team that scored first didn't find the back of the net for the remainder of the game.

The oddsmakers have made the Predators minus-152 favorites in Game 4, according to OddsShark. "I played with the right organization and the right players at the right time".

The Penguins' power play isn't working. The Penguins will probably need a goal or two from him at some point if they are to hang on in the best-of-seven.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages. The five goals he gave up in Game Three marked just the fourth time in 88 National Hockey League starts (regular season and playoffs) that he's given up five or more.

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