Pittsburgh coach's challenge is first in Stanley Cup Final

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Fiddler has added one goal in 20 regular season games, and another in seven postseason games, and could be in the lineup for Monday night's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which would be his first opportunity on the game's biggest stage.

Guentzel's goal served as the dagger after the Predators clawed back to level ground after P.K. Subban's goal was controversially overturned in the first period.

How freakish: The Penguins built a 3-0 lead on just eight shots in the first period.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby waves to the crowd while holding onto the Stanley Cup while riding along the victory parade route in Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The Penguins won despite putting just 12 shots on goal. In doing so, Nashville bought itself time to mount a full comeback in the third, starting with a Colton Sissons goal at 10:06, followed by a Frederick Gaudreau equalizer at 13:29. Exactly 37 minutes had elapsed with Pittsburgh's shot counter stuck on eight, and there must have been moments when even the defending champions felt like the drought would stretch into Tuesday morning.

It was the kind of period you imagine a nervous newbie conjures in his head sleeping in his hotel the night before his first Stanley Cup game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, would soon become the first Stanley Cup team to last an entire period without a single shot since the league began tracking that stat a half-century ago, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Hornqvist did not participate in Pittsburgh's optional skate before Game 1 but he did practice Sunday, leading to speculation he could be close to a return.

Pittsburgh started the game strongly with Evgeni Malkin, on a five-on-three power-play, Conor Sheary and Bonino all scoring in the first before Ryan Ellis broke through for Nashville in the second to make it 3-1.

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The previous franchise record for points in a half was 74, set by the Cavaliers on May 4, 2016, against the Atlanta Hawks. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown , when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion".

"He can sense where we're at and he has a real grasp of the history of the game", Cullen said.

Finally, a shot from the Penguins. But the Penguins challenged the play on the basis that it was offside and the goal was waved off after a lengthy review. Nearby, his players took some solace from outshooting Pittsburgh 26-12. Because Pittsburgh had the last change, Sullivan was able to get Crosby's line out against Nashville's third defence pair of Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber. Locals in Pittsburgh are preparing for an influx of Tennesseeans this week as the Preds come to play Games 1 and 2 against the Penguins.

The Predators dominated much of the final two periods of this game, erasing a 3-0 deficit, yet still walked away with a loss. Bonino's first goal Monday gave the Pens a 3-0 lead at 19:43 of the first period.

One of Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford's first moves when he took over in 2014 was to send forward James Neal to Nashville for forward Patric Hornqvist.

"As bad as it seemed, we still found a way to get back into it", Predators' captain Mike Fisher said. Predators RW Craig Smith (lower-body injury) played for the first time since May 7. Sullivan called wingers Carl Hagelin and Jake Guentzel game-time decisions. Nashville's is in the back.

Bettman also announced that the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs' previously reported outdoor game at the Naval Academy will be the start of a series of outdoor games at USA service academies.



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