Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot by Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) as Olli Maatta (3) defends during the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

As the Penguins head back to Pittsburgh in an attempt to regain an advantage in the series during Game 5, Murray didn't sound dejected about the results of the last two games.

Nashville, who dropped the opening two games of the series before romping to a 5-1 win in Game 3 on Saturday, picked up where they left off at the weekend to overwhelm the Penguins. It was also just the third time in 89 career gamesin which he's lost back-to-back games. Rinne finished the game with 23 saves on 24 shots.

It seems all the Nashville Predators needed was a little bit of hometown love, as the Preds finally scored a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins when the 2017 Stanley Cup finals headed to the Bridgestone Arena in handsome Nashville, Tennessee. The Predators have a penchant for wanting to skate the puck over the blue line rather than dumping it in deep and being able to change the Predators' approach is an adjustment the Penguins need to make for Game 5.

The 24-year-old rookie only has a chair in the Predators' locker room, but he now is the second player in National Hockey League history to score his first three career goals in a Stanley Cup final, joining Johnny Harms with the 1944 Blackhawks.

And then they keep smooching through the entire reel of Predators players talking about the win! What a way to bounce back.

At the next whistle, officials reviewed video and ruled that Gaudreau had poked the puck over the goal line on a wrap-around before Murray pushed it out. Pekka made saves on Crosby, Guenztel and Kunitz when it was 1-1, then they scored on the wraparound.

Guentzel, a third-round pick in 2013, played 40 games during the regular season and scored 16 goals.

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The Warriors will attempt to defend home court once more when they host the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday. We're only gonna do it together, that's just our whole mindset. "So it's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing".

Viktor Arvidsson's goal on an odd-man rush with 6:25 remaining in the second period gave Nashville a 3-1 edge.

But even with his name twice inscribed on the Stanley Cup, Cullen put retirement on hold for at least another year, re-signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for another shot at hockey's biggest prize. Game 5 is Thursday in Pittsburgh.

"All of our defensemen, if I'm being honest, even from a team concept defensively, it's been pretty good in the playoffs to this point", Laviolette said.

Despite the score, the Penguins had a better game than they did in game 3. On the other side, their own power play didn't score on two chances, but generated three shots.

Laviolette's message to the home crowd is basically a pre-emptive strike to prevent the officiating crew from tagging his team with a delay-of-game penalty. The Penguins, who won it all last season and in 2008-09, made the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season.

The hockey series now has an average local rating of 8.6 for the four games, two of which were on cable's NBCSN. But he has allowed 12 goals in four games against the Nashville Predators in the Cup Final for a.902 save percentage.

This game may be more of a must-win for Pittsburgh than people thought.

"This right here is what you come back for", said Cullen, now 40, the oldest player in this Stanley Cup final.



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