Predators' Ryan Johansen named Nashville's honorary mayor

Doug Mendoza
June 7, 2017

Pekka Rinne was spectacular, Frederick Gaudreau scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period and the Nashville Predators handed Pittsburgh a 4-1 loss Monday night to even the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. Obviously the Penguins would like to win tonight and every night, but the chance to go home to a possible Cup-clinching affair gives them the same kind of desperation as the Predators.

With all due respect to Dr. Dre, this Stanley Cup final is nothin' but a G thang. In Sunday's practice, the team spent most of their time watching video review of the power play and testing different power play units.

Arvidsson made it a 3-1 Nashville lead with his first goal since the end of the first round.

Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 3:23 left. The two games in Nashville, with Rinne finding his regular playoff form, was in the Predators' favour by a 9-2 score. In obvious pain, Subban left the ice, but he returned. It was just 1:14 later that Guentzel made it 4-3 when he put home what turned out to be the game-winner.

He streaked in on a breakaway and beat Matt Murray on his glove side with a laser-like wrist shot. He allowed just four goals on 60 shots in the first two games of the Cup Final.

Singer and actress Carrie Underwood, who's married to Predators captain Mike Fisher, admitted that she hadn't gotten her husband a birthday present.

Opportunity Knocks: It wasn't much of a secret that Nashville outplayed Pittsburgh for much of games 1 and 2, but the Penguins were the far more opportunistic team as they capitalized on their chances (usually in quick succession).

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Although he'd prefer to be preparing to face Pittsburgh in Game Four of the Final, serving as honorary mayor is decent alternative for the 24-year-old centerman. Faced with the Predators' aggressive defense, they're unable to get it past the blue line without having the puck checked away.

Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held without a shot in Game 3 - the first time that's happened to the duo in the same playoff game and for just just the fifth time in Crosby's postseason career.

They've taken care of that in the first period of Game 4. Yet there's no reason to rock the boat, not when the series is tied with the Penguins heading back home. Gaudreau's three are second. "One way or another, you've got to get results". He now has 161 career playoff points - securing the 20th spot in the National Hockey League record book. He has 57 goals and 104 assists, for a total of 161 points. James Neal, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm also scored for Nashville as the Predators worked out some frustration against the Pens.

The lead didn't last long.

Game 4 marked the sixth time in their last 11 games the Penguins have scored just one goal.

Jarnkrok's goal stood after the Penguins challenged that goaltender interference should have negated the score.

Pittsburgh's lone goal came from Sidney Crosby in the first period. It was Crosby's first goal of the series.

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