Matt Murray: Pens' G Matt Murray loses; Cup Final tied 2-2

Lynette Rowe
June 6, 2017

However, Gaudreau scored his second straight game-winning goal - and third goal of the Final - on Monday to pace the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4. With Rinne's heroics, the Preds moved to 9-1 at home this postseason and 9-0 when leading after two periods.

Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok was the first to get the puck past Matt Murray, scoring 5:09 into the first period.

Just 66 seconds later, Crosby tied it up for Pittsburgh on a dazzling breakaway. Again, the Predators went the other way and made it 3-1 with Arvidsson beating Murray on a breakaway. The Stanley Cup Final doesn't start until the home team loses a game, and so through four games, this series hasn't even begun. In obvious pain, Subban left the ice, but he returned.

The Predators beat Murray three times on 26 shots Monday, but he was hardly the only issue.

Arvidsson's third goal of the playoffs gave the Predators a 3-1 lead at the 13:08 mark, moving them a step closer toward evening the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. Arvidsson and Forsberg finished off the defending champion.

Notes: Fisher, scoreless until the Final, now has four points with his fourth on his 37th birthday.

Nashville is outshooting Pittsburgh 15-14 so far.

Gaudreau's goal was confirmed only after the horn sounded and officials reviewed the play. The puck barely snuck inside the goal line, bouncing off a lunging Matt Murray's blocker pad and back out in a split second.

Moments later, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped Sidney Crosby's backhander on a breakaway, then slid back to his right to stop Guentzel in a frantic scramble.

"Throughout every period, there were some chances there we didn't capitalize on", said captain Sidney Crosby. "Tonight, we had our chances and they didn't go in".

Nashville had opened the scoring with about five minutes left in the first period when Jarnkrok flipped a rebound over the leg of a sprawling Murray shortly after a failed clearing attempt.

Crosby said the next game is key. He has 57 goals and 104 assists, for a total of 161 points. A 4-1 win: they were outplayed in for two periods.

The lead didn't last long.

The Penguins could have had more. Pittsburgh challenged for goaltender interference but Jarnkrok's goal was deemed good. It was Crosby's first goal of the series.

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Except for that one breakaway, he added.

Rain kept the crowd outside from reaching the more than 50,000 who turned Saturday night for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Tennessee.

"He's unbelievable. That's what the playoffs is all about, guys stepping up at the right time", Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis said. If nothing else, it gives them something to build on moving into Game 5. The rookie played the rest of the way, and the Penguins won the Cup.

The Penguins improved in some aspects of their game on Monday, but they were awful in terms of giving the puck away. But he banged the boards in apparent frustration and limped toward the locker room He was announced as a scratch from the lineup.

Gaudreau then sent Nashville into the lead with a clever wraparound.

His absence leaves the Penguins without a veteran penalty killer. "I'm just happy to be here".

"I never really looked at results to determine how things are going, to be honest", he said. Former NBA star and TV commentator Charles Barkley also was on hand, accepting NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to watch in person.

Barkley interrupted Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey talking about National Hockey League fans voting for the best team of all-time.

Crosby had another breakaway almost midway through the period, and Rinne stopped him not once, but twice.

Nashville's All-Star defenseman was seen walked toward his locker room Monday with a bag that appeared to be filled with bottles of mouthwash.

Laviolette had a message for Nashville fans attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final: Don't throw anything onto the ice.

Game 5 takes place in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The team shared Laviolette's video plea Monday on Twitter hours before Game 4. He's been fantastic and the fans have been excellent with the players. Still, people filled three blocks of Broadway, even with Nashville opening up a downtown amphitheater for fans to watch.

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