Predators back up Subban's guarantee with emphatic Game 3 win

Danny Woods
June 5, 2017

The Penguins repeatedly exploited Rinne high to the glove side in Games 1 and 2, while three of the five of Predators' goals in Game 3 came on Matt Murray's glove side.

Pittsburgh still holds a 2-1 lead in the series going into Game 4 on Monday night in Nashville, and the Penguins' power play has to be effective to take the crowd out of the game, stave off momentum, build a lead and prevent a tie in the series.

Why not? The Predators fans are among the best in the hockey business.

Peter Laviolette, Nashville's coach, had played coy with the media for three days over whether Rinne or 22-year-old backup Juuse Saros would start Game 3.

Nashville Predators fan Chas Kelly, of Nashville, Tenn., uses a sledge hammer to hit a auto painted in Pittsburgh Penguins colors before Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. "He was terrific. I said that after Game 2".

The great Josi scored a goal, set up two goals: By himself he tripled the output of Crosby and Malkin, including a game leading six shots on goal.

"We played some good hockey in those first two games, just a couple little breakdowns and they jumped all over us and it was in the back of the net". We gave up a few, and when we did he was there to shut the door just like he's been all year. I don't know. It's not working.

Jake Guentzel scored his 13th goal of the play-offs to put the defending champion Penguins in front early on. First novel Yossi scored the most and equalized, then the magnificent roll failed Frederick Goodro, and 23 seconds before the end of the period, James Neal scored the third goal than prejudge the outcome of the match.

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and defenseman P.K. Subban (76) stop a shot by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Penguins couldn't even get a decent zone entry on their power play, one that has gone 1-for-13 in the series, with the only goal coming on a 5-on-3 situation. Nor did he lose confidence in himself. "But yet we're finding ones that I think we can clean up and help take care of some of the situations that we're leaving against an opportunistic team". It comes from our coaching.

Before the game, former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan smashed a vehicle painted up in Penguins' colors before the game with his brother, Rob, watching in front of the arena. "We'll build on that".

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Penguins came up empty on their two power-play opportunities in the first period.

The Penguins have an elite power play, but it sure doesn't look like it now.

. "There's no doubt that we believe they will continue that".

"We're disappointed we didn't get the result, but we also understand that this is a series", Sullivan said.

Rumors that Pekke Rinne was not going to start game three in goal circulated throughout the afternoon and it was minutes before puck drop when we learned that he indeed WOULD be in goal.

Crosby said he didn't say what Subban said he said.

"He told me my breath smelled", Subban told NBCSN rinkside reporter Pierre McGuire. "I think at those moments, you just mentally try to erase your mind, just focus on the next save, remind yourself that you're still in the Final".

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