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Guentzel broke a 3-3 tie with just over three minutes left in regulation as the Penguins hung on to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Monday night.

Sheary and Nick Bonino added two more before the end of the period. After winning the Cup previous year, Murray was excellent all season for Pittsburgh, but injured himself warming up prior to the first game of the playoffs.

At that point, Pittsburgh had no shots since the first period, and that continued through a Penguins power play.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said winger Patric Hornqvist will play, but he wouldn't say who will come out of the lineup.

"So I just told the "X" number of teams that this is what I wanted and Washington said 'yes'". This year, we get a match-up that lots of folks predicted in September and nobody predicted a month ago.

And speaking of Subban, his penalty for accidentally flipping the puck over the glass in his own defensive zone sent him to the penalty box with under 10 to go in the third period, but not only were the Penguins unable to finish off the Preds, they STILL failed to put a shot on Pekke Rinne.

Game 2 will emanate from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh once again, as the Predators look to swing home-ice advantage in their favor before returning home to Nashville.

Colton Sissons has scored on a deflection on the power play. Rinne stopped just seven shots. Johansen has been incredible for the Preds and carried the team through the playoffs before suffering a season-ending injury in Game 4 of the Conference Finals.

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PITTSBURGH-The dead catfish that some poor soul purchased and smuggled into the building and threw onto the ice to explode near the Nashville blue line probably would have been thrown no matter what happened in the game, because you don't stash a dead catfish in your trousers or somewhere for half an hour and then just leave it under your seat.

Maybe, but the Penguins looked a step behind at the outset. During that span, Pittsburgh feasted on a series of Nashville errors, starting with James Neal's undisciplined cross-checking penalty that, coupled with Calle Jarnkrok's interference call, left the Predators down two men.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, left, celebrates his goal against the Nashville Predators with teammates during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Predators fans have a long-standing tradition of throwing catfish onto the ice during playoff games. May the best team win, though I wouldn't be so surprised to see the Stanley Cup headed to Nashville. Whatever happened, it worked, and the Penguins - despite being outshot and outclassed for most of the game, held on to win. Conor Sheary also landed his first goal of the playoffs and Matt Murray made 23 saves. Malkin cracked that Nashville "has four Karlssons" in defensemen P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm. The Penguins challenged the goal, alleging that Nashville's Filip Forsberg was offside.

Without further ado, we break down how Nashville and Pittsburgh stack up with one another.

If the Predators had played with confidence leading up to that goal, having it disallowed had the opposite effect. One of the two picks given to Nashville was used to select Pontus Aberg, who scored a game-winning goal in Game 5 against Anaheim.

Nashville, unlike the Senators, didn't bail. They have taken every Game 1 this postseason and done it on the road each time.

Ellis scored the first goal by a Predator in a Stanley Cup Final 8:21 into the second and Nashville kept Rinne downright bored at the other end. This is the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final, and the first time in National Hockey League history that a 16th seed has advanced that far in the playoffs. But he did not attempt a shot for the rest of the night, and his slashing minor set up Sissons' power-play tally in the third period.


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