Maybe PK Subban should make guarantees more often.
Ahead of Game Three, the former Norris Trophy winning defenseman told the media that “there’s no question, we’re going to win the next game.” The quote seemed frivolous considering the Predators were down 2-0 in the series and outscored 9-4 in their previous two Stanley Cup Final games.
Except it worked. Saturday night, riding the momentum of a hot Nashville crowd, the Predators destroyed the Penguins 5-1.
But the game was in doubt early. 2:46 into the first period, Jake Guentzel scored his 13th goal of the postseason, poking a rebound past Pekke Rinne.
Guentzel is now one goal away from tying the all-time rookie playoff record set by Dino Ciccarelli 26 years ago.
#Pens Jake Guentzel scores his 13th goal this postseason, 1 shy of tying Dino Ciccarelli (1981) for most in a single postseason by a rookie
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 4, 2017
But that would be literally the only highlight of the night for Pittsburgh as the Predators scored five consecutive goals.
Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau gave the Predators the lead over the Pittsburgh 6:33 of the second period.
In the waning seconds of the period, James Neal scores his 14th career playoff goal as a Predator, tying Filip Forsberg for most in franchise history.
4:54 into the third period, Craig Smith would score on Matt Murray via a breakaway, making it 4-1 Predators. Bridgestone Arena went crazy.
Mattias Ekholm added a power-play goal to finish the scoring.
As the game went into its final minute, the Nashville crowd chanted loudly, “We want the cup! We want the cup!”
After tonight’s game, that may still be possible.
celeb cellies pic.twitter.com/TEiaG39MeH
— steph (@myregularface) June 4, 2017
(And, yes, a catfish was thrown on the ice. Five of them to be exact.)
stickhandling some fish pic.twitter.com/YmzEixWYSq
— steph (@myregularface) June 3, 2017
Headline photo: Bruce Bennett
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