Pittsburgh coach's challenge is first in Stanley Cup Final


Pittsburgh coach's challenge is first in Stanley Cup Final

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had two assists for Pittsburgh, who are attempting to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. Pittsburgh is 11-2 in these playoffs when scoring first, and Nashville is 7-2.

Mike Fisher was the only Pred with any experience in the final previously, but it was Nashville that looked at home early.

Guentzel's goal served as the dagger after the Predators clawed back to level ground after P.K. Subban's goal was controversially overturned in the first period.

Just how Penguins coach Mike Sullivan drew it up.

Crosby, Malkin and wingers such as Phil Kessel drive the Penguins' offense just as Filip Forsberg and the defensemen do for the Predators.

Traded from Pittsburgh to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist (who drew the Jarnkrok penalty) in June 2014, Neal was booed when he was introduced before the game and grinned in response. The core that Crosby and Malkin led to the Cup in 2009 went through seven frustrating and fruitless springs before returning to the top in 2016. Mattias Ekholm of the Predators got ran into rather hard and it could have been called interference.

The Penguins had all of three days to get ready for the final following a draining slog through the Eastern Conference that included a pair of Game 7 victories, the second a double-overtime thriller against Ottawa last Thursday. 1 and 2 in post-season scoring.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - This is what the Pittsburgh Penguins do. A player is on-side when either of his skates are in contact with, or on his own side of the line, at the instant the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blue line regardless of the position of his stick.

"It was a different game", Rinne said.

The first 20 minutes didn't come up without some concern for the Penguins. They then went on to defeat both the St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks in six games each. He later had a relationship with Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn that lasted two years. "We weren't very good".

The Penguins - who beat Columbus, Washington and Ottawa to get to this point - feature world-class offensive talent and the speed to make their transition game and forecheck tough to handle, even if their defense has used a by-committee format with top defenseman Kris Letang missing the postseason after neck surgery.

Ellis took a shot from the left circle that went in as Viktor Arvidsson set a jumping screen in front of Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray.

What do you call going more than half a hockey game without a single shot on goal?

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

Jake Guentzel scored the game-winner, his 10th goal of the playoffs, on Pittsburgh's first shot of the third period with 3:17 left in regulation. An undrafted rookie centre from Quebec, Gaudreau was playing in only his 12th ever National Hockey League game - regular season and playoffs combined. He has tallied two goals (both of which have come on the power play) and assisted on two others so far this postseason, averaging over 15 minutes per game of ice time.

Guentzel's goal, from the right dot, ended an incredible shot drought of 37:09 for the Penguins.

Bonino sealed it with an empty-netter.