It was rather definitive and what has to concern the Penguins is how Nashville can play an aggressive game, take penalties (even some bad ones) and the Preds penalty killing is too effective and strong and so unusual on the puck that the Pens are second guessing themselves after just one defeat in the championship round.
Country music icon Alan Jackson headlined a free outdoor concert in downtown Nashville on June 3, ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins and the Nashville Predators are scheduled to play Game 4 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday.
If Pittsburgh is to become the first road team to win in the Cup Finals in Game 4 on Monday night, it can't have another zero-shot game from its cornerstone players. That situation is the power play.
Those fans were rewarded with a 5-1 win in Game 3, bringing them to within one game of the Penguins in the best-of-seven series, and swinging the momentum decidedly in their favor. "I haven't seen P.K. much", Crosby said. The Predators don't double up on the puck in the defensive corners, so lack of time in the offensive zone can primarily be blamed on the failure to win 1-on-1 battles. I think he forces turnovers all over the ice because of his speed and his puck pursuit game. "And they do a tremendous job defensively and creating offense". "His game tonight was rock solid", he said. He now trails Ciccarelli (1981) and Ville Leino (2010) by one point for points by an rookie in a single playoff campaign. Those two saves in the second period helped propel him to 27 in a row. The victory was the franchise's first in the Stanley Cup Final.
"We knew what it was going to be like coming back home and we wanted to take advantage of it and we did", Subban said. Although he returned to finish Game 2 he wasn't able to play in Game 3. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury swept the fish toward the bench with his stick, the first of three catfish tossed before the game started.
The Penguins have an elite power play, but it sure doesn't look like it now.. "They spend a lot of time together".
"Whether you outplay a team for 55 minutes and you still have nothing to show for it, I think you've just got to just have belief in what you're doing that over the course of 60 minutes or over time that eventually you're going to get the result that you want". He has 57 goals and 104 assists, for a total of 161 points. "You've got to give Pittsburgh some credit here because they keep doing it".
"We practiced some concepts that we've been working on all season", said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.
"We have certainly got to figure that out as a group". They pressure us. They play quick. "When they're at their best, regardless of who their opponent is, they're going to have their hands full".
Nashville actually fell behind 1-0 in Game 3 before rattling off five straight goals.
Three times the Predators beat Matt Murray (five goals on 33 shots) glove side, a part of his game that teams have targeted since he broke into the National Hockey League, while odd-man rushes were another issue for the Penguins. Nashville's been a beast at home this post season, and in front of this fired up crowd, expect them to come out all guns blazing as they try to get at Matt Murray early.
"All of our defensemen, if I'm being honest, even from a team concept defensively, it's been pretty good in the playoffs to this point", Laviolette said.