Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss

Proving that the quality of their shots on goal matters more than the quantity, the Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot by the Nashville Predators for the second straight game to start the Stanley Cup Final.

It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in back-up goalie Juuse Saros to replace Rinne, who had stopped 21 of 25 shots.

Thirty-six-year-old Jacob Waddell was charged in Allegheny County with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings or processions after tossing the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink Monday night during the Nashville Predators- Pittsburgh Penguins game. The chasm between him and Pekka Rinne at the other end of the ice has been the most prominent reason why the series is going the way it is. The coach did not commit to starting him when the series resumes this weekend, though he praised his goaltender throughout the postgame news conference.

If the Predators don't get it together back home in "Smashville", it might only be two.

Just call it a bucket list item - even for those who can't get inside Bridgestone Arena - with the outdoor watch parties and star Alan Jackson giving a free concert before Game 3.

You could also argue that without Fleury stepping into the breach and carrying the Penguins through the better part of the first three rounds, they aren't even in the Stanley Cup final.

Murray already ranks among the best in the history of the game. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".

Pittsburgh leads series 2-0. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville, 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", center Matt Cullen said of Pittsburgh's second intermission team talk. "I think there's things we can do better".

Pekka Rinne expunges subpar performances by visualizing good ones, and he has had plenty for Nashville in these playoffs.

A strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first.

Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs with a.947 save percentage. The Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to play Game 3 of the NHL hockey St.

"He speaks a little bit of Russian, but I play with some Russians too", Subban said. "Now, not being in net, I try to encourage the guys", he said through a big grin.

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh. "All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes".

When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup a year ago they received major contributions from rookies Matt Murray and Conor Sheary.

The amusing thing about Game 2 is that it started nearly completely the opposite of Game 1. "And we'll see what happens from there", he said. From left, Brooke Staudt, of Munhall, Pa., and Maureen Sams and Pierce Sams, of Carnego, Pa., wait in the rain outside PPG Paints Arena before Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the. After an eight-game goal drought from Guentzel, he has scored the game-winner in the first two games of the finals and has helped position the Penguins to repeat as champions.

Jake Guentzel scored 10 seconds into the period. Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel both scored in Monday's game, keeping them on top of the league's standings for points and goals respectively.

  • Jacqueline Ellis