Charges dropped for Preds fan who threw catfish on ice in Pittsburgh

Rookie forward Jake Guentzel scored twice to increase his postseason-leading goal total to 12 as the Penguins were outshot but prevailed, 4-1, on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Final.

Two nights later, the Penguins used a three-minute stretch at the start of the third period to turn a tight Game Two into a runaway win.

The Nashville Predators are frustrated at coming up empty after outplaying the Pittsburgh Penguins for most of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final but remain confident in their ability to turn things around. He said he purchased the catfish in Nashville and carried it all the way to Pittsburgh, where he prepared it for the game. "The impact of that moment, then the chain of events that happened after that with the penalty kills I think changed the course of the game", said Laviolette, who nevertheless did not agree with suggestions that the Penguins had stolen victory. "But you have to put those things behind and focus on the things you can control and that's Game 3".

The Predators jumped out first at 7:03 in the first period on Pontus Aberg's goal. "We're headed in the right direction, but we still have a lot of room to improve". "There's a scrum and somebody asks you to get going, if you accept you go". In 21 regular season games this year, the 22-year-old went 10-8 with a.923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against-average. That gave Pittsburgh as many shots as it had in Game 1. "I didn't like what he said so I said something back to him, so away we went". Needless to say, the Preds have no chance if he keeps playing like this.

Rinne was 4-0 in the playoffs following a loss, but he watched the majority of the third period as backup Juuse Saros made his playoff debut.

Of course, the alternative is starting 22-year-old Juuse Saros, who has made 20 career National Hockey League starts and hadn't appeared in a playoff game before Wednesday night.

Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs with a.947 save percentage. But in both games, Pittsburgh got a helping hand from Pekka Rinne, who picked an awfully bad time to play his worst hockey of the playoffs.

"He speaks a little bit of Russian, but I played with some Russians too", the Canada native said.

You can't argue with that logic, I suppose.

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.

Charges were dismissed against a Nashville Predators fan who threw a catfish onto the ice in Pittsburgh during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, WTVF reports.

Then, like in game one, the Penguins third goal came via a fortunate bounce.

Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter. Matt Murray was keeping them in the game because the second-year goaltender is as steady as they come, and big besides. All three goals in the third period, we could have done something better.

The winning team went almost two full periods without a shot.

Rinne kicked a Bryan Rust rebound to the slot where Guentzel scored his 12th of the playoffs and second of the game. Seconds after an own goal off the left skate of Nashville's Vern Fiddler that was credited to Scott Wilson, Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.

The Nashville Predators need a victory here in order to have any realistic chance of winning this series.

He said he sprayed the fish with cologne and body spray, packed it in a cooler, and sneaked it into the arena by stuffing it down his trousers between two layers of regular and compression underwear - having tested the method by wearing the fish at his in-law's home for 20 minutes without them suspecting anything. "It's not his fault by any means". The old cliche "a series doesn't get real until a team loses at home" is one of the better and more true in hockey.

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