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Penguins outplayed, but come out victorious in Game 1

Pittsburgh blew a 3-0 lead, only to get it back late in the 3rd

May 29, 2017 - 11:58 pm
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Joe DiBiase reporting
@DiBiaseWGR


The Stanley Cup Final opened on Monday night with the Pittsburgh Penguins squeaking out a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators to take the early 1-0 series lead. 

The Penguins blew a 3-0 first period lead, allowing Nashville to come all the way back to tie the game in the third. From Nick Bonino's goal to make it 3-0 in the final minute of the first to Jake Guentzel's goal to make it 4-3, the Penguins had no shots on goal. Exactly a 37-minute gap between the Penguins getting shots on goals occurred, and they still won the game. 

Nashville did show fight in the game. Bonino's goal with under a minute to go in the first, was just a pass in front of the net that went off Pekka Rinne, off Mattias Ekholm and in. Going into the first intermission down 3-0 and allowing an own goal with seconds left could have been devastating for many teams. Nashville battled back, absolutely dominating Pittsburgh for the rest of the game. 

Ryan Ellis scored in the second to give the Predators some hope. In the third, both Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau scored to tie the game. Pekka Rinne was surely cold, not facing a shot for almost two hours of real time. Rinne was beaten on a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle by Guentzel, and Pittsburgh buried the game with Bonino's second of the night into an empty net. 

The Predators ended up out-shooting Pittsburgh 26-12 for the entire game. If they play like they did in Game 1 for the rest of the series, there is a good chance Nashville can win the Stanley Cup. Not to mention, a P.K. Subban goal was called back in the first thanks to an offside challenge.

 

The call on the ice as that Filip Forsberg's right skate was lifted when he received the pass over the line. To say the least, it was close. 

Pittsburgh will now look for a 2-0 series lead before heading back to Nashville on Saturday. Game 2 from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh is set for Wednesday night at 8 p.m. You can catch all the action on WGR.

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