Pittsburgh holds off Predators in Game 1

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Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel beat Nashville's Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Guentzel was well aware that Rinne might have been a bit rusty after not being tested by Pittsburgh.

This year's goal scorers include players who spent significant time during the regular season at Milwaukee (Harry Zolneirczyk, Pontus Aberg), midseason trade acquisitions (Vernon Fiddler, Cody Mcleod) and players who did not have regular roles (Colton Sissons, Kevin Fiala).

Guentzel: "Thatta way, boys!" Pittsburgh had four goals on nine shots.

Guentzel scored his playoff-leading 10th goal, though he snapped a personal eight-game drought. "We don't get points for style".

The third goal came when Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm deflected the puck into his own net.

The Predators are now up against history; of the 77 seven-game Stanley Cup Final series dating back to 1939, the team that won Game 1 has won 60 of them, and the last team to buck the trend was the 2011 Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh downplayed the notion it was tired, figuring adrenaline and a shot at making history would make up for any lack of jump while playing their 108th game in the last calendar year.

Nick Bonino scored twice, including and empty-net goal, while Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary scored in the first period for Pittsburgh.

And in that time Ellis scored, and Sissons had a Josi shot bounce off his knee, and after the Penguins managed not to record a shot on a damned power play, Predators fourth-liner Auston Watson spun away from Olli Maatta and Daley and found Frederick Gaudreau alone in front. Pittsburgh went almost 37 minutes without a shot on net.

Getting shots on Rinne became Pittsburgh's mission.

"We would hope that in the spirit of good sportsmanship that any charges for throwing a catfish onto the ice would be quickly dismissed", she said in a statement emailed to the Trib. "We had a good first, we had a bad second and we were awful in the third". Guys are yelling, 'Shoot. "We've got some things we need to improve on".

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And we would be remiss if we did not pause to acknowledge the men and women we have lost in our current conflicts overseas . This year's wreath was laid by Marshal of the Day Harold Kerkvliet, who served in the U.S.

Crosby even sent a mental plea to the off-ice officials who tally shots. After a lengthy review, Subban's goal was overturned on an almost-too-close-to-call play at the blue line where the Predators' Filip Forsberg looked as if he had control of the puck as his team entered the zone.

At 15:32, Malkin gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead during a five-on-three power play.

The Penguins have not had a shot on Pekke Rinne since scoring their third goal with 17 seconds remaining in the first period.

It's Malkin's eighth goal of the playoffs.

The visitors lost focus and fell into the trap of taking several ill-advised penalties, including James Neal being whistled for a mindless cross-checking penalty that set up a Penguins 5-on-3 advantage.

About 23 minutes into the game, a fan threw a catfish carcass onto the ice, The Associated Press reported.

"There's a lot of positives (from the game), but at the same time personally I have to do a better job", Rinne said.

"That's good for Freddy", coach Peter Laviolette said.

"It's tough. He's been a rock for us", Laviolette said. Nashville carried the play for the opening 11 minutes, but mentally unraveled after the goal was taken off the board.

After being kicked out of the game, Waddell reportedly tweeted a Nashville radio station and said he had not been arrested but wasn't welcome in the city again, CBS Pittsburgh reports. He replaced LW Carl Hagelin, who was scratched.

As of Monday night, the cheapest ticket available on StubHub for Game 3 or 4 in Nashville was $1,000.

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