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

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

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

The Penguins won the game 5-3.

A fan of the Nashville Predators has admitted to being the person who threw a catfish on the ice at PPG Paints Arena during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The first, a ricochet off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm, gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the first period. Malkin and Subban even ended up fighting in the third period when things got out of hand.

Still, it was Nashville striking first on a gorgeous individual effort from rookie Pontus Aberg.

So that was what they chatted about in the locker room. He speaks a little bit of Russian, but I play with some Russians too. "We can not go the penalty box". It's Guentzel's playoff-leading 11th goal.

"It's insane", Guentzel said. "We have to put it behind you. But we know the ultimate goal is two more wins and they're going to be tough to get".

That wasn't the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period.

A Phil Kessel shot grazed Wilson's stick before it was knocked into the net by the skates of Nashville's Vernon Fiddler.

Malkin scored with the Predators down two skaters, but Rinne had complete sight of the puck and the shot hit his glove on the way in.

Still, Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette expressed full confidence that Rinne will bounce back on Wednesday, per NHL.com's Tom Gulitti: "We have no question about [Rinne] in net and what he's capable of, and he'll be the backbone of this team".

We can't always expect to get lucky like in game one. The first shift in the third period, we score.

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

The goals did come off the rush as Laviolette noted, but some of the leaks come down to Rinne, who couldn't keep Guentzel's game-tying goal from finding a hole and then offered up a juicy rebound to Bryan Rust which spurred the go-ahead marker.

We need to pile Rinne with shots.

The teams come off a freakish Game 1 that featured a questionable offside review wiping out a goal by P.K. Subban, a Predators fan throwing a catfish onto the ice and the Penguins enduring a 37-minute shot drought and scoring the victor on the next shot they took.

Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray catches the puck during hockey practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

"I just tried to make the next save, tried to hold them off as long as possible", Murray said. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready".

In Game 1, the Penguins had gone 37 minutes - including the entire first period - without a shot. The 34-year-old goalie is the main reason Nashville's season will extend into June for the first time.

"He's the reason why we're here", Fisher said. "We're not where we want to be". There was no penalty. He was excellent in Game 1, with several key saves as most of the contest was played in his end. Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist redirected the puck past G Juuse Saros at 6:48 of the third on a power play, but the goal was waved off after a review determined the Penguins were offside. Likewise, winger Carl Hagelin is expected to be a healthy scratch again for Pittsburgh.

Nashville could not have asked for a better opportunity to steal Game 1 on the road, and the Predators blew it.

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