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Nashville hosted the first-ever Stanley Cup Final game in the city's history - and the Predators made a huge statement Saturday night.

With two unfortunate losses in Pittsburgh behind them, the Predators returned to their country confines a rejuvenated bunch and hit back on Saturday to trail the defending champions 2-1 in the series.

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14), of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with defenseman Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland, during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cu.

The defensemen have helped Nashville outshoot Pittsburgh in each of the first three games. We know they can play against anybody. Or so we thought?

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray allowed five goals for the first time in 28 career postseason games.

With Nashville's dressing room beyond capacity, "Freddy Hockey" gets dressed in the makeshift stall for morning skates and practices because he only has nine regular-season games under his belt, even though teammate Brad Hunt isn't playing. Then he provided the secondary helper on Frederick Gaudreau's second of the playoffs 42 seconds later that put the Predators ahead for good. One power play goal and it's 2-0. "We have to be better on the power play".

"It was a key moment", Rinne said of those saves.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - P.K. Subban says ask the Pittsburgh Penguins if he's getting under their skin.

Then Crosby played the role of killjoy, getting behind Nashville defensemen Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis to score one of the most attractive goals of the series so far.

Nashville has been the better team through three games of the series and trails. Neither player generated a shot on goal on the power play — or at any other time in the game either. There's something to be said for how the Preds have handled the future Hall-of-Famers, and they're doing themselves a huge favor the more they can slow the pair down. "We've certainly got to figure this out as a group and I believe we will". If Crosby and the Penguins want him to keep his mouth shut - for fear of halitosis or trash talk - the best way to do that would probably be to score more goals.

A catfish tossed onto the ice during Game 1 last week also caused a delay and Laviolette is concerned the antics will lead to a delay-of-game penalty. 102.5 The Game and the Predators radio network has coverage on the airwaves, plus Fox Sports Tennessee has pre- and postgame coverage from Smashville. That would seem to be a strong hint that he won't play Monday but Coach Mike Sullivan said Bonino would be a game-time decision.


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