Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

And so, in the third period, it was more of the same.

The squishy mass went splat at the blue line - and thankfully nobody anxious about challenging whether it was offside.

But Nashville's defence buckled down in the second, preventing Pittsburgh from registering a shot on net in the period.

The Penguins almost blew a 3-0 lead, one compounded by an terrible offensive effort in the middle part of the game, before Jake Guentzel saved it with a goal at 16:43 of the third period.

The Predators will need a better start in Wednesday's Game 2 if they plan on finding a way to win and even the series.

Note that Nashville is a flawless 3-0 in Game 1's in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, defeating Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim all on the road, and if the Predators are able to maintain that pattern with a Game 1 road win in Pittsburgh, they would steal home ice advantage away from the Penguins.

A primary part of the Penguins' problem was the overuse of stretch passes.

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Alex Avila followed with a single to right-center field before Miguel Cabrera also singled to right center to end the shutout. The game was halted prior to the top of the fourth by a 30-minute rain delay, though it didn't stop Gonzalez's momentum.

"The area (of growth) that's most noticeable has been his defensive side. his positioning", assistant coach Jacques Martin said. Still, it was a bullet from a rookie who has gained a reputation for scoring big-time goals in these playoffs.

They also looked like the more exhausted team.

Let's face it, Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux will go down as the two greatest Penguins of all time. Down 1-0 in the Cup Final, the Predators will look to steal home-ice advantage before hosting the first Cup Final game in franchise history on Saturday in Game 3.

No shots for Pittsburgh: The Penguins didn't record a shot on goal in the second period. The Predators outshot the Penguins 9-0 in the period. Momentum flipped with an offside review at 7:13.

It was a game that had a little of everything, including a controversial decision early on that overturned a goal by the Predators' P.K. Subban that would have given Nashville an early lead. The celebration was short-lived, as a coach's challenge revealed that Forsberg had been offside earlier on the play. His shot from the top of the slot glided just over Rinne's left pad. Those who thought the own goal off Mattias Ekholm's knee late in the first was going to finish Nashville obviously don't much about this group's ability to respond when the chips are down.

Smith hasn't played since the second round against St. Louis.

Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins. The sequence started when Brian Dumoulin cut off a Yannick Weber clearing attempt. The standout defensemen and unheralded centers of the Nashville Predators.

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The Penguins, who led the league in scoring, stressed before Game 1 that the best way to keep the Predators at bay was by taking the puck and spending copious amounts of time around Rinne. One goal past Rinne was deflected.

Two minutes later, with Rinne pulled for an extra attacker, Pittsburgh found the net again. The Penguins did cool off and didn't have another shot on goal during the first 15 minutes of the period.

They just didn't play well.

Calle Jarnkrok was called for interference and, during the delayed penalty, James Neal foolishly cross-checked Trevor Daley and got nailed for another minor.

Hornqvist hasn't played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final because of an upper body injury.

The problems continued in the third period. The final stat line - five goals on 12 shots for Pittsburgh - the lowest shot total for a winning team in the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh had four goals on nine shots.

Just after the power play ended, Nashville's Austin Watson carried the puck behind the Pittsburgh net and fed Frederick Gaudreau for a one-timer in front that went under Murray's pads for a 3-3 tie at 13:29.

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