Saturday night, the Nashville Predators routed the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In the first period, Jake Guentzel scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal of the night. Guentzel is leading the NHL in playoff goals this post-season with 13. He is also just one goal shy of Dino Ciccarelli’s NHL record of 14 post-season goals by a rookie, which was set in 1981.
“I hope he does break the record,” Ciccarelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He has great instincts. He has a knack for the net.”
That was the only piece of good news for Penguins fans in this game, as Nashville lit the lamp for 5 goals. The first was scored by Roman Josi in the second period. Less than 90 seconds later, Frederick Gaudreau scored to give the Predators a 2-1 lead. Before the second period would end, James Neal would score his 6th goal of the playoffs to extend Nashville’s lead to 3-1.
In the third period, Nashville would score two more goals, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm, on only 5 shots. The physically picked up this period as there were 5 misconduct penalties given out. Aside from those penalties, 20 minutes of infractions were also given out in the third period alone!
“Well I think these first couple games and the beginning of the game, it’s been a battle,” Rinne said. “I think at those moments just mentally, you try to erase your mind and focus on the next save and remind yourself that you’re still in the Finals and life’s pretty good.”
Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be in Nashville on Monday, June 5th, at 8 P.M. Will the Predators carry over their dominance from the last game? Or will we see Pittsburgh bounce back? Crosby and Malkin each didn’t have a shot on goal in Game 3, will they return to form?