Stanley Cup Final: Penguins hold off Predators’ rally to draw first blood

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Jake Guentzel broke a 37-minute shot drought to score the winning goal in the final minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1

Jake Guentzel broke a 37-minute shot drought to score the winning goal in the final minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

The Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and then Nick Bonino, when the puck went in off Nashvilles Mattias Ekholm. The defending Cup champions then didnt have a shot for exactly 37 minutes as the Predators roared back to tie the score at 3-3.

Nashville got goals from Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau as they dominated Pittsburgh in the second period and most of the third. A waved-off goal by PK Subban in the first period on a coachs challenge loomed large when Guentzel beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in the third on the Penguins ninth shot. Bonino sealed it with an empty-netter.

Pittsburgh had the fewest shots by a winning team in a Cup Final game with 12.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/29/stanley-cup-final-game-1-pittsburgh-penguins-nashville-predators