Nashville Predators Lose Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final to Penguins, 5 to 3

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The Nashville Predators dropped Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5 to 3 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Monday.

The Penguins jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period, as WKRN reported:

 

After dual penalties by Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal, the Penguins were able to capitalize as Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth goal of the postseason to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

About a minute later, the Penguins scored again as Chris Kunitz found Conor Sheary for an easy finish and a 2-0 lead.

Just before the end of the first period, the Preds got some bad luck as Nick Bonino’s shot was deflected by Pekka Rinne and off Mattias Ekholm for a 3-0 Penguins lead.

The Predators fought back to tie the game 3-3 by the third period, but the Penguins went up 4-3 with about 3 minutes and 17 seconds left in regulation to go ahead for good, and scored again in the final minute after Nashville pulled goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The Predators press office summed up the game with this tweet:

Game 2 will be played on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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