All Tied Up In Smashville!

05 Jun, 2017

The Nashville Predators got a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena on Monday to even the best-of-7 series 2-2.

Game 5 is at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville. Frederick Gaudreau scored his third goal of the Stanley Cup Final and second consecutive game-winning goal.

The Predators improved to 9-1 at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Gaudreau gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 3:45 of the second period on a wraparound attempt. The goal was confirmed when play was stopped at 4:20 of the period for a video review.

With the goal, Gaudreau became the second player to score his first three NHL goals in the Stanley Cup Final. The other was John Harms of the Chicago Black Hawks in 1944.

Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 3-1 lead at 13:08 on a breakaway. Mike Fisher chipped a lead pass to Arvidsson into the offensive zone, and he beat Matt Murray for his third goal of the postseason.

Filip Forsberg scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-1 at 16:37 of the third period.

Calle Jarnkrok gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:51 of the first period on a rebound. Craig Smith deflected a shot by Austin Watson, and Jarnkrok beat Murray on the rebound for his second goal of the playoffs.

The Penguins challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld after video review.

Sidney Crosby tied it 1-1 at 15:57 on a breakaway. He got behind the Predators defense and beat Rinne on a forehand-to-backhand move for his eighth goal. It was Crosby’s first goal in a Cup Final since June 4, 2009, in Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Penguins forward Nick Bonino came out for warmups but did not play. He has missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury. Forward Josh Archibald replaced Scott Wilson for the Penguins.

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