Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

Kristopher Nichols
June 12, 2017

At the 16:36 mark of the first period, Guentzel tied the game. The hottest goaltender in the playoffs was only tested 11 times in 58 minutes - and lost.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Nashville Predators insist goaltender Pekka Rinne isn't to blame for the 2-0 series deficit against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins won't be able to escape the catfish at Bridgestone Arena.

Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957.

"It's not always pretty", Sullivan said. "Even in the second we had chances but couldn't get a goal".

"We fileted the fish, I cut half the spine out of it which is why it flopped open on the ice, and ran over it with my pickup truck", Waddell told WTVF.

There were similarities to game one. But the Predators were in near-complete control. If this is rope-a-dope they are the knockout power, and it was Crosby's faceoff win that started the second goal, Kessel who set up the second, Malkin who scored the third. "We see what kind of group and character we have to bounce back". If Game 1 was an unfortunate showing due to some extremely wacky circumstances, Game 2 was the complete opposite for the Predators. What happened on Monday night was not. It was a rather chaotic game, encapsulated in this freakish scene shown during the pregame (although it happened during the West final), which also happens to be the greatest gif in hockey history.

"No matter how often we explained it, no matter how we tried to explain it, they couldn't figure it out", Crisp said.

"It's obviously frustrating", Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis said. You can probably add baffled to the list.

Nashville, a first-time participant in the Stanley Cup Finals, heads home with a sizeable task.

Except the streak was bookended by goals.

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Though Subban was held without a point in Wednesday's loss, he still managed to provide a memorable moment, as he and Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin earned matching five-minute fighting penalties for engaging in a brief scuffle in the third period.

The angst Nashville felt isn't new to those who face the Penguins. Summoning up the will to do that for every game will be Part Two of the toughest test. It didn't stop the Penguins from knocking off Columbus in five games and Washington in seven.

Except it hasn't. The Penguins just keep doing enough to win games.

I suppose I don't need to belabor the point again, but the Pens have played more games over the last two season than any team in hockey. They also understand they can't afford to have their offense go dormant for almost two periods. That they have been outplayed in possession and shots yet still come out victorious on the scoreboard frequently in this postseason makes the occurrence no less weird.

"Murray played fantastic for us", Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said. Pittsburgh had 11 shots on Rinne, and scored four times.

Subban doubled down on that guarantee Thursday. The old cliche "a series doesn't get real until a team loses at home" is one of the better and more true in hockey.

Wednesday, the Nashville Predators goalie went to the bench.

Typical for everyone except Rinne. "We gotta play a full 60, and we will next game".

Rinne's teammates rallied to his defense.

"It's obviously very disappointing right now, but it's a series and we're down 2-0 going home", Rinne said. "We have all the belief in Pekks we can ever have".

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