Crosby scores, Malkin shoots yet Penguins lose 4-1 to Preds

by Steven Clarke June 8, 2017, 1:49

The goal was his first in the Stanley Cup Final since June 4, 2009 - a span of 12 games.

That was all for the Penguins, as Rinne denied chance after chance, many of them saves that the 6-foot-5 Finn struggled to make in Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh, when the Penguins averaged 4.5 goals in winning twice. She's hoping a Stanley Cup championship will fill that void.

"We found a different level (in Game 4)", Crosby said. Maybe they'll break out Rocky Top for us one more time. Or maybe the diving blocker stop on Guentzel just before the midway point, the one that preserved Nashville's lead on the way to a 4-1 victory?

Sidney Crosby, who had been held without a shot on goal in Game 2, jumped on a loose puck and cruised in on a breakaway. "Having said that, I thought of all of the games we played, we generated the most chances and the highest quality and it didn't go in the net for us".

With the Predators leading 1-0 on a goal from Jarnkrok, Crosby somehow caught Nashville's defence napping and scored on a breakaway pass from Brian Dumoulin.

The Penguins now have lost two straight for the second time this postseason. The Penguins now are 13-3 after a playoff loss under coach Mike Sullivan, and Murray is 7-1 in playoff games started after a loss. With his goal, Crosby now has 161 career playoff points and moved past Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe, Al MacInnis and Bobby Smith for 20th all-time by himself.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the series after not getting a shot on goal in Game 3.

His latest goal came on a solid individual effort when he stuffed home a wraparound attempt but the goal was only awarded after a random horn sounded 35 seconds later to stop play and initiate a video review. He got an assist from Mike Fisher, who pushed the puck ahead as he fell to the ice for his fourth point in the series and first on his 37th birthday.

Just literally seconds later, Forsberg connected on a long empty netter to put the game on ice. But it was a big-time highlight nonetheless, not to mention an injection of confidence for the Pens, who went without a single shot from both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Game 3.

Jarnkrok's goal stood after the Penguins challenged that goaltender interference should have negated the score. Killing a Pens power play that carried over from the opening period (and featuring some last-minute off-the-skates work from Crosby), the veteran goalie halted shots by Chris Kunitz and postseason darling Jake Guentzel before Gaudreau rushed around the back of Pittsburgh's net to sneak one under Murray's stick.

Charles Barkley has taken advantage of a day off in the NBA Finals and accepted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to come watch the Stanley Cup Final in person.

Police estimated more than 50,000 turned out for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Tennessee on Saturday night.

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