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Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

Fans of the Nashville Predators are giving the Nashville Predators a send-off as they depart Music City for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh.

The defending champion Penguins will host Game 5 on Thursday night, hoping home ice is an advantage after being outscored 9-2 in losing the two games in Nashville after averaging 4.5 goals in winning the first two. "To be able to take the road that he has, come out on the end, be a contributing player in the Stanley Cup Finals". The puck just crossed the goal line under the outstretched sick of Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray before he shoved it away. "We capitalized on errors and Pek's was there for us when they had their chances", said Ellis.

Bonino's left foot took the brunt force of a slap shot from Nashville's P.K. Subban during Game 2 in Pittsburgh and didn't play in Game 3.

Gaudreau never made much of an impact in the junior ranks but has made a quick impression on the game's biggest stage and Predators coach Peter Laviolette said the player deserves all the credit.

"I don't want to look back now, because we have more games to play, but it's a roller coaster", Rinne said of the final.

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"It's hard to win when you score one goal", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

The Predators scored twice in the second period, taking a 3-1 lead on goals by Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson. He also moved into 20th all-time in National Hockey League playoff points but the Predators clamped down after that.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Fisher's birthday present will have to wait. 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. Pittsburgh lost a challenge for goalie interference. 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.

Just literally seconds later, Forsberg connected on a long empty netter to put the game on ice. That changed in Game 4, when Arvidsson snapped a 15-game goalless drought in a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The score was tied at 1 at the time, and Nashville rookie Frederick Gaudreau scored Nashville's second of the game 16 seconds later on a wraparound that was not initially called a goal on the ice. Former NBA star and TV commentator Charles Barkley also was on hand, accepting NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to watch in person.

"If I make the save there, it could be a different game", Murray said. Rain kept the crowd outside from reaching the more than 50,000 who turned Saturday night for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Tennessee.

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