Jake Guentzel’s goal with three minutes left handed Pittsburgh a Game 1 win Monday night in the Stanley Cup Final, and that goal wiped out what had been a hard-fought Nashville comeback after the Predators found themselves down 3-0 at the end of the first period. (The Penguins added an empty-netter to make the final tally 5-3.)
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Goalie Matt Murray made 23 saves, while Rinne stopped seven of 11 Pittsburgh shots. The Penguins’ 12 total shots are the fewest ever by a winner in the Final. Pittsburgh didn’t even have a shot on goal in the second period. Nashville became the first team to hold an opponent to zero shots in a period during a Stanley Cup Final since the NHL began tracking shots on goal in 1957-58.
These teams will renew acquaintances in Game 2, which takes place Wednesday (8 p.m. ET) at PPG Paints Arena. Down 1-0 in the Cup Final, the Predators will look to steal home-ice advantage before hosting the first Cup Final game in franchise history on Saturday in Game 3.