Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final had a little bit of everything. Some controversy, a big lead, a blown big lead, and some drama to conclude Game 1. The Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead, as they grabbed 2 goals late in the 1st period to set the tone. This was all before it looked like the Predators just took a 1-0 lead.
P.K. Subban had his first Stanley Cup Final goal of his career, but that lasted only a few minutes. After further review, it was determined that the Predators were offside. It was pretty bogus, but by the rules, if Filip Forsberg’s skate was elevated off the ice then it was offside. I don’t like the rule, and even then, I don’t believe there was indisputable evidence to overturn the call.
Penguins’ fans probably don’t want to admit it, but that call changed the dynamic of the game completely. While the Preds were looking frustrated and down on their luck, the Pens jumped on the opportunity. This stretch of 3 straight goals for the Penguins was enough to take Game 1. Pittsburgh did not do anything after the 1st period. In fact, they didn’t record a single shot in the 2nd period. The Predators stopped feeling sorry for themselves and rose up to take control of Game 1.
All it took was one shot by the Penguins to get the lead back, though. With minutes remaining, and the game appearing like it was heading to overtime, the Penguins scored on their first shot on net in 37 minutes. You aren’t going to find many teams who can survive a 37-minute shot-less drought.
The Penguins did just that, though. However, if the Subban goal was allowed, do you think we’re really talking about a Penguin win? Doubt it. It’s Game 2 tonight back at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Head below to get our free Predators vs. Penguins Game 2 pick of the Stanley Cup Final.
Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 2 Pick
Oh yeah, I forgot, there was also a catfish thrown on the ice in Game 1. The perpetrator was caught and charged with a few things, including disrupting a meeting and disorderly conduct. He got some praise from Carrie Underwood on twitter though, so that might have made it worth it?
The Penguins couldn’t do anything in that 2nd period, so maybe there was some divine intervention in play. When it was all said and done, the Predators outshot the Penguins 26-11. 9 times out of 10 that game goes UNDER with only 37 shots, but we were on the wrong side in Game 1.
Unbelievably, the Penguins were able to beat Rinne with only 11 shots on net, 4 times mind you. He had some rather unfortunate bounces go against him, but Rinne was not playing like the goaltender we saw in the previous rounds. Especially the 3rd goal at the end of the 1st, he had no chance on what was essentially an own goal by Nashville via a deflection into an open net.
I don’t expect Rinne to play this poorly back-to-back. Like I said, this was the Predators’ game if it weren’t for the disallowed goal. I expect the Predators to come out guns blazing after the frustration of Game 1. This should be more of -125 in favour of the Penguins, not -150. The odds on Nashville make this one too hard to pass up. The Predators bounce back and take Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
PICK: PREDATORS (+130)