Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss

Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss

Guentzel recorded his second goal of the game and playoff-leading 12th when he converted a rebound to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead 10 seconds into the final period, Scott Wilson was credited with a deflection at 3:13 after Phil Kessel put the puck into the slot, and postseason scoring leader Evgeni Malkin beat Rinne with a wicked shot high to the goalie's glove side on a two-on-one at 3:28.

His only career win against the Penguins came in relief of Dan Ellis on January 8, 2009.

The Penguins lead 4-1 late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after a three-goal flurry in the first 3:18 of the third period against Nashville.

On Thursday, the All-Star defenseman channeled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guarantee of a Rangers' win against New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. It's hard to see anything changing should Rinne remain the starting goaltender, and if the Predators fall behind 3-0 in the series, they'd be facing a near-impossible mountain to climb to win their first Stanley Cup.

"We talked a lot about elevating our play", center Matt Cullen said of Pittsburgh's second intermission team talk. "So we just thought if we cut his minutes, we'd get more productive minutes from him". Ultimately, we have to be realistic with where we're at. Asked whether his confidence was intact, Rinne said, "Of course, when you lose a couple games and get pulled you're not happy how things went, but you've got to put those things behind and focus on the things you can control". Seconds before that, Pittsburgh forward Nick Bonino required help to get off the ice after he blocked a shot by Subban with his left foot. The Predators coach says his goalies know who will start.

If that happens, who then wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs? A goal goes in, and he can play the exact same way after that.

His save percentage has dipped throughout the playoffs -.976 against Chicago, then.932 against St. Louis and.925 in the West finals against Anaheim.

He has allowed eight goals on 34 shots in two games; the Predators had 38 shots on goal in Game 2 alone.

Meanwhile, Nashville fans heralded Waddell as a hometown hero for throwing the fish, which according to Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate, Waddell brought from Nashville and smuggled into the arena by vacuum-sealing it and shoving it down a pair of compression shorts.

It was easy for Guentzel to be overlooked during the regular season on a team full of superstars, elite scorers, and Stanley Cup champions.

It's all fun and games in Nashville - but don't even think about doing it in Pittsburgh.

"There's nothing that can replace Peks", Ellis said.

What has made Rinne's performance so deflating is that Nashville had been driving possession for most of Game 2 and might have actually been the better team.

Game 3 is in Nashville on Saturday. "No matter how much I ran it over with my truck", he said on the radio, "the head was too big". "It's a fun atmosphere to play".

As a result, a Predators team that once again played well enough to win is once again shaking its heads after being down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series that is slipping from its grasp. That includes the last three such situations with the Kings winning in 2012 and 2014 and the Penguins a year ago.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rarely tested the hottest goaltender in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville.

"It's not always pretty", Sullivan said.

Jacob Waddell, 36, of Nolensville, Tennessee, threw the fish over the glass surrounding the rink at PPG Paints Arena about 23 minutes into the game, police told our sister affiliate WSMV in Nashville.

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