If you have ever watched a National Geographic special about the wildlife of Antarctica, you would know that it mostly consists of species of Penguins. These chubby black and white birds are predated on by a wide variety of seals as well as killer whales which shred the helpless birds to pieces with razor sharp teeth. This gory image may seem to have very little to do with last night’s third game of the Stanley Cup Finals but considering how thoroughly dominant the Nashville Predators were against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first ever Stanley Cup Finals game in Nashville it is an appropriate one.
Scoring was opened by the usual suspect Jake Guentzel (who else) roughly three minutes into the game which leaves him one goal short of Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie goal scoring mark of 14, in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That was to be the Penguins’ sole positive highlight of the game as Pekka Rinne held firm rather than falling apart as he had in Game 1 and Game 2. Nashville tied the contest with a Roman Josi tally six minutes into the second period before taking the lead not even one minute later on a Frederick Gaudreau tally which was assisted by Josi. James Neal, formerly of Pittsburgh added a third roughly thirty seconds before the period ended with Josi picking up another assist on it.
The third period featured more of the same Nashville dominance with tallies by Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm completing the 5-1 romp, all before the ceremonial Catfish was thrown onto the ice, and the game became an unwatchable goon fest with nine Pittsburgh penalties and six Nashville penalties culminating a near brawl and several ejections to end the night. This put a small damper on an otherwise excellent night for Nashville who for the third consecutive game outhit and outshot Pittsburgh as well as being more careful with the puck. Game 4 is tomorrow night and hopefully, that game will have more catfish and fewer goon moments for both sides.
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