Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'


The fish typically only appear at Predators home games, but when Nashville visited Pittsburgh on Monday night, one fearless Preds fan managed to sneak one into PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh downplayed the notion it was tired, figuring adrenaline and a shot at making history would make up for any lack of jump while playing their 108th game in the last calendar year. The hottest goaltender in the playoffs was only tested 11 times in 58 minutes - and lost.

There's no word exactly what sort of punishment Waddell will face, but it's clear that Pittsburgh is taking the offense - which took place at PPG Paints Arena on Monday night - rather seriously.

Nashville Predators fans have copied the tradition of those who follow the Detroit Red Wings, adapting the Red Wings' octopus toss and making it their own using catfish.

Rookie Jake Guentzel's goal was so big that he ended two droughts with one shot, and he did it in a huge setting. We had some days off, and we'd been kind of champing at the bit to get at it. We found ways to execute.

"With or without the puck, it's a team that's quick and we've got to be faster", Crosby said. The Penguins are 25 percent on the power play in the playoffs to the just 14.9 percent of the Predators.

Pittsburgh was outshot 26-12, the fewest shots ever for a winning team in a Stanley Cup Final.

Woods has not been seen at a golf tournament since he opened with a 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February, withdrawing the next day because of back spasms.

The Predators haven't dropped consecutive games in the postseason and their four previous losses were pretty easy to explain.

Had it happened in Nashville, he probably wouldn't have had to pay for a drink all night. So did Columbus and Washington for long stretches against the Penguins, but they couldn't knock off the defending Stanley Cup champions. That said: "We hate the score, we hate the result, but we'll move forward".

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Ellis described the Predators as more disappointed than mad.

"Honestly, you could ask anybody down there they weren't shocked at all", Penguins defenceman Chad Ruhwedel said of Guentzel, who looks smaller than his listed 180 pounds.

Housley played 1,495 regular season games in the National Hockey League - one of them at the end of his career with the Maple Leafs in 2003 - amassing 1,232 points.

Except the streak was bookended by goals. Instead, a 5-3 win for the Penguins gave them a 1-0 series lead in the Cup Final.

Pittsburgh started the game strongly with Evgeni Malkin, on a five-on-three power-play, Conor Sheary and Bonino all scoring in the first before Ryan Ellis broke through for Nashville in the second to make it 3-1. Pittsburgh was outshot throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. After handling the Blue Jackets in five games, they were taken to seven games against both the Capitals and Senators. "Now it's down to six to try to grab the four".

Sullivan calls it the ability to "win games different ways", but what happened in Game 1 seems borderline impossible. We're going to see a lot better from them. When you think of all the unusual feats the Predators have accomplished this spring, it begins to make sense that they can brush off Game 1's odd happenings with relative ease.

But before we get to game two, check out the great photos from Monday night. But in the end, he at least made one Predators fan happy. But that's not our hockey club. "We know we have to be better, and yet we won". The way we responded was typical Nashville Predators.

Typical for everyone except Rinne. "I approach it as an opportunity to play and enjoy the game for everything it is". Malkin scored on a 5-on-3 15:32 into the first, Sheary made it 2-0 just 65 seconds later and when Bonino's innocent centering pass smacked off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm's left knee and by Rinne just 17 seconds before the end of the period, Pittsburgh was in full command.

Rinne's teammates rallied to his defense. "You know, I'd rather be up 1-0 and having my guys say we stole (it)". Overall, I mean, we can take a lot of good things from that game. I think it just came down to big plays at big times.

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