Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Charges withdrawn against Preds fan who threw catfish onto ice

Charges withdrawn against Preds fan who threw catfish onto ice

A calming presence, that's what defenseman Ian Cole called goalie Matt Murray after the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-1 Game 2 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

After scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, helping the Penguins escape with a win in one of the crazier playoff games in recent memory, he played the role of hero again on Wednesday in the Penguins' 4-1 Game 2 win by scoring two more goals, including another game-winner. He has scored every important goal of the Stanley Cup final and has led the charge for a quick-strike team that, despite being outshot 64-39 in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final, finds itself with an nearly inexplicable 2-0 lead.

Malkin added his ninth of the playoffs and second of the series just 15 seconds later and Rinne was skating to the bench in favor of backup Juuse Saros after stopping 21 of 25 shots.

That wasn't the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette found himself juxtaposing praise for the way his team played with this: "We hate the result".

For Pittsburgh lacking any kind of meaningful possession last game the Predators sure didn't do much at 5v5. "They're calling me stuff I should be called", he said. Two of the biggest stars in hockey tussled against the boards with 7:46 left in a game Pittsburgh had taken over.

Unlike Rinne, who also gave up four goals on 11 shots in a Game 1 dominated by the Preds, Murray gave his team a chance to rally in Game 2.

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Rinne allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game One and has allowed 20 goals over his past six games after conceding just 16 over his first 11 playoff games.

"When we score one, we don't stop", Malkin said. And Jake Guentzel, hydroplaning a juicy rebound into a virtually empty net, becoming only the second rookie ever with a dozen goals in a single postseason. "We're not where we want to be". The Penguins scored three goals in 3:18 and became the 46th team since 1939 to lead the Final 2-0. Game two of the match-up will take place at 8 p.m. tonight, but guests may spot a Predators jersey or two in Penguins Rock during regularly scheduled enrichment sessions throughout the tournament. He carried a postseason-best 1.70 goals-against average into the series.

"Looking back since I came here a couple years ago, he's been the best player in nearly all of the games played", Filip Forsberg said. Analyzing Game 1 specifically is more hard.

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray stopped 37 of 38 Nashville shots while waiting for the top offense in this year's playoffs to kick in. "We would hope that in the spirit of good sportsmanship that any charges for throwing a catfish onto the ice would be quickly dismissed".

These two teams have played so well in the playoffs that the series always felt like it was going to stretch on for a while.

Penguins center Nick Bonino is back for the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to his left ankle or foot in the first. As soon as Malkin shoves Ekholm, Subban steps into the fray.

An online petition had more than 750 signatures to make Waddell the "official towel waver/hype man" for the Saturday's Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Pittsburgh made no lineup changes, meaning LW Carl Hagelin was a healthy scratch.

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