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

Nashville TV Station Digs Into Decision To Charge Catfish Thrower

Nashville TV Station Digs Into Decision To Charge Catfish Thrower

They almost avoided that fate Monday, when they erased a three-goal deficit and pulled even in the third period while holding the Penguins to 12 shots overall, but for once they couldn't close the deal.

The 23-year-old Swedish forward scored his first Stanley Cup Final goal and, boy, it was a beauty. In their championship run a year ago, the Penguins controlled 52.10 percent of all shot attempts.

"We try to be honest and candid with our players as far as our self-assessment", said Sullivan.

"You can't even put into words what it feels like".

Game 3 is in Nashville on Saturday.

It's not just the front office that's getting to do this for the first time: while the defending champion Penguins have more than two-dozen rings between them, the Preds have only one player, captain Mike Fisher, who has even been to the finals before, when his Ottawa Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. "We're going to feed off that energy and we're going to be ready". Pittsburgh also did it in 2009, losing both games on the road against Detroit. Hopefully that will be an advantage to us when we come back for games three and four. We expect a bounce back game and he has the ability to steal a win for his team.

Rinne was 4-0 in the playoffs following a loss, but he watched the majority of the third period as backup Juuse Saros made his playoff debut.

Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957.

Rinne is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist who entered the final as the hottest goaltender in the playoffs with a.947 save percentage. The score stayed 1-1 through two periods with the Predators outshooting the Penguins 32-19. "I think as a player, I'm going to learn a lot, too, watching in different situations".

He said that "like an ignorant redneck, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'"

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As for Reading , it will be another season down in the Championship as they hope they can make another promotion push. And the 26-year-old believes he can make the step up. "We need to give it another shot next season".

It hasn't been easy against Pittsburgh.

On Monday, Pittsburgh seafood stores also refused to sell catfish for cash and checked the zip codes of everyone who showed up to buy one. Malkin redeemed his slow opening periods by scoring on a wicked wrister 15 seconds later, and the game cracked open.

"Pekka's been excellent for us all year long", Laviolette said.

For the first 40 minutes, P.K. Subban and the Predator's back line swarmed the middle of their defensive zone, pushing and prodding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around the ice while keeping them pointless.

Jake Guentzel broke the 1-all tie just 10 seconds into the third, his second goal of the game, giving him the most points ever by an American-born rookie in a single postseason. Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray catches the puck during hockey practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

For Aberg, it was his second goal of the playoffs and it gave the Preds an early 1-0 lead.

The Penguins won, but weren't wholly happy because they blew a three-goal lead and went 37 minutes without a shot on goal.

Just 15 seconds later, Evgeni Malkin scored off of a two-on-one, firing a flawless shot over Rinne's glove for a 4-1 lead.

That was enough to end Rinne's night, but the Predators aren't blaming their goaltender for the series deficit.

He said he sprayed the fish with cologne and body spray, packed it in a cooler, and sneaked it into the arena by stuffing it down his trousers between two layers of regular and compression underwear - having tested the method by wearing the fish at his in-law's home for 20 minutes without them suspecting anything.

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