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Laviolette asks Preds' fans not to throw anything onto ice

Laviolette asks Preds' fans not to throw anything onto ice”

Josh Dodson and Alicia Lopez have been Nashville Predators since getting hooked a couple years ago.

The Nashville Predators have hit the Pittsburgh Penguins right back in the kisser.

The Penguins came up short against the Predators on Saturday evening as Nashville officially got on the board, thanks to a 5-1 victory in Game 3. He's just got a real good, solid overall two-way game.

"It was a key moment (Saturday) night, for sure", the goalie said. Sidney Crosby, forever calm, had some worry in his voice. It was how they lost.

On one, Murray bailed them out with a two-on-one stop on Viktor Arvidsson from the left circle. In the first two games combined he had made just 28 saves.

One more marker and Guentzel will tie Dino Ciccarelli's playoff goal-scoring record from 1980-81. The Conn Smythe favorite was the worst player on the Penguins at 5v5 with a CF% of 21.05. Even if it's a 5-1 game, you still want to play them hard because you know you have another game in two days. Here's his game by game Corsi +/- for this year's playoffs.

And thats reason for the Penguins to wonder. "I don't know what he's talking about". They pressure us. They play quick. We control puck, but no shots.

Viktor Arvidsson have given Nashville a two-goal lead over Pittsburgh after two periods in Game 4. One power play goal and its 2-0.

"With them, they just skate themselves out of trouble", said Crosby. One power play goal and you wonder how Pekka Rinne would respond, how the Preds would respond. The Penguins have barely gotten the puck to the net with the man advantage all series, looking totally non-threatening for nearly all of the 21 minutes they've spent on the power play.

“I have no room.

"So we have to win more, I don't run away from that, that's important to the people of Tennessee, and it better be important to our student athletes and coaches, and I think it is".

"Yeah, he made that up", said Crosby when asked about Subban's comments. He has totaled 14 points through 19 playoff games after putting up 49 points (12 goals and 37 helpers) in 72 regular-season games. Crosby's been pretty good in that Nashville has not owned the puck when he's been on the ice. Let's get ready for game four. Defenseman P.K. Subban had guaranteed a win and the Predators delivered. They completely neutralized Crosby and Malkin. Police estimated that 50,000 people swarmed to the area around the arena on Saturday to watch the Predators defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, in Game 3, watching on outdoor screens and simply partying, and it created an enjoyable atmosphere around the city. Crosby said after the game, the series is going to come down to which team can dictate their different styles of play. That leaves a lot up to the likes of Crosby and Malkin, who are the drive train that power the Pittsburgh offense. Without that, they have no real chance.

They've taken care of that in the first period of Game 4.

"There was no decision", Laviolette said of changing goalies. Whereas defenses have typically relied on extra physicality bordering on assault while playing Pittsburgh's star players this postseason, Nashville's defense has been able to rely more on speed and skill in defending superstars such as Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Matt Murray wasn't good enough for the team to win last night even if he was on the wrong end of a few goofy bounces.



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