NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/AP) – Nashville Predators fans have reason to celebrate Tuesday night after a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, tying the Stanley Cup Final series at 2-2 and guaranteeing another game in Smashville.
Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok was the first to get the puck past Matt Murray, scoring 5:09 into the first period. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway about a minute later. It was his first goal in the Final since 2009, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Gaudreau’s goal came on a wraparound, but the horn sounded a little later because of video review. The puck just crossed the goal line under Murray’s outstretched stick before he shoved it out of the net.
Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 3-1 lead at the 13:08 mark of the second and they were able to hold onto the cushion against Crosby and Co. With 3:23 left, Nashville sealed the victory with Filip Forsberg’s empty-net goal, as “Rocky Top” played in Bridgestone Arena.
The sun wasn’t shining before the game, but Predators fans had enough gold to light up the sky in Nashville for game four of the Stanley Cup Final.
“It’s mind blowing to see a notion of gold fill these streets. If you’re anywhere in another state, another sports team you’re envious of the Preds right now,” says one fan.
Another fan said, “I actually was on the plaza down here on Broadway for New Year’s Eve 2016, and it was not that crazy on New Year’s Eve even.”
With all of the excitement, fans couldn’t help but wonder what the next item to hit the ice will be. However, The Preds’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette put out a public service announcement on Twitter Monday morning urging fans to keep the fishy business off the ice.
The Stanley Cup Final moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday night and the now guaranteed Game 6 will be in Nashville on Sunday night.