Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss

Going almost two periods without seeing any rubber would make any goalie go cold.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup a year ago they received major contributions from rookies Matt Murray and Conor Sheary. Pittsburgh has great team speed among the forwards so that will minimize that problem. And after Rinne had allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1, he wanted to feel good about his game again.

During the slump his confidence "might waver a little bit but if you're getting the chances you can take positives out of that", he said. Pittsburgh was mindlessly hammering the puck around the boards all the way to the Nashville points in Game 1. Their fans hailed the stunt as heroic and credited Waddell with the Pens' subsequent inability to shoot on goal for the next 37 minutes.

But just before the ensuing face-off, the Penguins challenged the goal, arguing that Forsberg had been offside. In case you missed it, here is his triumphant moment.

"That's the good thing about the situation", said Penguins defenceman Trevor Daley.

On average Pittsburgh has given up 49.2 shot attempts at 5v5 each playoff game this year. Colton Sissons continues to shine in place of injured No. 1 center Ryan Johansen with four goals in two games while center Mike Fisher returned from injury to collect two assists - his first points of the playoffs.

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Waddell tweeted Tuesday morning, "Charge they may, charge they might, that catfish still hit the ice last night!" One team has a lot of experience with this, the other not so much.

Guentzel slipped one by Rinne with 3:17 to go in regulation and Bonino added an empty netter to give Pittsburgh early control of the series. If the Preds continue to take ill-advised penalties and inopportune times, it could be exactly what the Penguins need to get an advantage, because it surely isn't happening at even strength. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

With game one in the bag, the two teams will have until Wednesday night to re-rack and come up with a new game plan before game two in Pittsburgh. "Being down 3-0 to the Stanley Cup champions, coming back and tying it up with an opportunity to win the hockey game is definitely something to build on". And yet it get worse. According to NHL Public Relations, the Predators are the first team to hold an opponent to zero shots on goal in a period in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1957-58. That's all. That's it. "There's a stretch they're able to gain some momentum, able to capitalize and be opportunistic and that swung two games in their favor". That's not exactly a recipe for success. "He's going to continue being our best player all year". It's been quite a fall for Rinne, a guy who entered the Stanley Cup final as, arguably, the Conn Smythe Trophy frontrunner. He was solid, yet unspectacular, but it was enough to put his team in a position to win. That chased goaltender Pekka Rinne.

For Guentzel, this latest goal-scoring outburst couldn't have come at a better time for both him and the Penguins. That was the end of Rinne's night. He wasn't the kind of devastated some goaltenders might have been, losing this kind of game. He lifted the second one, and it found a tiny sliver of space between Rinne's left arm and his side. Nothing for nearly 17 more minutes of the third period.

The biggest knock against him was his size - he was only five foot nine and less than 160 pounds ahead of the draft. His lone win was a relief appearance in 2009. It's a long season but the motivation has never been higher than it is right now for the game's marquee player.

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