The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators played game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh Monday night. Matt Murray started in goal for the Penguins. Pekka Rinne started in goal for the Preds. Josh Archibald, Frank Corrado, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Cameron Gaunce, Carl Hagelin, Tristan Jarry, Tom Kuhnhackl, Sean Maguire, Kevin Porter, Derrick Pouliot, Chad Ruhwedel, Tom Sestito, Dominik Simon, Daniel Sprong, Mark Streit, Oskar Sundqvist, David Warsofsky, and Garrett Wilson would be the scratches for the Penguins. Cody Bass, Anthony Bitetto, Alexandre Carrier, Kevin Fiala, Petter Granberg, Brad Hunt, Ryan Johansen, Vladislav Kamenev, Marek Mazanec, PA Parenteau, MIikka Salomaki, Colin Wilson, and Harry Zolnierczyk were the scratches for the Preds.
Calle Jarnkrok would get called for interference and James Neal would get called for cross checking at 13:50 of the first. Evgeni Malkin would score on the powerplay at 15:32 to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Trevor Daley and Sidney Crosby would get the assists. Conor Sheary would score at 16:37 to make it 2-0. Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby would have the assists. Nick Bonino would score at 19:43 to make it 3-0. Brian Dumoulin would get the lone assist. Nashville would have 11 shots to Pittsburgh’s 8 in the 1st.
Olli Maatta would get called for interference at 3:43 of the second. Ian Cole would get called for roughing at 6:39. Ryan Ellis would score his 5th of the playoffs at 8:21 to make it 3-1. P.K. Subban and Mike Fisher would get the assists. The Preds would have 8 shots. The Penguins would not register a shot in the 2nd.
Evgeni Malkin would get called for slashing at 9:36 of the third. Colton Sissons would score on powerplay at 10:06 to make it 3-2. Roman Josi and Calle Jarnkrok would get the assists. P.K. Subban would get called for delay of game at 11:24. Frederick Gaudreau would score at 13:29 to tie the game at 3. Austin Watson and Mike Fisher would get the assists. Jake Guentzel would score his 10th the playoffs at 16:43 to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Matt Cullen and Justin Schultz would get the assists. Nick Bonino would add an empty net goal at 18:58 to make it 5-3. Chris Kunitz would get the lone assist. The Preds would have 6 shots to the Pens 4 in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 1 for 3 on the powerplay and kill 1 of 3 penalties. Matt Murray would make 23 saves on 26 shots. Nick Bonino would have 2 goals. Conor Sheary, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin would each have a goal. Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby would have 2 assists. Matt Cullen, Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Brian Dumoulin would each have an assist. Game 2 in on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.