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Goalie Matt Murray, making his fifth consecutive start in the postseason, turned in a strong game in the Penguins' 5-3 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators in the opener of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night.

Murray kept his team in the game after it squandered a 3-0, first-period lead. The Penguins could not get a shot on net in the entire second period and went 37 minutes without finding the Nashville net in the second and third periods. Murray was up to the task, though, stopping a formidable Nashville attack and making 23 saves. Murray improved his postseason record in these playoffs to 4-1. He has a goals-against average of 1.62 and a .936 save percentage. He's clearly taken over the starting job from veteran Marc-Andre Fleury and almost certainly will start Game 2 of the Final in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
May 29 - 11:54 PM

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had an extraordinarily quiet night during the Predators' 5-3 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh Monday night.

In a postseason in which Rinne has excelled, he faced only 12 Pittsburgh shots and made only seven saves Monday. The Pens failed to fire a shot on Rinne in the entire second period and went 37 minutes in the second and third periods before getting a shot on net. Nashville became the first team to hold an opponent to zero shots in a period during a Stanley Cup Final since the NHL began tracking shots on goal in 1957-58. Rinne's record in this postseason dropped to 12-5. His goals-against average is 1.83 and his save percentage is .934.
May 29 - 11:45 PM

Nashville captain Mike Fisher drew two assists in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night, a 5-3 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Fisher missed the Preds' previous two games with an injury that was not disclosed publicly. He did not have a point in the 14 playoff games in which he did play. With wife/singer Carrie Underwood in the crowd, Fisher grabbed assists on the Preds' strong comeback attempt. They were down 3-0 after the first period but tied it 3-3. Fisher assisted on a power-play goal by Ryan Ellis at 8:21 of the second period. He assisted on the game-tying goal by Frederick Gaudreau at 13:21 of the third period. Colton Sissons had the Preds' second goal at 10:06 of the second period. Sissons' goal was his sixth of the postseason. Ellis' goal was his fifth and Gaudreau's was his first.
May 29 - 11:35 PM

Forward Nick Bonino scored twice in a strange 5-3 triumph for the Penguins over the visiting Nashville Predators in the opener of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night.

The Penguins had no shots on goal in the second period. They also had no shots on goal in 37 minutes during the second and third periods. In the entire game, the Pens managed a mere 12 shots on goal. "We have to do a better job of finding the net," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby lamented afterward. Bonino's first goal Monday gave the Pens a 3-0 lead at 19:43 of the first period. His second goal -- and third of the postseason -- was put into an empty net with 62 seconds left in regulation. The Preds tied the game at 3-3 before Jake Guentzel, with the Pens' first shot on net in 37 minutes, scored to make it 4-3 at 16:43 of the third. The goal was Guentzel's 10th of the postseason. The game's first two goals were netted by Evgeni Malkin (eighth) and Conor Sheary (first). Crosby assisted on both. He now has 15 assists in the playoffs.
May 29 - 11:19 PM

Carl Hagelin will be a healthy scratch Monday night.

Patric Hornqvist is back in the lineup and he will skate on the fourth line with Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen. Hagelin has one goal in 11 playoff games this year.

Cody McLeod is slated to be in the lineup on Monday night for Game 1 against Pittsburgh.

He took part in line rushes alongside Vernon Fiddler and Austin Watson on the fourth line. McLeod will play in his 13th straight playoff game this year because Colin Wilson is out with an injury.
May 29 - 7:52 PM

Colin Wilson (undisclosed) will miss Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He didn't participate in Monday's morning skate. Wilson has two goals and two assists in 12 playoff games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
May 29 - 7:47 PM

Erik Karlsson had muscle damage as well as hairline fractures in his left ankle during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"For him to play at the level that he did this year was really something quite spectacular," GM Pierre Dorion said. Karlsson expects to make a full recovery over the summer.
May 29 - 6:04 PM

Cody McLeod will probably be scratched if Mike Fisher and Craig Smith are both able to return on Monday night.

Fisher and Smith are likely to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. McLeod did not stay for extra work at the morning skate and he has played in 12 consecutive games, but he still could be the odd man out. McLeod may be in the lineup Monday if Colin Wilson, who skipped the morning session, isn't available.
May 29 - 5:31 PM

Contract talks between the Senators and Mike Condon have not been going well, according to GM Pierre Dorion.

"Sometimes you know when talks are going nowhere and they haven't been very good so far," said Dorion. If Condon returns then he will be Ottawa's backup netminder, but it looks like he could be testing the open market. Dorion said that talks will continue to try to bridge the gap.
May 29 - 4:52 PM

Chris Kelly can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion intends to speak with Kelly about his future with the team this week, but he probably won't be back. Kelly played in all 82 games during the regular season, but he was limited to just two appearances in the playoffs.
May 29 - 4:44 PM

Mitch Marner played in the World Hockey Championship to gain experience for a prolonged season.

He feels the experience gained at the tournament will be beneficial going into his sophomore season. "I want to make sure my body is ready play through a long season," Marner said. "That was one of the reasons to go the world championship, to make sure my body is able to play for a month longer. It wasn't easy, the teams were hard to play against, they all had great players . . . You're not playing against Stanley Cup teams but they were very good-calibre teams. It was important for me to go there and make sure my body could take it." The 20-year-old forward finished second on Team Canada in scoring with four goals and eight assists, while being named one of the club's top players.
May 29 - 4:34 PM

Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been helping the team by making adjustments to the team's power play.

He has been watching Pittsburgh's defensemen and suggesting tweaks. Letang hasn't been on the ice during the postseason after he had neck surgery for a herniated disc, but he has been a positive influence.
May 29 - 4:13 PM

Pekka Rinne's puck-handling skill is a big part of Nashville's transition game.

He often acts like a third defenseman for the Predators and helps the team break down the opponent's forecheck. "He might be the most aggressive that I've seen," said NBCSN analyst and former NHL goalie Brian Boucher. "He probably figures that the bad bounce will only occur maybe once every 10 games. They're willing to live with that, because what it does is it really frustrates the opposition. If that's all they can get is a dump and he kills it, they've won." Rinne has posted three assists along with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in the postseason.
May 29 - 3:03 PM

Marc Methot's finger was still bothering him during the postseason.

He had part of his finger hacked off by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby late in the regular season. "It was hanging," Methot said. "When I say that, it was off, it was hanging on the side. The doctors were so good (sewing it back on), they salvaged a lot of the end of the finger. If I had to go to the hospital and maybe lost 15 or 20 minutes, I might have lost it altogether. It looked like it was burnt off." He added that he is slowly getting the feeling back.
May 29 - 2:41 PM



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