Pens' Bonino out for Game 3 with foot injury

More than anything, the Penguins know how to deal with time off that more resembles a playoff series in the National Basketball Association than the NHL.

Another fan held up a giant stuffed catfish to the delight of the crowd.

It took Pittsburgh only 2:46 to temporarily quiet the loud crowd.

"As a team, we know we have to be a whole lot better in that area".

It looks like Pekka Rinne, who is 0-2, with a 4.69 GAA and.778 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final, will be in goal.

The Predators got the momentum on their side 5:51 into the second period when Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau scored within 42 seconds of each other. Country star Keith Urban and wife, actress Nicole Kidman, were high-fiving inside the arena and they had plenty of company. The 34-year-old goalie has instead given up eight goals on 36 shots through two games. Pekka Rinne couldn't hold onto the rebound, and it was 1-0 Pittsburgh, again.

On Thursday, the All-Star defenseman channeled Mark Messier, who backed up his own guarantee of a Rangers' win against New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. Scoring on any of those chances could have been a turning point in the game, but instead they all went for naught.

Rinne allowed his ninth goal of the Final on the 38th shot he saw.

Captain Sidney Crosby did not have a shot on goal, and neither did Evgeni Malkin. Music City has been a safe haven for the Predators, who are 7-1 in these playoffs at Bridgestone Arena and winners of 11 of their past 12 playoff contests. The first one Murray saves, the second one after a neutral zone turnover by Chris Kunitz ends up on the stick of Colin Wilson and he makes no mistakes to snap it quickly past the glove of Murray to make the score 4-1.

With the amount of skill the Penguins possess, there aren't too many goaltenders lining up to face Pittsburgh. The Stanley Cup Finals are finally here. Along with one stuffed penguin. If Rinne doesn't reverse his numbers against Pittsburgh quickly, Nashville is in serious trouble. In the first game, Golden State led by five points after the first quarter, and both teams were running up and down the court.

Nick Bonino arrived here on crutches and in a walking boot.

South African opposition leader barred entry to Zambia
When I demanded reasons for being refused entry, I was told that the authorities are not required to furnish me with a reason. The decision was taken to ensure Mmusi Maimane did not put "undue pressure" on the judiciary, a Zambian diplomat said.

Hagelin, who missed more than a month with a lower-body injury before making his playoff debut in the second round, had been a healthy scratch.

"I thought we gave them a couple of freebies where we didn't force them to have to work for it and that's an area we've got to be better moving forward", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. Parenteau has a history of being a good producer of secondary offense and with the Penguins not posing much of a physical challenge in this series, McLeod's toughness is not really necessary. "They controlled puck. We lost control, I think, after the first period". Haggy is a good player.

Golden State wasted no time in the early third quarter taking over the game and building a big lead. "We've got to be more determined in that area of the game". The 2-0 series lead is a familiar one for Pittsburgh, which also claimed that advantage previous year before skating past San Jose in six games to capture its fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Nashville fans did their best to lift his spirits by chanting his name in pre-game warm-ups.

Rinne went into the final with the stingiest numbers in net this postseason and a favorite to win the Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP.

Subban came very close to guaranteeing a win in the moments after Pittsburgh's 4-1 win Wednesday night.

When Jake Guentzel scored this 13th goal of the playoffs and fourth in three games just 2:43 into the first period, the Predators were on their way to a near-insurmountable 3-0 series deficit. The Predators had a week off after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks in six but still stand to benefit from the schedule, which provides two days between games every time there's travel involved. The Predators also need to match the speed of the Penguins, which McLeod and Fiddler can not do.

"When the decision is made, it's my decision", Laviolette said. They pressure us. First power play, we moved the puck so well, but still no shots.

Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk says the atmosphere was insane through the first three rounds of the playoffs and now sees Nashville revamping everything downtown.

But let's face it, Saturday night is all about the game. Alan Jackson, for instance, will play a free concert before Saturday night's game.

Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk says the atmosphere was insane through the first three rounds of the playoffs and now sees Nashville revamping everything downtown.

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