Problem is, the Predators are pressuring the puck at the point and following it fervently with their skilled defensemen.
Game three saw the first postseason game ever in which Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both failed to record a shot on goal. "We just got to hit the net".
Police estimated more than 50,000 turned out for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Tennessee on Saturday night.
Game 4 is Monday back at Bridgestone Arena.
Penguins goalie Matt Murray, just 23, is a sterling 7-0 in the playoffs following a loss. Pekka Rinne is the top-rated Predator to win the award, at plus-1,200. They've been good for us all year long, all playoffs long.
When general manager David Poile started putting this expansion franchise together almost 20 years ago, he focused on building from the goaltender out to the defense.
Eight skaters and three goalies.
The good times will continue to roll when the series shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5. "I didn't say that", Crosby said Sunday.
"That kind of takes the restriction off of just playing on the blueline in the offensive zone".
Prior to Game 1 of the finals, Commissioner Gary Bettman declared during a news conference that video reviews "are working exactly as they were meant to".
The Preds dominated the Penguins in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a score of 5-1. They spend a lot of time together.
"I just think he has the ability to move by adversities", said Sullivan. The only constants are likely Kessel on Malkin's wing and Guentzel on the top line with Crosby. "You don't want to give up two quick goals like that. But we've still been able to get ourselves into a good spot by winning the first two". The Penguins are going have to do better than that on the penalty kill, which will be hard without Bonino, who has in his time with the Penguins become a key component of their shorthanded lineup. Goaltender Matt Murray could not save Pittsburgh this time with all five goals allowed on 33 shots for a.848 save percentage.
Its been quite the turnaround for Pittsburghs Nick Bonino, who returned to practice on Sunday a couple of days after he took what looked like a season-ending slap shot off the inside of his left foot in Game 2.
Today, on Nashville Predators Pride Day and Captain Mike Fisher's (aka Mr. Underwood) birthday, the Pittsburgh Penguins descend upon Bridgestone Arena once more for game 4. "To give them the opportunity on the power play, my feeling or at least my observation coaching these guys, is when they have success on the power play, it helps their overall game, their 5-on-5 game as well".
Coach Peter Laviolette has a message for Predators fans attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final: Don't throw anything onto the ice.