Pen­guins cen­tre ev­geni malkin

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cel­e­brates his game-open­ing goal dur­ing the first pe­riod of Game 1 of the stan­ley Cup fi­nal on Mon­day night in Pitts­burgh. left in the pe­riod, gained a full two-minute five-on-three ad­van­tage. Calle Jarnkrok drew the first whis­tle for in­ter­fer­ence and James Neal added the sec­ond with a need­less cross-check on Trevor Da­ley.

Traded from Pitts­burgh to Nashville for Pa­tric Horn­qvist (who drew the Jarnkrok penalty) in June 2014, Neal was booed when he was in­tro­duced be­fore the game and grinned in re­sponse.

Malkin made him and the Preds pay with a one-time blast from the point — his eighth goal and 25th point of the play­offs. He was helped by Guentzel’s pres­ence in front and Crosby, who got the play started by block­ing Mat­tias Ekholm’s clear­ing at­tempt be­hind the net.

Con­tain­ing Crosby and Malkin was a top pri­or­ity for Nashville head­ing into the fi­nal with the Pen­guins duo — chas­ing their third Cup to­gether — ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in post­sea­son scor­ing.

Those ef­forts failed again with the Pitts­burgh cap­tain key­ing the sec­ond Pen­guins goal 65 sec­onds af­ter the first.

Af­ter Brian Du­moulin kept a clear­ing at­tempt in at the blue­line, Crosby got the puck down low, fought off a check and then found Chris Ku­nitz high in the zone. The dou­ble over­time goalscorer in Game 7 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal, Ku­nitz quickly found Sheary on the weak-side and he fired past Rinne.

Bonino added the third goal in just over four min­utes and third on seven shots to beat Rinne, a star through the first three rounds who gave up three goals to­tal in a first round sweep of Chicago.

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