Penguins centre evgeni malkin
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.