Unwilling - or unable - to hold its cheers for the actual start of the game, the sellout crowd let loose with a chant of "Pek-ka, Pek-ka, Pek-ka" while his teammates were the ones putting pucks on him.
Nashville finally found a way to put the puck in the net. In fact, they were able to put the puck in the net five times.
The Predators took their first lead of the night 42 seconds later. "It's more of control what you can out there, take what the game gives you, be competitive, win puck battles". There were some great chances for the Penguins, but Rinne stood tall.
Bad transition makes the Penguins appear much slower. Things went completely downhill after that.
Sullivan: "Disappointed we didn't get the result but understand this is a series". What we try to do with them is just try to get them to think in terms of having that shot-first mindset. Very rarely does a team look quicker than the Penguins. Matt Murray also had a frightful game. His injured left foot is keeping him out of a second straight game.
What needs to happen for both teams?
The Predators didn't even need to think of overtime to completely blow out the Penguins on Saturday.
Right now there is no evidence that suggests Pittsburgh is going to flip the script with the possession and scoring chances stuff. That's not their main concern now, but it's in the back of their minds.
"They were taking Nashville for granted or something; they don't have the same intensity."
The Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice before Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. "It's a seventh man, honestly, it gives us a boost every time we're out there". They had a 2-0 lead in last year's Stanley Cup Final, lost Game 3 on the road to the San Jose Sharks and bounced back with a win in Game 4.
Guentzel scored on Pittsburgh's second shot of the game. It was the one-sided manner in which they lost.
When P.K. Subban said Nashville was going to win Game 3, that wasn't going out on a limb.
Three times the Predators beat Matt Murray (five goals on 33 shots) glove side, a part of his game that teams have targeted since he broke into the National Hockey League, while odd-man rushes were another issue for the Penguins.
The Predators' victory on Saturday night came despite an early lead by the Penguins, who scored a mere three minutes into the first period. "Help us secure our home-ice advantage and prevent us from being penalized for unnecessary reasons".
Smith scored on a breakaway 4:54 into the third, wristing one glove side on Matt Murray to break the game open.
With Nashville on the power play in the second period, defenceman Roman Josi tied the game on a blast from the point. If it's more of the same don't expect Pittsburgh's lead in the series to remain intact. That's three less what Evgeni Malkin has on his own (26) and the same number Sidney Crosby has produced. That's when Phil Kessel got a shot off the rush and Chris Kunitz followed with an immediate rebound opportunity.
"We just have to keep doing what we've done; forecheck and keep staying on the attack", Arvidsson said.
Josh Dodson and Alicia Lopez have been Nashville Predators since getting hooked a couple years ago. But if they pulled out the victory, the momentum would begin to sway back in their favor.
The other teams in the top 10 were the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins, 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, 1987-88 Oilers, 1986-87 Oilers, 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings, 1982-83 New York Islanders, 1977-78 Canadiens, 1983-84 Oilers and 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings.