Pekka Rinne stunned the Penguins with a jaw-dropping series of saves

Frederick Gaudreau scored the game-winner and Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) stopped 23 shots as the Predators earned a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Nashville.

The Predators trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final with Game 4 on Monday night in Nashville. Rinne, who had conceded eight goals in five-plus periods against Pittsburgh this series, made 27 saves of 28 shots in game 3.

Josi scored his sixth goal off a slap shot at 5:51, tying it at 1-1 and finally giving nervous fans something to enjoy. "And our forwards (are) doing a great job getting pucks to us, and yeah, tipping pucks, getting screens from that, and our job is just to get the puck through".

The Predators have outshot the Penguins in each game so far with Pittsburgh taking a 2-0 series lead with quick scoring bursts.

Sullivan said he hadn't decided on his starting goaltender for Game 5. It's the first time in the series the Predators have gotten the first goal in the game.

On a breakaway, Crosby deked Rinne on the forehand and tucked a attractive backhander inside the far post as the Preds goalie was slow to get over in time. "They've produced consistently for this team all year long and throughout the course of these playoffs".

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. "Guys have to step up", Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. Gaudreau's stuff attempt worked, just barely entering the cage for a 2-1 lead. Barkley says the National Hockey League playoffs have been awesome while noting the NBA playoffs have not been very good this spring.

An uncommon finishing touch - the ability to beat a goaltender, any goaltender, no matter his credentials - has carried the Penguins to within two wins of the Stanley Cup and masked a lot of deficiencies during their playoff run.

Johansen had 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 14 postseason games, having played last in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Anaheim Ducks. They feel the puck and we haven't had the success that we would like here in this early part of the series. "I'm just going out there to compete against whoever it is".

Both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held without a shot in Game 3 - the first time that's happened to the duo in the same playoff game and for just just the fifth time in Crosby's postseason career.

"It's hard to win when you score one goal, " Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought I made a good play on it". Perhaps he makes an entrance into the lineup, pushing Gaudreau back to the fourth line. On the other side, their own power play didn't score on two chances, but generated three shots. "If you're anywhere in another state, another sports team you're envious of the Preds right now", says one fan. We're not going to let this certainly get us down. We know who we're facing.

The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. They also lost Games 5 and 6 against Washington.

Nashville's rag-tag group of pivots have gotten the better of the Penguins stars, and now the series returns to Pittsburgh as a best-of-three.