Pittsburgh and Nashville scoring the match opened a crucial series for the umpteenth season in NHL history.
A lot in this match, it was decided late in the first period – Evgeni Malkin converted a double majority, a minute later Conor Shiri punished “Nashville” for the failure of the defense, and a shock cut from “Pittsburgh” summed up Nick Bonino, who helped to distinguish the guests defender Mattias Ekholm.
In the second period, “Nashville” was a serious test of defense “Pittsburgh”. Suffice it to say that the hosts 20 minutes managed never to throw in the side gate of the guests. Ryan Ellis scored the most and reduce the backlog “Predators” to two washers. Could guests expect and more, but the weak implementation of the moments did not allow them to threaten a comeback.
In the final period, “Pittsburgh” continued to operate inert and almost paid the price for overly defensive hockey. Colton Sissons sold the most and reduced the gap to a minimum, and Frederick Goodro restored parity and completed a long chase, “Nashville” for the owners.
Three minutes before the end of the match good luck on all 32 teeth smiled “Pittsburgh”. “Penguins” did not throw for 37 minutes, but still won this match – Jake Guentzel put the hosts ahead, and Nick Bonino in the end finished off Nashville.
Pittsburgh — Nashville 5:3 (3:0, 0:1, 2:2), the account in a series 1:0
Goals: 15:32 Malkin (most) – 1:0, 16:37 Width – 2:0, 19:43 Bonino – 3:0, 28:21, Ellis (most) – 3:1, 50:06, Sissons (most) – 3:2, 53:29 Hudro – 3:3, 56:43 Gentzel – 4:3, 58:58 Bonino – 5:3
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