Pittsburgh Penguins fans react behind Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette and the Predators' bench after a goal was disallowed during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Latest: Pens grab 3-0 lead after 1 in Game 1 vs Preds

May 29, 2017 - 9:14 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):

9:09 p.m.

It's 3-0 Pittsburgh after the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville.

Pittsburgh scored three goals on five shots against Pekke Rinne to take the lead into the first intermission.

Evgeni Malkin has made it 1-0 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 15:32 into the first period. Conor Sheary scored 65 seconds later. He was wide open at the side of the net thanks to a pass from Chris Kunitz.

The third goal came when Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm deflected the puck into his own net. The goal with 16.1 seconds remaining in the opening period was credited to Nick Bonino after he put the puck off Rinne and it went in off Ekholm's knee.

It is the first time Nashville has trailed by three or more goals in the playoffs. The Predators had what would have been the game's first goal wiped out by a coach's challenge.


8:55 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin has made it 1-0 Pittsburgh with a 5-on-3 power-play goal against Nashville in Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok took an interference penalty and James Neal a cross-checking penalty on the same play to give Pittsburgh the advantage. Malkin scored 15:32 into the first period.

The Penguins are 11-2 in the playoffs when scoring first.

It's Malkin's eighth goal of the playoffs.


8:45 p.m.

Mike Sullivan's coach's challenge has wiped out what looked like the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Predators' P.K. Subban scored at 7:13 of the first period, but linesman Brian Murphy reviewed the play and agreed with the Penguins coach that Filip Forsberg was in the offensive zone before the puck crossed the blue line.

It was the fifth successful coach's challenge in the playoffs to overturn a ruling made on the ice, out of 20 attempts.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said prior to Game 1 that the NHL's video review system on offside and goaltender interference opportunities was working as intended.


8:15 p.m.

Game 1 is in Pittsburgh, but that isn't stopping Predators fans from lining up to watch the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville.

The team opened Bridgestone Arena for fans , with the line wrapping around the building. It's also hosting two watch parties outside the rink, with demand high for the franchise's first final game.

As of Monday night, the cheapest ticket available on StubHub for Game 3 or 4 in Nashville was $1,000.

Pittsburgh beat the San Jose Sharks in six games last year. The Penguins have Cup-winning goalie Matt Murray back in form from the injury that knocked him out of the first two rounds.


8 p.m.

Carl Hagelin is out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup, but Jake Guentzel is in. Guentzel took line rushes on the fourth line with Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist, who's back after missing six games with an undisclosed injury.

Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby centering Game 7 overtime hero Chris Kunitz and Conor Sheary, Evgeni Malkin centering Scott Wilson and Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino between Bryan Rust and Carter Rowney with the usual blue line of Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey with Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz with Ian Cole.

With Colin Wilson out and Mike Fisher and Craig Smith back, Nashville has some new-look lines: Colton Sissions centering Filip Forsberg and Pontus Aberg, Fisher between Victor Arvidsson and James Neal, Calle Jarnkrok between Frederick Gaudreau and Smith and Vern Fiddler between Cody McLeod and Auston Watson. Peter Laviolette is sticking with Mattias Ekholm with P.K. Subban, Roman Josi with Ryan Ellis and Matt Irwin with Yannick Weber on defense.


7:45 p.m.

Another injury has befallen the Nashville Predators, who won't have forward Colin Wilson available for Game 1. The team announced Wilson was out just prior to the start of warmups.

Nashville was expected to get captain Mike Fisher and Craig Smith back, but add Wilson to Ryan Johansen (compartment syndrome in left thigh) and Kevin Fiala (broken leg) in the walking wounded department.

As warmups began at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Carl Hagelin was on the ice but as one of 13 forwards. Coach Mike Sullivan called Hagelin a game-time decision.

One no-doubter for each side is the starting goaltenders. Veteran Pekka Rinne is making his first start in the Cup Final for Nashville, while Matt Murray is back after winning the title last year.


6:15 p.m.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star weekend, the surest sign yet that the NHL will actually bypass the Olympics.

The Lightning had been rumored to host the event, which will take place Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena, but the Olympics remained the elephant in the room. The league has said since early April that it won't be sending players to Pyeongchang and would be making its 2017-18 schedule as normal, but some held out hope.

The previous time the NHL held an All-Star weekend and sent players to the Olympics was 1998, the first of five trips to the Games.

Bettman also announced that the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs' previously reported outdoor game at the Naval Academy will be the start of a series of outdoor games at U.S. service academies.


6 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are set to each get an important player back for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says winger Patric Hornqvist will be back after missing the past six games with an undisclosed injury. Predators captain Mike Fisher says he's "ready to rock" after missing two games with his own undisclosed injury.

Hornqvist hadn't played since May 13, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators. Sullivan called wingers Carl Hagelin and Jake Guentzel game-time decisions.

In addition to Fisher, Nashville could get forward Craig Smith back after the forward missed 12 of the past 13 games with an undisclosed injury. Fisher and Smith took part in the team's morning skate Monday at PPG Paints Arena.


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