Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead on Nashville despite being outshot 9 goals to 8 in the first period. P.K. Subban's no goal call was a B.S. call and overturning that call gave the Pittsburgh Penguins momentum. Evgeni Malkin's Power Play goal in a 5-on-3 Power Play ignited PPG Paints Arena putting Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 early. Conor Sheary made it 2-0. Then Nick Bonino scored late in the first period to make it 3-0.
Nashville outshot Pittsburgh 16-0 and managed to tie the game up at 3 with 5 minutes left in the third period. That still wasn't enough though as Pittsburgh scored on their 10th shot on goal which was the second of the third period when Jake Guentzel made it a 4-3 game. Nick Bonino would score again late in the third period to give Pittsburgh a 5-3 lead.
The Penguins defeated Nashville 5-3 despite being outshot 26-12. Nashville had more blocked shots and less turnovers in game 1 with Pittsburgh having 7 give aways on turnovers while Nashville only had 4.
Nashville needs to win on Wednesday in order to shift momentum back into their favor. Pittsburgh has to get more shots on goal and play smarter hockey. Getting lucky at the right time and taking care of business early will only get the Penguins so far unless they are clutch each game like they were tonight.
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