Stanley Cup Finals Is Now Tied After Nashville Win Over Pittsburgh

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They've played over 200 hockey games in the past two seasons, they're missing one of the world's best defenseman and they got embarrassed in Game's 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the 16th seeded team in the playoffs.

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. Goalie Matt Murray lost consecutive games for the first time in his young career.

Now they head to Pittsburgh needing to find a way to win in the home ice of the defending champions after dropping Games 1 and 2. Yes, Nashville needs to win a game in Pittsburgh to win the series.

The two teams will take the ice in Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday, with the victor sitting in the driver's seat to take home the title.

Also Monday's Game 4 produced the highest local rating for a Predators game on NBC ever, with it posting a 28.0.

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Rinne has gained the confidence back that could carry the Predators to hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Some key players tonight, Freddie Gaudreau, Mike Fisher, Vicktor Arvidsson all on the scoring sheet. "The one comment I will make is that we didn't lose the game last night because of our goaltending". The 24-year-old is an undrafted free agent and doesn't even have a team locker.

"He's been unbelievable for us, just the way he's come in and he's been so good with the timely goals and so composed", Predators captain Mike Fisher said of Gaudreau, who has played just nine career regular-season National Hockey League games. Rinne's circus-like saves certainly pumped up the sellout crowd, and showed why his performance in between the pipes is vital to Nashville's success.

Pittsburgh's superstar has insisted he did not complain about Subban's breath in Game 3 as Subban said he did. Just a little more than a minute later Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the series to restore parity. As it is, the Final has become a best-of-three, and Nashville is guaranteed to host one more game. It seemed as if Murray got around to stop Frederick Gaudreau's chance, but the puck crossed the line. But we really liked the way we played in Game 1.

"He told me my breath smelled", Subban said.

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"I wasn't certain, but when they put the replay up on the scoreboard I sort of thought it was in". "They capitalized on our mistakes, and we have to do the same". Both teams have won two games.

"There's something quite wonderful about hearing 17,000 people yell 'you suck!' in flawless unison at an opposing goalie", Swartz says.

Laviolette had a message for Nashville fans attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final: Don't throw anything onto the ice.

While everyone in Pittsburgh is panicking, the Penguins sound like a team that is happy with the direction this is headed: not just back to having home-ice advantage in what is now a best-of-three series but a step closer to playing the way they want to play.

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