The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators entertained us all on Memorial Day with an exciting Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.
After a PK Subban goal was reversed due to an offsides challenge, the Penguins quickly gained all of the momentum and took a 3-0 lead into first intermission.
However, after that the Penguins barely had any offense whatsoever, and their defensive game was not great either. Nashville dominated fore most of this game, especially in the second and third periods. Pittsburgh was credited with eight shots on goal in the first period, and only had four the rest of the game, including ZERO in the second period!
It was definitely quality over quantity for the Penguins in Game One, as five of their shots went in for goals. One of the goals was an empty netter at the end, so in all, Pekka Rinne faced 11 shots and only was able to stop seven of them.
The Penguins ended up winning the game 5-3 after Nashville tied it up at three goals a piece late in the third period.
Jake Guentzel scored the game winning goal with just 3:17 left in the third by sniping a nasty wrist shot past Pekka Rinne and telling all of the analytic geeks to shove it.
It was an analytics guru’s nightmare, as the Predators dominated in every aspect of the game; except the final score.
However, the Penguins proved that you can’t judge the game of hockey strictly on these analytics. They proved that goaltending matters more, and the Predators didn’t have great goaltending at all.
Hopefully Game Two provides just as much excitement as Game One did of this series!