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Preds Erase Three-Goal Deficit Before Falling to Penguins in Game One

Nashville Holds Pittsburgh to 12 Shots, Preds Pleased with Effort in Game One

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After going down 3-0, the Nashville Predators came all the way back to even the score - but their opponent found a way to prevail.

Jake Guentzel scored the winner with 3:17 remaining in regulation and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Predators by a 5-3 final in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena. The loss is Nashville's first to start a series in these playoffs, marking the first time they've trailed in a series in 2017.

Nashville held the Penguins to just 12 shots on goal on the night - including zero in the second period alone - but Pittsburgh ended up on the winning end of the Predators first Stanley Cup Final contest in franchise history.

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Game One Infographic: Preds 3, Penguins 5

Nashville Dominates on Shot Counter as They Erase Three-Goal Deficit, but Pittsburgh Gets Late Winner

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau score as Predators claw back from three-goal deficit, but Penguins net late winner to take Game One.

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Photos: Preds Prep for Game One of Stanley Cup Final

Top Shots from Nashville's Morning Skate Ahead of Game One

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

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Stanley Cup Final Game One: Preds at Penguins

Nashville Set for First Stanley Cup Final Meeting in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Every young hockey player dreams about one day competing for the Stanley Cup. For a select few, that dream becomes reality tonight.

Game One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins comes this evening at PPG Paints Arena, the first time the Preds have ever appeared in the Final. It's the second consecutive year the Penguins have reached this point, beating San Jose last season to capture their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now, the Predators will try to knock off the defending champs.

Nashville got here by defeating Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim as they made their way through the West, compiling a 12-4 record to this point. Pittsburgh worked past Columbus, Washington and Ottawa, defeating the Capitals and Senators in seven games to reach the Final.

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Dreams Becoming Reality for Preds in Stanley Cup Final

After Growing Up 'Winning' Stanley Cup, Predators Players One Step Closer to Ultimate Goal

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Filip Forsberg won the Stanley Cup so many times in his backyard while growing up, he lost track. Same with Colton Sissons. Austin Watson dreamed about it over and over again.

It's a simple fact of life - every child who has ever held a hockey stick on an ice rink, driveway, tennis court or any other spot conducive to shooting a puck into a net in North America and other parts of the world, has scored the goal to win the Stanley Cup. Now, for a select few, those dreams are incredibly close to reality.

As members of the Nashville Predators entertained throngs of reporters from all over globe during the Stanley Cup Final Media Day on Sunday in Pittsburgh, they couldn't help but recall those moments as children when they were the heroes of the neighborhood.

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Preds Best Quotes of Stanley Cup Final Media Day

Preds Share Excitement, Eagerness for Start of Stanley Cup Final to Dozens of Media

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Dozens of questions were asked of the Nashville Predators, as every member of the team sat in the KeyBank Club at PPG Paints Arena to discuss the upcoming 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Here's a selection of the top quotes from the Sunday afternoon Q&A:

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Preds Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Predators Fans Are Invited to Head Downtown to Watch Nashville Compete for a Stanley Cup

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (May 26, 2017) - The Nashville Predators are the 2017 Western Conference Champions and will play in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. The series opens on the road, so join us on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena Monday, May 29 to support the team as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Preds Celebration on the Plaza will feature a big screen, food, beverages, music, games and more. The party starts at 6:30 p.m., half an hour before game time.

When the team hosts Pittsburgh here in Smashville, they will be entering a completely sold-out Bridgestone Arena; tickets are not available for purchase to attend the Stanley Cup Final.

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Photos: Preds Depart for Stanley Cup Final

Preds Receive Send Off from Fans Before Arriving in Pittsburgh

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

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Neal Motivated to Face Former Team in Stanley Cup Final

Traded from Pittsburgh to Nashville Three Years Ago, Preds Winger Can't Wait to Play Pens

by John Glennon @glennonsports / glennonsports@gmail.com

James Neal was surrounded by Pittsburgh teammates when he learned he was no longer one of them.

That's the first recollection Neal has of the trade that sent him from the Penguins to the Predators in June of 2014.

He and a number of other Penguins players were spending the day on a boat in Minnesota, enjoying the wedding of then-Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen. Forward Chris Kunitz half-jokingly reminded everyone the day had other significance as well:

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Preds Set to Face Penguins in Stanley Cup Final

Ekholm Says Focus Remains on Preds, Not Pens; Nashville Sounds Present Laviolette with Jersey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators know where they'll be landing Saturday afternoon.

When Chris Kunitz scored in double overtime during Thursday's Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final to send the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Ottawa Senators and into the Stanley Cup Final, the waiting game ended.

On Friday, the Preds were on the ice for the second-straight day preparing to face their fourth and final opponent of these playoffs, which turns out to be a team headed to the Cup Final for the second consecutive season.

Chances are the Penguins will present the toughest challenge that Nashville has seen during their run to the Final, and it starts with Pittsburgh's all-star centers in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Winger Phil Kessel isn't half bad either, and goaltender Matt Murray, who recently took back over in net in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury, has the capability to be a top goaltender in the League.

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