By: Jeremy Perrigo
Storyline: After a Game 3 exchange between Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, Subban is seen carrying Listerine into Bridgestone Arena Monday night.
The first 20 minutes began with back and forth play where Nashville and Pittsburgh took turns trading scoring chances.
In the final ten minutes of the period Pittsburgh put sustained pressure on Nashville, attempting to tally the first goal of the night.
However, it was the the Predators that got on the board first with a goal from Calle Jarnkrok with 5:09 left in the period. A shot from the top of the left circle from winger Austin Watson was originally stopped by goaltender Matt Murray, only for Jarnkrok to shovel in the rebound for his second of the postseason.
Just over a minute later Sidney Crosby received a breakaway pass from Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin where he broke into the Nashville zone and beat goaltender Pekka Rinne with a left to right move to tie the game 1-1.
The period ended 1-1 with Nashville outshooting Pittsburgh 7-6
Pittsburgh had 13 hits in the first to Nashville’s 11 and both teams went 0/1 on the powerplay
The second period had no shortage of scoring chances as both goalies were forced to make huge saves at either end.
One of these saves was made by Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne on a Chris Kunitz breakaway. After the breakaway save Nashville immediately turned the play around. Predators winger Frederick Gaudreau curled the back of the Penguins’ net with the puck and snuck it across the goal line before Matt Murray was able to make the save.
However, the play continued until a rare instance where the scorekeeper's box sounded the horn to stop the play. Video review determined the puck had in fact crossed the line while play was still going on. The goal was scored 3:45 into the period.
Pittsburgh had multiple scoring chances after the Nashville goal. Pekka Rinne continued to come up big for his team, including this flurry of saves that originated on a partial breakaway from Sidney Crosby with a follow-up attempt from Jake Guentzel:
Nashville withstood the storm of Pittsburgh shots and added a third goal; this time on a breakaway from Viktor Arvidsson. The goal would not have been possible without a strong effort in the Predators’ defensive zone. Winger James Neal edged the puck along the wall to make a play to captain Mike Fisher in the neutral zone who fed Arvidsson with a one-handed chip-pass with 6:52 left in the period.
After this goal the momentum began to swing back in Nashville’s favor. The period ended in the Penguins’ zone with the Predators threatening to add a fourth goal before intermission.
Two periods down the score was 3-1 in favor of Nashville, each team had eight shots in the period.
Nashville held off a Pittsburgh third period comeback with strong play from Pekka Rinne. The Predators kept their foot down and continued to put pressure on the Penguins while maintaining a two-goal lead.
Filip Forsberg added an empty netter from the Predators’ zone for his first goal of the series to make the game 4-1. This score held until the final buzzer.
Nashville outshot Pittsburgh 11-10 in the period and 26-24 in the game.
Pittsburgh won 56.1% of faceoffs and outhit Nashville 32-28.
Series tied 2-2 - Game 5 is Thursday at 8pm EST in Pittsburgh.