"I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved", Woods said in a statement. "That's pathetic. What an absolute waste".
Pittsburgh, which had scored three times on eight shots in the first period, had no shots in the entire second period and just XXX in the third.
Pittsburgh also went 37 minutes without recording a single shot on net. I would look for Malkin and Sidney Crosby to keep killing it, while a guy like Sheary will have to step up. They were held shot-less, but they also had A LOT to do with that stat.
He delivered in the last two games and will have to deliver again on Wednesday in order for the Predators to even the series before they go home for Game 3, to be played Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.
"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions", he said. "I've been trying to be more expeditious".
The game started well for the visitors when a strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first. The Penguins had played almost two periods in a defensive shell that Predators goalie Pekka Rinne could have been reading a book or watching TV back in the dressing room.
They carelessly and haphazardly, though, sent a weeks worth of shots on Matt Murray in just this one game.
That was not the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period, however. A bit of offense (3 assists in Pittsburgh's game 5 7-0 rout) is icing on the cake.
In Game 1, the Penguins pushed three goals by Rinne in a span of 4:11 in the first period to build a 3-0 lead.
The Predators haven't dropped consecutive games in the postseason and their four previous losses were pretty easy to explain. Efficiency is the name of the game. "I think we're ready for that challenge". Would Caggiula pull off the unlikely feat ... an NCAA national championship and a Stanley Cup in consecutive years? If the Preds continue to take ill-advised penalties and inopportune times, it could be exactly what the Penguins need to get an advantage, because it surely isn't happening at even strength. Over-exerting themselves with frivolous shots or ones that have no chance finding the back of the net will burn them out quickly.
Letang, who has been serving as an eye in the sky in these playoffs following neck surgery, laughed at the nay-sayers who said the Penguins were toast when he went down with his injury.
It was enough for Nashville coach Peter Laviolette to send in backup goalie Juuse Saros in to replace Rinne, who had stopped 21-of-25 shots.
"For the most part, the way the game's played, how fast it is, you've got to take the boards away", Daley said. "We were off our game tonight".
"They get one to tie it up after we have a lead like that". "We were lucky to win tonight". Pittsburgh beat San Jose on depth a year ago, but Poile called Nashville's forwards much improved, and if that pans out there's reason to believe the Predators can be the second eighth seed in the salary-cap era to win the Stanley Cup.