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Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

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It's the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins versus the 16th and final team to make the National Hockey League playoffs, the Nashville Predators, with the Penguins holding a 1-0 lead after Monday's 5-3 game one victory.

This one wasn't pretty. Three minutes later Jake Guentzel scored the victor and Nick Bonino scored an empty net goal.

Nashville was leading Pittsburgh in shots at the time 8-3.

If the Predators don't get it together back home in "Smashville", it might only be two.

Their shot-less span lasted 37 minutes - more than half a regulation game.

It's normal for a playoff series to gain context over the first game or two or three. And it was long overdue. Sissons has six goals and 11 points in Nashville's 17 playoff games. His stick had gone so cold lately that there was talk whether he would be a healthy scratch. "I'm just stubborn enough, as you can probably tell from strapping a catfish to my crotch, to go up there and fight it". "He's a very good player". "And I just kind of stuck with it and was hopeful I'd get another opportunity, and I got one here in the playoffs and it's been going well". He has awareness away from the puck.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan called his team's 5-3 win Monday in Game 1 "bizarre".

That is familiar territory for Nashville, which has yet to receive the nod from oddsmakers in nine road playoff games this spring. Pittsburgh was quick to challenge this, though, saying the zone entry was offside. It didn't stop there.

Penguins center Nick Bonino has left the game after blocking a shot from the Predators' P.K. Subban in the first period. But the Penguins, who had needed just 12 shots to score five goals in Game 1, continued to be opportunistic. The Predators, who are trailing in a series for the first time this postseason, are trying to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time before the best-of-seven set shifts to Nashville. Seriously. A team with Malkin, Crosby and Kessel could not put a single puck on net for.

And that doesn't even include the catfish tossed onto the ice by a Predators fan at PPG Paints Arena in the middle of a second period. And then, it got downright embarrassing. After a midseason call-up, he played 27 regular season games for Pittsburgh. They took screenshots of their tickets and sent them to Waddell so he could get into their section. There's no frustration. We're learning. we're going to learn from those two games.

That was not the end of the Penguins' quick start in the period, however. Hardly. The Predators are no strangers to adversity and expect a major rebound in Game 2. Sensing their opponent was on the ropes and bleeding, the Penguins delivered the knockout punch 15 seconds afterwards on a shot that went crossbar-down from Evgeni Malkin.

It was a scene hard to imagine through the first two taut and chippy periods. "No one wants to squander a shot".

The timing could not have been more ideal.

The Predators fell to the Penguins 5-3 in Monday night's game.

The Penguins may not have been at their best in Game 1, but they still came out with the victory and they are fully capable of playing much better in Game 2.

How long? almost 20 seconds.

This time, Pittsburgh's flurry came a little bit later.

During the second period, 36-year-old Jacob Waddell launched a dead catfish onto the ice following a stoppage in play.

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