Crosby has no time for Subban's games in Stanley Cup Final

Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey await the presentation of the Stanley Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1985 final. That team has been named by the NHL as the greatest in history

One of the most interesting storylines ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final has less to do with hockey and more to do with P.K. Subban's breath - specifically, whether Sidney Crosby made fun of it.

But the Finnish star has had help from a Predators offence that has outshot Pittsburgh by a 97-67 margin over the first three games of the series.

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, second from right, of Finland, and Predators goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok, left, pose for a photo with Canadian hockey broadcaster Don Cherry, center, during NHL practice Sunday, Jun.

The sun wasn't shining before the game, but Predators fans had enough gold to light up the sky in Nashville for game four of the Stanley Cup Final.

A Nashville fan also heaved a dead catfish onto the ice in the waning stages of Game 1 at Pittsburgh. The puck just crossed the goal line under Murray's outstretched stick before he shoved it out of the net.

Subban added that he had used Listerine before the game, and thought his breath smelled great.

"He likes the attention and things like that so I mean if he wants to make stuff up, . what can I do?"

Game 4 is Monday night.




When: Monday, June 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That included Chris Kunitz, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen each getting a 10-minute misconduct all in the final five minutes of the loss. It also was the second game of the series to feature six or more goals.

It's the fifth time Crosby, with 160 career playoff points and 23 points this postseason, had been held without a shot and third this spring.

The Predators tied for the league lead with 181 points from their defensemen this season, and their 50 points this postseason tops the NHL with 14 goals and 36 assists. They've also stuck so closely to the Penguins that Pittsburgh went 37 minutes without a shot in Game 1.

"We had chances", Crosby said. "You got to hit the net, so let's start there". Did Subban simply mishear Crosby?

"This coaching staff has never been one to take our team out of the flow to try to chase matchups", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

OK, so who are we to believe?

They also might get center Nick Bonino back. The forward missed Saturday's Game 3 but tested his injured left foot Sunday by skating with teammates and doing some drills with assistant coach Rick Tocchet. Is Crosby lying? Is Subban lying? "We know that, and we're going to have to continue to be strong defensively to have success against this hockey club".

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