But the impossible was possible a theme of the Stanley Cup Final so far and the Predators again fed off the unmatched energy of Bridgestone Arena to beat the Penguins 4-1 and even the series at two games apiece as it returns to Pittsburgh.
Unlike Saturday when an early Penguins goal ever so briefly quieted the gold-clad crowd, the Predators struck first when Calle Jarnkrok scored 5:09 remaining in the first period.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged, alleging interference with goalie Matt Murray, but the goal was upheld and Tim McGraw made a second appearance on the jumbotron.
The lone break in Smashville’s newly famous unrelenting chants came 1:06 later, courtesy of Sidney Crosby.
On a breakaway, Crosby deked Rinne on the forehand and tucked a beautiful backhander inside the far post as the Preds goalie was slow to get over in time. It was Crosby’s first goal in a Final game since 2009, a span of 12 such games.
Ryan Poehling (No. 25 overall, MTL): His uncle, Stan Palmer, was drafted 177th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Draft. His older brothers, twins Jack and Nick, played alongside him at St. Cloud State in 2016-17.
Morgan Frost (No. 27 overall, PHI): His father, Andy, is a popular radio host in Toronto and served as the Maple Leafs public address announcer at the Air Canada Centre from 1999 to 2016.
Columbus traded this year’s first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) and a second-rounder in 2019 as assurance Vegas won’t select forward Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson and backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. The Blue Jackets were also able to dump the contract of David Clarkson on the Knights.