Penguins Down Predators In Stanley Cup Final

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Updated May 30, 2017

Nick Bonino scored twice, including a game-sealing empty net goal, to help lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night in the opening game of the NHL Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins took a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, and Bonino before Nashville fought back to even it 3-3 on scores from Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons, and Fredrick Gaudreau.

Jake Guentzel beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a shot high on the glove side with 3:17 remaining to put Pittsburgh back on top 4-3 before Bonino’s empty-netter sealed the win.

The best-of-seven series will resume with Game Two Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.