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Pens Points: Stay the Course

Pens look to bounce back in Game 4 to take commanding series lead over Predators. Shaking things up on the power play to get results. Crosby confident they can break through on vaunted Nashville defense. Bonino skates after missing Game 3.

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2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Still leading 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins look to bounce back from their setback on Saturday when they face the Predators for Game 4 back at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 PM and will be broadcast on NBC.

There was no questioning what the atmosphere was going to be like in Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday night. Hosting the first Stanley Cup Final game in franchise history, Predators’ fans brought the noise and had the city in a frenzy hours before any hockey was even played inside Bridgestone Arena. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Through three games in this best-of-seven series the star studded Predators defense has kept the Penguins stars in check. Frustrated but not without hope, captain Sidney Crosby is confident they will eventually crack the code and breakthrough to make an impact. [Trib Live]

In the final seconds of Game 3, cameras caught P.K. Subban getting in the face of Sidney Crosby near the benches. After the game, Subban told reporters Crosby commented on his bad breath. Crosby shot back, denying the accusations from Subban. [Bleacher Report]

After missing Game 3 with a foot injury from a blocked shot in Game 2, center Nick Bonino shedded his walking boot and crutches and returned to practice on Sunday afternoon in preparation for Game 4. [National Post]

Sitting at 1-for-14 through three games, the Pens’ power play has been shutdown by an aggressive Predators’ penalty kill. At practice on Sunday, the Pens made some adjustments to help get back on track with the man advantage. [Penguins]

One clear advantage the Pens had over the Preds (and most teams in the league) was at the forward position due to talent and injuries. So far the young Predators up front have shown they are not going to be intimidated by who they are going up against on the ice. [The Tennessean]

Being the first Stanley Cup Final game in franchise history, tickets for Game 3 in Nashville were pulling in top dollar at the box office and on the street. But as one Pittsburgh journalist discovered, the scalpers on the street weren’t interested in casual discussion about the prices. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Rumors are still swirling around the potential return of Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to the NHL. If he does decide to return, he may have a suitor out west with the San Jose Sharks. [The Mercury News]

The NHL’s competition committee is scheduled to meet later this week and up for discussion will be the offsides review rule and how officials are enforcing slashing penalties on the ice. [NBC Sports]