Predators win their first-ever Stanley Cup Final game played in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Predators are taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final home game.

Country singer Alan Jackson played a free concert on Lower Broadway as part of the “Broadway Smash: Preds Party with a Purpose.”

“This is an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville,” Jackson said. “As a fan, I’m proud to be included in their road to the Stanley Cup.”

Broadway will be closed between Fifth and Third avenues and large screens have been placed on stage and around the event site.

More than 100 police officers will be in the area beginning in the late afternoon hours of Saturday and Monday through the conclusion of the games.

Undercover officers are on hand as well specifically looking for those selling counterfeit tickets/counterfeit NHL merchandise.

7:23 p.m. — Martina McBride sand the national anthem before the puck dropped.

7:28 p.m. – With a Guentzel goal 2:46 in the first period, the Penguins pushed ahead of the Predators 1-0.

8:02 p.m. – After the 1st period, the Penguins, up in the series 2-0, lead in the game 1-0.

8:31 p.m. – With a power play goal, with 14:09 left in the 2nd period. the Predators tied it up at 1-1.

8:33 p.m. – After a breakaway goal – the Predators, with 13:37 left in the 2nd period, take a 2-1 lead on the Penguins.

9:03 p.m. – A shot that was placed on a Penguins skate, with under one minute left in the 2nd period, was put into the goal – and the Predators extended the lead to 3-1.

9:05 p.m. – After two periods of play, the Predators went into 2nd Intermission with a 3-1 lead.

9:29 p.m. – Off of a puck miscue by the Penguins, the Predators scored another breakaway goal extending their lead to 4-1 with 15:06 to go in the game.

10:06 p.m. – The Nashville Predators cut into the Stanley Cup Final series deficit with a 5-1 win Saturday night – making the series 2-1 in favor of the Penguins.

Game 4 is Monday night – when the puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

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