The Nashville Predators put on another impressive defensive show to turn the Stanley Cup Final into a best-of-three series.
The Predators, 9-1 at home during the playoffs, benefited from a stingy goaltending effort by Pekka Rinne to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 and tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2. The Predators have outscored Pittsburgh 9-2 in the last two games.
The home team has now won all four games. Game 5 will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Here is what mattered in Game 4:
Rinne back in the groove: After looking mediocre in the first two games of the series, Rinne has raised his game to where it was at in the first three rounds.
Included in his eight second-period stops were a doorstep save against Jake Guentzel and a breakaway stop against Chris Kunitz. He made 23 saves in total.
Crosby steps up: After being held without a shot in Game 3, Sidney Crosby had a goal on four shots in Game 4.
Replay matters: Referees could not tell tell whether Frederick Gaudreau’s wrap-around shot…