The Penguins coach challenged what looked like the Nashville Predators' first goal by P.K. Subban 7:13 into the first period on the basis that the play was offside. At one point Pittsburgh went 37 minutes without a shot on goal, but when they finally got one - 16:43 into the third period - they made it count, rookie Jake Guentzel breaking a 3-3 tie with his first goal in eight games and the game victor.
How freakish: The Penguins built a 3-0 lead on just eight shots in the first period.
Sidney Crosby, Penguins - Crosby assisted on Pittsburgh's first two goals, running his playoff points total to 22 in 20 games.
No team had ever gone a single period, like the Penguins did in the middle frame, without registering at least one shot on goal in the Stanley Cup Final since the National Hockey League began officially tracking shots during the 1957-58 season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Then came the equalizer from Frederick Gaudreau, off an assist from Austin Watson, that silenced the PPG Paints Arena crowd and seemingly had the Predators in position to steal a thriller of a Game 1. Seriously. The Penguins were beating the Nashville Predators, 3-0, after 20 minutes, but were then shut down on offense for nearly 40 minutes.
Bonino added his second of the game into an empty net.
First goal of playoffs: Conor Sheary, an important contributor for Pittsburgh in last season's run to the Stanley Cup, scored his first goal of this year's playoffs. Pittsburgh's 12 shots were the fewest ever by one team in a Stanley Cup Final.
Hornqvist hasn't played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final because of an upper body injury.
On both occasions, the video coach called down to Sullivan, who challenged a goal on the grounds that the opponent went offside.
After a lengthy review, which saw officials huddled over an iPad at centre-ice, the goal was called back with Filip Forsberg deemed to have entered the zone early.
It's Malkin's eighth goal of the playoffs.
The Penguins, outshot 5-1 at the time of Sullivan's challenge, again used the plot twist to their advantage.
Notah Begay, a roommate of Woods when they played at Stanford, was empathetic.
"I think at the end of the day we're up 1-0", Bonino said. The last team to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the opening game of the series was the 2011 Boston Bruins against Vancouver.
All the guys from "Smashville" have to show for it is their first deficit of the playoffs on a night a fan threw a catfish onto the ice to try and give the Predators a taste of home.
Just 1:05 later, Sheary had an open net behind Rinne for a tap-in near the right post on a pinpoint feed from Chris Kunitz for a 2-0 Penguins lead.
As if that wasn't enough for Nashville, Bonino's shot bounced off Rinne's stick and then Mattias Ekholm's before nestling in the back of the net for what was essentially an own goal.
Nashville kept coming. Sissons beat Murray 10:06 into the third and Gaudreau tied it just after a fruitless Pittsburgh power play.
"We didn't do a great job of (shooting), but we made them count", Crosby said.